A new white paper talks about both SRM and Stretched Cluster solutions and explains the advantages and disadvantages of either. It provides a great overview in my opinion on when a stretched cluster should be implemented or when SRM makes more sense.

“This paper is intended to clarify concepts involved with choosing solutions for vSphere site availability, and to help understand the use cases for availability solutions for the virtualized infrastructure.
Specific guidance is given around the intended use of DR solutions like VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager and contrasted with the intended use of geographically stretched clusters spanning multiple datacenters.
While both solutions excel at their primary use case, their strengths lie in different areas which are explored within.”

Download:
http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/techpaper/Stretched_Clusters_and_VMware_vCenter_Site_Recovery_Manage_USLTR_Regalix.pdf

Source: VMware Technical Papers

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