NetApp just released a new VMware plug-in for disaster recovery for it’s MetroCluster customers.
The MetroCluster Plug-in 1.0 for vSphere plug-in evacuates all virtual machines to another site and facilitates failover/giveback operations of the storage systems. It is viewable as the “MetroCluster” tab under the “Hosts and Clusters” view within vCenter. Additionally, it allows administrators to view 7-Mode storage systems, vFiler units, ESXi hosts, datastores, and virtual machines.
The architecture of this plug-in leverages the vSphere API to “talk” between the plug-in and the vSphere Server. Communication between the plug-in and the MetroCluster storage system is facilitated via the NetApp Manageability SDK. Lastly, for the plug-in to “talk” to the vSphere client, Spring Remoting calls are made via HTTPS.
MetroCluster Plug-in 1.0 requires VMware vCenter Server 5.5 running Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 (6.3), 2012 (6.2), 2008 R2 (6.1), or 2008 (6.0) with VMware ESX 5.5, ESXi 5.1, or even ESXi 5.0. The plug-in has been qualified to also support vCenter appliance.
On the storage side, the plug-in is officially supported with 7-Mode versions of Data ONTAP 8.1 – 8.1.4 and 8.2 – 8.2.2
It should also be noted that there are vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) requirements: DRS should be turned on and the automation level set to Fully Automated with the DRS migration threshold set to apply at least priority 1 and priority 2 recommendations for the cluster.
The 148-megabyte installation package is now available to download from the NetApp Support Site.