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EMC VPLEX Review
Clustering allows us to replicate our data transparently.


Valuable Features:

Clustering (Metro or Geo). It helps organizations to instantly replicate their data to the backup site, while making this totally transparent to the end users.

Improvements to My Organization:

It enables our customers to instantly distribute their block data across two different sites.

Room for Improvement:

Maybe setup a one-to-many cluster, instead of just a 1-to-1. If EMC could come up with a way to establish a cluster from one VPLEX to many VPLEX(s), that would allow organizations to be able to have more than one copy of their data, and therefore have one, or many, backup (or disaster recovery) sites.

Currently, a cluster can only be established between 2 VPLEX nodes. For example, if a customer has 3 sites, he can’t replicate data from Site #1 to both Site #2 and Site #3. Therefore, with VPLEX, only a 1-to-1 replication is possible.

If there was a way to set up a one-to-many or many-to-one replication, then it would allow customers to have more than one backup site.

Use of Solution:

I have used VPLEX for three years.

Stability Issues:

We have not had any stability issues.

Scalability Issues:

We have not had any scalability issues.

Technical Support:

Technical support is excellent.

Previous Solutions:

We did not have any previous solutions.

Initial Setup:

The procedure is very clear and easy to follow.

Other Solutions Considered:

We evaluated EMC RecoverPoint.

Other Advice:

It’s a great product; very reliable. Just get trained and understand all the concepts around EMC VPLEX.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: We are EMC partners.

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