RecoverPoint for VMs 4.3 – New Features and Changes

RecoverPoint for VMs 4.3 has been released with a lot of new features and changes.  This blog will outline all of them with the hope of doing some demos in the future.

Multi-cluster support

RecoverPoint for VMs 4.3 now supports up to three copies (including the production copy) per consistency group and up to three vRPA clusters per RecoverPoint for VMs system, enabling concurrent local and remote replication.

VC licensing

RecoverPoint for VMs licenses are now per vCenter Server (as opposed to per vRPA cluster), enabling multiple vRPA clusters connected to a single vCenter Server to share the same license.

Deployment Automation with REST API

Enterprise users and service providers can use the new REST API to perform the following system deployment actions automatically:

  • Download RP4VMs OVA image files.
  • Import OVA image files via vCenter wizard.
  • Configure vRPA networking (including IP address and connectivity to ESXi).
  • Open web interface and configure vRPA cluster in DM flow.
  • Pair between two clusters using credentials.
  • Receive operation status.
  • Register vCenter plug-in.
  • Install ESXi splitter without rebooting the ESXi.

Orchestration

  • Disk provisioning of copy VMs

When creating consistency groups users can now select the type of VMDK to use for the copy VMs. Possible options are thin, thick, or same as source. Default is same as source.

  • Expansion of VMDKs

VMDKs can now be expanded without loosing the journal or causing a full sweep for the entire consistency group in cases where users want to add additional space to protect the VMDK.

  • Exclusion of VMDKs

VMs containing VMDKs that are shared or non-persistent can now be replicated, as such VMDKs can now be excluded from replication.

  • Automatic replication of VMDKs

VMs can now also be configured to include newly added VMDKs from replication automatically.

  • Adding a VMDK without journal loss

Replication sets can now be added to a consistency group without causing journal loss or a full sweep.

  • Replicating VM hardware changes

Each production VM’s hardware resources (such as CPU, memory, etc.) can now automatically be replicated to its copy VM during image access.

Start-up sequence

Users can now define the power-up order of VMs in a consistency group (and consistency groups in a group set) as image access is enabled when testing a copy, failing over, or recovering production. VMs can also be marked as critical to stop the start-up sequence if that VM doesn’t power up.

  • User prompts

You can now define messages that must be acknowledged by RecoverPoint for VMs administrators before and after each VM’s power-up.

  • User scripts

You can now save and run scripts before and after powering on VMs by defining an external host per vRPA cluster in a RecoverPoint for VMs system.

  • Networking enhancements

All of the networking details of the VMs in a RecoverPoint for VMs system, or the VMs at a copy in a RecoverPoint for VMs system, can now be imported and automatically applied, or exported for future use.

Application-consistent bookmark support via VSS

Application-consistent bookmarks can now be created on every VMware-based virtual machine in its own consistency group that uses VSS and is running Windows 2008 or 2012 R2.

Scale and performance improvements

RecoverPoint for VMs 4.3 supports increased scale and performance, including the following scale improvements:

Parameter 4.2 4.3
Maximum number of vRPA clusters connected to a vCenter server 2 4
Maximum number of VMs that can be registered in the

inventories of all vCenters connected to a vRPA cluster

1024 5120
Maximum number of protected VMs in a vCenter 300 1024
Maximum number of protected VMDKs per vRPA cluster 1024 2048
Maximum number of protected VMDKs per ESXi cluster 2048 4096
Maximum total number of ESXi hosts with a splitter 16 32
Maximum number of ESXi clusters connected to a vRPA cluster 2 4
Maximum number of Consistency Groups per vRPA

cluster

64 128
Maximum number of VMs per Consistency Group 16 128
Maximum number of replica sites per RecoverPoint for

VMs system

1 2
Maximum number of replica copies per Consistency

Group

1 2
Maximum capacity of a single VMDK 2TB 10TB
Total max capacity of a replicated VM 8TB 40TB
 
 

Getting started wizard

A wizard is now automatically displayed after the initial installation of a RecoverPoint for VMs system to guide users through the process of licensing and registering their RecoverPoint for VMs system and enabling support. This wizard is also displayed when adding the first license using the main RecoverPoint for VMs Management > Administration > Licenses screen.

Recovery activity reports

For each recovery activity a detailed report can now be displayed including the final status of each step, as well as the overall status, of the recovery activity.

EMC Storage Analytics (ESA) supports RecoverPoint for VMs

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