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EMC's RecoverPoint, SRDF shake hands

EMC will make a bunch of product launches next week at its annual EMC World conference in Las Vegas. But there were upgrades the vendor couldn’t wait to announce, so it revealed a handful of data protection changes this week.

The changes centered on EMC’s RecoverPoint replication software, which uses continuous data protection (CDP) to allow any point in time data recovery.

RecoverPoint 4.0 and the Symmetrix Remote Data Facility (SRDF) replication application for EMC’s VMAX enterprise arrays have been integrated, to the degree where customers can use them on the same volume. Previously, SRDF and RecoverPoint ran on the same VMAX system but not the same volume.

RecoverPoint’s CDP can now run across two arrays, so every change made on the volume can be recorded and replicated remotely to another array. That makes data continuously available across two arrays, allowing customers doing technology refreshes to move data without downtime.

“This represents a key step forward in our integrated data protection strategy,” said Colin Bailey, EMC director of product marketing. “CDP brings almost an almost infinite number of points of recovery for total data protection for critical applications.”

EMC also now offers a software-only version of RecoverPoint called vRPA for VNX midrange arrays for easier and cheaper deployment on existing systems.

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