VMware Site Recover Manager 4.0 enters private beta

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VMware is preparing to release a new version of its Site Recovery Manager (SRM).

When the company announced the product for the first time in September 2007, it was immediately clear how virtualization technologies have the potential to revolutionize the disaster recovery industry.
Then, after the SRM 1.0 release more than one year ago, the product raised a lot of interest among the customers and a strong support from the storage vendors.

At the beginning of July VMware started the private beta of the second release, dubbed Site Recovery Manager 4.0, as Mike Laverick revealed on the VMTN forums.
The new version was originally numbered 1.5 but VMware recently decided to rename it as 4.0, probably to sync with the vSphere version (and to gain some extra maturity points).

A public beta may be announced in time for VMworld 2009, or VMware may decide to keep it private until General Availability.
We’ll try to provide additional information about the new features that are included in SRM 4.0.