What’s new and why ReliableDR 3.3 is the choice for you!

by Patrick Redknap on February 5, 2014

If you have been hiding under a rock and are looking for a product to complement and improve on VMware’s Site Recovery Manager (SRM) in the DR space then i’m here to tell you about PHD Virtual’s ReliableDR version 3.3!


Companies that adopt SRM are typically advanced VMware users that have a large estate of VMs in production. SRM’s target market is enterprise accounts with large numbers of VMs, typically hundreds. SRM does not support the SMB license of VMware (Essentials).
If a company has SRM, it is probably a good candidate for ReliableDR because it is likely running virtualized applications in production, in large numbers, and needs to automate Disaster Recovery testing.

ReliableDR leverages the synergies between the VMware virtualization and storage layers to orchestrate and fully automate Disaster Recovery. Disaster Recovery tests can be executed without any human intervention and without impacting production systems. ReliableDR delivers automated enforcement of RPOs (Recovery Point Objectives) and the continuous measurement and compliance of RTOs (Recovery Time Objectives).

By automating DR testing to certify that RTO’s and RPO’s are achieved, ReliableDR provides:


vCloud Director Integration

Organizations leveraging the VMware vCloud Director platform can now failover faster than before with ReliableDR vCloud integration. This functionality removes tedious manual processes and enhances the automation of disaster recovery while ensuring the multi-tenancy provided by vCloud.

Automated, Continuous, Service-Oriented DR Testing
Removes the cost and complexity associated with outdated, infrequent and manual DR test procedures. Directly certifies that your DR strategy is sound by frequently testing it against defined objectives.

Application Aware Testing
Measures accurate Recovery Time Actuals of the entire service you are protecting without time-consuming manual procedures or error prone scripting. Leverages out-of-the box testing capabilities for each component of your
multitiered applications to ensure they all function together as a cohesive service at your DR site.

Certified Recovery Points
Protects against configuration drift and accidental changes that can replicate to the DR site by automatically storing
multiple recovery points that are certified through detailed, automated testing procedures.

Compliance Reporting
Proves and demonstrates to compliance auditors the definitive actual performance of your DR implementation against

Test, Failover and Failback
Automates failover and failback processes when an outage occurs in order to maintain availability of your critical
services. Uses production network mapping to drastically speed the process of true application failover.

RDR & SRM!!!
Both ReliableDR and SRM can compliment one another. For example, a company may elect to use SRM to replicate non-critical workloads and test recovery infrequently, and ReliableDR for production applications whose RPO/RTO need to be checked every day.

So now that you know how RDR can help you improve your infrastructure with SRM there is only one other key question…. What If You Already Own SRM?

If you own SRM and are willing to accept the costs and risks associated with infrequent, manual DR testing and “replicating and rebooting” VMs to a different data center/cloud – then SRM can be an appropriate choice. If, however, you want to reduce the risks and costs by automating frequent DR testing to certify recovery within SLAs and then automatically “reboot to certified recovery points” – then ReliableDR is for you!

Some companies use both products. Because VMware often bundles SRM with (Enterprise License Agreements), there is a significant amount of SRM shelf-ware licenses that are lightly deployed, or not used at all. These customers typically add ReliableDR for business critical applications as well as applications that could be ported to other hypervisors in the future like MS Hyper-V.

So finishing up i’ve talked about why you need ReliableDR so now i’m going to summarize what’s new in version 3.3! V3.3 brings several new and awesome enhancements:

  • Pay Per Use Reporting for Cloud Service Providers
  • Out of the Box Linux Application Testing
  • Enhancements to the replication engine
  • Expanded Storage Hardware Support
  • Increased RPO Compliance
  • Recovery Job Reporting

Check out the video on the new features!!

You can also find out more about ReliableDR here: http://www.phdvirtual.com/disaster-recovery-assurance

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