vSphere standalone replication in vSphere 5.1 October 10, 2012Posted by vbry21 in VMware blogs, VMworld 2012 Barcelona.
My latest session at vmworld was based on the vSphere replication technology.
Within SRM 5.0 we had / have the ability to replicate VMs via vSphere as an alternative to SAN based replication, a good idea for smaller shops.
With vSphere 5.1 VMware have now integrated this into the Essentials Plus and above.
This now gives us standalone replication, so no longer relies on SRM (Site Recovery Manager)
We can also install vSphere Replication and later add SRM to get the automated reprotect and failback workflows for DR.
We get simplified installation and configuration, with only one vApp.
When replication occurs only Deltas are passed meaning improved performance.
This will be a useful little feature as we’ll be able to effectively have a backup VM that is available in case of datastore failure.