We have just GA’d Appsync 3.5 which is a big and important release across the board (and across our portfolio), AppSync 3.5 will also be the minimum required release to support XtremIO X2 once it’s out, downloading Appsync can be done from https://support.emc.com/search/?text=appsync%203.5

Key Features in this release:

Major new features in AppSync 3.5

         Enhanced AppSync support for VMAX All Flash and VMAX 3 to create simultaneous copies of SRDF R1 and R2 devices via the gold service plan.

         Enhanced AppSync support for VPLEX to include support for VMAX All Flash and VMAX 3 arrays.

         Support for customizing file-system paths when mounting copies of Microsoft SQL, Microsoft Exchange, and file-based standalone Oracle databases.

Oracle enhancements

         Supports mixed layout of an Oracle database which has data files, control files, and redo logs on ASM disk groups and archive logs and/or FRA on file systems (such as ext4 on Linux).

         Supports ASM RAC or standalone databases created using ASM Filter Driver (ASMFD).

         Update AppSync configuration if Oracle databases are deleted on the Oracle database server.

         AppSync now provides an option to create a SPFile when mounting the copy of an Oracle database.

TCE enhancements

         AppSync now provides a way to save Service Plan events in a separate file for better serviceability.

         AppSync provides an option to optimize restore time for applications residing on VMAX devices by initiating the application restore process without waiting for restore track synchronization to complete on the VMAX array.

         During the UNIX host plug-in software installation, you can now specify the SSH port.

         AppSync provides an option to set the maximum number of databases that can be grouped together for protection. This is only applicable for Microsoft SQL Server service plans.

         You can now receive an email notification on the successful completion of a service plan.

         AppSync provides an option to disable call out scripts for file system service plans.

         AppSync now supports non ESX cluster mount on XtremIO, VMAX, and Unity arrays.

         AppSync now supports refresh of mounted applications on VPLEX with XtremIO.

Unity Repurposing

Leveraging new snap and “thin clone” technologies that boost performance to “iCDM” levels

Repurposing Unity requires Unity 4.2 (Merlin) – GA expected sometime after September 10th
Includes using thin clones as 2nd gen
1st and 2nd gen snaps are supported for all repurposing workflows – SQL, Oracle, and file systems
1st gen copies must be snaps only
Thin clones are not supported as 1st gen
2nd gen copies can be either snap or clone (Unity thin clone)
2nd gen thin clone copies cannot be created/refreshed if 1st Gen copy is mounted
RecoverPoint + Unity Repurposing is supported
Requires RecoverPoint 5.1 and Unity 4.2
VPLEX+Unity Repurposing is not supported with this release
Unity Block level only is supported – Unity File Snapshot is not supported with this release

“Path Mapping” for SQL, Exchange, & Oracle

Path Mapping Limitations and Restriction

Mounting to Windows nested file systems are not supported
E:\ mounting to C:\mapped_E
F:\ mounting to C:\mapped_E\mapped_F\
Mounting filesystem copies from multiple production hosts to common mount host is not supported
Supported with file systems only – no support for ASM DG’s

TCE Improvements

VPLEX + XtremIO Consistency Group Refresh
Mounted Applications

Identify and use XtremIO Consistency Group information during repurpose copy creation and refresh
Uses XtremIO CG APIs for applications contained within a single CG
Is an extension of the AppSync 3.1 enhancement supporting XtremIO CGs
Ability to create XtremIO CG based Snapshot sets for applications residing in XtremIO consistency groups
Refresh occurs at a XtremIO CG level during repurposing
If a copy is created using XtremIO CG APIs, the mounted refresh will not un-map the storage from host

Oracle Improvements
Expanded event logging to incorporate more relevant information for analysis
Databases removed from an environment, are removed from the UI
Ability to
Create SPFile with Mount on standalone server and recover database mount option
Ability to manage environments which reside on both ASM disk groups as well as on native file
split archive logs and/or FRA from data files/redo logs/control files
Example: Customer chooses to put data files, redo logs, and control files on ASM disk groups, but archive
logs on a native file system – AppSync 3.5 will now support “mixed” ASM and file system environments
ASM rebalancing checks are now conducted based on DGs being replicated rather than at the instance leve

         Easy access to customer training: https://community.emc.com/community/products/appsync#learn


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