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We performed a comparison between Sungard Disaster Recovery Services and VMware SRM based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Disaster Recovery as a Service solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Sungard Disaster Recovery Services vs. VMware SRM report (Updated: September 2022).
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  • "There is an annual license to use this solution."
  • "The price of VMware SRM depends on how many VMs the customer has to move. There is a difference between the standard and enterprise license. I'm presenting the standard license to my customers because the total of VMs is not more than 50. The customer needs only the standard license and the cost is very effective for him."
  • "The price could be lower, in general. My clients pay for an annual license."
  • "VMware SRM is quite expensive."
  • "SRM is reasonably priced for the functionality it provides."
  • "The level of licensing required for this solution is dependent on the server instances in use."
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    Top Answer:The level of licensing required for this solution is dependent on the server instances in use.
    Top Answer:We would like the patching management function of this product to be improved.
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    Also Known As
    VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
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    Overview
    Disasters are inevitable. You don't know when, you don't know how, you don't know what Ð but you know they're coming. That's why you prepare. And when it comes to your enterprise systems, you don't want to mess around with hosting your secondary or recovery site with just anyone. If your recovery site fails to perform as you'd expect, it could spell big trouble for your business. When you don't want to leave anything to chance, Sungard Availability Services provides industry-leading managed hosting services backed by enterprise-class service level agreements.

    VMware SRM (Site Recovery Manager) is a business continuity and disaster recovery solution that is part of the vSphere virtualization suite. It helps you plan, test, and run the recovery of virtual machines between a protected vCenter Server site and a recovery vCenter Server site. VMware SRM aims to minimize data loss and system downtime by letting you automate backups and orchestrate the recovery of entire VMware storage systems. VMware SRM is offered on-premises and on the AWS cloud.

    VMware SRM is most commonly used for:

    • Disaster recovery
    • Disaster avoidance
    • Data center migrations
    • Site-level load balancing
    • Maintenance testing for enterprise applications

    As a disaster recovery tool, VMware SRM:

    • Provides replication technology.
    • Supports policy-based management of backup programs.
    • Lets you run non-disruptive testing of disaster recovery plans.

    VMware SRM Key Features

    Some of VMware SRM’s key features include:
    Good scalability and stability, fast and reliable recovery, automated orchestration workflows, automated recovery of network and security settings, non-disruptive recovery testing, orchestrated cross-vCenter vMotion, stretched storage support, and self-service provisioning.

    VMware SRM Benefits

    The main benefits of using VMware SRM include:

    • Integration: VMware SRM integrates with other VMware technologies and architectures.

    • Non-disruptive testing: VMware SRM allows you to conduct tests during business hours without disruptions.

    • Reduced recovery time: By using automated orchestration workflows, VMware SRM helps to decrease recovery time to just minutes.

    • Automated failback: With automated failback, you can resume business operations as normal very quickly.

    • Extensibility for custom automation: With VMware SRM, you can use the Orchestrator plug-in to build custom automation workflows.

    • Automated network mappings: You can automatically map network settings across the two sites when creating a recovery plan.

    • Eliminate the need to re-configure IP addresses: With VMware SRM’s automated recovery of network and security settings, it is not necessary to e-configure IP addresses on recovered VMs via integration with NSX. Configurations are also reduced post-recovery by implementing security policies.

    • Centralized recovery plans: VMware SRM’s centralized recovery plans help you protect thousands of VM’s and also make it possible to eliminate manual runbooks.

    • Protect investments: With supported replication, VMware SRM helps protect investments and tailor RPOs.

    • Lower TCO: By using VMware SRM, you can lower your TCO and incur lower expenses for disaster recovery.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Below are reviews from PeerSpot users who are currently using the solution:

    PeerSpot user Eslam E., Senior Solution Architect at ICT Misr, explains his experience using the solution and says that "VMware SRM is very effective between two sites with identical twin storage, you can have synchronization between the two sites."

    A founder at a comms service provider commented on the solution's efficiency, noting, "If you want to do failover, it works without any problem."

    Reviewer Rakesh-P., who is a consultant at Ashtech Infotech (India) Pvt.Ltd., mentions why he finds VMware SRM to be a good product, commenting that “The most valuable feature is disaster recovery testing. The reports are very good.”

    Ahmed F., a consultant at Daniyals Inc, says that the solution doesn’t require a lot of resources and that "The UI is very user-friendly and testing is easy."

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    Sample Customers
    Ullico Inc., Dakotacare
    Acorda Therapeutics, Columbia Sportswear, Mainfreight, Nippon Express, Sin Chew Media, Fisher & Paykel, Siam City Bank
    Top Industries
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    Comms Service Provider22%
    Government10%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Insurance Company10%
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    Computer Software Company18%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Government11%
    Retailer11%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Government7%
    Company Size
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    Small Business34%
    Midsize Enterprise5%
    Large Enterprise61%
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    Small Business46%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise42%
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    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise62%
    Buyer's Guide
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    Sungard Disaster Recovery Services is ranked 12th in Disaster Recovery as a Service while VMware SRM is ranked 7th in Disaster Recovery (DR) Software with 17 reviews. Sungard Disaster Recovery Services is rated 0.0, while VMware SRM is rated 8.0. On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware SRM writes "Good replication and integration capabilities with a straightforward setup". Sungard Disaster Recovery Services is most compared with IBM Disaster Recovery Services, whereas VMware SRM is most compared with Veeam Backup & Replication, Zerto, Dell RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines, VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery and Azure Site Recovery.

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