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Scott Drummonds on Virtualization

Disaster Avoidance and Disaster Recovery: At Last Together!

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For the years since its launch, EMC’s active/active fully-available VPLEX has been incredibly popular. Customers love what it does, technologists love talking about it. Similarly, Site Recovery Manager (SRM) has become one of VMware’s most popular products for the elegance, simplicity, testability and audit-ability. Until recently it was not possible to deploy both in one environment.

At EMC World 2012 in Las Vegas, EMC announced GeoSynchrony 5.1, the new operating environment for VPLEX. With this release we can now offer RecoverPoint replication, which enables a complete disaster recovery (DR) and disaster avoidance (DA) solution. We can finally deliver a SRM and VPLEX capabilities to the same applications in a single deployment.

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Improving Storage and Virtual Infrastructure Administrator Interlock

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Long before I left VMware for EMC I was writing articles on storage issues that were punishing virtual machine performance. As a member of VMware’s performance marketing, I spent an inordinate amount of time asking people to first check their storage to fix performance problems. While those efforts bore fruit in VMware’s more mature customers, the majority of new customers first blamed vSphere for performance problems. Storage issues went undiagnosed.

Educating VI administrators on storage troubleshooting and capacity management is a tactical fix to this problem. In the past year I realized that storage mismanagement in virtual environments is a systemic problem that is mainly experienced customers with immature VMware deployments. A solution to this systemic problem requires a more holistic view.

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