Backup and Archiving – The Odd Couple?

At EMC, we have the opportunity to talk to customers like yourselves, about data protection and its key components backup and archiving. Customers commonly ask us about the differences and similarities of backup and archiving. They ask us, “I know I need backup, but do I also need archiving?”

Our friends at Enterprise Storage Group (ESG) also share this discussion with customers they speak with and not surprisingly, they share the same opinion about data protection as we do.

In this short six minute video, listen as Steve Duplessie talks about the importance of backup and archiving and how they complement each other. Together, backup and archiving are the “perfect couple”.

EMC SourceOne 7 Archiving and eDiscovery: A Key Pillar of any Data Protection Strategy

As you may have already read in this morning’s EMC Data Domain and SourceOne blog,  EMC is taking data protection to the next level, and to that point, the version 7 release of EMC SourceOne is now available.  SourceOne 7 represents the next generation archiving platform for email, file systems and Microsoft SharePoint content and includes SourceOne Discovery Manager 7, which together, enhance an organization’s ability to protect and discover their data. In fact, in ESG’s recent  “Data Protection Matters” video featuring Steve Duplessie, ESG’s founder and Senior Analyst, it was stated that  “backup and archive are different but complimentary functions” that both are “key pillars of a data protection strategy”, and that “backup without archive is incomplete”. I find this to be in perfect alignment with EMC’s strategy for data protection, and with this in mind, I’d like to review some of the great features of EMC SourceOne 7.

Let’s take File System data as an example. Have you ever needed to locate file system data in your infrastructure without a purpose built archive to assist? Perhaps searching data for business reuse, an eDiscovery request, an audit or investigation? How did that work for you? Often, it’s a time consuming exercise in futility, or at best, an incomplete exercise with non-defensible results. Well, with the latest release of SourceOne for File Systems, a quick search can produce an accurate result set of all files that meet your search criteria AND you never had to physically archive that content.  That’s because this release offers “Index in Place” which enables organizations to index the terabytes (or petabytes!) of data that exists “in the wild” without having to move that data to the archive. How cool is that? Users and applications continue to transparently access that data as needed, yet sitting on top is a layer of corporate compliance.  Now you can apply retention and disposition policies to this data, discover information when required and place only the data that needs to be put on “legal hold” into the physical archive.

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A Perfect Score for Backup and Archive

Flexible, fast, and a small footprint… no I’m not talking about Aly Raisman.  But, if there were an Olympics for protection storage, EMC Data Domain deduplication storage systems would be sure to take the gold.  With today’s announcement, a performance worthy of a Dancing with the Stars mirror ball trophy, Data Domain systems are poised to take protection storage to the next level.  Let’s take a closer look at some of Data Domain’s new moves.

Optimized Archive Storage: It takes two to tango. 

As we’ve discussed before, backup and archive are complementary parts of an overall data protection strategy and consolidating these workloads onto a single Data Domain system (as shown below) maximizes efficiency and lowers TCO.  We’ve further strengthened EMC’s leading protection storage platform by enhancing support for a broad range of archive use cases.

Specifically, now you can ingest archive data 3x faster for file, e-mail and other archiving workloads.  This also enables you to migrate up to 1 TB a day of archive data from legacy archive platforms to a Data Domain system, ensuring a quick transition with minimal disruption.

In addition, Data Domain systems now “dance” well with all leading archiving application partners easily integrating with over 16 different archiving applications.  This includes support for file, e-mail, SharePoint (Learn about the new EMC SourceOne Enhancements here!)  and now database and content management archiving through integration with IBM Optim and EMC Documentum  respectively.

Enhanced Application Integration: The spin, the turn, and the lift all at once!

As part of our continuing efforts to empower data owners (as discussed here), we are excited to introduce Oracle optimized deduplication, which makes Data Domain systems the first inline deduplication system to support RMAN multiplexing while maximizing deduplication rates. With Oracle optimized deduplication, database and backup administrators can optimize Oracle backup performance (through RMAN multiplexing) and still reduce Oracle backup storage requirements by up to 10 to 30x with Data Domain. This further establishes Data Domain systems as the backup platform of choice for Oracle environments. Oracle optimized deduplication is supported with Oracle 11g and Oracle RMAN, Avamar, NetWorker and other third party backup applications via CIFS, NFS or Data Domain Boost.

Just 3 years after we introduced it, Data Domain Boost has revolutionized backup and disaster recovery for thousands of customers. To date, that has been limited to those with Ethernet infrastructure, but now Fibre Channel environments can get in on the fun too! With Data Domain Boost over Fibre Channel, you can get 50% faster backups in your SAN environment and eliminate virtual tape management to greatly simplify operations.

In addition, DD Boost now boasts 8 different integrations making the Data Domain Boost ecosystem the broadest and deepest in the industry.  What a performance!

…And the scores are in! 

With 66.5% market share in the purpose-built backup appliance market and continued investment in archive storage, EMC offers you the fast and flexible technology you need to transform data protection and lead your business into the future.

Tune in next week for a more in-depth look at some of what I highlighted today.

Alyson Langon
A couple years ago, fresh out of Business School at Boston College, I started at EMC and dove head first into all things backup and archive, focusing on Data Domain systems. I love the challenge of communicating complicated technologies in innovative and engaging ways and there is certainly no shortage of inspiration at EMC’s Data Protection and Availability Division. Outside of the tech world, I am an artist, animal lover and sufferer of wanderlust. You can also find me on Twitter achieving the perfect balance of data protection and cat gifs.

“Those Guys” or “The Other Guys”…It’s All About the Data

 Las Vegas is certainly the city of choice this spring when it comes to IT conferences! In the past three months, I have visited here twice already. We aren’t even through April! Here is the Best Part, I along with other members of the EMC team will be back here AGAIN in May for the big EMC World Bash (Have you registered?), which promises to wow and awe again this year! But I have to ask, is it acceptable for one to really “become tired” of Las Vegas?

 Well, that question would require an entirely different blog post so I will tuck that away for a future write-up. What is more interesting is what I have been hearing here at Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) 2013.

Microsoft is clearly demonstrating and talking about its ability to provide consistency of platform between the different cloud models available to you as an IT professional. You may be looking exclusively at a private cloud model to deliver your business application resources. Or, you may have started the investigation or even implementation process of moving to a “hybrid cloud” model and extending some of your data center infrastructure with those provided by Windows Azure.

In either case, Microsoft is clearly working to blur these two cloud models from a management perspective. That has to be reassuring if you’re an IT organization worried about the short term investments you make on your cloud journey.

In thinking about why the topic of management and the idea of this conference is so important to customers, I came to one conclusion from all of the conversations I had this week: IT’S ALL ABOUT THE DATA! And as Brad Anderson liked to refer to in his keynote, data is important regardless of whether it’s being accessed through database servers on Hyper-V or that hypervisor “Those Other Guys” make.  Clearly,  it’s about your end users accessing business data in many different ways, in many different places, and doing so in a manner that doesn’t compromise the ONE THING that is YOUR BUSINESS!

In this same ideology, your data backup solution provider should be fully featured and flexible to provide a robust data recovery solution for your applications regardless of virtualization platform. (Yes, you still need one!  Snaps, DAGs and AAGs are not enough.) Application intelligence is also a key quality to look for in your backup workflow. This level of awareness not only allows data recovery to happen quickly in an application consistent fashion, but it also minimizes errors due to lack of communication between all involved in a typical datacenter/applications team. 

Can your backup solution automatically analyze the current state of your Exchange DAG Cluster, and without the need for day-to-day management, perform the backup for minimal production impact?

Alex Almeida

Alex Almeida

Technology Evangelist, Data Protection and Availability Division
My passion for technology started at an early age and has never stopped. Today, I find myself immersed in data protection. Yep, I live, breathe and tweet backup, availability and archive. In fact, nothing short of fully understanding how things work will keep me from digging deeper. But when I’m not evangelizing on the benefits of backup or technology in general, I can be spotted at a New England Revolution game, behind the lens of a camera or listening to my favorite albums on vinyl. In addition to blogging for The Protection Continuum, you can find me on the EMC Community Network. Also, I'm a member of EMC Elect 2014, and I'm active in the New England VMware User Group (NEVMUG) and the Virtualization Technology User Group (VTUG). Let's get technical!

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Mark Doncov
I’ve spent most of the seven years I’ve been at EMC on backup. Currently, I work on category and solution marketing initiatives in EMC’s Backup Recovery Systems division. In short, this means I focus on the “why” for EMC Backup, not the “what”; I leave the bits and bytes to the product teams. Over the years, I’ve seen big changes in the backup world. I will be looking at these – and the even bigger ones that lie ahead - here on The Backup Window and other social channels.