VMware SRM Valuable Features
Enterprise Architect at a consumer goods company with 11-50 employees
What I like the most about SRM is the delta sync. We typically approach a project from an architecture perspective and we do service grouping. For example, take a situation where we plan to do a migration. We decide to go with a setup where there is a front-end portal server, there are duplication servers and there is one back-end database server. This means there are four separate VMs each representing one particular service. To get the services across, we have to wait until we have the full image replication complete. By the time we kick it off, the replication has already begun to trickle in. You can parameterize a little bit. When you really want to do the migration — probably during a service outage on the weekends as it is for production — the majority of the data is already migrated to the other side. That helps a lot because you do not need to have a tremendous service outage with this model compared to doing it in a more traditional way.
Of course, VMware SRM not the only solution that is capable of doing this anymore. But if you have a heterogeneous environment — environments are not equal on both sides — this solution can be an advantage. In our situation, we had completely different technical specs and technology foundations at the source and target. In this case, the product is really is an enabler on the condition that you have the same hypervisor on the other side.View full review »
The most important features that we're using are the replication of VMs as well as the integration with the EMC recovery platform. The replication solutions to replicate the LAN and data storage to the secondary external storage.
The solution is quite stable. We haven't had an issue with the performance.
The solution is very flexible.View full review »
Operations Engineer at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees
I would say SRM's ability to recover my virtual machines in a timely manner and to perform bi-annual testing are the two things it has provided that are really valuable.View full review »
I would not be able to tell you the features and benefits that are best for the Engineering Teams. That would be more a question for my Engineering Manager and those guys. I am in service delivery and I am familiar with the product but not with hands-on use.View full review »
VMware SRM is very effective between two sites with identical twin storage, you can have synchronization between the two sites.View full review »
Senior System Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The most valuable features are the disaster recovery and testing.View full review »
Consultant at Daniyals Inc
The solution is simple to use and has effective automation.View full review »
The most valuable feature is the simplicity of operations. You have two main buttons, where one is red and one is green. The red button is used for real disaster recovery and the green button is used if you want to simulate it.
The interface is user-friendly.
The storage replication adapter (SRA) is quite good because it allows SRM to work with storage arrays from any vendor.View full review »
The most valuable feature is the automation, where you press a button and everything fails over seamlessly. It is quite good.View full review »
The solution works well. If you want to do failover, it works without any problem.
The product is stable.
The deployment process is fast.View full review »
Senior BCDR Professional at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It is easy to implement for my clients.
It's a very nice product.View full review »
The most valuable feature is disaster recovery testing.
The reports are very good.View full review »
Consultant at Daniyals Inc
The UI is very user-friendly and testing is easy, it doesn't require a lot of resources or a SAN team to enable testing, a single person can do it and get results.View full review »
Senior Information Technology Manager at a retailer with 5,001-10,000 employees
Our systems fail over using SRM. So, we do a big bang DR, which is biannual, and we fail over our fairly massive Epic electronic health record (EHR) and our core applications. It takes us about 30 minutes to fail over using SRM, which is pretty good. In most hospitals that have Epic installed, Epic does the audit to make sure that we can fail over if something were to happen. Normally, sites will have a DR solution specific to the EHR, but right now, our pain point is the third-party tier-one clinical applications.View full review »
VMware SRM is a very nice tool for disaster recovery for virtual environments.View full review »