Dell EMC RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines Review

An efficient, journal-based replication system providing disaster recovery for organizations of all sizes


What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case is protecting data on our virtual machines. Most of our projects are related to data protection and compared to other native products, this solution offers better protection. We also use it for LAN data protection, which is very important for many industries.

I have had projects using RecoverPoint for replicating data. We often implement it for disaster recovery because there are many unexpected problems that can occur and you have to find the best way to protect your data.

How has it helped my organization?

This solution can be used for entry-level, mid-range, and high-end storage, which means that we can offer it to any of our customers. Most of the solutions that we offer depend on the customer's budget, as well as the reliability of the program.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is that it is journal-based and you don't have to replicate a lot of data. It will replicate freshly-created data and not what is unneeded. This feature is helpful for many customers because it uses minimal bandwidth, which is very important.

RecoverPoint has several plugins for integrating with other software applications. Using them makes application protection maintenance easier.

What needs improvement?

This product is not as easy to use as some other solutions.

In the future, I would like to see this solution to be easier to use and deploy.

More customers would be attracted to this solution if it were cheaper in price.

It would be helpful if this solution also worked on other types of SAS products. There are many types of these products available and it is not possible to replicate all of them. If would be great to have a unique solution for replicating data across all storage. 

In the next release of this software, I would like to see options that help to decrease the bandwidth required, such as compressing the data.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for more than five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This is a stable solution, which is very important for our customers.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

With respect to scalability, I have not yet had to replicate data across more than three sites. Looking around, I have found that there are only two or three solutions for replicating data between four data centers. I think that RecoverPoint is enough for most customers, as it replicates data across two sites or three sites.

Most of my customers that use replication solutions are big companies that have between 500 and 20,000 employees. This software is not cheap so we expect that the data being protected is important. These types of recovery solutions are design for such companies. The users of this solution are typically IT managers and I normally deal with IT departments.

How are customer service and technical support?

As I live in Iran, I do not have access to EMC support directly. I can say, however, that I use a free forum on the internet that is related to EMC. They are one of the best and most key players in this area and I have heard from friends in other countries that EMC support is very helpful. Unfortunately, I haven't had the chance to work directly with them.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Most software storage solutions have data replication features. One of these is Hitachi TrueCopy. I prefer to use RecoverPoint over these native solutions.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is not simple when compared to other solutions. There are a lot of options available for replicating data but I can say that if you work with this software, it is a very good experience.

It took less than three days to deploy, but most of the time is required in order to make sure that the data replicated correctly. This is normal for solutions of this type because there are many options and many things involved when using replication software. It is affected by many parameters such as bandwidth, connectivity, availability, performance, and so on.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

This is not a very cheap solution and compared to others, it is expensive.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

RecoverPoint is integrated with EMC and the most suitable, so I did not continue alternatives.

What other advice do I have?

RecoverPoint is a total solution for replication data. When it comes to disaster recovery, this is one of the best solutions there is for EMC products. I would not hesitate to implement this solution because it integrates well and has been a real savior. 

The product is very handy for EMC and storage administrators.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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