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EMC Refreshes Data Protection Portfolio

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At a Backup to the Future event this week EMC announced a broad array of new hardware and software products that enable customers to deploy new Protection Storage Architectures. The new products cut across the company’s market leading Data Domain, Avamar, NetWorker and Mozy product lines. You can catch the webcast on demand.

“Organizations must have an effective data protection strategy and infrastructure in place as they transform their IT and business objectives,” said Robert Amatruda, Research Director for Data Protection and Recovery at IDC. “EMC’s array of data protection solutions announced represents coalescence of proven, existing products with new features and functionality allowing customers to free themselves from the antiquated backup products and processes to a more flexible, holistic approach.”

The three key tenets of the EMC Protection Storage Architecture are protection storage, data source integration and data management services. Key technology announcements across these tenets include:

  • Four new Data Domain mid-range systems are up to 4 times faster and 10 times more scalable than the existing Data Domain systems they replace. In addition, the new systems support up to 540 data streams, a 3 times increase that further enables complete consolidation of backup and/or archive data. Data Domain systems now support direct backup from SAP HANA Studio via NFS, and DD Boost for Oracle RMAN now supports Oracle Exadata and SAP running on Oracle. 
  • EMC Avamar  7 now supports all major data center workloads being directed to Data Domain systems, with the addition of file system and NAS/NDMP backups. 
  • EMC NetWorker  8.1 introduces new integrated snapshot management, featuring a new wizard-based user interface, auto-discovery, and intelligent assignment of snapshot storage.
  • Mozy by EMC adds active directory integration and simplified storage management introduces new storage pools which means less time spent monitoring storage quotas at the individual machine level.

“Deployment of a Protection Storage Architecture, which arrests the proliferation of the ‘accidental architectures’ we talk so much about, is the best strategy for ensuring effective data protection,” said Guy Churchward, President, EMC Backup Recovery Systems Division. “Accidental architectures are an outgrowth of users addressing individual data protection challenges reactively as they arise, and applying costly silo’d or ‘one size fits all’ products and solutions that become difficult to manage, optimize and pay for. The products we’ve announced today pave the way for our customers to consolidate their data protection strategy and infrastructure, and enable them to proactively prepare for the data protection challenges that accompany transformational IT initiatives.”

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John Rath is a veteran IT professional and regular contributor at Data Center Knowledge. He has served many roles in the data center, including support, system administration, web development and facility management.

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