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Disaster recovery methods: Top 10 websites for VMware administrators

For a roundup of disaster recovery tools for VMware environments and disaster recovery strategies for virtualization, check out our list of 10 key resources.

Are you a VMware administrator starting to research disaster recovery methods for a virtual infrastructure, or do you just need a refresher? With these fast-moving technologies, virtualization administrators to say up to date on disaster recovery methods to ensure that their virtual infrastructures remain protected. If you're considering disaster recovery tools for your virtual infrastructure or want resources on disaster recovery strategies for VMware virtual environments, the 10 resources below can get you started.

Virtualization backups

  • VMware Data Recovery (vDR)
    Data Recovery is VMware's virtualization backup tool, which is included in many vSphere suites. VMware vDR doesn't copy data to tape-based backups, but it performs file-level restores and data deduplication.
  • Veeam Backup & Replication
    Veeam Backup & Replication is one of the best known virtualization backup solutions, along with Vizioncore's vRanger. It offers superfast incremental backups, file-level restores, support for Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service, and near-continuous data protection (CDP) with built-in replication.
  • Vizioncore vRanger
    As part of the Vizioncore Data Protection Platform, vRanger provides direct-to-target backups, fast file-level restores and LAN-free backups.

Disaster recovery methods for vSphere

  • VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM)
    Site Recovery Manager is truly a robust disaster recovery tool for vSphere. SRM helps VMware administrators create a recovery plan, works with storage area network (SAN) to sync data and performs automated recoveries of entire virtual infrastructures.
  • Double-Take for VMware Infrastructure
    Double-Take for VMware Infrastructure uses software replication to sync virtual machines over a LAN or wide area network to ensure availability in case of a virtual infrastructure failure.
  • EMC RecoverPoint
    RecoverPoint, a CDP solution, offers policy-based management, application integration and bandwidth reduction for vSphere and EMC SANs.

Resources for disaster recovery methods

  • VMware VMbook: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
    This free, 230-page practical guide to business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) planning provides VMware administrators step-by-step instructions for setting up BCDR services in a virtual environment.
  • VMware Business Continuity Podcasts
    This seven-part podcast series covers disaster recovery methods for Microsoft Exchange in VMware environments, disaster recovery best practices for medium-sized enterprises, a discussion between's Mike Laverick and VMware's Director of Technical Marketing Mornay Van Der Walt about SRM and more.
  • VMware Disaster Recovery Assessment
    This 40-question VMware Disaster Recovery Assessment survey provides a free analysis of your company's BCDR preparedness, a comparison against similar-sized organizations and an outline for improvements and optimizations.
  • Administering VMware Site Recovery Manager
    Mike Laverick's expert book on SRM provides in-depth installation and configuration walkthroughs for VMware adminstrators.

    David Davis is the director of infrastructure at . He has a number of certifications including vExpert, VCP, CCIE #9369 and CISSP. Davis has also authored hundreds of articles and six different video training courses at Train Signal with his most popular course being the VMware vSphere 4 video training course. His personal website is . You can follow Davis on Twitter or connect with Davis on LinkedIn.

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