Co-Authored: Sai Chaitanya, Principal Lead Program Manager, Azure VMware Solution, Microsoft
VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) is a disaster recovery solution that enables customers to minimize downtime of their virtual machines in case of a disaster. SRM has been a popular solution for customers with on-premises VMware environments, and with this announcement, customers can now leverage those same capabilities with Azure VMware Solution. SRM for AVS automates and orchestrates failover and failback between an on-premises environment and AVS, or between two AVS sites, ensuring protection from a disaster. In addition, built-in non-disruptive testing ensures recovery time objectives are met. Overall, SRM for AVS simplifies management through automation and ensures fast and highly predictable recovery times.
SRM helps you plan, test, and run the recovery of VMs between a protected vCenter Server site and a recovery vCenter Server site. You can use SRM with Azure VMware Solution with the following two DR scenarios:
On-premises VMware to Azure VMware Solution disaster recovery.
The diagram shows the deployment of the primary Azure VMware Solution to secondary Azure VMware Solution scenario.
SRM is licensed and supported directly from VMware. Customers cannot reuse existing on-premises SRM licenses in AVS environments and are required to purchase new SRM subscription licenses for AVS environments.
Azure VMware Solution has simplified the installation and lifecycle management of SRM. Using the navigation menu in your Azure VMware Solution private cloud, you can install VMware SRM with vSphere Replication as an add-on service. Simply select VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) – vSphere Replication, from the Disaster Recovery Solution drop-down, and follow the prompts.