The Site Recovery Manager Server requires its own database, which it uses to store data such as recovery plans and inventory information.

The Site Recovery Manager database is a critical part of a Site Recovery Manager installation. You must create the Site Recovery Manager database and establish a database connection before you can install Site Recovery Manager.

Site Recovery Manager cannot use the vCenter Server database because it has different database schema requirements. You can use the vCenter Server database server to create and support the Site Recovery Manager database.

Each Site Recovery Manager site requires its own instance of the Site Recovery Manager database. Use a different database server instance to run the individual Site Recovery Manager databases for each site. If you use the same database server instance to run the databases for both sites, and if the database server experiences a problem, neither Site Recovery Manager site will work and you will not be able to perform a recovery.

Site Recovery Manager does not require the databases on each site to be identical. You can run different versions of a supported database from the same vendor on each site, or you can run databases from different vendors on each site. For example, you can run different versions of Oracle Server on each site, or you can have an Oracle Server database on one site and an SQL Server database on the other.

If you are updating Site Recovery Manager to a new version, you can use the existing database. Before you attempt a Site Recovery Manager environment upgrade, make sure that both Site Recovery Manager Server databases are backed up. Doing so helps ensure that you can revert back to the previous version after the upgrade, if necessary.

For the list of database software that Site Recovery Manager supports, see the Site Recovery Manager Compatibility Matrixes.