Ok - I lay claim to the first official SRM production failover! SRM GA'ed on friday last week. Find out more here (including an eval!): http://www.vmware.com/products/srm/
LOL - you just can't make this stuff up....
So, today is the GA of Site Recovery Manager - you can download a 60-day eval here: http://store.vmware.com/servlet/ControllerServlet?Action=DisplayPage&Env=BASE&Locale=en_US&SiteID=vmware&id=ProductDetailsPage&productID=105156500
Note that you will get access to the SRA (the array vendor integration part) near the tail end of the checkout.
Three important things I would guide any customer:
- Check the support matrix here: http://www.vmware.com/pdf/srm_10_compat_matrix.pdf (Not to be a weenie about it - but remember my "investments" post here: So, What Kind of Investments is EMC Making in VMware- - take a look at the support matrix. EMC has 23 supported configurations. The next closest is 8. Now, of course, others have one platform, we have many - but that fits our philosophy that customers are different, and means we need to do more work to cover a broader set)
- If you're a CLARiiON customer - only MirrorView Sync is supported - for now. MV/A is coming in Q3 (soon)
- If you're a customer who has a VMware team and a Storage team - don't eval this without talking to each other. If you're that type of customer and are in a VMware team that just wants to see how SRM works and play with it (without talking to the storage team) - use something like the Celerra Simulator (good news coming on that one in a post in the next day or two intrepid readers!)
BTW - Why is it only MV/S for now? Not really a good reason - but here's the honest answer: even EMC has resource constraints. Now that with FLARE 26, there is integrated splitter support, we're seeing a lot of async customers going the Recoverpoint route since it's now a lot cheaper (you don't need an Cicso MDS/SSM or Brocade 7600 or Brocade 48000 with a FA4-18 blade - all great, but none cheap), and it buys you so much more - WAN compression (saves a TON of money), large scale consistency groups and most importantly - continuous data protection. BUT - I've heard the feedback loud and clear from happy MV/A customers in the last 72 hours: "we want MV/A support!". This was always planned, but is slotted behind something else big - but we're buckling down and finding a way to pull it in sooner.
Back to the story at hand.... Read on, the timing is ridiculous!