We are looking to setup a primary site where we will have 4-5 VMWare hypervisors utilizing a VNX5400. We would like to have the VMs LUN/s replicate to an offsite DR running the same hardware as described above. Setup would be HOT/COLD, where we would fully cut over all of the VMs from the PRIMARY SITE to the DR SITE.
We currently have purchased the following software:
For Hypervisor enviroment:
VMWare vSphere Std with Operation Manager
VNXB OE PER TB PERFORMANCE
VNX522 Unisphere Block Suite
VNX5200 FAST Suite
VNX5200 Local Protection Suite
VNX5200 Remote Protection Suite
Questions we have are:
Does the software described above allow us the ability we are looking for?
Any input would really appreciated.
MirrorView comes as part of Remote Protection Suite so you could use that as your replication mechanism. Be aware of MirrorView limitations (number of sessions, number of LUNs per consistency group ..etc)
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Mirrorview will allow you to replicate the data to the remote site, however, I highly recommend you to purchase VMware SRM license and use SRA for Mirrorview for replication, I know it is an extra cost but you will get the best of a DR solution.
Recoverpoint for VMs might be considered as well but i do not have full details about it.
You have purchased the Remote Protection Suite which includes Recoverpoint which you could deploy on vRPA's (Virtual Recoverpoint Appliances) quite easily.
You will not get the complete failover Automation unless you purchase VMware SRM for integration, but complete site protection and granular VM protection is easily achievable.
Thanks guys for all quick responses and great info. This is my first instance of using an EMC unit or VMware cluster setup. I've dealt with custom NAS setups, XenServer and Hyper-V setups. So any advice is always appreciated.
Yea at this point I don't believe they were expecting automatic fail over. Is there any good documentation that can help with the setup process using the software suites I mentioned above?
Yes, using vRPA's needs iSCSI, so it's a pre-requisite. Hopefully the solution you have purchased meets the pre-req's otherwise you have a whole lot of expensive software licensing suites that are not of much use to you !
Prereq's, Design and installation references can be found @ https://support.emc.com/search/?product_id=1249&text=vrpa
For a general overview of all the replication technologies available to you, see;
We were looking to utilize iSCSI for this setup so vRPA should be no issue. Should this appliance be running outside the PRIMARY site?