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With some recent upgrades to our Cisco MDS family of storage networking switches, I think its a good time to revisit strategies for protection against data loss, since it’s always a top of mind in any data center. While there are certainly a number of ways of preventing data loss, I think one of the coolest is EMC’s RecoverPoint solution.  Moving beyond traditional approaches such as backups, snapshots or mirroring, RecoverPoint uses continuous data protection technology (CDP) to let you roll-back to any point in time.

 

One of the features I really like is the ability to create application-aware “bookmarks” for applications that are constantly generating I/O, so you can roll back to a point where the application is in a consistent state.

RecoverPoint takes advantage of a Cisco MDS feature called SANTap.  Essentially, SANTap takes each write I/O and mirrors it to the connected RecoverPoint Appliance (RPA).  Because this is done at the fabric level, is completely transparent to the host and because the splitting is done out-of-band, it does not impact availability and integrity of the host I/O or application performance.

In support of this solution, Cisco is introducing the MDS 18/4 Multiservice Module (18 x 4GB FC, 4 x GbE, next-gen service engine) and the MDS 9222i Multiservice Modular Switch (18 x 4GB FC, 4 x GbE, next-gen service engine, 1 expansion slot).  Both platforms are fabric speed agnostic, so it does not matter if the host initiating I/O is 4GB attached, 8GB attached or FCoE attached.

For a good summary of the solution, check out this video featuring Paolo Pio from Cisco and Rick Walsworth from EMC:

 

 

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5 Comments.


  1. who knows if it is supported to have NPIV setted on Cisco switches for Virtual Connect (Blade connection ) with recoverpoint that replicate that hosts?

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  2. This application is definitely something that any data center needs. Data security has become a growing industry and I can only be glad about that, we now have options for safe data storage, hard drive recovery and software to support data savings in time. Thank you for the review, although we’ve come a long way there is always room for better in this kind of industry.”

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  3. This is amazing :One of the features I really like is the ability to create application-aware “bookmarks” for applications that are constantly generating I/O, so you can roll back to a point where the application is in a consistent state.””In some point this new technology would helps a lot. Thanks.”

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  4. Thanks to Cisco MDS family who has launched such a wonderful application for hard drive recovery.

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  5. Yeah NPIV works with recoverpoint, we have done several installations. What this article doesn’t mention is that now a days the splitting can be done also inside the EMC-boxes.

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