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Using a number of IBM 3840M2 servers, a VMware ESX 3.5 virtual infrastructure was deployed in the production data center and connected to the shared storage infrastructure. The equivalent number of servers were deployed at the DR site and presented with the replicated storage. An EMC Clarrion array at the production site was used to hold the virtual machines and replicated copies were synchronously copied to the DR site using EMC Recoverpoint.

A key capability of VMware SRM is the ability to simulate an entire virtual infrastructure failover without impacting the running environment and this capability provides the Royal Bank of Canada with the following benefits:

  • The ability to perform recovery tests without losing replicated data by exploiting storage snapshots
  • Virtual machines recovery can be tested during business hours without impacting the live workloads
  • Automation of the execution and cleanup of Disaster Recovery test plans

Other key criteria for the solution were simplicity, fast recovery of key systems in the event of a disaster occurring and a cost effective solution that would be both simple to manage, reliable and easily extendible to new application workloads in the future.

The Disaster Recovery Solution was designed, implemented and tested by Computacenter UK, an IBM Premier Partner who are the VMware’s largest Premier Partner in EMEA. 

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  • + Functional details


    • Through integration with storage vendor replication technology, SRM was able to manage the failover of the production servers to disaster recovery site.


    • Taking control of the DR planning and testing was achieved through their vCenter server, utilising a VI Client plugin, the Customer is able to manage their entire virtual infrastructure from a single screen.


    • Having the ability to simulate disasters without actually impacting the production data center meant that RBC were able to refine their failover procedures and prove their DR plan worked as expected.

  • + Business opportunity

    Automated Failover: When a real disaster strikes, failover from the primary site is automated following the press of a button inside vCenter. This automated failover can address the following:

    • The promotion of replicated datastores
    • The execution of user-defined scripts
    • The reconfiguration of virtual machine network settings including new IP addresses
    • Prompts and reminders to complete manual tasks during the failover whilst pausing the recovery plan

  • + Competitive advantage


  • + Industries

    Computer Services Industry

  • + Solution areas

    Cross industry
       Business Continuity

  • + Customer size

    Small Business (50 to 99 employees)
    Midmarket Business (100 to 499 employees)
    Midmarket Business (500 to 1000 employees)
    Large Business (greater than 1000 employees)

  • + Languages supported


  • + Countries/regions available for distribution

    United Kingdom

Technical information

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  • + Hardware/OS platforms

    System x
       Other Linux family
       Novell NetWare
       Windows 2000 Server (inclusive)
       Windows Server 2003
       Other Windows
       Other Operating Systems
       Windows Server 2008 (inclusive)

  • + Services

    Business Recovery Services

  • + Storage devices

    Disk Storage Systems
       IBM System Storage DS4000 family (formerly FAStT)

Date last modified:    Jul 2, 2013

Contact information

Paul Johnson


Computacenter (UK) Limited
Hatfield Business Park
Hatfield Avenue
United Kingdom

+44 1707 631000

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