My break-out session for the 2012 VMUG Event discussed vSphere Disaster Recovery options with a focus on vSphere Metro Streched Cluster and Site Recovery Manager. DR is certainly a interesting subject and I think it would be a good idea to start this vMSC and SRM link collector. So, just a collection of links to vMSC and SRM related articles and whitepapers. Enjoy!
The links are divided in two categories:
- vSphere Metro Streched Cluster links
- VMware Site Recovery Manager links
Both categories contains links to interesting stuff applicable to vSphere 5.x material.
vSphere Metro Stretched Cluster
VMware whitepapers about vSphere Metro Storage Cluster (stretched cluster):
- Whitepaper: VMware vSphere Metro Storage Cluster Case Study
- Whitepaper: Stretched Clusters and VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager Understanding the Options and Goals
- VMware Hardware Compatbility Guide for Storage, select Metro Cluster Storage under Array Test Configuration.
- VMware KB Article 2007545: Implementing vSphere Metro Storage Cluster (vMSC) using EMC VPLEX
- Whitepaper: Using VMware vSphere with EMC vPlex
Hitachi Data Systems:
- VMware KB Article 2020097: Implementing vSphere Metro Storage Cluster using HP LeftHand Multi-Site
- Whitepaper: Implementing VMware vSphere Metro Storage Cluster with HP LeftHand Multi -Site storage
- VMware KB Article 1001783: VMware support with NetApp MetroCluster
- Whitepaper: A Continuous-Availability Solution for VMware vSphere and NetApp
- Whitepaper: Best Practices for MetroCluster Design and Implementation
Some good articles on All Paths Down (APD) and Permanent Device Loss (PDL), this information is required when working with Stretched Clusters. Also take a look at the differences between vSphere 5.0 update 1 and vSphere 5.1.
- vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 8 – Handling the All Paths Down (APD) condition by Cormac Hogan on the VMware vSphere Blog
- vSphere 5.1 Storage Enhancements – Part 4: All Paths Down (APD), also by Cormac Hogan on his own blog.
Site Recovery Manager
For Site Revovery Manager the following whitepapers are available:
VMware SRM Storage Replication Adapters:
- SRA Compatibility guide is available here.
- VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager Storage Partner Compatibility Matrix
- Download the SRA’s through the VMware website (login required)
SRM implementation guides: (Note: this list is not complete but includes some popular solutions)
- Dell: Disaster Recovery with Dell Equallogic PS Series SANs and VMware vSphere Site Recovery Manager 5
- EMC: Using EMC SRDF Adapter for VMware vCenter Site Recover Manager 5.0
- HDS: Deploying VMware Site Recovery Manager 5.0 with VMware vSphere 5.0 on Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform
- IBM: IBM Storwize 7000 Unified, Sonas, and VMware Site Recovery Manager
- IBM: Implementing disaster recovery solutions with IBM Storwize V7000 and VMware Site Recovery Manager
- IBM: IBM Storage Volume Controller Adapter for VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5 (also applicable for the Storwize V7000)
- NetApp: Deploying VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.1 with NetApp FAS/V-Series Storage Systems