VMworld 2015: What’s new in SRM

  • ApplicationĀ  uptime is key for businesses
  • 40% of companies still use tape for DR purposes
  • Legacy DR solutions can lead to extended periods of downtime
  • Announcing SRM 6.1 and site recovery manager air
  • From private cloud to public cloud – the hybrid cloud
  • SRM automates every workflow of DR orchestration
  • Non-disruptive testing, automated failback, automated failover, planned migrations
  • Introduced in 2008

What’s new in SRM 6.1

  • Policy-based management – New protection groups using vSphere policies & vRA integration
  • Integration with VMware NSX – Automated network mapping
  • zero-downtime application mobility – Orchestrated cross-vCenter vMotion using recovery plans

Policy Based DR

  • Association of new datastores with SPPG (storage-profile protection group)
  • Protection of VMs on replicated datastores within SPPG
  • Removal of VMs from SPPG when datastore is removed

NSX Integration

  • Network virtualization reduces OpEx and accelerate recovery
  • SRM 6.1 supports NSX 6.2 cross-vCenter logical switches
  • Automatic mapping of networks
  • Federated NSX security rules on recovered VMs
  • Faster recovery time by 40%

SRM support for Active-Active Datacenters

  • New support!
  • Production apps at both sites
  • Zero downtime for planned events
  • Typically limited to metro distances
  • Uses cross-vCenter vMotion for planned events
  • Day 0 support for EMC VPLEX, IBM SVC, HDS VSP
  • Can enable zero RTO/RPO

SRM Family enables hybrid cloud availability and mobility

  • DRaaS
  • Cloud on-ramp
  • Fast time-to-market
  • Site Recovery Manager air automates vCloud air disaster recovery
  • Deployed and managed as DRaaS
  • Not available today, but coming in the future
  • Provides detailed reports of recovery execution plans
  • Demos SRM air

VMworld 2014: What’s new in SRM & vSphere Replication

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Software defined storage and availability

  • Bringing the efficient operational model of virtualization to storage
  • Common policy based model
  • VM centric data services
  • Abstraction and pooling of infrastructure

vCenter Site Recovery Manager

  • Industry-leading disaster recovery automation solution for vSphere environments
  • Uses array-based replication
  • Use cases include DR, disaster avoidance, planned migration
  • Recovery workflows: Failover automation, non-disruptive failover testing, planned migration, failback automation

What’s new in SRM 5.8?

vCAC Integration

  • vCAC workflow support – Self-service policy-based DR protection for Apps and other workflows
  • VCAC management across both sites. Integration with vCO plugin for SRM
  • New PowerCLI APIs exposed
  • Automated protection mapping according to pre-defined tiers via vCAC
  • DR control delivered as a service to app tenants via vCAC
  • VCO plug-in for SRM offers many workflows like creating protection groups and add VMs. Find protection groups by datastores, etc.


  • 5,000 protected VMs, vice 1,500 in 5.5
  • 2,000 VMs concurrent recovery, vice 1,000 in 5.5
  • Many performance across the board – UP to 75% faster
  • IP customization is a huge time sink, so if you avoid that then recovery will be even faster

Ease of Use

  • Built-in vPostgress database, or can still use external DB
  • Integrated into the vSphere web client

IP Subnet Mapping

  • Can use the dr-ip-customizer – Old method is still there
  • Can now use rules to define customization as part of the network mapping, to preserve parts of the IP address while mapping to the new subnet
  • Based on subnet mask

VSAN + vSphere Replication and Site Recovery Manage: VSAN is compatible with vSphere replication

vSphere ReplicationĀ  (VR)

  • Included in vSphere essentials plus and higher
  • Protects up to 500 VMs
  • Replication happens at the host level
  • Easy virtual appliance deployment
  • Quick recovery for individual VMs
  • Replication engine for SRM
  • Replicate workloads to vCenter Serer and vCloud Air
  • VR components: vSphere replication management server (VRMS), vSphere Replication Server (VRS), vSphere Replication Agent (VRA)
  • Supports VSS quiescing – Only use if you need to

What’s new in 5.8

  • Replicate to the cloud – vCloud Air
  • vSphere Replication reporting
  • vSphere replication calculator – Allows you to solve for network bandwidth, how many VMs you can protect, and other features
  • Capacity planning appliance fling



VMworld 2014: Site Recovery Manager tech preview

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Topologies for business continuity

  • “Bunker site” – Core repository of all production data – Supported by SRM today
  • Dedicated sites for prod and DR – Supported by SRM today
  • Bi-directional failover – Supported by SRM today
  • SRM tech preview – active-active datacenter – zero downtime for planned events; typically limited to metro distance

Typical use cases for active-active data centers: Planned maintenance, disaster avoidance, automated recovery

What do you need for an active-active datacenter solution?

  • Stretched storage solution – Distributed data mirroring
  • Stretched network solution – VMware NSX or 3rd party solutions; vMotion supports a max of 10ms RTT latency

vSphere Choices for active-active datacenters

  • Option 1: Stretched vSphere cluster wit a single vCenter – vSphere Metro stretched cluster (vMSC)
  • Option 2: Separate vSphere clusters and a vCenter at each site

Challenges with stretched clusters

  • Think about the availability of a single vCenter managing both sites
  • DRS and HA are not site aware
  • No orchestration or testability today

Active-Active Datacenters with SRM

  • Reuse same orchestrated recovery plan for unplanned failures and continuous availability
  • Non-disruptive testing
  • Local clusters in each site, and DRS/HA work within that site

SRM scenario 1: Local host failure: HA handles failure and no SRM intevention

SRM scenario 2: Disaster avoidance at one site: Execute SRM planned migration with vMotion prior to disaster. gives you an “easy” button

SRM scenario 3: Faster recovery from unplanned failures: Use SRM test capability to prepare for site failure. Execute SRM recovery plan to recover the VMs.

SRM with stretched storage: Existing SRA will continue to work but won’t have active-active support.

The speaker then goes through a full SRM demo, and slides showing the processes happening at each step through a failover and failback.