I have the pleasure to visit VMware at Frimley, UK for a demo on VMware SRM.
Accelerate recovery and ensure successful recovery by automating the recovery process and eliminating the complexity of managing and testing recovery plans. VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager eliminates complex manual recovery steps and removes the risk and worry from disaster recovery.
Yes SRM accelerates a failover by automating processes. With a traditional failover process, you have so many manual steps and dependencies. Although you have scripted may tasks, it is still human driven and therefore prone to errors.
But VMware SRM doesn’t remove complexity from my point of view. The majority of the applications around are just not DR aware whilst a few are just cluster aware. Complexity comes from the applications you put in the Disaster Recovery scope and from the number of tests you plan to have, I meant real failover tests, where the applications run in production at your DR site for a week for instance. That’s the only real test that makes you feel comfortable with your DR plans. You know for sure it works and will work in case you trigger the DR big red button.
Although VMware SRM offers the possibility to test your DR processes in some sort of sandbox, a private network, still you will not be able to test all aspect of your applications, especially the remote connectivity with other apps.
I have so many questions to ask, so many expectation from VMware SRM 🙂 And if you were at the demo with me, what would be the questions you would ask?