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What is VMware Site Recovery?

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    VMware Site Recovery brings trusted replication, orchestration and automation technologies to VMware Cloud on AWS to protect applications in the event of site failures. The service is built on an industry-leading recovery plan automation solution, VMware Site Recovery Manager, and native hypervisor-based replication, VMware vSphere Replication. The service provides an end-to-end disaster recovery solution that can help reduce the requirements for a secondary recovery site, accelerate time-to-protection, and simplify disaster recovery operations.
    The service is available in all regions where VMware Cloud on AWS is available including AWS GovCloud (U.S.) region.
    VMware Site Recovery can protect (1) workloads running in an on-premises datacenter to a VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC, (2) workloads running on a VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC to an on-premises datacenter, and (3) between different VMware Cloud on AWS SDDCs.

    The version of vCenter required at the paired on-premises datacenter to support VMware Site Recovery depends on the version of Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication deployed on the paired on-premises datacenter. VMware Product Interoperability Matrices between VMware vCenter Server and Site Recovery Manager here can be used to find out the minimum version of vCenter needed based on the version of Site Recovery Manager deployed on the paired on-premises datacenter. Similarly, VMware Product Interoperability Matrices between VMware vCenter Server and vSphere Replication here can be used to find out the minimum version of vCenter needed based on the version of vSphere Replication deployed on the paired on-premises datacenter. For example, if the current version of Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication deployed on the paired on-premises datacenter is 8.2, the minimum version of vCenter supported is 6.0 U3 based on the VMware Product Interoperability Matrices.

    • Note that, Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication on the paired on-premises datacenter can have minimum of N-1 version of the Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication components of VMware Site Recovery on VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC, as explained in the next FAQ.

    No. VMware Site Recovery was designed to provide flexibility in the versions of the components deployed by a customer in their on-premises datacenter and those deployed and managed by VMware in VMware Cloud on AWS. VMware Site Recovery is compatible with N-1 version of Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication on the paired on-premises datacenter. For example, if the current version of VMware Site Recovery is 8.3, the supported versions for Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication on the paired on-premises datacenter is 8.2 and later.

    Yes, you need to deploy version 7.0 (or later) of vSphere and version 8.3 (or later) of vSphere Replication in your on-premises datacenter to take advantage of the new feature "Seamless Disk Resizing".

    VMware Site Recovery is only available on the VMware Cloud on AWS infrastructure stack.

    VMware Site Recovery is a separate, add-on service that is priced and charged separately from VMware Cloud on AWS. Please visit the pricing page for the latest information on pricing. The list price of VMware Site Recovery includes the Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication components for both the VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC instance and the on-premises data center. The pricing also includes support.

    No, VMware Site Recovery service is a separately priced and licensed solution.

    Yes, the full set of capabilities of VMware Site Recovery is available for use as an add-on purchase to the Single Host SDDC starter configuration that serves as a low-cost option for you to jump-start your hybrid cloud disaster recovery solution. However, due to the time-bound nature and lower data durability of the Single Host SDDC offering, we recommend that you do not switch to using this as the primary disaster recovery solution for all of your on-premises workloads until you have successfully scaled up the environment to a 3-host SDDC.

    There are no additional charges to use VMware Site Recovery in a multi-site configuration such as fan-in, fan-out, or other complex topologies. The standard pricing applies to all of the virtual machines you protect using VMware Site Recovery.

    Yes, this is supported. Please refer to the VMware Site Recovery documentation for details about the various configuration types supported and procedures to deploy such multi-site topologies.

    All capabilities of VMware Site Recovery that are available on NSX-v SDDCs are also available on NSX-T SDDCs with the exception of the Firewall Rule Accelerator. To configure firewall rules required to use VMware Site Recovery on NSX-T SDDC, please follow the instructions documented here. General caveats, limitations, and known issues with VMware Site Recovery are documented in the VMware Site Recovery release notes. These apply to both NSX-v and NSX-T SDDCs unless otherwise indicated.

    In order to pair your on-premises data center with VMware Site Recovery on NSX-T SDDC in VMware Cloud on AWS, the on-premises data center should either be upgraded to Site Recovery Manager 8.1.2, which supports NSX-T or if you have an older version of Site Recovery Manager on your on-premises data center, then you should have NSX-v or no NSX deployed. VMware Site Recovery Manager inter-operates with NSX-T in on-premises environments since version 8.1.2. For more details, see the VMware Site Recovery Manager 8.1.2 Release Notes.

    If you are replicating from/to one or more on-premises sites, you must deploy at least one additional vSphere Replication Server on each site where the total number of incoming or outgoing replications exceeds 500. Please consult the VMware Site Recovery documentation for guidance on how to deploy these additional components. You may also have to modify your on-premises firewall configuration to allow incoming/outgoing traffic to/from the additional vSphere Replication Server(s). On the other hand, to replicate more than 1000 VMs to/from a VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC, you do not need to install or configure any additional components. When the number of replications in a VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC reaches a certain default threshold, the VMware Site Recovery service will automatically add an additional vSphere Replication Server to the SDDC and seamlessly extend the existing vSphere Replication firewall configuration of that SDDC to the new server.

    Starting November 2nd, you can purchase the new VMware Site Recovery term subscriptions via one of the following methods: 1. Self-service: via the VMware Cloud console, under the Add-Ons tab 2. Using the regular sales-led quoting and order process.

    Customers can purchase any number of VMs between 1 to 10,000 per VMware Site Recovery term subscription.

    Each VMware Site Recovery term subscription is specific to one VMware Cloud on AWS region. If you are protecting your workloads to two different disaster recovery sites on VMware Cloud on AWS, you will need to have a separate VMware Site Recovery term subscription for each VMware Cloud on AWS region. If you have disaster recovery protection between two VMware Cloud on AWS SDDCs, you only need to purchase one term subscription for the region where your recovery SDDC is planned to be located.

    Yes, under any of the following circumstances:

    • You will be billed for VMware Site Recovery on-demand consumption at the applicable on-demand rates for any period between your last monthly invoice and when your VMware Site Recovery term subscription is initiated; this varies based on the Anniversary Billing Date (ABD) for each customer’s Org.
    • If you protect more VMs than the number purchased under a VMware Site Recovery term subscription, then the additional VMs will be charged the VMware Site Recovery on-demand price.
    • If you have purchased a VMware Site Recovery term subscription and have disaster recovery protection between two VMware Cloud on AWS SDDCs, and then change direction of your disaster recovery protection (for example, as a result of the re-protect workflow), then for the re-protected VMs, the you will be charged the on-demand rates that apply for the target VMware Cloud on AWS region.

    Currently, the two term subscriptions are independent of one another. Since VMware Site Recovery is an add-on, you will need to have VMware Cloud hosts to use it. If the host term ends before the VMware Site Recovery term, and you still want to protect workloads, you will need to buy a new host subscription, or pay for the hosts at the on-demand rates.

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