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  • White Paper

    Abstract

    This white paper describes and provides high-level considerations for providing data protection services for private clouds. It documents the local and remote business continuity options for Vblock Infrastructure Packages that use EMC RecoverPoint. Vblock Infrastructure Packages are enterprise- and service provider-class infrastructure solutions using VMware vSphere and VMware vCenter on a Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) connected to EMC VNX family, Celerra NS Series, CLARiiON CX4 Series, or Symmetrix VMAX Series arrays via a Cisco Multilayer Director-class SAN switch, or a Cisco Nexus December 2011

    EMC RECOVERPOINT: PROTECTING YOUR CLOUD

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    Copyright 2011 EMC Corporation. All Rights Reserved. EMC believes the information in this publication is accurate as of its publication date. The information is subject to change without notice. The information in this publication is provided as is. EMC Corporation makes no representations or warranties of any kind with respect to the information in this publication, and specifically disclaims implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Use, copying, and distribution of any EMC software described in this publication requires an applicable software license. For the most up-to-date listing of EMC product names, see EMC Corporation Trademarks on EMC.com. VMware, ESX, VMware vCenter, and VMware vSphere are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and/or other jurisdictions. All other trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners. Part Number h8001.1

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    Table of Contents

    Executive summary .... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Audience ........................................................................................................................... 5

    Vblock Infrastructure Packages ..... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

    Overview of EMC RecoverPoint ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 RecoverPoint protection services ....................................................................................... 7 Consistency groups and replication policies ...................................................................... 8

    Continuous replication .................................................................................................. 8 Encryption Support ........................................................................................................ 8 RecoverPoint with a Vblock architecture ........................................................................ 9

    Architecture overview ........................................................................................................ 9 Configuration ................................................................................................................ 9 Write splitters .............................................................................................................. 10

    Monitoring and notification ............................................................................................. 10

    Using RecoverPoint to protect the private cloud ..... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 RecoverPoint local and remote replication services ......................................................... 11 RecoverPoint advantages ................................................................................................ 12 Local and remote recovery ............................................................................................... 12 Application-aware bookmarking for recovery ................................................................... 13 Elimination of data loss ................................................................................................... 13 Heterogeneous storage support ...................................................................................... 13 Cost reduction ................................................................................................................. 14 Application recovery improvements ................................................................................. 14 RecoverPoint examples ................................................................................................... 14

    International customer with a federated environment .................................................. 14 Service provider with multiple tenants ......................................................................... 15

    RecoverPoint data protection benefits ............................................................................. 16

    Conclusion ..... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

    References .... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

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    Executive summary This white paper describes how Vblock Infrastructure Packages can help you implement a cloud-computing environment, and protect application data inside the cloud. Businesses are being flooded with data and demands. A surge of data, new Internet applications, and all forms of video are driving a movement to simpler and faster-to-deploy data centers. Most people can appreciate the benefits of consuming infrastructure as a service with a variable cost model, and the benefits of scale, owning as much or as little infrastructure as you'd like, and so on. What's been missing is the "how," and this is where the concept of clouds gains tractionin the practical implementation of the concept.

    Cloud computing uses a shared resource model to deliver computing that is consumed as a service. Many different service models and delivery types exist, but all cloud computing types are capable of on-demand, elastic, self-service delivery of resources via broad network access and can be provided as a measured or metered service from a shared pool of resources.

    The cloud is computing and storage provided as a service to the public from a providers shared resource; for example Amazon Web Services offers both compute and storage services to the general public or where corporate IT infrastructure is available as a ubiquitous, easily accessible, and reliable utility service conceptually similar to the telephone dial tone and electricity service. Similar to a hosted services provider, but consistent with the characteristics attributable to the cloud, this new breed of cloud service providers delivers on-demand, elastic, self-service resources, accessible over a network, and provided as a measured or metered service from a shared pool of resources.

    By harnessing the power of virtualization, clouds place considerable benefits within reach, including:

    Business enablement:

    Increased business agility and responsiveness to changing priorities

    Speed of deployment and the ability to address the scale of global operations with business innovation

    Service-based business models: Ability to operate IT as a service

    Facilities optimization: Lower energy usage; better (less) use of data center real estate

    IT budget savings: Efficient use of resources through consolidation and simplification

    Reduction in complexity: Moving away from fragmented, accidental architectures to integrated, optimized technology that lowers risk, increases speed, and produces predictable outcomes

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    Flexibility: IT gains responsiveness and scalability through federation to cloud service providers while maintaining enterprise-required policy and control

    The Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) coalition comprised of Cisco, EMC, and VMware helps customers accelerate their journey to the internal private cloud with integrated infrastructure packages combining best-of-breed networking, compute, storage, security, and management technologies with end-to-end vendor accountability. These integrated infrastructure packages are called Vblock Infrastructure Packages (hereafter referred to as Vblock systems). These packages are jointly tested and supported to deliver optimal performance and reduce operational expenses. Vblock Infrastructure Packages are part of an entirely new way of delivering service on demand, validated to enable the creation of customized solution packages by the channel, partners, and ISVs.

    EMC RecoverPoint provides replication services for Vblock configurations to protect applications and data that reside in cloud storage, combining massive scalability with automated replication to help efficiently protect information anywhere in the world. EMC RecoverPoint fulfills many use cases for Vblock configurations including local and remote replication, disaster recovery, and data re-purposing for decision support and test and development.

    Vblock Infrastructure Packages enable IT professionals to quickly deploy virtualized infrastructures using advanced technologies from Cisco, EMC, and VMware to accelerate their journeys to the private cloud. The solutions are jointly created, validated, tested, and supported by Cisco, EMC, and VMware, reducing the risk associated with deploying new solutions.

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