By Calvin Zito, @HPStorageGuy
Today I'm going to continue my series of podcasts into the July 12 VMware Cloud Infrastructure announcement. The topic today is Site Recovery Manager 5.0. SRM 5 is packed with a number of great new capabilities so let's jump in and briefly talk about what's new:
First is vSphere Replication. vSphere Replication provides very simple, cost-efficient replication between vSphere clusters. Think of this as simply host based replication. I think for most enterprise customers, you'll prefer to use array based replication but the vSphere Replication gives smaller organizations the ability to provide cost-efficient DR protection.
The big news for SRM is that it now provides automated failback and planned migration. Automated failback automates the failback of applications to their original site, and coordinates all the required steps including reversal of the replication and leveraging the original recovery plan in reverse direction. Planned migration is a new workflow that can be applied to recovery plans. It ensures zero data loss, application-consistent recovery of virtual machines to the secondary site.
SRM also has a number of incremental improvements such as IPv6 support, protection-side APIs, and more granular control over VM startup sequence.
With the new version of SRM, we also will have new SRA's (Storage Replication Adapter) for our HP Storage arrays. An SRA is required to enable the array's replication software to work with SRM. In today's podcast, I talk about the SRA's with Paul Primmer, a program manager on our HP Storage R&D team.
So without further ado, here's the podcast:
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Check out our HP Storage for VMware page at www.hp.com/go/storage/vmware and be sure to stop back as I have a few more podcasts in the queue.