Virtualization offers inherent advantages when it comes to disaster recovery, since it eliminates the need to recover the actual physical server an application was running on, Bock notes. Some customers have been using SRM not for disaster recovery but to move applications from one site to another when they are switching data centers, he said. Still, disaster recovery is the main purpose for the software.
SRM support for vSphere was a highly anticipated feature, says ITIC analyst Laura DiDio. “Disaster recovery and backup are in every customer’s top five checklist of things you must have,” she says.