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EMC links arms with CloudLink for DRaas

EMC is aiming its new RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines at cloud DR, in partnership with cloud security vendor CloudLink Technologies.

RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines is a hypervisor-based version of EMC’s RecoverPoint replication software. It will be generally available Nov. 17. EMC will also integrate the product with CloudLinksSecureVSA, which provides encryption for data at rest and data in motion.

The combined products can allow service providers to build DR as a Service (DRaaS), and enterprises can use them to replicate data to private or public clouds for DR.

RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines is a software-only product. Unlike previous versions of RecoverPoint, it is storage-agnostic so it doesn’t require EMC arrays to run. It works with any VWware certified storage. It is not hypervisor-agnostic yet, though. It supports VMware vSphere today with support for Microsoft Hyper-V and KVM hypervisors on the roadmap.

It is EMC’s first replication software that works on the individual VM level. Instead of replicating storage LUNs as other RecoverPoint versions do, RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines splits and replicates writes for VMware vSphere VMs. It requires splitter code on each ESX (versions 5.1 and above) node running protected VMs, and at least one virtual appliance at each site. Customers can replicate VMs regardless of hardware running at either end.

CloudLinksSecure VSA adds security. It allows customers to store and manage encryption keys on-premise.

“One of the big inhibitors of going to a public cloud is security,” said Jean Banko, director of product marketing for EMC’s data protection division. “That’s why we partnered with CloudLink.”

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