VMware vSphere Replication 6.0 – Technical Overview

VMware vSphere® Replication™ is a virtual machine data protection and disaster recovery solution. It is fully integrated with VMware vCenter Server™ and VMware vSphere Web Client, providing host-based, asynchronous replication of virtual machines. vSphere Replication is a proprietary replication engine developed by VMware that is included with VMware vSphere Essentials Plus Kit and higher editions of VMware vSphere, VMware vSphere with Operations Management™ editions, and VMware vCloud® Suite editions.

vSphere Replication use cases

■ Data protection and disaster recovery within the same site and across sites
■ Data center migration
■ Replication engine for VMware vCloud Air™ Disaster Recovery
■ Replication engine for VMware vCenter™ Site Recovery Manager™

vSphere Replication features and benefits

■ Simple virtual appliance deployment minimizes cost and complexity.
■ Integration with vSphere Web Client eases administration and monitoring.
■ Protect nearly any virtual machine regardless of operating system (OS) and applications.
■ Only changes are replicated, which improves efficiency and reduces network utilization.
■ Recovery point objectives (RPOs) range from 15 minutes to 24 hours and can be configured on a
per–virtual machine basis.
■ Compatibility is provided with VMware Virtual SAN™, traditional SAN, NAS, and local storage.
■ Quick recovery for individual virtual machines minimizes downtime and resource requirements.
■ Optional network isolation and compression help secure replicated data and further reduce network
bandwidth consumption.
■ Support for Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) and Linux file system quiescing improves reliability of recovered virtual machines.

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The VMware vSphere Replication 6.0 technical paper presents an overview of the architecture, deployment, configuration, and management of vSphere Replication..

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