You would not see them, but they are there. This is exactly how you would like your private cloud to operate – unobtrusively. The recent Microsoft announcements regarding the release of Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, and Windows Azure Pack got me thinking. How would you comprehensively protect your Microsoft -based private cloud environment? I did not need to look far to find so MANY cool features and benefits from the EMC Data Protection Suite, and how it is optimized for Microsoft applications, Hyper-V and Windows Azure. Thus, back by popular demand (may just be the voices in my head),
Here are my top 8 reasons why
EMC DataProtection Suite is best for Microsoft
# 1 Centralized Protection for All Microsoft Applications
EMC provides fully featured data protection for Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server, SharePoint, and Hyper-V —leveraging Microsoft standards such as the VSS (Volume Shadow Copy Service) framework. Now you can use industry-leading deduplication—including Data Domain Boost software—to help protect your Microsoft data, all managed seamlessly by the Data Protection Suite.
# 2 Comprehensive Windows Protection
EMC Data Protection provides the industry’s top protection of Windows and Windows Server. This support is fully integrated with Data Domain systems using Client Direct and DD Boost – providing the industry’s leading deduplication. Forever incremental Windows file system backups, Windows block based backup, and optimized backups for Windows Server 2012 deduplicated volumes take backups to new levels of performance and scalability. EMC Data Protection also offers integrated Windows Bare Metal Recovery (BMR), including from physical to virtual environments, to speed Windows server recoveries when disasters strike.
# 3 Comprehensive Exchange Protection
Supporting the latest versions of Exchange Server 2007, 2010 and 2013, the Data Protection Suite uses the Exchange VSS writer, so you can complete full storage group, database availability group or database backups. EMC Data Protection Suite provides Exchange Federated backups that dynamically adapt to changes in the Exchange DAG environment and always backup passive databases, resulting in no backup impact to mail operations. Both Avamar and NetWorker provide multi-stream backups to Data Domain systems and take performance to the next level. Believe me – it’s fast! But we all know what’s most important … recovery! Exchange Granular Level Recovery (GLR) allows virtually mounting and browsing of Exchange database savesets for mailbox level recoveries in minutes.
# 4 Optimized SQL Server Protection
Attention SQL DBAs … you get better visibility and control of your backups with the Data Protection Suite, and a variety of advanced recovery features. Plus, through integration to the SQL Server Management Studio, you can set priorities for Database Availability Groups. Now SQL database admins have better visibility and control of their SQL Server environment. And backups work on passive databases, thus removing any impact to the active database
# 5 Full Range of SharePoint Protection
Start with easy setup through wizards that guide you through backup scheduling. For large SharePoint deployments, EMC provides VSS Federated backup – synchronizing across all servers in the farm and leverages variable-length deduplication for the highest efficiencies. The SharePoint VSS interface provides information about a SharePoint farm (including the servers in the farm, and where the configuration, content and search databases, and files are located), thus enabling comprehensive recovery. With SharePoint GLR, backups for entire SharePoint farms can be mounted in seconds to allow data recovery by the SharePoint application owners.
# 6 Comprehensive Hyper-V Protection for Microsoft-based Private Clouds
EMC Data Protection Suite provides a full range of backup and recovery services for Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, and 2012 R2.
# 7 Leading support for Hyper-V Cluster Shared Volumes
There is full support for stand-alone Hyper-V servers and also Hyper-V servers in a cluster using Cluster Shared Volumes (CSVs). Support for Hyper-V clusters is ‘federated’, in that backup schedules are set for the entire Hyper-V cluster and the Data Protection Suite will automatically find VMs wherever they are located. We all know they do tend to move around. Hyper-V Proxy Backup means the virtualization administrator can choose which nodes in the Hyper-V cluster are used for backup, which means the performance of the Hyper-V servers hosting virtual machines are not impacted by backup. Our new support for multiple Hyper-V proxies means additional scalability for large Hyper-V deployments. Lastly, Hyper-V GLR means VM backups can be mounted in seconds to allow for file-level recoveries from image backups. MUST HAVES for Microsoft-based private clouds!
Watch the Whiteboard Video to learn more about Hyper-V Proxies.
# 8 Flexible Recovery
EMC Data Protection Suite provides the ability to recover complete virtual machines to the same Hyper-V Server, an alternate Hyper-V Server, or just recover the virtual machine files to allow the user to manually provision a VM. In the case of a DR recovery of the complete Hyper-V Server, the Data Protection Suite will also recover the Hyper-V Server configuration database files. “Now that was easy.”
EMC and Microsoft have teamed together for more than 15 years to bring our mutual customers a complete, strategic solution that streamlines data protection. We are committed to excellence. I am sure you will see that our alliance continues to be a “suite” relationship … I couldn’t resist ;- )
Well there you have it, My Top 8 reasons why EMC Data Protection is best for Microsoft – clear as azure clouds on a clear day. Please visit http://www.emc.com/backup-and-recovery/data-protection-suite/index.htm for more information, and be sure to contact EMC Backup Recovery Systems Specialists.
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