Mabro1
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Ask the Expert: Data Protection for Critical Applications on Next-Generation VNX

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EMC provides a spectrum of data protection solutions depending on your RTO and RPO requirements. This Ask the Expert event focuses on new enhancements that allow you to improve data protection for business critical applications and reduce overall costs, including:

  • Application Consistent Replicas:
    • AppSync offers a simple, SLA-driven and self-service approach to protect virtualized Microsoft and VMware environments and now adds support for SQL Server 2008 and 2012, Exchange 2013, and VMware over NFS (File).
  • Affordable Teir-1 Data Protection Capabilities:
    • RecoverPoint 4.0 delivers near zero RPO and protects against both physical (remote) and operational (local) failures. Recover to ANY point-in-time to minimize data loss while reducing operational costs with Bandwidth Reduction and Synch over IP. Lower capital acquisition cost with the new Virtual RecoverPoint Appliance (vRPA).
  • Continuous Operations:
    • The combination of VPLEX and VNX delivers continuous active-active operations within and across data centers for VMware, Oracle RAC, and block data migrations.
  • Application Uptime:
    • New VNX active/active for block improves application uptime by allowing clients to access a Classic LUN simultaneously through both storage processors for improved reliability, ease-of management and improved performance.

Your hosts:

profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=8374&size=350Parag Pathak is EMC's Sr. Product Marketing Manager for AppSync.
profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=8417&size=350Anand Paladugu is the Product Mananger for AppSync.
profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=8363&size=350Ely Cohen joined EMC in 2013, as Product Marketing Manager for RecoverPoint. As a team member in a number of startup companies over the years, Ely gained valuable technical knowledge, market understanding and business skills in different industries including enterprises, carriers and in the area of network management, voice and VoIP.
profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=8364&size=350Eli Lopez is EMC's Product Manager for RecoverPoint. He joined EMC in 2010 and has expertise in NAS, VNX, and RecoverPoint.
profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=6663&size=350Boaz Michaely is EMC's Product Manager for RecoverPoint.
profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=8355&size=350Brian Henderson is a Corp Systems Engineer turned Marketer. He worked in Microsoft solutions, launched AppSync, and is currently working in the  VNX Product Marketing with a focus on Microsoft, Data Protection, and VNXe. Check out his blog.

This discussion will be moderated through September 16. Follow the thread in your inbox (see option on right) to receive updates!

We are including a link to this White paper in support of this discussion:

  • EMC VNX Replication Technologies: An Overview
    • This white paper describes the replication technologies supported by the VNX series. Data is a critical component in the operation and function of organizations. Implementing data protection methodologies enables data centers to avoid disruptions in business operations. Every data center needs to replicate data for disaster recovery (DR) and redundancy. To protect data from disasters, replication technologies that enable you to securely store multiple copies of data are needed. This white paper covers RecoverPoint, VNX Replicator, MirrorView, Symmetrix Remote Data Facility (SRDF), and VPLEX.
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Mabro1
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Re: Ask the Expert: Data Protection for Critical Applications on Next-Generation VNX

This discussion is now open. We look forward to a fun, interactive and informative discussion.

Regards,

Mark

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dynamox
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Re: Ask the Expert: Data Protection for Critical Applications on Next-Generation VNX

Q1. What stops Appsync supporting VMFS on block storage ?

Q2. Is MirrorView really dead , will RecoverPoint functionality ever be integrated into VNX platform (considering you have so much horse power now "MCx") ?

bhenderson2
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Re: Ask the Expert: Data Protection for Critical Applications on Next-Generation VNX

Hi Dynamox!

Q1. What stops Appsync supporting VMFS on block storage ?

Answer: Nothing stops AppSync from supporting VMFS over block.  That was available in our first release of AppSync 1.0 that has been available for some time now. The new functionality which customers have been asking about is about supporting VMware datastores over block and file - and now in 1.5 we've added the file support with support for VMware datastores on NFS.

Q2. Is MirrorView really dead , will RecoverPoint functionality ever be integrated into VNX platform (considering you have so much horse power now "MCx") ?

Answer: I wouldn't consider MirrorView dead, it's still an option that is built-into the array which provides specific functionality that some customers prefer.  In the big picture, however, RecoverPoint now offers all of the capabilities that were previously only available on MirrorView (including a big one recently when RecoverPoint offered multi-site support with RP 4.0). The integration points are there today including versions of RecoverPoint especially designed for VNX including RecoverPoint/SE and RecoverPoint vRPA (virtual RecoverPoint Appliance).  This RecoverPoint "virtual edition" only requires an ESX server to run the RP software - lowering the cost of entry for many customers. Over time, we will continue enhancing this integration based upon customer feedback and adoption.

Thanks,

Brian

luigi_dm
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Re: Ask the Expert: Data Protection for Critical Applications on Next-Generation VNX

Application Uptime:

  • Q: is the ALUA defitley decommisioned with N.G. VNX ???
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bhenderson2
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Re: Ask the Expert: Data Protection for Critical Applications on Next-Generation VNX

ALUA is not decommissioned.

Active Active Symmetric Processing is only available on Classic LUNs at this time.  Classic LUNs are our highest-performing LUNs so that is where we initially invested, and over time we intend to have comparable features for Pool LUNs.

scottboss1
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Re: Ask the Expert: Data Protection for Critical Applications on Next-Generation VNX

what about backing up to DataDomain?  has this been increased also or left behind?

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dynamox
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Re: Ask the Expert: Data Protection for Critical Applications on Next-Generation VNX

Brian Henderson wrote:

ALUA is not decommissioned.

Active Active Symmetric Processing is only available on Classic LUNs at this time.  Classic LUNs are our highest-performing LUNs so that is where we initially invested, and over time we intend to have comparable features for Pool LUNs.

i am curious how many customers that purchased VNX are still using FLARE LUNs, i have a feeling there are a lot more customers using pools LUNs and that's where i would expect that functionality to be available first.

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scottboss1
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Re: Ask the Expert: Data Protection for Critical Applications on Next-Generation VNX

I know many customers using FLARE LUNs (aka luns out of a RaidGroup).

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bhenderson2
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Re: Ask the Expert: Data Protection for Critical Applications on Next-Generation VNX

Hi Scott,

Backing up VNX data to Data Domain is very common and something that we anticipate will continue to increase.  These products are typically sold separately but are highly complementary.  Recently VSPEX announced support and integration with VNX, Avamar, and Data Domain.   I would also expect this integration to continue to increase over time.

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