EMC – RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines

EMC announced RecoverPoint for VMs last week, and I thought I’d do a quick summary post / highlights for those who missed it.

Firstly, an overview from EMC can be found here. You can get the datasheet here. And you can watch an overview video of the features here.


Secondly, it’s important to understand where EMC is pitching this product. Both the traditional RecoverPoint appliance and the RecoverPoint Virtual Edition have been aimed at storage admins. RecoverPoint

  • protects LUNs;
  • is managed through Unisphere;
  • is deployed on physical hardware appliances, using embedded storage array splitters in VMAX, VNX, and VPLEX; and
  • supports over 50 storage systems, including EMC and 3rd party arrays using the VPLEX splitter.

RecoverPoint Virtual Edition removes the need for dedicated EMC hardware appliances.  RP VE

  • protects storage LUNs;
  • is managed through Unisphere;
  • is deployed as virtual appliances on existing ESXi servers, and uses the embedded array splitter in VNX; and
  • it currently only supports EMC VNX.


So what about RP for VMs? RP for VMs

  • protects at the VM level;
  • is fully managed through vCenter;
  • is deployed as a virtual appliance on existing ESXi servers;
  • has an embedded I/O splitter within the vSphere kernel; and
  • is storage agnostic and supports any SAN, vSAN, NAS or DAS storage arrays on VMware’s HCL.


It’s critical to note that this is a completely separate product from RecoverPoint – there is no upgrade, no downgrade and no interoperability with the existing RP products.

It does support both VMDKs and RDMs (this is a good thing).


It’s comprised of:

  • a VMware vCenter plug-in;
  • a RecoverPoint write-splitter embedded in vSphere; and
  • virtual appliances

Here’s a picture that shows the different elements.



The splitters are deployed as VIBs, while the appliances come in OVF format. Management is performed using a plug-in via the vCenter Web UI.


The RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines product uses a VM-based licensing model and is priced per VM (starting at a minimum of 15 VMs). Note that there is no transfer of licenses between the RecoverPoint and the RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines products.


This is going to be a handy product for people looking for a contained appliance, with flexible deployment options, that will provide synchronous replication performance (if required and subject to certain constraints). I’m looking forward to taking it for a spin.