We have just released RP 5.1 (not to be mistaken with 5.0 SP1 that was released some time ago), there are many enhancements in this release, I will focus on the XtremIO one, in a nutshell, we AUTOMATE everything!

The XtremIO array is zoned to the RPAs according to best practices. No volumes have yet been provisioned. In
Unisphere for RecoverPoint 5.1, select RPA Clusters > Storage > Register Storage.
The Register Storage dialogue shows this XtremIO cluster even with no exposed volumes. Highlight the XtremIO array and use the rp_user, on the XtremIO array, to register the XtremIO array.
Any connected XtremIO array can still be registered by providing its serial number by selecting Register any storage of type.
The XtremIO array was successfully registered and now shows up in the list of registered storage.

When you register the XtremIO array with the RecoverPoint cluster, it automatically creates the initiator group on the XtremIO array. The naming convention for the created initiator group is ARRAY_XIO-

All initiators belonging to the RecoverPoint cluster are automatically registered as well.

During the configuration of protection for a production volume, a journal needs to be defined for the source copy.
By default, when working with the XtremIO array, the journal volumes are auto provisioned with a size set to 2GB.
The same is true when defining the journal for the copy volume.
The automatic creation and sizing of journal volumes is helpful, and reduces the necessary steps to set up
volume protection. The size of the journal volumes is valid for any size of source or copy volume in the XtremIO arrays.
You can also use the option Select Provisioned Journal Volumes if you have already created the journal volumes manually.
In the XtremIO environment, there is no need to create larger size journal volumes than the 2GB auto provisioned journal volumes.

Once you have confirmed all the settings and started the volume protection,(click)you can see the automatically created journal volumes.

When a copy is removed from the replication set, the corresponding journal volume is automatically deleted.

User volumes – production volumes, copy volumes – must exist and be part of RP initiator groups on the XtremIO arrays.
In this example you select a 30 GB production volume.
After the source journal volume was created, the next step is now to select the copy volume. Click the Select volume link.
XtremIO goes through the process of automatically finding size matches of copy user volumes to the production volume. The auto matching only works when the source and target is an XtremIO array.
The Select Volume dialog contains a list of candidates to which the production volume could replicate. In our example, only volumes of size 30 GB and larger are shown.

As a result, you have matched the production volume to the copy volume and defined the journal volumes

The Group Summary shows the production and copy volumes used for this replication. Click the Finish button to start the replication.

The list of volumes shows the journal volumes, production volume, copy volume, and snap volumes in the RecoverPoint XtremIO environment.

if the target volume doesn’t exit? no worries, RP will also create it automatically for you!


lastly, if you are letting RP create the replica (copy) volume for you, you might as well tell it to which initiator group(s) you want to map it at the remote site as well, right? right!, we got you covered here as well

Here’s a demo on how it all works


as always, the release notes, downloads etc can be found in our portal at https://support.emc.com/search/?text=recoverpoint

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