Note to speaker: On Aug 26th, EMC will publicly announced RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines 4.2, a hypervisor-based, software only data protection solution that protects VMware Virtual Machines (VMs). Product GA date is Sep 23rd 2014. The release date of CX/DX configurator supporting this product is planned for Oct 13th 2014.
RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines, a newest member of RecoverPoint Family, is 100% software only, hypervisor-based data protection solution that protects VMWare Virtual Machines (VMs). It is built on the robust engine of RecoverPoint, which has over 250M run hours in the marketplace. RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines simplifies operational recovery and disaster recovery with built-in orchestration and automation capabilities accessible via VMware vCenter. vAdministrators can manage the lifecycle of VMs directly from the vSphere Web Client GUI and perform test, failover, and failback to any point in time. EMC RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines 4.2 is estimated to be generally available on September 23, 2014.
It Protects VMs with VM level granularity
It is storage agnostic, supporting all storage types SAN/vSAN/NAS/DAS. Another way to describe this feature is RecoverPoint for VMs Replicate VMs utilizing VMDK and RDM devices accessed by any type of storage connectivity supported by VMware (i.e. FC, FCoE, iSCSI, NAS, DAS, SAS and SVD) referenced in the VMware Hardware Compatibility List.
It is a Disaster recovery offering with built-in orchestration and automation capabilities accessible via VMware vCenter
The Key benefits are: [short version] – just read the slide Benefits: Organizations (or vAdmins) can now • Optimize RPO & RTO to meet Service Level Agreements (SLAs) • Streamline recovery workflows, eliminate complexity and save time • Lower TCO by improving resource utilization and efficiency for Operational Recovery (OR) & Disaster Recovery (DR) • RP4VM, this SW only solution reduces floor space and port consumption, a benefit in the transition to SDDC.
Why did EMC invest in developing this product and what problems are we trying to solve for our customers?
[long version] Benefits The benefits of EMC RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines contribute value in three major areas: Help IT managers and vAdministrators to meet stringent data protection Service Level Agreements (SLAs) by Protecting VMs with VM level granularity Replicating over any distance: synchronously or asynchronously Delivering any point-in-time recovery Restoring interdependent mission critical applications with data consistency Streamlining data protection for operational recovery and disaster recovery for virtual environments to achieve RPO and RTO objectives Reduce complexity and save time with automated, reliable and repeatable DR & OR processes by Integrating easily into existing IT data management infrastructure with its VMware vCenter plug-in Simplifying Operational Recovery (OR) and Disaster Recovery (DR) with built-in orchestration and automation capabilities Enabling vAdmins to perform automated discovery, provisioning and orchestrated DR test, fail over and fail back to any PiT Shortening application development cycles by providing a replica for isolated test or development use Enabling data migration without any interruption Improve their operational and management efficiencies to drive down overall costs by Enabling fast deployment in a VMware EXSi environment with no additional hardware dependencies Empowering vAdmins with the visibility and control to set and manage VM data protection policies through a single Graphical User Interface (GUI) Shortening the learning curve for vAdmins with a familiar GUI Supporting all storage array types: SAN/VSAN/NAS/DAS Leveraging the remote site for backup operations with no impact to the production site Utilizing WAN resources efficiently with de-duplication and compression Reducing OPEX costs
We know that one of the trends of the Software Defined Data Center is that virtualization is occurring at an ever faster rate. As a result, IT managers and vAdministrators are challenged with the proliferation of VMs in which mission critical applications are deployed and the increasing complexity of managing a virtualized infrastructure. They need to solve these problems with a limited budget and rising Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).
vAdmins do not have adequate tools to protect VMs with recoverability to achieve the required Service level agreement (SLAs), resulting growing RPO & RTO gaps. They lack visibility and control to specify VM granularity protection right from the VM’s creation. Without an integrated and automated recovery process, the recovery of a single VM or group of VMs in a complex virtual infrastructure often requires many disparate management GUIs. Businesses may suffer interruptions due to lengthy, disjointed workflows in the recovery process, resulting in poor utilization of resources. These are symptoms of a silo’ed data protection architecture developed overtime, contributing to the rising of TCO for Disaster Recovery.
Let’s focus on the People here, in this case the vAdministrators, just a little more because their role has changed that they have been getting more involved in all aspect of IT management. Why? Because they typically are responsible for the mission critical Apps that run on the virtualized platform. They understand the business values of their application and data but they often rely on the storage administrators to protect the underlying storage infrastructure for them. As the IT infrastructure changes, we also have to change the way we do data protection.
This is why EMC invested in developing RecoverPoint for VMs and is bringing the data protection for VMs solution to the marketing. RecoverPoint for VMs is designed with vAdmins in mind to enable them with the proper tool to protect VMs.
<additional information for the presenter to think about> How does the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) evolution that has virtualized most of the IT infrastructure impact the way we do data protection? • First, the growing number of Apps in VMs and the growing size of the virtualized Apps require a robust protection and data recovery solution. The move of mission critical applications to virtual servers introduces the need to have a tier-1 enterprise-class data replication solution, to maintain the same SLA as they experienced with the physical environments. • Second, we need to enable and empower vAdministrators, who are now taking up a more active role in data protection which has traditionally been served by storage administrators. Specifically, we can give them the tools that they need to protect, and recover VMs in which their mission critical applications are deployed. • They need to be able to meet their data protection Service Level Agreements (SLAs) • They need to protect VMs at the hypervisor level with individual VM granularity • And they need better visibility and recoverability in the data protection processes.
The key capabilities of RecoverPoint for VMs are: <read the slide> Protect VMware VMs with VM level granularity Perform automated discovery, provisioning and orchestration DR test, failover, failback to any Point in Time Provide local or remote data replication over any distance Ensure app-consistency recovery of inter-dependent apps that span across ESXi clusters Integrated with VMWare vCenter It is storage agnostic, supporting SAN/vSAN/NAS/DAS
The vision of RecoverPoint for VMs is that we bring forth the same quality of data protection that our customers like with our marketing leading RecoverPoint product, to fully enable disaster and operational recovery in and to the Hybrid Cloud. Today we are focusing on protecting VMs with better recoverability and with automated provisioning and orchestration for Disaster Recovery and Operational recovery. We are doing this with the introduction of RecoverPoint for VMs, a newest member of RecoverPoint family.
<Optional: Another option for Key Features: Not exactly align with the bullet points> Key Features: RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines key features include: Protect VMs with VM level granularity Replicate VMs utilizing VMDK and RDM devices accessed by any type of storage connectivity supported by VMware (i.e. FC, FCoE, iSCSI, NAS, DAS, SAS and SVD) referenced in the VMware Hardware Compatibility List. Replicate Consistency Groups (CG) that contain VMs for application-consistent recovery Provide local or remote data replication and replicate over any distance, sync or async Integrated with VMware vCenter and deployed in VMware ESXi 5.1 U1 or VMware 5.5 with vCenter vSphere Web Client environments Enable automated discovery, provisioning and orchestration of DR workflows, including test, failover and failback of a single CG or group of CGs WAN compression and de-duplication to optimize bandwidth consumption REST API for developer community
RecoverPoint for VMs is designed with vAdmins in mind that it protects VMware VMs while RecoverPoint and RecoverPoint virtual edition protect storage LUNs, designed for the storage admins.
They share a common architecture but are offered as separate products with similar benefits, which are: • Enabling Continuous Data Protection for any point in time recovery to optimize RPO & RTO • Ensuring recovery consistency for interdependent applications through Consistency Group and CG Group set configurations, spanning over multiple arrays or VMware ESXi clusters • Providing local and remote replication over distance: synchronous or asynchronous • Reducing WAN bandwidth consumption and utilizing available bandwidth optimally
We bring forth the enterprise class data protection capabilities to a 100% software implementation in RecoverPoint for VMs to empower vAdmins to perform data protection tasks that they cannot easily do toady.
Let’s take a look at how RecoverPoint for VM works product works. <skip the hero number slide>
< Optional: another way to describe RP4VMs > RecoverPoint for VMs simplifies operational recovery and disaster recovery with built-in orchestration and automation capabilities accessible via VMware vCenter. vAdministrators can manage the lifecycle of VMs directly from the vSphere Web Client GUI and perform test, failover, and failback to any point in time.
It is built on the RecoverPoint technology and share architectural similarity but it is a different product.
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RecoverPoint is the market leader in data protection and disaster recovery. Here is quick snap shot of the product achievement in the market today with
with 85% EMC top 200 customers all use RecoverPoint, Over 20K copy deployed Over 9000 customers Over 250M run hours Over One Exa Byte of protected data.
We bring forth the enterprise class data protection capabilities to a 100% software implementation in RecoverPoint for VMs to empower vAdmins to perform data protection tasks that they cannot easily do toady.
Let’s take a look at how RecoverPoint for VM works product works.
RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines provides local and remote replication in combination with continuous data protection for per-VM recovery to any point in time. It supports both virtual disk types: VMDKs and RDMs. This diagram shows the architectural components and how RP4VMs works from the perspective of the primary user – the vSphere vAdministrator or vAdmin.
The architectural components include: a VMware vCenter plug-in, a RecoverPoint write-splitter embedded in the vSphere hypervisor, and virtual appliances, all fully integrated in a VMware ESXi server environment.
The splitter is installed inside of each ESX node that will host VMs that you would like to protect and replicate. The splitters communicate with RecoverPoint virtual appliances which enable either local replication within the same ESX cluster, or to a remote site which hosts a replica ESX environment
The virtual appliances don’t need to reside on the same ESX node or cluster as the protected VMs. There is no requirement that a virtual appliance be installed on each ESX node with the protected VMs. This flexibility gives RecoverPoint for VMs a competitive advantage over other products.
RecoverPoint for VMs uses a journal-based implementation to store all the changes made to the protected VMs. Local protection provides a DVR-like rollback in time capability to any point, even to the last I/O transaction or just seconds before the data corruption occurred. < go to 3, & 4 from here>
<1, and 2 are Optional notes> Unique capabilities of RP4VMs: 1. RP4VMs deploys a more elegant and true virtual appliance – a sealed box, delivered as a VM. It is optimized and tested under fixed pre-configured conditions and runs its own operating system. HA and distributed management is built right into the virtual appliance cluster architecture and the complexities are transparent to the user. Unlike our competition, who just runs a Windows app inside a VM that requires a running Windows OS, relies on the user to configure and properly install an HA cluster and requires a dedicated management server at each site.
2. More flexible deployment options: vRPAs can be deployed regardless of where the replicated VMs reside. There is no requirement to tie vRPA location together with VMs needing to be replicated. They can reside on any ESXi node and even can be deployed together on a dedicated ESXi node for hosting vRPAs. The flexibility in how you are able to deploy the vRPA provides differentiating features which is unmatched in the industry for VM replication solutions. Typically other solutions require that you couple replicating appliances to the workloads and are limited by the performance of their virtual replication VM.
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<click> 3. Synchronous replication: EMC is the only vendor that offers remote protection over synch distances, from NYC to NJ, for example. RP4VMs addresses the most demanding applications requiring zero RPO which none of our competitors provide today.
<click> 4. Superior WAN optimization for asynch replication – the built-in WAN optimization consists of deduplication, compression and advanced bandwidth reduction algorithms that reduce WAN network consumption up to 90%. WAN optimization also ensures replication robustness that sustains poor WAN condition with up to 300 ms of latency and 5% high packet loss rate. It has better utilization of available bandwidth.
The vCenter Plug-in is installed on the vCenter Server and accessed via vSphere Web Client. vAdmins will perform and manage data protection for VMs using vSphere Web Client Client.
vAdmins use the vSphere web client which they are already familiar with the GUI to perform all tasks related to data protection in RecoverPoint for VMs.
We will walk you though a few critical tasks in the next few slides.
The management workflow is easy to use. Wizard driven workflows, allow for minimal error through guided VM protection configuration.
This is an example of how easy and straight forward it is to apply a protection policy to a Virtual Machine. First we specify if the VM should be added to an already existing Protection Consistency Group, or do we want to create a new one with specific replication and protection SLAs
Then we will specify if we want a new target VM copy to be created automatically or if we want to select an already existing target virtual machine. Here we also define the replication link policy and determine whether we want to have synchronous or asynchronus replication and what RPO we would like to define.
If we want to create a new target VM entry, we simply specify which resource we would like that new target VM to be hosted from. This can be an individual ESX Host, ESX Cluster, or Defined Resource Pool in the environment. Finally we will specify the datastore the target VM should be hosted on.
And it is as easy as that.
In setting the protection policy, vAdmin can specify Zero or Near Zero RPO to meet the specific protection, performance and cost goals to eliminate or minimize data loss.
The Replication link is an intelligent link that it can dynamically switch between sync and async based on available bandwidth.
With Automation and Orchestration capabilities RecoverPoint for VMs really simplifies data protection for vAdmins.
Why is automation important in data protection? VMs are being created, moved, and removed every day. Discovering and keeping track of which VMs are protected, is a problmatic and can be prone to errors with manual procedures.
RecoverPoint for VMs maintains a constant watch over the live configuration of VMs created and where they are hosted, and is able to protect a VM even when that VM and it’s workload are vMotioned to a different compute resource, or its virtual disk is Storage vMotioned to a different datastore. More than that, it automatically adapts to VM configuration changes so that when you add a VMDK to the source, a copy is automatically added to the replica and immediately starts getting replicated.
This also means that the associated Journal volume, which is where the historical changes of information is kept is part of the automated provisioning.
With RecoverPoint for VMs, the vAdmin is able to conduct automated disaster recovery orchestration tasks from within vSphere Web Client using product capabilities in the vCenter plug-in. Automated DR workflows include: Recovery from logical corruption to any point Failover and failback of specific consistency groups or CG sets to any point Non-disruptive DR testing to any point
RecoverPoint for VMs offers the flexibility for protecting applications by grouping VMs into Consistency Groups. Typically a consistency group represents a vApp, or a collection of VMs used by an application. The CG group sets: an additional layer of logical grouping, which provides consistency not only within an application but also across applications to hold the interdependency relationship in recovery. RecoverPoint for VMs allows these Consistency Groups and CG Group sets to span not only multiple ESXi nodes but also multiple ESXi Clusters.
For example consider grouping a database server VM set along with a web front end server VM that leverages that database to capture consistent points in time in parallel. The CG Sets feature enables recovery activities to be performed to the same consistent PiT across all data in the set simultaneously. They are indeed the building blocks used for orchestration.
vAdmins can Test, failover and failback whole VM collections - from a single VM up to a whole site at once - at a single click of the mouse.
RecoverPoint for VMs truly streamlines disaster recovery workflows, eliminates the administrative complexity, and increases operational efficiency.
To continue the conversation of giving vAdmins more visibility and control to perform data protection tasks.
RecoverPoint for VMs interoperates with VMware data migration and management services, such as vMotion and Storage vMotion, and is aware of changes to the underlying virtual infrastructure. vAdmins can add or remove VMDKs from the protected VMs and RecoverPoint for VMs will auto-provision VMDKs on the target side.
vAdmins can make the following changes on the fly without impacting VM protection or the protection policies. Replicated VMs can be vMotioned Underlying storage can be Storage vMotioned Replicated VMs can be powered on/off or paused
Let’s use this common scenario to illustrate how RecoverPoint for VMs empowers the vAdmin to have control and access to the protected VMs.
<Note to presenter: Just read the slide to illustrate the advantage of RP4VM, protecting VMs with VM-level granularity>
RecoverPoint for VMs: The ultimate data protection with better recoverability tool.
With the deployment and management capabilities integrated in VMware vCenter, RecoverPoint for VMs makes meeting stringent SLAs simple by providing CDP for VMs with recovery to any PiT. It ensures application consistent recovery of interdependent apps that span across ESXi clusters, achieving the required RPO & RTO.
RecoverPoint for VMs empowers vAdmins to gain visibility and control of VMs for more granular protection, better recoverability, simpler recovery workflow, non-disruptive data migration and higher operational efficiency. They can deploy VM protection quickly and recover VMs with a reliable, automated process that reduces complexity and saves time, lowering overall costs.
RecoverPoint for VMs is built on the robust RecoverPoint engine, the market leader in replication and disaster recovery, with 250 M run hours in IT environments, and over 21 thousand deployments, protecting 1 ExaByte of storage. RecoverPoint for VMs is your simple, efficient, and proven data protection for VMware.
RecoverPoint for VMs is your simple, efficient, and proven data protection for VMware.
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RecoverPoint for VMs, part of the DP continuum, it belongs tothe Replication category of data protection.