New Data Domain Systems – Bigger, Better, Faster, Stronger!

Caitlin Gordon

Caitlin Gordon

Data Domain Product Marketing, Data Protection and Availability Division
I have spent the past eight years focused on all things data protection, with a focus on backup and archive. Lucky for me, Data Domain Systems give me lots of good topics to discuss here. When I’m not blogging, I’m equal parts gadget geek and sports freak – always ready to chat about the latest IT rumor or celebrate/lament the latest Boston sports heartbreak/victory. You can also find me talking backup on Twitter and YouTube.

For the past 3 months I’ve had Kanye West’s ‘Stronger’ stuck in my head.  Why?  Because I’ve been preparing to launch new Data Domain systems that are ‘bigger, better, faster and stronger’ and sadly that’s just how my mind works.

Now that we’ve finally launched, I’m thrilled to share the details about the new generation of midrange Data Domain systems we announced last week. The four new systems – the DD2500, DD4200, DD4500 and DD7200 – offer dramatic improvements over the previous generation of midrange systems:

  • Up to 10x bigger with scalability up to 1.7 PB usable capacity
  • Enable better consolidation with up to 3x more streams supported
  • Faster performance with up to 4x the speed
  • Deliver stronger ROI with up to a 38% lower cost per GB

I don’t know about you – but that makes me feel like dancing!  So let’s break it down:

Bigger Scale

All four new systems support the new 3 TB expansion shelves, which provides enough logical capacity to support any midrange enterprise:

  • DD2500: Up to 6.6 PB
  • DD4200: Up to 9.4 PB
  • DD4500: Up to 14.2 PB
  • DD7200: Up to 21.4 PB

Now is the time to get rid of that last stack of tapes by leveraging Data Domain for long-term backup retention.  With DD Extended Retention, you get even more logical capacity:

  • DD4200: Up to 28.4 PB
  • DD4500: Up to 57.0 PB
  • DD7200: Up to 85.6 PB

Better Consolidation

With all that scale – what are you going to protect on Data Domain?  Whatever you want! If you’re a regular reader here, you know that one of the keys to the protection storage architecture is integrating directly with data sources.   And doing so requires more streams since applications are no longer running through a backup server to connect with Data Domain.  With that in mind, these new systems support up to 3x more streams, enabling you to consolidate all data protection workloads (backup, archive, DR) on a single system.

Faster Performance

But, what’s the point of trying to consolidate all that data if you can’t do it within the allotted time?  It should come as no surprise that these systems also offer the performance required to meet the toughest backup windows:

  • DD2500: Up to 13.4 TB/hr
  • DD4200: Up to 22.0 TB/hr
  • DD4500: Up to 22.0 TB/hr
  • DD7200: Up to 26.0 TB/hr

Stronger ROI

Believe it or not – all of that and these new systems are up to 38% more cost effective than the previous generation.   With savings like that, it should be no surprise that IDC recently released this infographic that shows Data Domain systems offer a payback in under 6 months.

To learn more about these new Data Domain systems and to get pricing, visit the EMC Store.

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Meet EMC NetWorker 8.1

Sherry Davenport

Sherry Davenport

I started in the IT industry over 30 years ago — it sure doesn’t feel like that long! I worked my way through the ranks starting at the old Digital Equipment Corporation in software sales support, sales training, channel training, product management and, ultimately, marketing. My background includes digital imaging, team productivity software, Alta Vista (remember that?), storage management, storage networking and most recently backup and recovery software. While I love my job, I love cooking and wine appreciation even more.

Data Protection Suite

By now I hope you have had the opportunity to watch and/or read about the latest announcement from EMC – Backup To The Future.  If you have, you heard that we have enhanced two products key to the EMC Data Protection Suite – Avamar 7 and NetWorker 8.1.

What you may not have gathered from the announcement is the true breadth of new features in NetWorker 8.1.

Exactly a year ago from last week’s announcement, we announced a new phase in the life of NetWorker–NetWorker 8.0–based on an updated architectural foundation focused on backup to disk workflows.  The updates are the base upon which we built many of the new features in this latest release.  Those features include, but are not limited to:

  • Tight integration of snapshot management for EMC arrays and RecoverPoint within the heart of NetWorker… from a configuration wizard that eliminates scripting to a Recovery user interface built into the NetWorker Management Console that enables granular, point-in-time recoveries from snapshots on primary disk or rolled over to Data Domain (or any other supported backup media).
  • More IntegrationMore integration with Data Domain including Data Domain Boost over Fibre Channel, enabling backup topologies built on FC to take advantage of a true B2D workflow with all the benefits of source-side and inline deduplication using EMC Data Domain.  Additionally DD Boost Virtual Synthetics, enabling up to 90% fewer full backups that need to be run each year.
  • New integrated VMware protection, using Avamar technology built into NetWorker, enabling unique features including CBT for both backup and restore, and more.
  • pic3A new Block Based Backup feature for Windows file systems that really screams, eliminating the walk of high density file systems and the creation of an index… yet, enables granular level recovery using the new Recovery UI.  Best yet, this feature simply ‘comes with’ NetWorker!
  • More support for a marquee feature of NetWorker – Client Direct.  We now offer Client Direct to generic disk for all NetWorker supported applications and databases running on Microsoft.
  • Visibility and control for VMware Admins and Oracle and SQL DBAs through integration at the data source, enabling them to use their native tool of choice for backup management.
  • Support of Oracle 12c and more.Oracle
  • Updated support for all the latest Microsoft applications and Hyper-V.

Suffice to say that there is way too much to go into here today!  So, we promise to publish a series of blogs here on The Backup Window–each singling out a new feature–highlighting new support and benefits.

We hope that you keep coming back to learn more about how EMC NetWorker 8.1 can help transform your data protection strategy and accelerate your backup plan for the future.

EMC Data Protection Suite: What’s New in EMC Avamar 7

Phil George

Phil George

Avamar/VMware Guru, Data Protection and Availability Division
Working with customers and partners (like VMware) to develop leading backup solutions makes every day very interesting; helping them optimize their backup architectures for virtualized environments is what really energizes me. Over the past 25 years, I’ve held senior engineering, marketing and sales roles within the technical software industry. This gives me a good vantage point to recognize technical challenges, see emerging trends and propose new solutions. I hold a BSEE from Cornell University and a Masters in Computer Engineering from Boston University. I currently reside with my wife and two children in Massachusetts.

Data Protection SuiteSo many new features … so little room on this BLOG space.  Instead of posting a one-hundred-page What’s New BLOG, I thought I provide a few highlights along with a number of links to various resources, including some really cool DEMOS and WHITEBOARD VIDEOS by Alex Almeida (@alxjalmeida).

 

So here’s my TOP 7 … based on a very scientific survey ;-)

 

# 1 Avamar now sends file system data and NDMP workloads to Data Domain systems. Now all your data center workloads can be sent to the industry’s leading deduplication storage system, streamlining your enterprise data protection.

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# 2 Isilon deduplicated backups through Avamar NDMP acceleration. Avamar 7 provides the most efficient unstructured file system backups for Isilon, VNX, Celerra and NetApp, so you will never miss a backup window.

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# 3 VM Instant Access adds a new recovery capability to Avamar, to complement its industry leading Changed Block Tracking for Restore. Avamar 7 can boot and run a VM image-level backup stored on a Data Domain system in under two minutes. While the VM is running, Avamar uses VMware’s Storage vMotion to move the VM back to the production environment. WATCH THIS DEMO

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# 4 Avamar is integrated into vSphere Web Client, so now VMware admins can quickly and easily manage image-level backup and recovery without leaving vSphere. Watch the DEMO

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# 5 Centralized protection policy management for VMware VMs, through Avamar Dynamic Policies. As new VMs are added to groups, they automatically inherit the backup policy – making sure any new VMs never go unprotected, while adding consistency to VM protection. In this example, VM3 will automatically inherit the backup policy for the Engineering Group.

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# 6 The Avamar Virtual Edition (AVE), the industry’s first virtual backup appliance, has been expanded to 4TB of deduplicated capacity. This diagram illustrates how you can deploy an AVE for meta-data storage, while all backup data is sent to a Data Domain system.

AVE

# 7 Avamar extends its leadership position in backup and recovery for virtual environments by adding support and advanced capabilities for Microsoft Hyper-V 2012. Avamar’s new Hyper-V 2012 over Cluster Shared Volume (CSV) proxy support can backup all Hyper-V servers in the CSV cluster simultaneously. Watch the Whiteboard Video to learn more.

Hyper-V

OK OK … so I know I stated 7, but I just couldn’t resist adding one more ;- )

# 8 Avamar adds advanced visibility and control for Microsoft applications, including support for SQL Server 2012, Exchange 2013 and SharePoint 2013. Avamar’s integration with SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) enables a SQL DBA to set backup preferences for Always On Availability Groups right from SSMS. Now the backup administrator can leverage the SQL DBA’s requirements automatically. Watch the Whiteboard Video to learn more.

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Well there you have it, my TOP 8 for Avamar 7. Please visit http://www.emc.com/backup-and-recovery/avamar/avamar.htm for more information, and be sure to contact EMC Backup Recovery Systems Specialists.

Follow us Twitter (@PhilGeorgeV) and Alex (@alxjalmeida) to catch the latest breaking news on EMC Avamar (and a few other tasty bits)!

Transformation Will Happen… With or Without You

Heidi Biggar

Heidi Biggar

Marketing and IT Consultant, Data Protection and Availability Division
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.

“We are no longer in a period of rapid change! We have now entered a unique period of time, unlike anything any of us have ever seen, that can best be described as transformation.”

Powerful words from Daniel Burrus, founder and CEO of Burrus Research, in his recent blog Transform Now … or Struggle to Survive.  While I encourage you to read the full post, the gist is this:

  • We’re reached an inflection point, resulting from years of massive technological advances in processing power, digital storage and digital bandwidth, which necessitates a dramatic change, or transformation,  in the people, products, processes and services that drive and support our organizations.
  • The rules of business have changed from finding out what your customers want and giving it to them to giving your customers what they want before they even know they want or need it. As examples, Burrus cites two: Apple giving its customers the iPad before they even knew they wanted and Blockbuster asking customers to tell them what they wanted to make their store and shopping experience better. One transformed a market; the other limited a business.
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  • Transformation is a must-do not a nice-to-do if your organization wants to “survive and thrive.” As Burrus reminds us three things: 1) Transformation will happen, 2) If it can be done, it will be done, and 3) If you don’t do it, someone else will.
  • When I first saw Burrus’ post on LinkedIn, my team was in the final prep for our Data Protection launch. Stephen Manley and I were mapping out the final parts of his latest blog series The Right Architecture Is Priceless, and I had had just wrapped up production on the EMC Backup and Archive Game Plan eBook, which details the why, the what and the how of backup transformation, including the transformative role and components of a Protection Storage Architecture.

    So, I was curious, to say the least, to hear what he had to say about transformation at an organizational level and how it would align with our messaging at an IT and data protection level:

  • Data protection has reached a breaking point, resulting from massive data growth, infrastructure complexity, poor visibility and related budgetary issues.
  • The rules of data protection have changed from thinking of data protection as a cost center to thinking of it as a strategic investment in your business’s future. Backup, in particular, has transformed from a “low-value, high-cost insurance policy” to a “business accelerator.”
  • Backup transformation is a must-do not a nice-to-do if you want to accelerate IT transformation and maximize opportunities.

Looks like we’re in synch. So, what about you? What’s holding you back?

If backup is, be sure to watch the recording of the on-demand webcast of our special event Backup to the Future to learn why backup is now the long pole in the tent of IT innvoation.

The Future of Backup Is Now

Caitlin Gordon

Caitlin Gordon

Data Domain Product Marketing, Data Protection and Availability Division
I have spent the past eight years focused on all things data protection, with a focus on backup and archive. Lucky for me, Data Domain Systems give me lots of good topics to discuss here. When I’m not blogging, I’m equal parts gadget geek and sports freak – always ready to chat about the latest IT rumor or celebrate/lament the latest Boston sports heartbreak/victory. You can also find me talking backup on Twitter and YouTube.

Our esteemed CTO, Stephen Manley, has been talking a lot about the importance of having the right architecture (Part I, II, III, IV, and V).  The question is – what are we doing to help you get there?   Today, we answered that question with a new generation of EMC data protection solutions.

Specifically, today EMC announced:

  • New Data Domain systems and Expanded Application Integration
  • Enhanced EMC Data Protection Suite with Avamar 7 and NetWorker 8.1

Read more on Pulse  or view the launch event now!