Easy Peasy Site Recovery
Ravinder Gupta | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 29, 2018

Easy Peasy Site Recovery

Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with VMware Site Recovery Manager

We are currently hosting around 80 VMs on Production Site vCenter and 120 VMs on Non-Production Site vCenter. We use SRM to perform our bi-yearly disaster recovery drills for the virtual layer. We have been extremely please with the ease of configuring SRM and performing site recovery. Initially, we hired an SRM expert to do the job for us, but now our system admins are also able to perform the site recovery.
We have used VMware Site Recovery Manager for both failover and failback exercises without any issues. I like the way we can create multiple protection groups to facilitate recovery of virtual machines based on priority.
  • Ease of configuration. You don't have to be a virtualization expert to learn how VMWare SRM is configured and executed.
  • Creation of multiple protection groups and recovery plans helps implementing recovery priority and partial/full site recovery as required.
  • No additional tasks for managing replication. SRM takes care of replication from failover site to old primary site automatically.
  • I am not very pleased with the overall licensing cost. It's pretty expensive. Especially if you have a small number of VMs, you are paying a lot.
  • We had a little struggle getting our support tickets resolved by VMWare support.
  • Our overall ROI seems to be pretty good, as ease of using VMWare SRM has helped us reducing cost of hiring separate virtualization experts. The task is being performed by our System Admins.
  • SRM steps execution was pretty smooth in our DR exercise. This has helped us achieve our RPO and RTO well under contracted limits.
Veeam Backup & Replication is slower than VMWare SRM and doesn't suits our RTO (Recovery Time Objective).
It's quite well suited for a medium to large size VMWare virtualization infrastructure where your production infrastructure can be failed over to a disaster recovery site. There are other cheaper options for a smaller budget business. Also, for a non mission critical virtual infrastructure, you can simply use VM backups such as Veeam backups for restoring failed VMs.

VMware SRM Support

Sometimes we have to struggle explaining the problem and getting it resolved on priority. The overall quality of support team is not as good as it used to be in past.
ProsCons
Quick Resolution
Good followup
Knowledgeable team
Problems get solved
Kept well informed
Immediate help available
Support understands my problem
Support cares about my success
Quick Initial Response
None

Using VMware SRM

VMWare SRM is very easy to use and configure. You don't have to be a virtualization expert to learn SRM configuration and execution.
ProsCons
Like to use
Relatively simple
Easy to use
Well integrated
Consistent
Quick to learn
Convenient
Feel confident using
Familiar
None
  • Creation of Protection Groups and Recovery Plan
  • Creation of SRM Plan
  • Execution of failover and failback
  • Execution of cleanup after an unsuccessful failover