It’s as if NetApp Clustered Data ONTAP was made for SRM!

I have long been a fan of VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM), especially when using NetApp storage.  NetApp clustered Data ONTAP however really raised the bar when it comes to managing your DR environment on a multiprotocol unified scale-out architecture.  This week I published a new technical report to the NetApp Tech Library that covers NetApp guidance and best practices on deploying VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager on NetApp Clustered Data ONTAP (cDOT).

Deploying VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5 on Clustered Data ONTAP


This is the big brother to TR-4064 which covers deploying SRM on NetApp Data ONTAP 7-Mode.  If you are a 7-Mode customer interested in upgrading to cDOT or a new cDOT customer, TR-4264 will be your guide.   Inside you will find information like:

  • SRM 5 and cDOT Architecture
  • Supported Storage Replication Layouts
  • Design Considerations
  • Deployment Procedures
  • Operational Procedures
Parent FlexVol® volume and FlexClone® volume used for SRM test and recovery workflows.

This report also has detailed information on the NetApp Storage Replication Adapter (SRA) 2.1.  The SRA is the NetApp plugin that manages all storage tasks for SRM (i.e. array based replication using SnapMirror® and non-disruptive DR testing with FlexClone®)

A virtualized environment using VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM) with NetApp storage provides the infrastructure with unparalleled opportunities to implement real, working disaster recovery processes that are quick and easy to test, consume little additional storage, and significantly reduce the recovery time objective (RTO) and recovery point objective (RPO).

If you are interested in deploying VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager of NetApp clustered Data ONTAP, please read TR-4264 now. If you  have any questions, comments or suggestions send me your feedback.

What’s Next?  This week I will be playing with the new SRM PowerShell Cmdlets found in PowerCLI 5.5 R2.  Stay tuned for a blog post on my findings.


If you are NetApp Communities Podcast listener, stay tuned.  I have invited VMware’s Ken Werneberg @vmken to talk some SRM with us, and now that there are SRM Cmdlets in PowerCLI, I think it’s time to bring our old friend Alan Renouf @alanrenouf back on.

Bye for now

2 thoughts on “It’s as if NetApp Clustered Data ONTAP was made for SRM!

  1. very interesting thank you. do you know if netapp integrates also with the simple vSphere replication? i have 3-4 VMs to replicate but i dont need the entire functionality of SRM…

    1. SRM uses vSphere replication in addition to array based replication (ABR). If you don’t need all the functionality of SRM and are interested in replicating a few VMs, you may consider using SnapMirror in conjunction with Workflow Automation (WFA)
      If you are using NetApp (or any storage array for that matter) you will find the ABR to be more efficient than vSphere replication.

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