VMware Disaster Recovery with Site Recovery Manager is now available as a Tech Preview for Alibaba Cloud VMware Service

March 16, 2023


VMware Site Recovery Manager, the premier Disaster Recovery solution for VMware workloads, is now available with Alibaba Cloud VMware Service as part of the new “Site Recovery Manager for VMware Cloud” licensing option. With this new addition, VMware disaster recovery is now possible for even more clouds.

Organizations are always looking for ways to reduce costs and overhead. Site Recovery Manager on Alibaba Cloud VMware Service enables that by eliminating the requirement for a dedicated DR site. Site Recovery Manager with Alibaba Cloud VMware Service supports the streamlined scaling and flexibility of Alibaba Cloud VMware Service in combination with the automation and orchestration of Site Recovery Manager. Site Recovery Manager, in combination with Alibaba Cloud VMware Service, enhances disaster recovery by allowing organizations to replicate their virtual machines, create dynamic recovery plans, and non-disruptively test them to drive recovery readiness. 

What is Alibaba Cloud VMware Service?

Alibaba Cloud VMware Service is a hybrid cloud solution that integrates VMware on-premises tools, skillsets, and processes, delivering a vSphere-based, multi-tenant cloud service to Alibaba native cloud. Alibaba Cloud VMware Service allows organizations to access the scale and agility of the Alibaba Cloud while extending VMware-based workloads and applications across the Alibaba Cloud in an operationally consistent manner. Enterprises in Greater China can now access a solution that offers a dedicated VMware environment, which complies with Chinese cybersecurity regulations. This solution reduces operational costs and complexity and mitigates operational risk, empowering enterprises to optimize their cloud migration. 

What makes Site Recovery Manager a robust solution for the most stringent DR needs? Let’s dive into the details.


Site Recovery Manager can be configured and deployed in a few hours easily. Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication, which are both deployed as virtual appliances, are installed at the source and target sites to ensure that neither side has dependencies on the other in a disaster. Site Recovery Manager requires a vCenter server at both locations for the same reason. 

Recovery site resources can be expensive. When combined with the dynamic, on-demand scalability of Alibaba Cloud VMware Service, Site Recovery Manager provides the ideal mixture of cost and recovery time. The recovery site resources can be kept minimal until needed and then expanded as part of the recovery process.

Showing the steps of a recovery plan

Site Recovery Manager automates the orchestration of the failover process from on-premises to Alibaba Cloud VMware Service and between Alibaba Cloud VMware Service instances. It also handles failback. The benefit? Automating these workflows eliminates errors inherent in manual processes and reduces complexity. This level of automation also enables users to test their recovery plans non-disruptively, as frequently as required, increasing the predictability of recovery times and, ultimately, the level of confidence in the recovery plan. Non-disruptive recovery plan tests do not impact the protected VMs, replication, or recovery points.

Highlighting the traffic flow of vSphere Replication - from source host to target VR appliance

Safely Replicate VMs, granularly or at scale 

Replication is a crucial component of disaster recovery, and Site Recovery Manager supports the flexibility of using vSphere Replication to move VM data from the source to the target site. vSphere Replication provides per-VM level replication to and from any storage supported by vSphere. vSphere Replication supports traffic encryption and compression, OS quiescing, and multiple point-in-time snapshots, which can significantly help with ransomware attacks. 

Abstract Complexity from DR

Site Recovery Manager simplifies the setup and ongoing management of recovery and migration plans. How? It allows customers to replace traditional, manual runbooks with centralized recovery plans, reducing the time for setup and configuration from weeks to minutes. 

Additionally, Site Recovery Manager supports the flexibility of interoperating with various versions of vCenter, enhancing the ease of use.

Site Recovery Manager supports numerous options for recovering VMs. VMs get powered on in the exact order required by their applications. Site Recovery Manager can customize the IP address(es) of VMs as part of recovery if needed. These can be customized per VM or as part of mapping networks and subnets. 

Site Recovery Manager also supports running scripts as part of the recovery process. The recovery plan can run scripts on either the SRM server at the recovery site or on the recovered VMs themselves. 


The world is converging to multi-cloud, and VMware supports you on that journey. VMware now supports more choices than ever for protecting the VMs that run customers' applications from disasters. Combining the flexibility of Alibaba Cloud VMware Service with the established capabilities of Site Recovery Manager provides customers with another incredible option for disaster recovery.

Site Recovery Manager for Alibaba Cloud VMware Service is sold and supported by VMware and VMware partners. The required SKU is “Site Recovery Manager for Hyperscalers” which is sold in packs of 25 VMs for 1- and 3-year terms. For more details, see the links below. Licensing information is included in the SRM FAQ.

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