How to implement VMware vSphere Replication between production and DR site?

This is using VMware ESXi 6.0. The production virtualization environment is using DELL solution. This comprises of 2 hosts using PowerEdge R430 servers, 2 stackable switches PowerConnect 6248 48-port using stacking module, and a dual-controller EqualLogic PS6100 iSCSI SAN storage.

There are altogether 8 VMs includes a vCenter. However, we are thinking of setting up a DR-site so as upon the disaster strike, this site will be up in with a shortest delay as possible. In case of any production VM down, a correspondent DR VM is up with the most last 1 hour data lose. These are some of the requirements for the DR.

I heard that VMware have vCenter Site Recovery Manager and VMware vSphere replication. btw, how to set them up in step-by-step?

Thanks in advance.
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Mohammed KhawajaManager - Infrastructure:  Information TechnologyCommented:
I have set them up in the past to migrate our data center to a remote site and it works just fine. You will need ESXi at two sites and you then replicate and keep your RPO to your liking (allows range of 15 minutes to 24 hours).  If disaster strikes then you could your VM from the recovery site.  I will send more info when I can get to my vCenter.
MichaelBalackAuthor Commented:
Hi Mohammed,

Thanks and please ...
Mohammed KhawajaManager - Infrastructure:  Information TechnologyCommented:
What you require for Replication to work is as follows:

ESXi 5.0 or higher
vSphere 5.0 Essential Plus or higher
VMware vCenter 5.5 or higher (web client is needed)
VMware Replication 5.6 or higher

Above configuration will replicate to a different host in the same data center.  If you want to replicate across data centers then you will require VMware Site Recovery Manager.

To install, you download the vSphere Replication appliance and install it.  In your environment where you want to replicate 8 VMs, you just need the appliance.  In my environment, I am keeping approximately 100 VMs replicated and thus, I have installed two additional vSphere Replication Servers.  One thing to remember is that the replication software is built for multi-threading operations (i.e. multiple replications) and will replicate each VM at rate of 4mbps to 10mbps.  Below are some links:

https://communities.vmware.com/docs/doc-27800
https://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-55/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vsphere-replication-55-admin.pdf
http://terenceluk.blogspot.ca/2014/01/installing-vmware-vsphere-replication.html
http://www.vladan.fr/vsphere-replication-with-single-vcenter-how-to-configure/

To replicate a VM, just right click on the VM, click on all vCenter Replication Actions, Configure Replication and this is where you will select the target host, storage and the RPO

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Kaiser AnwarCommented:
You can also do this without implementing the SRM, you will need to setup SAN replication with your Dell SAM so data gets replicated to the DR site.

few things to keep in mind

1. The latency you want to make sure you have good circuits
2. The site distance is the key for replication

below is the link for info the SAN replication

http://en.community.dell.com/dell-groups/dtcmedia/m/mediagallery/19861448/download

process is pretty simple - you can do this with Virtual Center at the DR site or without virtual center at the DR site. once the data is replicated then all you need to do is to mount the VM on the ESX host and depending on you network - you can use the same IP or assign a new one you will bee good
MichaelBalackAuthor Commented:
Hi Mohammed and Kaiser,

Thanks for both of your suggested articles and directions. Let's me read through all of them and i will update you guys.

Thanks a lot.
MichaelBalackAuthor Commented:
Thanks Mohammed for the suggestions, links, and articles. Now, I understand how the whole replications work.
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