No More Fishing For Data Protection In The Isilon Data Lake


It’s been almost 2 weeks since our announcement about the latest OneFS release and our support of the new capabilities for data protection with Isilon.  The response from new prospects and existing customers has been tremendous.  I wanted to recap what was announced and the improvements you can expect with these exciting new platforms and integration features.

Today’s enterprise customers demand storage infrastructures that provide the scale, performance, and ease-of-use Isilon products are known for.  Whether the need is a Data Lake for Big Data applications or simply providing the most cost-effective NAS platform for storing files, Isilon delivers new capabilities to extend its lead in the new mobile, agile world.  Release 7.1.1 of OneFS adds more capabilities to enhance Data Protection of Isilon as well.

EMC Avamar and NetWorker exploit these new features to deliver faster, more manageable backups.

Watch Alex Almeida discuss the benefits of these new Isilon features coupled with the Data Protection backup products

NDMP Acceleration

Provides the industry’s only NDMP multi-streaming backup with deduplicated daily level-1 backups built into daily full backups in a fraction of the time compared to traditional solutions. With OneFS release 7.1.1 integration, Avamar leverages OneFS’ ability to identify daily changes faster than walking the file system. This provides up to a 3x faster backup.  You can read more about this in this blog post.

Centralized snapshot management and recovery

Management of snapshots and related policies is simple with NetWorker Snapshot Management. The NetWorker Management Console (NMC) provides a single pane of glass for data protection administration of snapshots and backup including snapshot creation and replication, policy-based retention, rollover to protection storage, monitoring and reporting for both file and block-based storage. NetWorker uniquely discovers snapshots already created by the storage administrator and adds them to the centralized catalog along with those created using NetWorker, enabling a universal view of snapshots in the environment. These snapshots can be rolled over to protection storage, used for recovery, and are included in reporting.  A wizard simplifies configuration of snapshots and backups, alleviating the backup administrator from compulsory in-depth knowledge of the storage device.

Recovering from a snapshot is also quite simple using the Recovery UI within the NMC.  Data recovery can also be granular, enabling storage administrators to recover entire volumes or individual files.

Performance and Scalability

Data Domain systems offer the performance and scalability necessary to handle big data workloads.  Isilon scale-out NAS storage allows for massive data growth and offers industry-leading performance.  Big datasets stored on Isilon require fast, efficient, and scalable data protection.  Data Domain systems are highly scalable protection storage with deduplication technology that reduces storage requirements by 10 to 30x.  With throughput of up to 31 TB/hr, Data Domain enables more backups to complete sooner reducing pressure on limited backup windows. In addition, the Data Domain Data Invulnerability Architecture provides the industry’s best defense against data integrity issues ensuring data is recoverable and accessible.

As you can see, the Data Protection products are delivering real value for our customers leveraging Isilon and the rest of the EMC platforms.  Read about just one example, Trek Bicycles, and how they transformed their Data Protection and business intelligence with Avamar, Data Domain, and Isilon.

J. P. Corriveau
As a software and technology geek, I enjoy discussing and debating the current and future plans for enterprise and personal computing. I have had lots of different roles in customers large and small. Since moving to the vendor side, I have had roles in Sales, PreSales, Marketing, Professional Services, and Product Development. In my current role, I will continue to share my views on the enterprise computing and data protection market.

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Paul Scheuer
I like to be known as "Mr. Enterprise Storage Protector" writing, blogging and presenting to the world an ever-changing, always improving product story for enterprise storage (Mainframe) data protection and archiving. You won't ever hear or see me use the words "sexy" when describing our products (that's another story), but you will see that I am passionate about the ability to protect the crown jewels of corporate data. I consider enterprise (aka mainframe) data protection the guardian of insuring that the world doesn't "grind to a halt" as mainframes make airline transactions, stock trades, ATM transactions and many other things critical to our daily existence on the planet. I come to EMC via IBM where I spent more the two decades in storage as a developer and marketer of storage, even competing head-to-head with the products I now grow (yet another story). I call the Tucson Arizona desert home, where I like to sun & swim outside my office door. When I'm not outdoors, in front of customers or sales teams, you'll find me playing and listening to Jazz piano or guitar.

IT’s New Dirty Little Secret

A colleague of mine recently came across an article I wrote when I was doing some consulting work for a data protection company nearly 10 years ago.

While it feels more than a lifetime ago that I wrote that piece, as I read through it, it struck me just how little some things have changed. It’s as if time has stood still… creating a pocket of inertia.

In fact, with only a few product/technology updates, a new title and a July 2014 time stamp, the piece could run today, likely without even an eyebrow raised. Heck, I’d go so far as to wager that if the article were to run, more than a few would chime in on the tape versus disk theme that runs through it.
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Heidi Biggar

Heidi Biggar

Marketing and IT Consultant, Data Protection and Availability Division at EMC Corporation
I’m often asked how a political science major at Tufts wound up in the IT world, covering backup, storage, virtualization and cloud of all things. Truth is, it’s really a love for learning, a need to understand the “bigger picture” and a desire to share that view with others that’s steered my path over the past 20 years, from campaign manager to editor, analyst and marketer. After hours, you’ll find me hanging with family, running 10ks through Peachtree City’s 90 miles of cart paths, watching football or reading. I’m a New England transplant enjoying life in the South. In my previous life, I also blogged for ComputerWorld, Enterprise Strategy Group and Hitachi Data Systems, but The Backup Window is my baby. It's been great watching it evolve.

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I have been around the storage market all throughout my career. It started with learning Fibre Channel and iSCSI from the ground up and contributing to the standards body. My next gig was building processors at Trebia Networks to mediate between converting from FC to iSCSI. From there, I joined EMC. At EMC, I have focused on storage virtualization in various roles – developer, dev manager and product manager. My primary passion these days is helping our customers, partners and engineers understand why the products we are building are game changing. Equally importantly, I am focused on helping us build a business around our products and staying ahead of the market. And that means looking a little beyond the next curve and dreaming about all that can be. And you know what, it is a lot of fun!

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Mark Galpin

Mark Galpin

EMEA Product Marketing, Data Protection and Availability Division
As a product marketing lead based in Guildford, Surrey, I'm often seen presenting to EMC’s partners and end users at various events across Europe. I have over 20 years experience in the storage market, largely gained in the financial and legal sectors, including PaineWebber, part of UBS, and Clifford Chance, the international legal practice, where I was the storage manager for a number of years. But I've also held had product marketing stints at Quantum and previously at EMC. I'm married with two children and live in Guildford, Surrey.