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Sep 22 2008   12:03PM GMT

VMworld Keynote: Automating DR with VMware SRM12

MikeLaverick MikeLaverick Profile: MikeLaverick

I missed both keynotes from the previous days. The 1st because I was busy judging the ServerSearchVirtualization Awards, and the 2nd because it started at 8am and I was still asleep! 

This was session delivered by SRM’s product manager. Nothing shocking to report here if you are already pretty familiar with the SRM concept. They keep saying you can take your runbooks for DR, and programme them into SRM. But some would say the level of detail you get in a runbook would never be the same as SRM. Also, I noted that pitch was very much about site failover, rather failing over an individual line of business application, which is certainly possible but requires a lot prior planning on the storage side – so you can pick out different apps held on different LUNs.

Then there was pitch from a SAP guy, which really had nothing to do with SRM. All about SAP’s strategy… yawn… They went into the demo of SRM which was pretty funny. As the SAP Guy couldn’t log on the SAP installation on the Protected Site – to show a before & after like scenario. Like he’s SAP working before we pull the plug, and he’s me not getting SAP after the plug has been pulled. On the pull the plug side we had a live video stream of Lee & Dave (two cool SRM guys who I know in the UK who work from VMware)

Anyway, in the end the demo worked out – as they brought up the VMs on the recovery site, and where able to login to the SAP system. So DR was better than the real world!

One thing I did get from this session was a different view on SRM. That it could be used to facilate datacenter moves from one location to another

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