Last week on The Backup Window, we talked about the new bigger, better, faster, stronger Data Domain systems. While Caitlin was rocking out to Kanye, I had the cheesy tune “We Go Together” from Grease stuck in my head. In addition to the new systems, we expanded Data Domain archive storage capabilities and further enhanced application integration. So, Data Domain works better than ever with a variety of data sources and applications, like a perfectly choreographed musical and that’s the way it should be!
Optimized Archive Storage
Data Domain systems are the ideal protection storage platform for backup and archive data and the benefits of consolidating backup and archive are pretty impressive, see for yourself in this white paper and infographic from IDC. Simply put, they go together like rama lama lama da dinga da dinga dong. (I’m pretty sure that’s what Danny and Sandy were referring to.)
With this launch, we’ve enhanced Data Domain systems to support archive environments in two key ways: lowered the $/GB and expanded the ecosystem. First, the significant $/GB savings offered by the new generation of Data Domain systems enables you to leverage Data Domain as a dedicated archive storage platform. Using Data Domain systems for archive storage greatly reduces storage costs while still meeting both US and international compliance regulations.
In addition, we have continued to expand the archive partner ecosystem, with new support for OpenText, an industry leader in content management archiving software and Dell Archive Manager for email archiving. With the newest additions in this release, Data Domain systems now support 20 different archiving applications for file/email, content management, database, and storage tiering use cases. This offers the flexibility to protect your archive data on a Data Domain system with the industry leading application that best fits your needs.
Enhanced Application Integration
Data Domain systems and enterprise applications such as Oracle, SAP as well as backup applications like Avamar, and NetWorker are made for each other like wop baba lumop a wap bam boom and continue to integrate seamlessly with these exciting new updates.
Direct SAP HANA Backup
Data Domain systems now support direct backup from SAP HANA Studio via NFS – enabling SAP HANA DBAs to leverage efficient protection storage while maintaining control of backup processes. Data Domain systems significantly reduce HANA backup storage requirements and provide faster, secure network-efficient for disaster recovery.
Data Domain Boost Enhancements
Here’s the latest Data Domain Boost ecosystem – where we’ve enhanced 3 of our 8 existing integrations – Avamar, NetWorker and Oracle RMAN.
With the latest enhancements to DD Boost for Oracle RMAN, DD Boost can backup Oracle Exadata giving Oracle DBAs the ability to control Data Domain replication with full RMAN catalog awareness. It’s one of a kind like dip dadip dadip doowop da doobee doo!
SAP DBAs who run SAP on an Oracle database can also now leverage DD Boost for RMAN to backup and replicate SAP using BR*Tools. This provides faster, more efficient SAP backup and keeps backup and DR control in the hands of SAP application owners.
With the launch of Avamar 7, DD Boost for Avamar can support all data center use cases with the addition of NAS (via NDMP) and file systems support. In addition, Avamar 7 introduces a new feature called ‘VM Instant Access’, which enables VM images that are backed up with Avamar to Data Domain, to be accessed instantly and run from the Data Domain system. This provides the end user access to a VM in under 2 minutes, enabling access when they cannot wait for a full restore.
In addition, EMC NetWorker 8.1 introduces support for Data Domain Boost over Fibre Channel enabling 50% faster backups in SAN environments. NetWorker has also added support for DD Boost ‘Virtual Synthetic Backups’ for file systems and new feature called “immediate cloning” that improves time-to-DR readiness using NetWorker’s Clone Controlled Replication.
With all of the advancements to Data Domain systems and the Data Protection Suite, you can finally sit back and drive off into the sunset knowing that your data is properly protected.