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Using Site Recovery Manager (SRM) replication for disaster recovery

vmware is an expert in offering enterprise-class disaster recovery services. We specialize in deploying VMWare’s Site Recovery Manager (SRM), the industry’’s leading disaster recovery management product.

By selecting Site Recovery Manager, your firm can ensure that it deploys the simplest, most affordable and most reliable disaster protection for all of its applications deployed on virtual machines. Virtual machines can run everything from the most sophisticated database systems to a firm’s entire desktop deployment, which include operating systems, office suites and other applications and end-point network security.

In a virtualized environment, computer resources such as applications and data reside in the cloud rather than on physical desktop computers in your business. Site Recovery Manager provides a tool to ensure that your off-site virtual data can be replicated from one cloud location in one physical data center to another. In other words, Site Recovery Manager is an excellent alternative since it replicates data storage in a safe, secure, secondary geographical location in the cloud.

The system also provides a specific, automated set of protocols to restore services in the event of a disaster. Site Recovery Manager (SRM) provides a simple interface for setting up recovery plans that are coordinated across all infrastructure layers, replacing traditional error-prone “runbooks”.

A runbook is a routine compilation of procedures and operations that the system administrator or operator carries out. System administrators in IT departments and network operation centers (NOCs) use runbooks as a reference. Runbooks can be in either electronic or in physical book form. Typically, a runbook contains procedures to begin, stop, supervise, and debug the system. It may also describe procedures for handling special requests and contingencies. An effective runbook allows other operators, with prerequisite expertise, to effectively manage and troubleshoot a system.

Site Recovery Manager allows businesses to avoid building their own runbooks which can be subject to error if implemented incorrectly. Runbook implementation can also be delayed if they are too dependent on the “human factor” during a life-threatening natural disaster, such as hurricane. Site Recovery Manager is an excellent alternative since it automates backup and restoration operations.

The tool is also unique since it provides an intuitive interface to help users create recovery plans for different failover scenarios. Users can map production resources to recovery resources, specify which virtual machines to protect and their relative boot sequences, and identify low-priority virtual machines to suspend at the failover site. Users can also include custom scripts and automatically reconfigure IP addresses for their virtual machines.

Recovery plans using Site Recovery Manager (SRM) can also be tested without disruption as frequently as required to ensure that they meet business objectives. At the time of a site failover or migration, Site Recovery Manager automates both failover and failback processes, ensuring fast and highly predictable recovery point and time objectives.

The use of Site Recovery Manager therefore allows businesses to actually incorporate “time to restore” scheduling into their plans. As a result, during a disaster, executive IT staff such as a Chief Information Officer, will actually be able to make an accurate prediction to senior staff as to when services will be restored.

Site Recovery Manager is also an excellent tool to consider if your organization has regulatory obligations that mandates it to maintain replicated data stores in secure conditions. In order to implement a strong VMWare Site Recovery Manager disaster recovery solution, ensure you contact today.

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