55 A bit complex in certain IT environments, but in most situations it's a plug and play solution. Valuable Features:* Replication over IP and Replication over FC providing CDP - Continuous Data Protection* Multi-site Protection is a very useful feature when having more than two DatacentersImprovements to My Organization:We can replicate Data between Data Centers synchronously or asynchronously. We use it to provide Disaster and Recovery copies and migrate Data between Datacenters.Room for Improvement:Currently the product does not support cascaded replication, only "Y" replication. For example. It is possible replicate data from 3 locations and keep three copies of data Site A -> Site B and Site A -> Site C, but is not possible replicate the same data keeping three copies of same data from Site A -> Site B and Site B to Site C.Use of Solution:3 yearsDeployment Issues:Deploys works fine in mos situations and environments. When using WAN IP Connections to connect two Recoverpoint Clusters, it requires many firewall rules, but is not a product fault or bug, just a bit complex for the firewall team.Stability Issues:In version 4.1 we needed to disable the new WAN Compression Feature. We opened a case with the vendor due some warning messages. EMC informed us that Recoverpoint 4.1 has a issue addressed on engineering related to new WAN Compression feature.Scalability Issues:No, the product is very scalable. I'm able to join new appliance non disruptively and balance the replicated consistency groups into new added appliances..Customer Service:Very niceTechnical Support:Very experienced support engineers. I rate it very high.Previous Solutions:No, I've never used other solutions based on appliance integrated with Storage providing continuous data protection.Initial Setup:May be a bit complex due your IT environment and WAN connections, but in most situations it is a plug and play solution.Implementation Team:Very experienced support engineers. I rate it very wellROI:Product is self-payable. Due data protection provided to IT environment, we can reach very secure operational levels.Cost and Licensing Advice:Initial investment setup costs about $33K to protect three sites including 5 Storages. Day-to-day costs about $2 due to vendor maintenance contracts.Other Advice:Look for new available features when product is integrated with EMC VPLEX to provide Metropoint Protection using a Three Datacenter Layout.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
45 Our site disaster recovery plan was simplified by scripting the failover procedure. Valuable Features:Main feature we use is remote (async) data replication, over IP, over a distance approx 300 kms.Improvements to My Organization:* Data replication with Recoverpoint over a long distance without FC is simple and delivers a cost reduction (ethernet DWDM is cheaper than fiber)* Our site disaster recovery plan was simplified by scripting the failover procedure.* Offloading the storage array with replication tasks was very useful to us because in the past our experience with Mirrorview /A icm with high data change rates was sometimes problematic.Room for Improvement:I am not familiar with improvements in Recoverpoint v4.xx, so I don't know exactly what the latest improvements are.Use of Solution:* EMC Recoverpoint/SE* Software version 3.5 SP1* Bi-directional data replication between two VNX5500* Total amount of replicated data 25 TB.* We've been using it now for about 3 years. (same hardware, some newer software versions)Deployment Issues:No, together with EMC support personal we had a good deployment. The sizing was done well, the only puzzle was to set up the consistency groups in the right way and spread them out over the Recoverpoint nodes. In the end this was done by 'trial and error'. But later on we would use the commandline to monitor the loadbalancing.Stability Issues:No problems at all.Scalability Issues:No, though some CG's (mostly VMWare ESX) are busier than others. Overall performance is good. Each datacenter site consists of two nodes (local cluster).Customer Service:Very good, EMC did support us to implement it well and gave useful instructions/ lessons to help to maintain it well.Technical Support:ExcellentPrevious Solutions:Yes, EMC Mirrorview /A and /S. Because of relocation of our datacenters the distance between them increased enormously because of the large distance and the availability of Ethernet only between the sites.Initial Setup:Initial setup was straightforward and data replication did work very quickly. The main puzzle was to seize the replication sets and consistency groups. Our host environment is rather complex. (Open VMS, Linux, AIX, Windows, ESX)Implementation Team:Vendor team, their expertise was excellent.ROI:Actually I do not know but due to merging and organizational changes the solution will run for three years total.Other Advice:My advice is very positive. There is a good plug-in VMWare vCenter for SRM, stretched Windows clusters, local replication feature, granular level in Point In Time Copies.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.