RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines (RP4VM) is based on the RecoverPoint continuous data protection technologies that have been proven in enterprise environments for over ten years with over 350 million run hours and an entire exabyte of data protected. Like VR, RecoverPoint for VMs enables customers to replicate virtual machines simply and is configured and managed from within vSphere web client using the RecoverPoint plug-in.
While similar in concept to VR, RP4VM has a number of unique capabilities including the ability to configure an RPO as low as zero seconds, as well as concurrent local and remote replication, and multi-site 2:1 and 1:2 configurations.
RecoverPoint for VM includes a RecoverPoint Virtual Appliance (vRPA) that manages all aspects of data replication. Two-to-eight vRPAs are grouped as a cluster. For local replication, a single cluster would be configured. For remote replication, a cluster is configured at both the local and remote sites. A RecoverPoint splitter is also installed on each ESXi server. The splitter takes each write and sends it to both the VMDK and to the vRPA. Management of RP4VM is all done from within vCenter using the RecoverPoint for VMs plugin.
The source of replication is the virtual machine, and associated application data and is referred to as the production copy. RP4VM performs continuous data replication of writes to the production copy. Each write is split and sent to both the VMDK and to a journal. The journal provides DVR-like roll back and is used to create a local copy that reflects any point in time. The local copy can be used to recover from logical errors and data corruption. Optionally, RP4VM can be configured to synchronously or asynchronously replicate to a remote vRPA cluster. The local and remote vRPA clusters communicate over a WAN connection and compression and de-duplication provides optimization and reduces bandwidth consumption.
The following figure shows an environment with both local and remote data protection and how writes are split, journaled, and used to create point-in-time images.
Figure 62. Continuous local and remote protection
Other RP4VM features include automated discovery, provisioning and orchestration of DR workflows, including test, and failover and failback of a single VM or multiple VMs using consistency groups.
A license Starter Pack is included with each VxRail system. Additional licenses can be purchased as needed.