Replication Manager (RM) and AppSync are two widely accepted copy management solutions which support almost all EMC arrays along with Enterprise Solutions or apps related to data management.
Both products automate storage-level replication technologies provided by EMC arrays such as VNX, VMAX, RecoverPoint, and VPLEX and support VMware and Microsoft Virtual infrastructures and Oracle, SQL, Exchange enterprise level applications.
AppSync is a next-generation Replication Manager. Unlike Replication Manager (RM) which has been around for over 10 years, AppSync provides a lightweight agent to do application-specific operations on production and mount hosts and collect the necessary information for the server for proposed operation.
EMC encourages customers to migrate from RM to AppSync due to the latter’s simple user experience and ability to accept or adapt third generation Storage Platform, Computing, or Networking stacks from EMC and others.
In this Knowledge Sharing article, Akash Patel focuses on how to integrate VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) with EMC AppSync to support a software-defined storage array created on commodity server hardware for VMware VM-level copy management.
Akash describes how such an integration will save Storage and Network bandwidth and increase performance.