Extending Partnership to Streamline and Simplify Disaster Recovery

May 9, 2019 | Posted by

You’re seeing a lot of discussion in the industry around how containerizing applications can help simplify application development, test and deployment. We’ve just completed working with VMware on a good example of this in integrating with their new version 8.2 of Site Recovery Manager (SRM). If you aren’t up-to-speed on VMware SRM, it automates and orchestrates recovery plans to minimize downtime in case of disasters by integrating with an underlying replication technology such as found in Pivot3’s Acuity Datacenter Edition hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) software platform. Additionally, SRM enables customers to conduct non-disruptive testing of their DR plans, to ensure that their Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs) are met.

Reduce DR Management Complexity and Increase Security

The latest release of SRM, version 8.2, is deployed as a Photon OS-based virtual appliance. Photon OS™ being an open source Linux container host optimized for VMware vSphere (BTW, the Pivot3 Acuity HCI software platform runs on the ESXi hypervisor). According to Ori Broit, Senior Product Marketing Manager at VMware “SRM 8.2 simplifies DR management and increases security with a Photon OS-based virtual appliance. This new virtual appliance, which can be installed directly from vCenter, reduces layers of complexity associated with Windows Server VMs by leveraging a new operating system purpose-built for only DR functions.”

Intelligent Policies and Prioritization

We were pleased to be one of a select number of partners VMware elected to work with to integrate with SRM 8.2 at release. Integration comes through our development and delivery of a Storage Replication Adapter (SRA) for SRM, which integrates our Acuity Intelligence Engine replication technology with SRM.  Our Intelligence Engine provides policy-based management and automation of snapshots and their retention to best align with data protection needs. Policies can be applied to volumes, groups of volumes, or VMs and can be scheduled, allowing administrators to set pre-defined schedules for both performance and data protection policies that can change automatically at pre-determined times. A queuing mechanism ensures that mission-critical jobs go to front of the queue to be executed first, business-critical jobs next, and finally, non-critical jobs.

What Does This Mean for our Customers?

Our customers expect us to simplify how they manage and protect their mission-critical applications that they have elected to deploy on Pivot3 HCI. We do that with the policy-based management and automation inherent in our Intelligence Engine, and with our new SRA integration with VMware SRM 8.2 we extend that to automating and securing their DR operations.  

Container adoption will continue to grow in our enterprise customers based on the ability to facilitate the rapid deployment of new technologies. We recognize the value containerizing application delivery brings to organizations and integration with a Photon-OS based application such as SRM 8.2 is an example of how we are embracing next-generation applications using containers and container technology. It was also fun working with the VMware team as one of the initial partners involved in the SRM 8.2 release.

It is certainly an exciting time for HCI as adoption continues to grow at a rapid pace. For HCI to become the platform of choice for next-generation containerized applications, it needs to deliver security, resilience and manageability at scale. To see how we do it, learn more about our Acuity Datacenter Edition platforms here. To learn more about SRM 8.2 see the SRM section of Virtual Blocks  and to learn more about Photon OS, see the datasheet.

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