“You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct, and control your own environment.”
–Quote from Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich
Napoleon Hill is considered to be one of the greatest writers on success in history. And, while this quote is specifically related to one’s ability to achieve high levels of personal success, the sentiment behind it is also a basic premise for the new VMware support announced as part of the enhancements to the EMC Data Protection Suite.
To remain agile and flexible, data owners—in this case, VMware Administrators—have moved to their own processes and tools for protecting their environments. This has contributed to the ‘accidental architecture’ discussed in Stephen Manley’s blogs. This movement disenfranchises the backup team, making it impossible for them to ensure SLAs at a corporate level.
EMC recognizes this need and is addressing it through the Protection Storage Architecture. The Protection Storage Architecture enables an open and modular approach to data protection that, among other benefits, provides visibility and control for data owners, while also enabling IT to move closer to an ITaaS model. There is almost no better example of what we are delivering than the tight integration with VMware vCenter™ engineered into both Avamar 7 and NetWorker 8.1.
Effectively, through the enhancements to VMware protection in both solutions, VMware administrators have the ability to choose the policies, as set by IT, that best fits the vm’s or vm containers in their environment and apply them. Further, they are using their own native tool, the vSphere Web Client, for the administration. From the vSphere Web Client, via the EMC Backup and Recovery plug-in, they are also able to process image backup and recovery and run reports, among other activities. Alternatively, backup administrators set corporate policy from their native UI and have the visibility to monitor and report on the corporate infrastructure. Finally, the EMC Data Protection Restore Client web user interface enables any system administrator with privileges to run file level recoveries from the image backups.
You can see how the tight integration with VMware vCenter in NetWorker 8.1 and Avamar 7 offers a best-of-both-worlds scenario and enables each administrator to literally be the master of their environment. We invite you to watch the demo of how this works in NetWorker 8.1. Or, if you prefer to read about the capabilities, please take a look at the complete Solution Overview.