How Policies Work in Replication Manager

In Replication Manager, you create policies to establish the rules you want applied to your replication jobs. The policy rules you set can include which cluster is the source and which is the destination, what data is replicated, what day and time the replication job occurs, the frequency of job execution, and bandwidth restrictions.

When scheduling how often you want a replication job to run, you should consider the recovery point objective (RPO) of the data being replicated; that is, what is the acceptable lag time between the active site and the replicated data on the destination.

  • The first time you execute a job (an instance of a policy) with data that has not been previously replicated, Replication Manager creates a new folder or database and bootstraps the data.

    During a bootstrap operation, all data is replicated from the source cluster to the destination. As a result, the initial execution of a job can take a significant amount of time, depending on how much data is being replicated, network bandwidth, and so forth. So you should plan the bootstrap accordingly.

    After initial bootstrap, data replication is performed incrementally, so only updated data is transferred. Data is in a consistent state only after incremental replication has captured any new changes that occurred during bootstrap.