EVA2: Business Continuity and Availability

Course overview

This 3-day instructor-led training course introduces the student to the HP StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array data replication environment. That environment includes both local replication (Business Copy Enterprise Virtual Array [BC EVA]) and remote replication (Continuous Access Enterprise Virtual Array) solutions. The focus of this course, however, is the remote replication capability represented by Continuous Access EVA. Also discussed is the Replication Solutions Manager (RSM) software application.

Course objectives

  •  Describe the purpose and concepts of Business Copy EVA and Continuous Access EVA
  • Install the Replication Solutions Manager application
  • Work with the Job Scheduler, Job Creation and Templates
  • Describe the planning process for implementation of Continuous Access EVA
  • Configure Continuous Access EVA and use the replication functions available within RSM and Command View EVA
  • Perform Continuous Access EVA failover operations
  • Describe Continuous Access EVA extended configurations
  • Identify and implement Continuous Access EVA best practices
  • Perform basic troubleshooting techniques for Continuous Access EVA

Course outline

Continuous Access EVA Solution Overview

  • Market trends
  • HP StorageWorks Continuous Access EVA

Replication Solutions Manager Operations

  • RSM overview
  • Installing RSM
  • Setting credentials
  • Starting RSM
  • RSM main window
  • Main screen components

Business Copy EVA Concepts and Operations

  • Array Based Replication
  • Local replication
  • Creating Local Replicas
  • Containers
  • Traditional and Virtual Snapshot features
  • Creating a Snapshot
  • Snapshot Instant Restore
  • Snapshot Operation
  • Virtually Instantaneous Snapclone
  • Snapclone Creation
  • Snapclone replica Re-sync
  • Snapclone Management
  • Mirrorclones operations, guidelines and properties
  • Replica Comparisons

Continuous Access EVA Concepts

  • DR group
  • Synchronous and Asynchronous write mode
  • Failsafe enabled mode
  • Failsafe disabled (Normal) mode
  • Managed sets
  • Failover

Continuous Access EVA Planning and Setup

  • Basic Continuous Access EVA configuration
  • Continuous Access EVA zoning
  • Alternate configurations
  • Advanced configurations
  • Planning a Continuous Access EVA array
  • Continuous Access EVA licensing requirements
  • Firmware updates
  • Continuous Access EVA user interfaces

Continuous Access EVA Operations

  • Pre-Continuous Access EVA configuration tasks
  • RSM remote replication functions
  • Command View EVA remote replication functions

Continuous Access EVA Failover

  • Continuous Access EVA failover
  • Planning for disaster recovery
  • Failover decision
  • Planned and unplanned failover
  • Performing failover operations
  • Recovery from failsafe-locked condition
  • Activating the standby storage management server

Continuous Access EVA Extended Configurations

  • Supported Continuous Access EVA extended configurations
  • Continuous Access EVA with stretched clusters
  • HP Continuous Access EVA iSCSI Connectivity Options

Continuous Access EVA Best Practices

  • Planning ahead for a disaster
  • Effects of array size and distance on Continuous Access EVA management
  • Improving performance of extended solutions
  • HP recommendations for FC-IP networks
  • Load balancing controllers and intersite links
  • Comparing synchronous and asynchronous modes
  • Moving data using Continuous Access EVA
  • Managing disk groups
  • Comparing full copy and merge operations
  • Throttling of merge I/O after logging
  • Creating a destination snapclone before a full copy
  • Log location
  • Storage management server offline during replication operations
  • Using multiple servers to manage storage
  • General RSM recommendations
  • Saving Continuous Access EVA configuration information
  • Local replication best practices and maintenance
  • Managing replication events

Continuous Access EVA Troubleshooting

  • Troubleshooting replication problems
  • Continuous Access EVA tunnels
  • Continuous Access EVA replication protocol
  • Supported replication protocols
  • EVAPerf tool
  • Troubleshooting updates in the latest revision release notes