New features in RecoverPoint for VMs 5.1

DellEMC has recently released RecoverPoint for VMs 5.1 and below is an overview of the new features.  Feel free to look through the release notes on all the 5.1 changes.

Scale and performance improvements

RecoverPoint for VMs provides enhanced scale-out ability for a cluster of Bronze+ (2 vCPU/8GB RAM) vRPAs:

  • Protect up to 8,000 VMs per vCenter
  • Protect up to 1,000 VMs per vRPA cluster
  • Manage up to 256 consistency groups by a single vRPA cluster

RecoverPoint for VMs achieves 100 percent across-the-board improvements in performance.

RecoverPoint for VMs improved CPU and memory usage when compression is enabled.

Deployment process improvements

RecoverPoint for VMs provides the following improvements with the deployment process:

  • Improved the vRPA cluster deployment success rate, by simplifying the network configuration process and adding validations and automation of the deployment flow.
  • The vRPA cluster connection flow is easy and robust, providing an intuitive flow and automated or guided resolution of issues.
  • Installation of a new vRPA cluster is successful without requesting customers to run any cleanup procedures as a pre-requisite.
  • Tolerance to past installations: Failed operations (deployment, site connect, maintenance) leave the environment in a state that is ready for additional operation tries.

Orchestration enhancements

RecoverPoint for VMs includes the following orchestration enhancements:

  • Predefined failover networks: Users can now easily define copy VM networks to be used after failover or during copy testing, or use the networks that are automatically assigned by the system.
  • Protected VM resource reservation enhancement
  • Ability to enable access to a copy VM without powering it up
  • Improvements in dynamic IP network configuration
  • Enables recovery flows to be an easy and robust operation
  • Provides the user clear status indications throughout the operation execution of image access or recovery flows.

RecoverPoint for VMs Deployer usability improvements

The RecoverPoint for VMs Deployer includes usability improvements in these areas:

  • Deployment flow in Install a vRPA cluster wizard
  • Connection flow in Connect vRPA clusters wizard
  • System validation of network and connection settings
  • Error prevention and handling
  • Log collection capability in Settings menu
  • User-friendly informational, warning, and error messages
  • Consistent display of lists and tables

Security improvements

RecoverPoint for VMs includes the following security improvements:

  • Improvements in certificate handling
  • Crypto hardening – User can set the minimum TLS protocol version to be supported by the RPA web server

Replication of hardware changes

The production VM network adapter, network type, and MAC address are now all replicated by default to copy VMs.

Removing the need for a Shadow VM

In this version, DellEMC eliminated the usage of a Shadow VM when replicating VMs in VMware’s vCenter. The advantages are lower resources used, and the number of copy VM reconfigure tasks performed by RecoverPoint for VMs is reduced to a single reconfigure. After upgrading to 5.1 and later, shadow VMs are automatically removed after the upgrade is complete.

New features in RecoverPoint 5.1

DellEMC has recently released RecoverPoint 5.1 and below is an overview of the new features.  Feel free to look through the release notes on all the 5.1 changes.

Security improvements

This version of RecoverPoint includes the following security improvements:

  • Improvements in certificate handling
  • Crypto hardening – User can set the minimum TLS protocol version to be supported by the RPA web server

Support for RecoverPoint replication of VMAX3 and VMAX/AF arrays

This version includes support for RecoverPoint replication of VMAX3 and VMAX/AF arrays, including:

  • VMAX3/AF at production, replica, or both
  • Snap-based replication at the production copy, based on Symmetrix SnapVX, with snapshots as frequent as every minute
  • Journaling at the replica copies, enabling point-in-time recovery
  • Up to four replica copies

Improved integration with XtremIO arrays

The following features improve how RecoverPoint protects XtremIO arrays:

  • Added support for automatic provisioning of journal volumes.
  • Added support for copy volume auto-matching (from the GUI only).
  • Added support for registration of arrays with no exposed volumes.
  • Added support for registration of RPA initiators. The initiators are created automatically even when there are already Initiator Groups for RecoverPoint.

RecoverPoint 5.0 SP1 New Features

DellEMC has released RecoverPoint 5.0 SP1 and below are the features listed from the release notes.  ScaleIO Support is big!!!

ScaleIO support

RecoverPoint can be used for heterogeneous replication of ScaleIO volumes.

 Partially restoring a consistency group

The partial restore feature allows the user to specify production volumes of a consistency group to restore to production, without affecting production volumes that are not specified. In this version of RecoverPoint, partial restore is only supported when restoring production on an XtremIO array from a replica on an XtremIO array or a Data Domain system.

 XtremIO single snapshot: deleting and expiration policies

RecoverPoint 5.0.1 introduces the ability to delete a single XtremIO snapshot at a copy; and to change the retention time policy of a single XtremIO snapshot at a copy.

RecoverPoint for VMs 5.0 SP1 New Features

DellEMC has just released RecoverPoint for VMs 5.0 SP1 which has a couple of New Features that are listed below from the release notes.  The network configuration process is huge improvement which I am pleased to see happen.

 Copy VM network configuration

Network configuration is now a semi-automatic process that no longer requires glue scripts. The GUI has been improved and relevant setting values can now be retrieved from the production VM. MAC addresses of remote copy VMs located on a different vCenter are now automatically replicated, and users can now select whether or not to replicate the MAC address of local copy VMs located on the same vCenter.

 Deployer GUI improvements

The RecoverPoint for VMs Deployer provides improved user experience with:

  • Browser resizing
  • Clearer error messages
  • Improved validations
  • More intuitive interface
  • Default values to minimize user inputs

 ESX UUID duplication support

Beginning with Release 5.0.1, RecoverPoint replaces the use of VMware’s ESX host UUID and creates its own unique identifier, which ensures that no duplicate or degenerated UUIDs exist in the system. The substitution occurs only if the:

  • vRPA cluster is at version 5.0.1 or higher, and
  • Splitter is at version 5.0.1 or higher

For versions lower than 5.0.1, RecoverPoint displays a warning about the condition.

New features in RecoverPoint 5.0

DellEMC just released RecoverPoint 5.0. Listed below are the new features that you can find in the release notes of RecoverPoint 5.0.

Remove volume from a consistency group without journal loss

Volumes can now be removed from a consistency group without incurring journal loss. Adding volumes to a consistency group that are larger than the capacity of the journal will no longer cause the system to enter one-phase distribution mode.

Dynamic network interface assignment

This feature allows the user to select various network topologies that combine different traffic types (for instance, LAN and WAN) on the same network adapter. Reducing the number of ports reduces the number of IP addresses that need to be configured and alleviates some restrictions on network configuration (for instance, LAN and WAN will not necessarily have to be on different subnets). The user may also choose to have each traffic type on a dedicated network adapter as before.

Dynamic IP configuration

RecoverPoint 5.0 introduces the option of automatically assigning all RecoverPoint IP addresses except the cluster management IP address using the network DHCP server. This significantly reduces the work of installing a new RecoverPoint RPA cluster.

XtremIO enhancements

XtremIO enhancements include:

  • One to three consolidation policies can now be specified for each copy of a consistency group that resides on an XtremIO array.
  • XtremIO copy volumes can now be expanded on storage without triggering a pause in replication for the whole consistency group. In RecoverPoint 5.0, when a replication set is expanded on storage, RecoverPoint automatically re-configures the replication set to protect the expanded areas and updates the volume size.
  • Snapshot consolidation has been simplified and it can be customized through Unisphere for RecoverPoint as well as the CLI.
  • Dynamic LUN resizing.

ProtectPoint 3.5 partial recovery

When using RecoverPoint 5.0 with ProtectPoint 3.5 and later, specific volumes of a consistency group can be selected for production recovery, while others volumes in the group are not recovered.

Gen6 Hardware diagnostics

RecoverPoint 5.0 introduces error messages that identify a faulty fan or power supply on Gen6 hardware. These error messages allow replacing only the faulty unit.

Support for new event types

RecoverPoint release 5.0 generates events for arrays.

Language packs

Users no longer need to download and install the Unisphere for RecoverPoint language packs from the EMC Online Support site. The RecoverPoint 5.0 language packs are now built-into the product.

Serviceability 

Serviceability improvements include:

  • The ability to collect partial system information specified by the user
  • Reducing the size of collected system information
  • A Change Management file that is older than 30 days prevents installation/upgrade and facilitates downloading an updated file
  • System Reports (SyR) mechanism identifies the product type (physical or virtual) and tracks first installation date and time
  • Users can specify the RPAs from which to collect logs
  • Downloading collected logs from a browser when the RPA is detached
  • Not forcing users to provide FTP server information when collecting logs from a detached RPA
  • Customer procedures on Solve Desktop are now customer viewable: Solve Desktop gathers critical information from EMC product guides to generate a concise procedure document.

RecoverPoint 4.4 SP1 New Features and Changes

RecoverPoint 4.4 SP1 has just been released and I wanted to post the New Features and Changes

Gen6 support

The Gen6 RecoverPoint appliance supports all of the functionality supported by the Gen5 appliance. Gen6 appliances support:

  • Improved system performance
  • Flexible configuration of I/O modules
  • 10 Gb Ethernet environments
  • Customer replacement of disk drives and power supplies

Unity Support

RecoverPoint now supports the Unity Midrange platforms.

Online help

Online help has been added for ProtectPoint users. ProtectPoint users can now select Help > ProtectPoint for XtremIO Help to open the ProtectPoint help. Clicking the help icon of a specific GUI element while a group with a Data Domain copy is selected will display the ProtectPoint-specific help.

Java™ 8

RecoverPoint Appliances now run on Java 8.

CCA.xml download page

System installations and upgrades for customers without Internet connectivity are simplified now that the customer can download the Installation Change Management XML file.

Axxana end of service life

As of RecoverPoint 4.4.1, the Axxana Phoenix system is not supported.

New Features and Changes in RecoverPoint 4.4

One of the many technologies that i work with on a regular basis is EMC RecoverPoint. Code 4.4 was just released and i wanted to share the new features and changes.

ProtectPoint 3.0 readiness

RecoverPoint now contains the infrastructure required to support ProtectPoint 3.0 when it becomes generally available. This readiness enables ProtectPoint 3.0 to support the protection of data located on XtremIO arrays. See the ProtectPoint 3.0 Solutions Guide and the ProtectPoint 3.0 Primary and Protection Storage Configuration Guide when they become available for more information on the RecoverPoint integration in ProtectPoint.

Volumes can be added to groups without journal loss

When adding replication sets to an existing consistency group, the journal history is retained.

IPv6

RecoverPoint 4.4 has been qualified for use with IPv6 addressing. IPv6 is supported for all endpoints on the LAN, the WAN, gateways, subnets, VNX arrays, CX4 arrays, and XtremIO arrays.

EMC WAN Optimization Components (EWOC)

EWOC is not supported in RecoverPoint 4.4. If EWOC was enabled in a RecoverPoint version prior to 4.4, it will be automatically disabled during upgrade to RecoverPoint 4.4.

Multiple array support for XtremIO

The RecoverPoint/SE license now supports multiple XtremIO arrays per cluster.

Allow RecoverPoint to Manage Volume Access

Since XtremIO replica volumes are not managed by a RecoverPoint splitter, they are normally accessible, even when image access is disabled. External hosts accessing replica volumes can cause data corruption. From XtremIO 4.0.2 and later, RecoverPoint manages the access state of these volumes, and blocks write access to hosts, unless the volumes are in Image Access mode.

Auto-registration enhancements

Many enhancements have been added to the RecoverPoint automatic registration mechanism. Among them, a call home event is now automatically sent to the EMC IB group whenever a cluster removed from or added to the system, and whenever a change is made to one of the details in the registration form.

Improvements in system feedback during image access

When accessing, failing over to, or recovering production from an image to a point in time that does not contain all of the replication sets that exist at the current point in time, new messages (and alerts) are now displayed to help users better understand the implications of image access.

 

New security features

Key management

Random SSH keys are generated during a new RecoverPoint installation and regenerated every time the regenerate_encryption_keys command is run.

Authentication secrets management

During RecoverPoint installation, you will be prompted for the local users’ security level. There is no default value. When Security Level is set to High, passwords of predefined users (admin, security-admin, and Boxmgmt) must be changed immediately. LDAP authentication is not affected.

Session inactivity timeout

By default, a RecoverPoint GUI session will time out after 10 minutes. After timeout, user will need to log on with password to access GUI again. Session timeout can be changed by user with security role privilege.