Rapid Recovery 6.2.1 - System Requirements Guide

Introduction to Rapid Recovery

Rapid Recovery is a backup, replication, and recovery solution that offers near-zero recovery time objectives and recovery point objectives. Rapid Recovery offers data protection, disaster recovery, data migration and data management. You have the flexibility of performing bare-metal restore (to similar or dissimilar hardware), and you can restore backups to physical or virtual machines, regardless of origin. Rapid Recovery can also archive to the cloud, to a DL series backup and recovery appliance, or to a supported system of your choice. With Rapid Recovery, you can replicate to one or more targets for added redundancy and security.

Rapid Recovery offers:

  • Flexibility. You can perform universal recovery to multiple platforms, including restoring from physical to virtual, virtual to physical, virtual to virtual, and physical to physical.
  • Cloud integration. You can export a VM, archive and replicate to the cloud, and perform bare metal restore from archives in the cloud. Compatible cloud services include Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), any OpenStack-based provider (including Rackspace), and Google Cloud. US government-specific platforms include AWS GovCloud (US) and Azure Government.
  • Intelligent deduplication. You can reduce storage requirements by storing data once, and referencing it thereafter (once per repository or encryption domain).
  • Instant recovery. Our Live Recovery feature allows you to access critical data first, while remaining restore operations complete in parallel.
  • File-level recovery. You can recover data at the file level on-premises, from a remote location, or from the cloud.
  • File-level search. Using criteria you specify, you can search a range of recovery points for one or more files. From the search results, you can then select and restore the files you want to the local Core machine directly from the Core Console.
  • Virtual support. Rapid Recovery supports one-time virtual export, letting you generate a bootable VM from a recovery point; and virtual standby, in which the bootable VM you generate is continually updated after each backup. You can even perform virtual export to Microsoft Hyper-V cluster-shared volumes.
  • Rapid Snap for Virtual support. Enhanced support for virtualization includes agentless protection for vCenter/ESXi VMs and for Hyper-V VMs. Rapid Snap for Virtual includes protection and autodiscovery for VMware ESXi 5.5 and higher with no agent software installed. Host-based protection supports installing Rapid Recovery Agent on a Microsoft Hyper-V host only, letting you agentlessly protect all its guest VMs.
  • Application support. Rapid Recovery Agent is built with application support for Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server, and Oracle. When you protect these application servers in your Core, the backup snapshots are automatically application-aware; open transactions and rolling transaction logs are completed and caches are flushed to disk before creating snapshots. Specific application features are supported, including SQL attachability (for SQL Server) and database integrity DBVERIFY checks (for Oracle). Application awareness also extends to agentless protection for SQL Server and Exchange Server.
    For penultimate sentence, use this version for 7.0: Specific application features are supported, including checks for SQL attachability (for SQL Server), database integrity DBVERIFY checks (for Oracle), and database checksum and mountability (for Exchange Server).

See the following resources for more information about Rapid Recovery.

Rapid Recovery system requirements

This document describes the system and license requirements for installing the Core and Agent components of Rapid Recovery. It also describes requirements for installing the Quest QorePortal which replaced the Central Management Console in Rapid Recovery release 6.2.

In previous releases, system requirements for Rapid Recovery appeared in several technical product documents, but now appear only in this Rapid Recovery 6.2 System Requirements Guide.

Topics include:

Recommended network infrastructure

For running Rapid Recovery, Quest requires a minimum network infrastructure of 1 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) for efficient performance. Quest recommends 10GbE networks for robust environments. 10GbE networks are also recommended when protecting servers featuring large volumes (5TB or higher).

If multiple network interface cards (NICs) are available on the Core machine that support NIC teaming (grouping several physical NICs into a single logical NIC), and if the switches on the network allow it, then using NIC teaming on the Core may provide extra performance. In such cases, teaming up spare network cards that support NIC teaming on any protected machines, when possible, may also increase overall performance.

If the Core uses iSCSI or Network Attached Storage (NAS), Quest recommends using separate NIC cards for storage and network traffic, respectively.

Use network cables with the appropriate rating to obtain the expected bandwidth. Quest recommends testing your network performance regularly and adjusting your hardware accordingly.

These suggestions are based on typical networking needs of a network infrastructure to support all business operations, in addition to the backup, replication, and recovery capabilities Rapid Recovery provides.

UEFI and ReFS support

Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) is a replacement for Basic Input/Output System (BIOS). For Windows systems, UEFI uses the Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) system partitions that are handled as simple FAT32 volumes.

Protection and recovery capabilities are available in Rapid Recovery for EFI system partitions with the following operating systems:

  • Windows: Windows 8.1, Windows 10; Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows Server 2016.
  • Linux: All supported versions of Linux.

Rapid Recovery also supports the protection and recovery of Resilient File System (ReFS) volumes for Windows 10, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows Server 2016.

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