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Dell EMC RecoverPoint Continuous Remote Replication is the #7 ranked solution in our list of top Data Replication tools. It is most often compared to NetApp SnapMirror: Dell EMC RecoverPoint Continuous Remote Replication vs NetApp SnapMirror

What is Dell EMC RecoverPoint Continuous Remote Replication?
EMC RecoverPoint Continuous Remote Replication provides continuous data protection with multiple recovery points to restore applications instantly to a specific point in time. It is used to protect applications with bidirectional synchronous and asynchronous replication and digital video recorder (DVR)-like recovery in physical, virtual, and cloud infrastructures.

Dell EMC RecoverPoint Continuous Remote Replication is also known as RecoverPoint Continuous Remote Replication.

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CEOTechnba8d
CEO/Technical Director at Flebytes Limited
Real User
A well priced, stable solution that doesn't use too much bandwidth

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution is very stable. Once it's installed, many customers forget they even have it."
  • "The solution normally supports only specific types and amounts of storage. If it could be increased to support much larger amounts or a wider range, it could fetch a bigger market."

What is most valuable?

There are two features that are very good. One is that it doesn't use a lot of bandwidth. The other is that you can recover all the way up to a certain particular moment.

What needs improvement?

The solution normally supports only specific types and amounts of storage. If it could be increased to support much larger amounts or a wider range, it could fetch a bigger market. If the solution could work with other storage solutions, it would be better.

I would like them to add automation features across the solution.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for more than five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is very stable. Once it's installed, many customers forget they even have it.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is very scalable. As long as you have room for the storage, it can scale up to meet it.

How was the initial setup?

The solution is very simple to implement. Even a customer could do it. You don't have to be too technical.

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

The solution isn't too expensive. There are no other fees above licensing. Once you buy the license, because the license is attached to the storage that you are replicating, it's a one-off price.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend the product. It's good, especially for those who want to do replication and don't have a lot of money. It's a very good product and it uses very little bandwidth.

I would rate the solution eight out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
RahmiAtıcı
Bussiness Development Manager with 201-500 employees
Real User
It has improved RTO and RPO

What is our primary use case?

Disaster recovery for more than 50 VMs and a few MS SQL DBs: MS SQL cluster, web app, NLB, etc.

How has it helped my organization?

I worked as an IT manager and IT consultant. I have had many experiences with EMC and RecoverPoint.  It has improved RTO and RPO. 

What is most valuable?

Bookmark, Test and SRM integration. It is amazing because it is very easy to test with many alternative bookmarks.

What needs improvement?

I am now working for another vendor. I am following as an individual and waiting for block replication with VirtualBox. 

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

What is our primary use case?

Disaster recovery for more than 50 VMs and a few MS SQL DBs: MS SQL cluster, web app, NLB, etc.

How has it helped my organization?

I worked as an IT manager and IT consultant. I have had many experiences with EMC and RecoverPoint. 

It has improved RTO and RPO. 

What is most valuable?

Bookmark, Test and SRM integration. It is amazing because it is very easy to test with many alternative bookmarks.

What needs improvement?

I am now working for another vendor. I am following as an individual and waiting for block replication with VirtualBox. 

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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ITCS user
Solutions Architect with 51-200 employees
Vendor
RecoverPoint combines vSphere Replication with RecoverPoint for storage arrays
The history of RecoverPoint is an interesting one – first off it was available via a host-based (i.e. Windows) or Fabric-based (i.e. Brocade) splitter and used dedicated physical appliances. Things got really interesting when EMC built the splitter technology into their arrays (VNX, VMAX and VPLEX) as it became much simpler and more cost effective to deploy. The next phase of its evolution was to create a virtual appliance that can be deployed more cost effectively that the physical appliances – initially these were even free, but now there is a nominal charge for them. The next logical progression of the technology is to go back to the beginning and build new host splitters, but for hypervisors rather than operating systems. The great news is that VMware has just introduced a…

The history of RecoverPoint is an interesting one – first off it was available via a host-based (i.e. Windows) or Fabric-based (i.e. Brocade) splitter and used dedicated physical appliances. Things got really interesting when EMC built the splitter technology into their arrays (VNX, VMAX and VPLEX) as it became much simpler and more cost effective to deploy. The next phase of its evolution was to create a virtual appliance that can be deployed more cost effectively that the physical appliances – initially these were even free, but now there is a nominal charge for them.

The next logical progression of the technology is to go back to the beginning and build new host splitters, but for hypervisors rather than operating systems. The great news is that VMware has just introduced a feature called vSphere APIs for I/O Filters (VAIO) – sounds pretty cool, but what does it do?

It allows VMware’s partners to plug their technology directly into the VM I/O Path to provide services like server-side caching, de-duplication, compression, replication or encryption.

This provided the RecoverPoint team with the capability to build a splitter directly into vSphere that can replicate individual VMs (VMDK and RDM) on any type of storage supported by VMware (FC, FCoE, iSCSI, NAS and DAS) – much like vSphere Replication.

Thus RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines was born combining the best of vSphere Replication with the best of RecoverPoint for storage arrays.

How does it improve on vSphere Replication?

  1. Uses continuous replication rather than copy-on-write snapshots
  2. Has minimal impact on storage performance so can scale much further
  3. Enables synchronous and near zero RPO asynchronous replication
  4. Uses WAN optimisation to significantly reduce bandwidth requirements
  5. Has in-built orchestration so does not require Site Recovery Manager
  6. Uses a journal to enable recovery to any point-in-time
  7. Can replicate a group of VMs at a consistent point-in-time

What are the RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines components?

  1. vCenter plug-in
  2. ESXi write-splitter
  3. Virtual appliance

vSphere 5.1 and 5.5 are supported.

So if vSphere Replication meets your needs and its impact on performance is minimal then stick with it (as it is included with most versions of vSphere why would you not?), but typically copy-on-write snapshot based replication solutions do not scale well (see Comparing asynchronous remote replication technologies) so this is where RecoverPoint steps in. I especially think for customers of EMC XtremIO (which currently does not have native replication) RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines will become the de facto solution.

vSphere VAIO and RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines are two pretty significant pieces of new technology that are going to provide even more options for customers – which has got to be a good thing.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: We are Partners with EMC.
it_user158700
Sr. Solutions Architect with 51-200 employees
Vendor
A bit complex in certain IT environments, but in most situations it's a plug and play solution.

What is most valuable?

  • 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 Datacenters

How has it helped 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.

What needs 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.

For how long have I used the solution?

3 years

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

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.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

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.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

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..

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Very nice

Technical Support:

Very experienced support engineers. I rate it very high.

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

No, I've never used other solutions based on appliance integrated with Storage providing continuous data protection.

How was the 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.

What about the implementation team?

Very experienced support engineers. I rate it very well

What was our ROI?

Product is self-payable. Due data protection provided to IT environment, we can reach very secure operational levels.

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

Initial investment setup costs about $33K to protect three sites including 5 Storages. Day-to-day costs about $2 due to vendor maintenance contracts.

What other advice do I have?

Look for new available features when product is integrated with EMC VPLEX to provide Metropoint Protection using a Three Datacenter Layout.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
it_user152811
Senior System Engineer at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Vendor
Our site disaster recovery plan was simplified by scripting the failover procedure.

What is most valuable?

Main feature we use is remote (async) data replication, over IP, over a distance approx 300 kms.

How has it helped 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.

What needs improvement?

I am not familiar with improvements in Recoverpoint v4.xx, so I don't know exactly what the latest improvements are.

For how long have I used the 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)

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

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.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No problems at all.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

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).

How are customer service and technical support?

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: Excellent

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

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.

How was the 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)

What about the implementation team?

Vendor team, their expertise was excellent.

What was our ROI?

Actually I do not know but due to merging and organizational changes the solution will run for three years total.

What other advice do I have?

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.
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
it_user152817
Senior Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Deployments with VNX & VPLEX are pretty simple. The problem came into play when we began using RecoverPoint with VMAX.

What is most valuable?

Complete out of band block replication with EMC storage arrays (such as VNX, VMAX, & VPLEX). It's seamless integration into VMware's Site Recovery Manager is very useful.

How has it helped my organization?

We have been able to achieve a very low RTO & RPO with near real-time replication policies & adequately sized journals for a limited recovery time requirement to bring systems online as well as a great recovery point to roll back to in the event of a disaster or outage.

What needs improvement?

The new Gen5 appliances have adopted the Unisphere management interface & it is written for Adobe Flash, which in my experience, is very slow & makes administration cumbersome at times. The Unisphere interface is missing some components that were taken out of the Gen3 Recover Management console such as the ability to refresh views & rescan splitters to pull in new storage on the fly without having to cancel a CG creation mid-flight.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

Deployments with VNX & VPLEX are pretty simple as the splitter is installed on the SPs for VNX & on the directors for the VPLEX. The problem came into play when we began using RecoverPoint with VMAX. We discovered that the write splitting takes place at every single director port where a write occurs so in order to capture all writes, you have to zone the RPAs to every single FA port that has volumes mapped to them & are in use for RecoverPoint. It was a technical "gotcha" but we were able to rectify it.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Only when we discovered that the zoning requirements for VMAX were different than standard VNX deployments did we run into issues; however, we were able to quickly resolve that issue.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is quite scalable. The maximum number of nodes per RP clusteris 16 so there's no issue there. The caveats associated with that are that you will need additional FC ports (by a factor of 4) on your storage fabric to support each new RPA. Also, if you are increasing the number of nodes in your cluster you are likely replicating more storage, in which case you will need adequate RecoverPoint capacity licensing to do based on the size of your work load.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: Good at time but also questionable at times. EMC has grown to such a big enterprise they are struggling with their support sector.Technical Support: Good at time but also questionable at times. EMC has grown to such a big enterprise they are struggling with their support sector.

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

We were not using any other replication technology at that time but we are currently looking at Zerto as an alternative to RecoverPoint due to cost constraints & easibility of use of the Zerto product.

How was the initial setup?

It was complicated learning the configuration on the VMAX array due to each director port performing the write split operation. VNX & VPLEX arrays do not operate this way so it is much easier to configure & manage RP when using VNX or VPLEX.

What about the implementation team?

If through a vendor team, how would you rate their level of expertise? Implemented with direct involvement from EMC professional services.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate others before RecoverPoint. It was a package deal with our VNX purchases.

What other advice do I have?

Make 100% sure it meets your needs & integrates properly. Otherwise you could end up paying additional licensing fees to make it work & you could also be put in a situation where the deployment is overly complicated due to the infrastructure you're using it in.
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.