Release: VMware Site Recovery Manager 5.8 and vSphere Data Protection 5.8

Among the announcements made today at the VMworld 2014 in San Francisco, there are two new releases. VMware disclosed the delivery of new version of its Disaster Recovery and Backup products: VMware Site Recovery Manager 5.8 and vSphere Data Protection 5.8.

VMware vCentre Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 5.8 aims to deliver next-generation disaster recovery capabilities for vSphere environments.

The main highlights of this new release are:

  • 5x the scale of protection – IT organizations can set up recovery plans scalable up to 5,000 virtual machines per vCenter Server using array-based replication to enable enterprise-level protection–five times larger than with previous limits.
  • Enhanced self-service – New integrations will offer customers self-service access to provision predefined disaster recovery protection tiers to new VMs via blueprints in vCloud Automation Center when using array-based replication.

vSphere Data Protection Advanced 5.8, powered by EMC Avamar technology, offers backup capabilities for vSphere environments.

The new major features in vSphere DPA are:

  • Enhanced support for business-critical apps – customers can now perform backups for Microsoft SQL Server clusters as well as Microsoft Exchange DAGs (Database Availability Groups).
  • Customizable Proxies and Backup Work Streams – customers now have the flexibility of choosing the number of parallel backup workstreams to satisfy Service Level Agreements (SLAs) helping them to increase backup scalability and performance.
  • Enhanced Replication – customers can now restore replicated backups at either primary or disaster recovery site.

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