The GA of ViPR 2.0 was announced in time for EMC World. While there are significant announcements in ViPR 2.0, I will focus on the pieces that benefit VPLEX and RecoverPoint in this new integration.
A quick recap of what was supported prior to the 2.0 release is available here.
Support for Snaps and Clones on arrays behind VPLEX
In the 2.0 release, ViPR now supports full life cycle management of Snaps and Clones on arrays behind VPLEX. This allows customers to get a single pane of glass management function for snaps and clones. This seamless experience makes it easy for customers to take advantage of the performance and scale of these capabilities on underlying arrays and not compromise on the ease of use needed to make this capability work. Here is a demo of this capability.
Setting up a Local Mirror (RAID-1)
Another addition made in the ViPR 2.0 release is the ability to add a local mirror leg to a given virtual volume for the purposes of creating a RAID-1. This allows the volume to be protected across arrays. Here is a demo of what this capability is:
VPLEX and RP Protection
One of the big additions with the ViPR 2.0 release was common management for RecoverPoint within the VPLEX context. This allows RecoverPoint protection for VPLEX volumes to be accomplished through the same user interface. Combined with the end-to-end VPLEX provisioning through ViPR, you can now accomplish complete VPLEX provisioning with RecoverPoint. Please note that ViPR 2.0 does not support the MetroPoint topology. This is targeted for future releases.
Updated Provisioning use-case
Since ViPR 1.0, the provisioning for VPLEX has been updated. Here is a demo of the updated provisioning workflow.
It is THAT time of the year. All roads lead to EMC World. In fact, as I write this, I am on my way to completing the second leg of my journey to EMC World. I have spent the last few days in Edmonton, Alberta with the VPLEX team. Some of the ideas we have been discussing have been simply mind-blowing. I cannot wait to get to build on those post EMC World. But let us get to the work at hand first. (Incidentally, Edmonton had snow today (May 4th)!!!!!!!! Yeah – thats their definition of spring I am told. Winter is when it is too cold to snow)
This will be our first year EMC World as a part of the new DPAD organization. Tons of excitement on that front. As we worked through the planning for EMC World, one of the big positives was the level of intersection that VPLEX and Recoverpoint have with other parts of EMC and the level of collaboration between all these teams to enable spreading that message. To all these teams, a BIG THANK YOU! This will result in VPLEX and RecoverPoint products having a really good presence on the show floor.
As always the sessions will be chock full of technical and strategy insights. A key part of the messages will be around the launches that we did for RecoverPoint and VPLEX in early April. However, beyond the new capabilities, there will also be sessions for the practitioners as well as customer insights. In fact, one of the key themes for us this year is customers who are presenting at the various sessions with us.
So without further ado, here is the list of VPLEX and RecoverPoint sessions at EMC World this year.
VPLEX: Introducing the VPLEX Virtual Edition: Presented by Cody Garvin who led the product management effort for VPLEX Virtual Edition. Cody will cover the basics of VPLEX/VE, why we built it the way we have, the use-cases we are targeting it for and deployment topologies that it will work with.
VPLEX: VPLEX Virtual Edition Architecture and use cases for 2014: Presented by super-CSE Don Kirouac (@dk_defined). Don will cover the gory depths of the VPLEX Virtual Edition to help you understand the architecture as well as what use-cases will work and how they will work out of the gate.
VPLEX: New VPLEX Provisioning Options with ViPR and Unisphere: Steve Breault and Peter Lund both product managers on the VPLEX team will present the fabulous integration work that has been done between the ViPR and the VPLEX team. They cover in-depth the pieces discussed in my prior blog post (here). In addition, there are new capabilities being added to ViPR to support VPLEX and RecoverPoint. Additionally, they will also discuss the work we have done with VPLEX Integrated Array Services (VIAS) discussed here.
VPLEX: Advanced Configuration and Design – Performance, Design, Failure Modes and More: The very cool Jen Aspesi (@routr_grl) presents this session. This was a big draw last year. Jen is amping it up with new learnings from the year, recommendations for new configurations. I have a feeling that this session will be oversubscribed once again.
VPLEX: Continuous Availability For All Business-Critical Applications: Robert Wagner presents this session. Here his focus is on the application layer and how they can be configured / structured to support continuous availability. If you think applications and VPLEX, this session is for you.
VPLEX: The Future of Availability powered by New VPLEX Use-cases: I have the privilege of presenting this session. This is an overview session which will talk about all the things that we have announced in 2014. It is a breadth first session which covers all the areas first and then each of the sessions above go into greater depth.
Introducing MetroPoint: Combining The Best Of VPLEX Metro And RecoverPoint Capabilities: This is an _awesome_ session presented by Saar Cohen, Chief Architect of RecoverPoint and Idan Kentor, one of our RecoverPoint focused CSE team members. I have seen Saar and Idan present this session in practice sessions. The content is top-notch and they cover the nitty-gritty of MetroPoint exceptionally well. You get the technical depth as well as the practical knowledge to realize your three site HA/DR dreams!
RecoverPoint Overview: Top Reasons Why Users Love It: Yossi Saad leads the Business Development team for VPLEX and RecoverPoint. He will cover the very well-known aspects as well as the not so well-known aspects of why RecoverPoint is the compelling solution that it is.
RecoverPoint: Accelerated Recovery for Virtual Environments: Yair Cohen presents this session that goes into depths of how RecoverPoint can protect and recover from virtualized environments. This shows all the work that we are doing to integrate with VMware and how those environments can be tuned / modified to make the experience seamless.
RecoverPoint: Planning and Deployment Best practices: Zahid Fadli is another of the RecoverPoint focused CSEs on our team. He will go into depths of how RecoverPoint can be configured, sized, architected for different environments. He will also cover best practices for the product in different environments. If you are a disaster recover practitioner, this is a session for you
RecoverPoint: Data protection for cost sensitive environments: Boaz Michaely presents this session to help customers and potential customers understand how they can derive even more value from RecoverPoint – this will talk about all the choices we have to drive down cost – data compression, WAN optimization, virtual RecoverPoint appliance.
VNX with VPLEX: Making Continous Operations seamless: I am presenting this VNX focused session which will cover all the goodness of VNX with VPLEX. In addition, it also covers the new items that we have introduced for integrations between VPLEX and VNX.
In addition, there are other partner sessions that also touch upon VPLEX and RecoverPoint. Here is the list:
EMC ViPR: Explore the New ViPR Control Services.
From Backup to Availability: Explore the Data Protection Continuum.
PowerPath Advanced Multipathing: What’s New in 2014.
VCE Vblock Data Protection and Mobility: Converge to Save Your Job.
Buckle Up! A 15-demo & Technical Tour of What’s New & What’s NEXT in Data Protection and Availability.
How Can ControlCenter & ProSphere Customers Make the Move to Storage Resource Management Suite.
Increasing Intelligence & Efficiency With Data Protection Advisor: Demonstrating Real Proof of Data Protection
AppSync 2.0: What’s New in 2014
VMAX Performance: Performance Aspects of Remote Replication
To all our internal partners: a BIG THANK YOU for making these possible and helping make RecoverPoint and VPLEX strategic to your ecosystem.
Other activities related to VPLEX and RecoverPoint:
Guy Churchward and Stephen Manley’s will cover the DPAD Portfolio in their super session on Tue at 3:00PM
Area 53: This is a super secret session about future capabilities being developed in the bunkers at EMC. Rumors are that there will be a healthy dose of some of the products you know and love. This is on Tue at 4:30 PM
Birds-of-a-feather – Data Protection and Availability Executive Panel – Redefining Data Protection for a Software-Defined World: Ask the DPAD Executive team
Hands On Labs – We have eight hands-on-labs that are focused on VPLEX and RecoverPoint. Do take your time to go through these. This should give you a very tactile operational feel for how the products work. Do not hesitate to give us feedback on what things you would like to see improved. Here is the list of HoLs:
HOL 07 – VPLEX: Introduction to VPLEX and VPLEX Integrated Array Services (VIAS)
HOL 08 – MetroPoint: Enhanced 3-site protection with VPLEX Metro and RecoverPoint
HOL 09 – VPLEX Virtual Edition: Continuous Availability Delivered To Your Geographically Dispersed ESXi Environments
HOL 10 – RecoverPoint: Discover Operational Recovery and Disaster Recovery In A Multi-Site Environment
HOL 17 – SRM Suite for VPLEX
HOL 20 – The Data Protection Continuum: Getting More with EMC Data Protection & Availability
HOL 22 – ViPR 2.0 – Introduction to all new 2.0 features, including VPLEX Snaps, Local Mirroring
HOL 24 – Infrastructure-As-A-Service Made Easy With VSPEX
And there are show floor displays, booth presentations and theatre presentations in the DPAD theatre as well as in partner theatres. Last but not the least, if you are one of the 100+ customers with NDA conversations set up, we are looking forward to meeting you as well.
We are sending engineers, corporate systems engineers, architects and product managers to EMC World to help you get the best in terms of technical knowledge to help you understand the product, its directions and what capabilities we have added to it over the last year. I cannot wait for the show to kick off!
The past three editions of these have been very popular. Our marketing and CSE team has created some new videos in support of the Q2 launches for VPLEX and RecoverPoint. So here are twelve videos for you to dig into.
Why VPLEX for VMware Environments: Don Kirouac does an excellent job explaining how VPLEX integrates with VMware environments.
Why VPLEX for Oracle RAC: Don Kirouac from the Corporate Systems Engineering team talks about the integration between Oracle RAC and VPLEX Metro to deliver continuous availability
VPLEX with XtremIO: Charlie Kraus from the Product Marketing team explains how VPLEX delivers value to XtremIO environments
ViPR with VPLEX and RecoverPoint: Devon Helms from the Product Marketing team explains how provisioning for VPLEX and RecoverPoint can be made simple with the ViPR Controller.
Why VPLEX for SAP: Jim Whalen from the Solutions Marketing Team explains how VPLEX can help deliver SAP Application Availability.
Why VPLEX for Microsoft Hyper-V Environments: Charlie Kraus talks about how VPLEX integrates with Microsoft Hyper-V environments to deliver mobility and availability
VPLEX with Vblock: Charlie Kraus delves into how VPLEX integrates with and provides value to a Vblock environment.
VSPEX Solutions for VPLEX and RecoverPoint: Karl Connolly from the VSPEX Marketing Team
MetroPoint topology: Paul Danahy and I walk through the benefits and value propositions of the MetroPoint topology
VPLEX Virtual Edition: Paul Danahy and I introduce the VPLEX Virtual Edition solution and why we think this is such a game changer
Simplified Provisioning with VPLEX: Paul Danahy and I talk through how VPLEX Integrated Array Services simplifies provisioning with VPLEX
EMC AppSync for RecoverPoint: Parag Pathak from the AppSync Marketing team and Devon Helms talk about the integration between AppSync and RecoverPoint to deliver application consistent protection
On April 4th, 2014, as part of the Data Protection and Availability Division (DPAD) launch, there were three VPLEX and RecoverPoint items that were launched or GAd:
VPLEX Virtual Edition – Availability late Q2
MetroPoint Topology – Joint capability of VPLEX and RecoverPoint – Availability Late Q2
VPLEX Integrated Array Services – Available now
This is the second in a series of posts to walk through what was launched / delivered.
VPLEX and RecoverPoint
It has been two years since we introduced the RecoverPoint splitter within VPLEX. The awesomeness of VPLEX was joined with the coolness of RecoverPoint. With this combination, we delivered operational and disaster recovery to VPLEX customers to add to the continuous availability that they already had access to. These were extremely complementary use-cases. While there were a lot of skeptics outside of EMC about this combination, we were quietly confident in our belief that customer wanted an extended continuum between disaster recovery and continuous availability. Suffice it to say, that this combination has exceeded our revenue expectations. Since the launch in May 2012, the organizations have come even closer together within a single business unit further solidifying the bonds between the two teams.
A quick recap of the current integration points between VPLEX and RecoverPoint.
RecoverPoint delivers continuous data protection enabling local and/or remote protection. This is enabled by a RecoverPoint splitter which resides within the VPLEX platform. RecoverPoint has a similar splitter in the VMAX and VNX platform as well. The RP splitter enables WRITES to be sent to a RecoverPoint Appliance (RPA). From there, you can enable local protection (where the writes are journaled locally) or remote protection (where the writes are journaled remotely) or both. The beauty of RecoverPoint is that it can store every single write to give recovery a DVR like capability. The other benefit of RecoverPoint is that the protection is heterogeneous i.e. it can protect between every combination of VPLEX / VMAX and VNX.
The combination of VPLEX and RecoverPoint supports the following topologies:
VPLEX Local with RecoverPoint Local Protection
VPLEX Local with RecoverPoint Remote Protection
VPLEX Metro with RecoverPoint Local Protection
VPLEX Metro with RecoverPoint Remote Protection
The slide below shows the currently supported topologies.
Customer topologies are all over the map – we see a lot of traction with the VPLEX Local and RecoverPoint Remote Protection (as we expected). However, the second largest topology is the three sided cascaded topology. And that was a surprise. Upon digging further, a lot of customers have business requirements that need them to have out-of-region disaster recovery site. Yet other customers are deploying VPLEX Metro within one site. So, the usage of RecoverPoint in this case is to provide DR to a Metro deployed within the site. This is the cascaded topology.
As you can imagine, the downside of the cascaded topology is that if the replicating VPLEX Cluster fails or loses connectivity, DR protection is lost. Since the launch of RecoverPoint on VPLEX quite a few customers have been asking us to add the capability to protect both sides of a VPLEX Metro to a common third site using RecoverPoint. Well, that is exactly what we have done.
MetroPoint: Operational and Disaster Protection across both sides of a VPLEX Metro
The MetroPoint solution launched April 4th will GA at the end of Q2. This is a joint capability between RecoverPoint and VPLEX. Starting with RecoverPoint 4.1 and GeoSynchrony 5.4, customers will now be able to add Disaster Recovery and Operational Recovery protection to both sides of a distributed volume. With MetroPoint, we took the time to do this right – although the protection is on both sides of a distributed volume, only one of the sides is replicating data. The data goes to a single copy of a DR leg. In other words, no additional bandwidth or storage is needed to enable MetroPoint as compared to enabling a standard DR scenario.
To enable this, we have created a new kind of consistency group called MetroPoint consistency groups. This enables replication on both sides of a distributed volume. Another characteristic of the MetroPoint consistency group is that you can load balance which site is the primary replication site. If there is a failure on the primary replication site, the replication will AUTOMATICALLY switch to the surviving site. In other words, there is no loss of DR protection even if you lose the primary replication site.
To me, one of the more exciting implications is the extension of the VMware HA and VMware SRM use cases to the MetroPoint topology. Here is what this looks like:
The VPLEX Metro sites are protected with VMware HA and the remote DR site is protected with VMware SRM. This now gives our customers simultaneous HA and DR.
One comment here: We talk about MetroPoint as a three site deployment and that is true. However, it is worth remembering that there are a number of customers who deploy VPLEX Metro within a data center either to protect multiple floors or multiple SANs or across a campus type environment. In those scenarios, customers can use MetroPoint to protect to a second site. There is a lot of interest in this deployment model.
More coolness – along the way, we were able to meet one more request that our customers had requested. With the MetroPoint consistency group, we were able to provide operational recovery on both sides of a VPLEX Metro. And this does not need a third site!!
To top this all off, MetroPoint is completely heterogeneous. All these goodies work with both EMC as well as non-EMC arrays. So long as the storage array is supported by VPLEX, you are good to go.
Here is a short video that Paul Danahy and I put together to give you brief overview of MetroPoint:
With MetroPoint, we have raised the bar on continuous availability and disaster recovery. This has been the result of collaboration between the VPLEX and RecoverPoint engineering team with a lot of input from some of our lead customers. To all those who helped us get here, a very BIG thank you!
It is that time again. Our marketing team has been at it developing more videos to communicate the value of VPLEX and RecoverPoint. Some of them have incredible art in them, others have things blowing up but they are all fun to share. So, without further ado, here is the next in the ‘Talkin’ about’ series:
DataCrunchers: Data Center Detonation: Here Steve Todd (T: @SteveTodd and his wonderful Information Playground Blog) and Nga Nguyen demonstrate Continuous Availability with VPLEX by using some C4 explosives.
Big Ideas; Big Tech: How to protect mission critical environments: This next one talks about the business impact of failure of mission critical environments and how with a combination of VMAX, RecoverPoint and VPLEX from EMC, you can build a comprehensive local and remote protection strategy for such environments.
Do take a look at these videos – I like how they simplify continuous availability concepts to make them consumable by a larger audience. Needless to say, I am a HUGE fan of these videos!
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