I have just inherited a new role & managing a new network. I've been asked to look at DR first off. It's been a few years since I last implemented a full blown Disaster Recovery Site Replication & Backup solution. I would like to know if things have changed much in that time.
For the purpose of this project, please consider that we already have a Production Data centre, a DR Data Centre at another physical location, we have all of the appropriate ESXi Hosts, SAN's, networking gear etc at both Sites. We also manage our Branch networking links internally (so we can deploy on the fly quite easily).
What we don't have is a decent DR solution in place. Currently only certain data & Databases are being replicated to the DR site. To bring up the DR site, it's basically deploying a bunch of blank VM's and restoring the appropriate backups onto them. Needless to say it would take weeks to bring up the DR site.
To me a decent DR solution should only take a few minutes to bring to a hot state. It should also give you the ability to restore from the file level > to powering up 1 VM at the DR site > to 1 ESXi Host > to the entire Prod environment.
In my last role I achieved this through VMware Site Recovery Manager. We had a dedicated replication link between the storage VLAN at the Prod site, to the Storage VLAN at the DR site to replicate the SAN Volumes. & SRM to manage the hot/cold states.
As mentioned we do have all of the physical requirements, but I don't think we have the software requirements.
We do currently pay for some type of Commvault licence, but I don't know much about Commvault. Perhaps we can achieve the a better solution with CommVault, or we need to look at another solution provider. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.