VMware SRM 5.0 GA

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VMware is excited and very pleased to announce that vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 5.0 has shipped and is now generally available for download.

What’s New in SRM 5.0?

  • vSphere Replication
    • Built-in, simple and cost-efficient VM replication across vSphere clusters and sites, as an alternative as well as complementary to array-based replication.
    • More specifically, this includes ESXi host-based (asynchronous) block-level replication at per-VM granularity with RPO (recovery point objective) as low as 15 minutes and is storage agnostic, i.e. replicates across heterogeneous arrays.
  • Automated Failback
    • Provides an automated workflow (via push of a single button) to migrate VMs back to the original site after disaster site has been restored.
    • Automates all steps involved in restoring VMs at original site, including reversing direction of storage replication as well as replaying existing recovery plans containing existing protection groups in the reverse direction, thereby allowing for bi-directional recovery plans.¬†
  • Planned Migration:
    • New workflow that enables application consistent migration of VM workloads with zero data loss by gracefully shutting down protected VMs followed by storage synchronization prior to failover and recovery, especially for disaster avoidance and datacenter maintenance scenarios
  • Improved User Interface:
    • User interface has been redesigned to enable efficient and simplified DR workflows.
    • Single pane of glass for managing both protection and recovery sites via a single vSphere Client console
    • Graphical UI for customizing IP addresses of protected VMs across both protected and recovery sites in a single screen
    • Special icons for differentiating shadow and DR protected VMs from non-DR protected VMs
  • Improved Reporting
    • History reports for DR auditing provide further granularity in terms of who initiated a DR action (e.g. Test Failover, DR Failover, Planned Failover)
  • Enhanced Recovery Options

o Recovery-side startup options have been expanded and streamlined to support larger, more complicated recovery plans

  • Number of Priority Groups within a recovery plan has been increased from 3 to 5
  • Ability to associate inter-VM dependencies within a Priority Group to have finer-grained control over power-on order for multi-tiered application (e.g. Power on database VM, then middleware VM followed by web service VM within Priority Group 1)
  • Ability to execute scripts within the Guest OS of virtual machines as part of the recovery process¬†
  • Protection APIs
    • Protection APIs (new to SRM 5.0) adds to existing Recovery APIs and extends SRM’s automation capabilities for allowing customers to programmatically DR protect VMs. E.g. a customer can choose to programmatically DR protect new VMs during provisioning time and associate them with existing protection groups and recovery plans.
  • IPv6 support
    • SRM can now be deployed in IPv6 environments.
    • IPv6 support enables IPv6 communication between SRM servers, SRM server and vCenter and SRM server and the SRM database
  • vSphere 5.0 support
    • SRM can protect virtual machines running on vSphere 5.0 and older hosts managed by vCenter Server 5.0
  • Overall improvements around performance and scalability
  • Quicker recovery times driven by parallel execution of virtual machine power-on operations
  • Faster customization of virtual machines during failover
  • Application visibility via integration with vCenter Infrastructure Navigator
    • Using vCenter Infrastructure Navigator (vIN) integration with SRM 5.0, customers can see VM dependencies for a SRM-protected application and identify which of the dependent workloads need to be added to a SRM protection group for ensuring complete DR protection.
    • NOTE: vCenter Infrastructure Navigator is a separate standalone product and is not included with SRM

NOTE: For a more detailed list of features and improvements, please see the release notes at http://www.vmware.com/support/srm/srm_releasenotes_5_0_0.html

Site Recovery Manager 5.0 not only extends core disaster recovery capabilities to be operationally more comprehensive for larger Enterprises, but it also enables new customer segments (e.g. SMB) to consider SRM as a cost-effective DR solution for protecting their most-critical workloads. SRM 5.0 also enables existing customers to now consider DR protecting their non-Tier-1 workloads running on lower-tiered storage or across heterogeneous arrays without requiring array-based replication capabilities. Furthermore, SRM 5.0 delivers the building blocks for enabling highly simplified, service-level centric, Cloud-based disaster recovery in the near future.

Product Details and Download

I’d encourage everyone to learn more about this release at the following links: