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.


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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