Windows Veritas Volume Replicator Advisor (VRAdvisor) for Storage Foundation 6.x

Article:TECH190485  |  Created: 2012-06-06  |  Updated: 2013-08-21  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH190485
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Technical Solution



Issue



 Windows Veritas Volume Replicator Advisor (VRAdvisor) for Storage Foundation 6.x

Solution



Veritas Volume Replicator Advisor (VRAdvisor) is a planning tool that helps you determine an optimum Veritas Volume Replicator (VVR) configuration.

Planning is the key to successfully configuring VVR. To set up an optimum configuration, you must understand the components of VVR and their interactions with each other. In addition, you must consider the factors that are specific to your environment while planning your VVR configuration.

The important factors to consider while planning include:
 
  • Needs and constraints of the business
  • Application characteristics
  • Mode of replication
  • Network characteristics

These factors are dependent on each other and these dependencies must be considered during planning. For example, if your business requires that the data on the Secondary to be as up to date with the Primary as possible, you must choose synchronous mode and provide enough network bandwidth to handle the peak application write rate on the Primary. Or, if the available network bandwidth is less than the peak write rate of the application, you must choose asynchronous mode of replication. Also, the size of the Storage Replicator Log (SRL) must be able to handle the Secondary outages and network outages for the given application characteristics. VRAdvisor considers these dependencies and enables you to determine the parameters to suit your VVR environment.

VRAdvisor does the following:
 
  • Collects a sample of data that reflects the application characteristics.
  • Analyzes the sample of the application characteristic and calculates the size of the SRL and the network bandwidth required for replication.
  • Enables you to perform a What-if Analysis by varying the needs and constraints of your business, based on your future requirements.

VRAdvisor uses a sample of data for analysis; the sample of data must be available in an appropriate format required by VRAdvisor. To collect a sample of data that represents the application write rate, we recommend that you collect the sample of data for a period of seven to fourteen days. Make sure that the collection period includes times of peak usage for your application, so that the collected data reflects your environment.

Note: For complete instructions about how to use this utility, please click here for the Veritas Volume Replicator Advisor User’s Guide 6.0.
 

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Windows Veritas Volume Replicator Advisor (VRAdvisor) for Storage Foundation 6.x
VRTSvradv.zip (25.9 MBytes)


Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH190485


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