Solution description

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The solution consists of server and client parts. The server one contains components, installed to the backup DC, responsible for retrieving changes from customer devices, their deduplication, storing data and also failover in case of disaster.The server part also includes storage - an object storage, located in the backup data center, where full and incremental replication of customer devices are saved.

Architecture

As for the client part, it includes agents installed on VMware vSphere for replication of machines in the cloud platform, or agents for Windows/Linux, installed on guest operating systems for replication of other types of cloud platforms and physical machines.

Client for VMware (VMware agent) - a Linux machine, supplied as an ova file, that is deployed to each ESXi host and replicates machines on these hosts. Standard VMware tools are used to detect changes and obtain deltas on machines (Changed Block Tracking API), which in turn cause the tools (quiesce) of operating systems to preserve data consistency inside replicas.

Linux agent - a Linux daemon, installed to a guest OS, in case of replicating machines on public clouds like AWS, Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud as well as Hyper-V, KVM, OpenStack or physical machines with Linux operating systems. Supplied as a bash instruction to execute in guest operating system terminal, as a result, the agent is installed on the machine.

Windows agent - a Windows service, installed to a guest OS, in case of replicating machines on other public clouds like Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud as well as Hyper-V, KVM, OpenStack or physical machines with Windows operating systems. Supplied as an a zip file with msi and configuration file for installation on a guest operating system.

Attention

In case of VMware infrastructure replication, there is no should be to install Windows/Linux agents to each machine. Just install VMware agent to each ESXi host of vSphere.

Acura compatibility matrix and supported systems

Source Platform Platform/OS version Agent, replication type, distribution Target Platform

VMware ESXi

vRealize

vSphere

ESXi 5.5

HVRAgent (VMware)

external replication

OVA VM template

Amazon Web Services

KVM-based platforms

OpenStack Mitaka+ (KVM)

ESXi 6.0
ESXi 6.5

Bare Metal

OpenStack

Azure

AWS

Oracle Cloud

Windows 7

HWRAgent (Windows)

internal replication

MSI installer

Windows 8
Windows 10
Windows Server 2008R2
Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2012R2
Windows Server 2016
Debian 7

HLRAgent (Linux)

internal replication

.deb/.rpm packages

Debian 8
Uubntu 14.04
Ubuntu 16.04
RHEL/CentOS 6.5+
RHEL/CentOS 7.1+

OS upgrade to the latest Service Packs and patches is recommended.

Linux kernel support for HLRAgent

RHEL/CentOS 6.x versions:

  • 2.6.32-220.el6.x86_64
  • 2.6.32-358.el6.x86_64
  • 2.6.32-431.el6.x86_64
  • 2.6.32-573.el6.x86_64
  • 2.6.32-696.el6.x86_64
  • 2.6.32-754.el6.x86_64

RHEL/CentOS 7.x versions:

  • 3.10.0-123.el7.x86_64
  • 3.10.0-229.el7.x86_64
  • 3.10.0-327.el7.x86_64
  • 3.10.0-693.el7.x86_64
  • 3.10.0-862.el7.x86_64
  • 3.10.0-957.el7.x86_64

Ubuntu 14.04 versions:

  • 4.2.0-27-generic

Ubuntu 16.04 versions:

  • 4.4.0-97-generic
  • 4.4.0-127-generic
  • 4.4.0-142-generic

Debian 7 versions:

  • 3.2.0-4-amd64

Debian 8 versions:

  • 3.16.0-4-amd64

Note

Please contact Hystax Support team at support@hystax.com if the required kernel is not in the list above.

Limitations

  1. Virtual machines with disks engaged in SCSI bus sharing are not supported, because VMware does not support snapshotting such VMs.
  2. RDM virtual disks in physical mode, Independent disks, and disks connected via in-guest iSCSI initiator are not supported. Network shares and mount points targeted to 3rd party storage devices are also skipped as these volumes/disks are not visible in the VM configuration file.
  3. Free ESXi is not supported. Hystax Acura leverages vSphere and vStorage APIs that are disabled by VMware in free ESXi.
  4. Hystax Windows Replication Agent supports only NTFS filesystems
  5. Hystax Windows Replication Agent doesn’t support extended volumes
  6. Hystax Windows Replication Agent converts dynamic disks to the basic ones while protecting them.
  1. Hystax Linux Replication Agent supports replication of machines with up to 64 disks.

AWS Limitations

Hystax Acura uses import image mechanism to launch replicated machines on AWS, therefore all ‘Import Image’ limitations are applied. Refer to the official AWS documentation for more details.

Release notes

  • Consistent replication of VMware workloads by external agents
  • Consistent replication of Hyper-V, KVM, Bare Metal and public cloud workloads by internal agents
  • Spin up of replicated workloads on KVM-based platforms
  • Data deduplication and WAN-optimization
  • Failback of workloads to production workloads on Amazon Web Services
  • Various types of reports
  • System events and notifications
  • Granular user and roles management