SRM 4.0 is released and fully supports vSphere and vCenter Linked clones

Well this is post number 100 and it is nice to anounce that VMware have finally released a vSphere compatible version of SRM,  and all I can say is about time.   I could not believe it when vSphere was released int May without SRM support,  that should have been there from day one.  well rant over what VMware goodness does the version 4.0 bring.
Firstly do not be alarmed by the version jump from 1.0 to 4.0, you have not been asleep for a couple of years,  they have just taken the opportunity to streamline their numbering policy to bring it aline it with the version that it is compatible with.  So why exactly is this so important well prior to this release those people that had their Virtual infrastructure protected by SRM were unable to upgrade to vSphere 4,  this has resulting in VMware stating that numerous customers,  some of whom are in their top 5% for revenue generators delaying their vSphere 4.0 upgrades.

So what do you get for your new and improved SRM, well users will be able to take advantage of the software in a mix mode environment running ESX 3.0.3 (or higher), ESX 3.5, and ESX 4 host servers.  Obviously to get this you will need to have your hosts  managed by vCenter 4.  This could well help to accelerate the adoption of vSphere 4 in thoses environments that have been holding back.

In addition to adding vSphere 4 support, SRM 4.0 also includes a many-to-one failover that protects multiple production sites with automated failover into a single, shared recovery site, this feature will enable a single DR site to be defined for multiple sites.

Other new features and enhancements VMware have announced include:

  • Full support for NFS-based arrays
  • A single protection group has had its capacity doubled to 1,000 virtual machines
  • SRM recovery plans can now power-on or power-off a host that is in standby mode
  • SRM can now protect virtual machines that have been configured for fault-tolerant operation, it is important to note however, that on fail over the guest will lose their fault tolerance and if Fault tolerance is a requirement it must be manually reconfigured after recovery to have it restored
  • With Linked Mode support, it is easy to see all of the SRM protected sites in one vCenter client

One down side of the new release is that Vendors that were on the SRM 1.0 hardware compatibility list (HCL) will have to recertify their agents to show that they work with SRM 4.0. that said a great many of them have already ratified, and the remainer should complete the re-certification process by the end of the month.

One good thing depending upon your point of view is that pricing on the new version has not changed and  remains at $1,750 per CPU socket.

So that means that all the major VMware ecosphere is now vSphere aware,  well not quite we are still awaiting the fully compliant version of VMware View, so if you are utilising VDI  you are still in the slow lane,  that said I would not hold your breath as the next version is not expected out of the traps until early 2010.

To download the latest version mosey on over to download SRM 4.0,  If you are looking for a good source on how to upgrade your SRM environment, check out VMware’s Uptime blog post and do not forget the VMTN Community for SRM for almost real time response you your issues and questions.