Simple, Reliable Disaster Recovery Software

Discover the industry-leading disaster recovery solution that delivers automated orchestration of failover and fail-back to minimize downtime. Built-in non-disruptive testing and reporting ensure your RTOs are met and simplifies audits.


Site Recovery Manager Introduction

See how to get fast and predictable disaster recovery with automated fail-over and fail-back.

Benefits of VMware Site Recovery Manager

Reliable Disaster Recovery Performance

Perform frequent, non-disruptive testing to ensure your RTOs are predictable and meet requirements.

Simple, Policy-Based Management

Use policy-driven automation to protect thousands of virtual machines easily using centralized recovery plans managed from the vSphere Web Client.

Disaster Recovery as-a-Service (DRaaS)

Get on-demand site protection as a service across a common, vSphere-based operating environment with VMware Site Recovery for VMC on AWS.

Reduce TCO

Use automation to reduce disaster recovery operational expenses and to streamline time-consuming DR audits with system-generated failover reporting.


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VMware Site Recovery Manager 8.2

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Use VMware Site Recovery Manager to protect workloads from on-premises to VMware Cloud on AWS.

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Purchasing Options

VMware Site Recovery Manager is available in two editions: Standard and Enterprise.


Both standalone editions are licensed per protected virtual machine and sold in packs of 25 virtual machines.

Max. protected virtual machines
Standard 75 VMs per site
Enterprise No licensing limit
Centralized recovery plans
Non-disruptive testing
Automated orchestration workflows
Array-based replication support
vSphere Replication support
Stretched storage support
Orchestrated cross-vCenter vMotion
VMware NSX integration
Storage-profile protection groups


Find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Site Recovery Manager.

What is Site Recovery Manager?

Site Recovery Manager (SRM) is the industry-leading disaster recovery (DR) management solution, designed to minimize downtime in case of a disaster. It provides policy-based management, automated orchestration, and non-disruptive testing of centralized recovery plans. It is designed for virtual machines and scalable to manage all applications in a vSphere environment.

SRM automates and orchestrates failover and failback, ensuring minimal downtime in a disaster. Built-in non-disruptive testing ensures your recovery time objectives are met.

Overall, SRM simplifies management through automation, ensures fast and highly predictable recovery times, and minimizes the total cost of ownership. SRM addresses multiple use cases, such as disaster recovery, disaster avoidance, planned data center migrations, site-level load balancing or even application maintenance testing.

What is vSphere Replication?

vSphere Replication is VMware’s hypervisor-based replication technology for vSphere virtual machines. vSphere Replication protects virtual machines from partial or complete site failures. It simplifies DR protection through storage-independent, VM-centric replication. It also supports a variety of underlying storage solutions with multiple point-in-time recovery and customizable recovery point objectives, ranging from five minutes to 24 hours.

vSphere Replication is configured on a per-VM basis, allowing fine control over which VMs are replicated. This replication occurs from a primary site to a secondary site, between two clusters in a single site, and from multiple source sites to a single target site—regardless of the underlying storage array. vSphere Replication is a feature of the vSphere platform, and it integrates natively with Site Recovery Manager.

How does Site Recovery Manager work?

For maximum flexibility and choice, Site Recovery Manager integrates with vSphere through VMware Server and an underlying replication technology. It can integrate natively with vSphere Replication or with a broad range of storage array–based replication solutions from leading storage vendors through storage replication adapters.  

SRM guides users through the process of configuring recovery plans. At the time of failover or testing, SRM automates the execution of the recovery plan. SRM allows teams to perform frequent non-disruptive testing, even during business hours, to ensure predictable recovery objectives. It reduces recovery time to minutes with automated orchestration workflows. And it achieves zero-downtime application mobility, orchestrating live migration of virtual machines at scale across sites.

What components are required for a Site Recovery Manager deployment?

Instances of vSphere, vCenter Server, and Site Recovery Manager are required at both the protected site and the recovery site. SRM also requires an underlying replication product to copy virtual machines to the recovery site. Customers have the choice to use either vSphere Replication or third-party array-based replication software. When using array-based replication software, a storage replication adapter (SRA) is required.

Which replication software is supported?

Site Recovery Manager requires the use of either vSphere Replication or storage-based replication for iSCSI, FibreChannel, or NFS storage arrays. For storage-based replication, VMware works with storage partners to ensure that customers can deploy SRM with their choice of storage and storage replication platform. SRM works with a wide variety of replication software through storage replication adapter (SRA) plug-ins developed and certified by storage vendors for use with SRM. For a current list of SRAs and supported storage view the Storage Partner Compatibility Matrix. 

If I can’t or don’t have time to install Site Recovery Manager in my environment, what are my options for evaluating it?

Visit the Site Recovery Manager Evaluation Center, your best option to explore technical documentation and installation guides to make your Site Recovery Manager evaluation a success.

What is the difference between Site Recovery Manager and VMware Site Recovery?

VMware Site Recovery for VMware Cloud on AWS is a separate service, but it is built on top of Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication. Site Recovery provides on-demand disaster recovery as a service to protect your workloads both on-premises and on VMware Cloud on AWS. The service automates workload recovery in a DR event between on-premises data centers and VMware Cloud on AWS, as well as between different instances of VMware Cloud on AWS. It replicates workloads to VMware Cloud on AWS, allowing you to spin them up whenever you need them.

How does VMware Site Recovery provide faster time to protection?

VMware Site Recovery accelerates time to protection by taking advantage of cloud flexibility and economics. Instead of building a secondary on-premises DR site, you can easily spin up a VMware environment on AWS. Site Recovery also uses the same familiar tools and operating environment—from on-premises to the public cloud—which dramatically simplifies DR operations and enables “DR in a day.”

For more questions and answers, check out the full Site Recovery Manager FAQs.