On April 30th, EMC announced an update to their popular array-based replication technology RecoverPoint to software version 4.0 from 3.5 that will be released this coming week and I was able to get all of the details at an EMCWorld session. It is important to remember that RecoverPoint up until the new release was a hardware + software solution with the hardware version not always truing up to the software in name.
The current version of the RecoverPoint hardware is referred to as Generation 5, but that is largely immaterial in that as long as your RecoverPoint appliances are refreshed periodically they will remain compatible with the current software code. But as you may have noticed I said “until the new release” because in the most evolutionary change yet for RecoverPoint, the RecoverPoint Appliance (RPA) is now available in a virtual format that can be easily deployed from an OVA. This new deployment option can be a cost effective option for some customers but it does come with some important caveats: