We currently have 3 ESXi hosts, vCenter 5.0, 40 VMs, all sitting on top of our NetApp in our office. We also have the same Stand-By environment in our Las Vegas datacenter. We use NetApp's SnapMirror replication to replicate the volumes.
In a disaster, our DR plan would currently break the replication between the NetApps, convert the volumes from Read-Only to normal volumes, and then start registering the VMs at the DR site.
A lot of manual labor.
We are now looking into VMware Site Recovery Manager. I reviewed this brief video, but it doesn't really tell you the details of SRM. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBQNuT_z9ro
1. How does SRM replicate the VMs to the DR -- vSphere Replication or SAN (NetApp) Replication? (In the video, around 7:00 min mark, they mention vSphere Replication)
2. Does SRM failover automatically, or does a human have to initiate the failover process?
3. How does SRM integrate with NetApp? (We don't want to re-invent the wheel)
4. Any helpful links to learn more about SRM and how it integrates with NetApp?