As the concept of a Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) gains greater and greater mind share, I want to bring you back to a product that started out as software and clearly fits within today’s SDDC – RecoverPoint for VM.

RP4VM is a member of the RecoverPoint family that provides VM’s with local and remote replication for recovery to any point in time.  RP4VM is a flexible solution, offering both synchronous and asynchronous replication modes with no distance limitations.  Management is simple and integrated with VMware vCenter.

One of the best attributes of RP4VM is that it is storage agnostic.  Customers can deploy RP4VM in any vSphere environment to protect VMs from local disasters (restarting a VM in a DR location) along with protecting against data corruptions (restoring the VM to the point in time prior to corruption).  Additionally, RP4VM has a plethora of capabilities to help orchestrate the recovery process.

The solution is fully virtualized software deployed into VMware ESXi server environments without any additional hardware dependency. There are three architectural components which are fully integrated and deployed in a VMware ESXi server environment: the VMware vCenter plug-in, a RecoverPoint write splitter embedded in vSphere hypervisor, and a virtual appliance.

The current version of RP4VM is 5.1.1, which introduced several workflow enhancements and improved performance:

Scale and performance:

  • 2x performance improvement, supporting up to 300MB/s throughput per vRPA.
  • 2x scale density improvement, managing up to 1,000 VMs and 256 CGs on a single vRPA cluster.

Deployment:

  • Shorter vRPA cluster deployment time, reduced number of user data entries.
  • Improved vRPA cluster connect flow, running pre-connect validation to verify the connect operation will be completed successfully.

Protection:

  • Easily pre-configure the failover network configuration for protected VMs, with a per NIC network assignment resolution.
  • Improved protected VM vHW changes replication, replicating resource allocation (vCPU and Memory).

Recovery:

  • Improved management of replica copy, requiring less system action during recovery flows and removing VMware false notification display while failing-over process is executed.
  • MAC address replication improvement – replicate MAC address changes to protected VMs.
  • Enabling “silent” image access – keeping replica VMs powered-off when accessed
  • Pre-defined networking configuration to be used in case of a failover

At Sovereign, we focus on helping our customers determine the best solution to meet their business requirements and ensure the appropriate recovery objectives (RTO/RPO) are met.  If you’re trying to protect a virtual environment, RP4VM is worth your consideration.  My ask to my fellow blog readers is to review the links below and re-introduce yourself to a product that fits in today’s modern datacenter.

RecoverPoint for VM Video.  https://www.emc.com/video-collateral/demos/microsites/mediaplayer-video/recoverpoint-virtual-machines-overview.htm

ESG White Paper on RecoverPoint for VM.  https://www.emc.com/collateral/analyst-reports/esg-wp-emc-recoverpoint-for-vms.pdf

Free Demo version.   https://www.emc.com/products-solutions/trial-software-download/recoverpointforvms.htm