Site Recovery Manager provides a solution for automating the recovery and execution of a disaster recovery plan in the event of a disaster in a data center.
To ensure robust business continuity and disaster recovery, network connectivity between the protected and recovery sites is required, with enough bandwidth capacity to replicate the tenant workloads by using vSphere Replication. Each site must have an instance of vCenter Server to govern the Management Pod and its ESXi hosts, and a Site Recovery Manager server and vSphere Replication appliance to orchestrate the disaster recovery workflows and replicate content across the sites. The protected site provides business-critical services, while the recovery site is an alternative infrastructure on which services are recovered in the event of a disaster.
Elements in the vCenter Server inventory list can be mapped from the protected site to their vCenter Server inventory counterparts on the recovery site. Such elements include VM folders, clusters or resource pools, and networks. All items within a single data center on the protected site must map to a single data center on the recovery site.
These inventory mapping details are used across the protected and recovery sites:
Resource mapping maps cluster objects on the protected site to cluster objects on the recovery site.
Folder mapping maps the folder structures such as data centers or VM folders on the protected site to folder structures on the recovery site.
Network mapping maps the management networks on the protected site to management networks on the recovery site.
A protection group is a group of management components at the protected site that can fail over together to the recovery site during testing and recovery.
Recovery plans are the run books that are associated with a disaster recovery scenario. A recovery plan determines which management components are started, what needs to be powered down, which scripts to run, the startup order, and the overall automated execution of the failover.