joe_cole1
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Help with DR setup for VMware 5.5 environment

Hello,

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

Storage Array:

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.

Thanks

joe

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dynamox
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Re: Help with DR setup for VMware 5.5 environment

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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M_Salem
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Re: Help with DR setup for VMware 5.5 environment

Hi Joe_Cole,

Welcome to EMC Community.

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.

-Mohammed Salem

brettesinclair
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Re: Help with DR setup for VMware 5.5 environment

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.

EMC RecoverPoint Disaster Recovery and Data Protection - EMC

dynamox
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Re: Help with DR setup for VMware 5.5 environment

does VRPa require editional licenses ?

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brettesinclair
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Re: Help with DR setup for VMware 5.5 environment

vRPA licensing is included in the Remote Protection Suite.

joe_cole1
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Re: Help with DR setup for VMware 5.5 environment

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?


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dynamox
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Re: Help with DR setup for VMware 5.5 environment

vRPA requires that you have iSCSI modules on your array, doesn't ?

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brettesinclair
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Re: Help with DR setup for VMware 5.5 environment

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

https://support.emc.com/docu47346_RecoverPoint-vRPA-Technical-Notes.pdf?language=en_US

Chapter 7;

https://support.emc.com/docu54084_RecoverPoint-SE-4.1-Quick-Start-Installation-Guide.pdf?language=en...

For a general overview of all the replication technologies available to you, see;

https://www.emc.com/collateral/white-papers/h12079-vnx-replication-technologies-overview-wp.pdf

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joe_cole1
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Re: Help with DR setup for VMware 5.5 environment

We were looking to utilize iSCSI for this setup so vRPA should be no issue. Should this appliance be running outside the PRIMARY site?

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