Data Domain OS 5.5 Rocks the IT World

Alyson Langon

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.

You have likely already heard about EMC’s latest announcement that is rocking the data protection airwaves by redefining data protection for a software-defined world. Here on the Protection Continuum, I am going to dig a little deeper into the Data Domain piece of this announcement by sharing with you some of my favorite features included in the release. Continue reading

EMC Data Protection Suite: What’s New in EMC Avamar 7.1

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.

Last week, as part of our Redefining Data Protection webcast event, we introduced updates across the EMC Data Protection Suite. Lots of great new features to support your organization’s business and IT transformation. Here’s my list of the top 7 new features of EMC Avamar 7.1 as well as a few links to some great demos and whiteboard videos.

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A Strong VSPEX Foundation Is Built On Data Protection!

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!

Readers of my blogs probably know that I am guilty of spending the odd hour or three in a video game. My latest gaming quest is to work my way up the score ladder on the newly launched “VSPEX: The Simple Way To Deploy Your Cloud” game. As of this posting, I am at 20,000 points and aiming for the leader at 35,000! I will have to make some headway during my flights out to VMware PEX. :)

When first finding out about the game and launching it, I found the scoring mechanics interesting. The points you gain correlate with acquiring components to build a VSPEX solution! If you didn’t notice, the first component required for building a VSPEX in the game is Backup.

As I discuss in the video embedded at the top of this post, Backup is often tossed to the wayside when discussing private cloud deployments. This puts your business at a disadvantage before implementation even starts, and at a greater risk of data loss when not planning data protection proactively. We’ll certainly be elaborating more on this topic with VMware PEX attendees next week in San Francisco.

For those of you that will be heading out to VMware PEX you can take a look at a great preview put together by fellow blogger Phil George here.  If you are specifically interested in our boot camp happening on Monday the 10th, you can also get a detailed agenda on Chad Sakac’s PEX Bootcamp Preview post. As Chad mentions, this boot camp will be epic and will include topics like EMC VSPEX, EMC Data Protection, and other incredible technology that EMC is working on in the coming quarters.

Once you are at the show stop by Booth #401 to see where you land on the top score list! We will have the game live in the booth, and I look forward at attempting to beat the high scores!

Sneak Peek at VMware Partner Exchange 2014

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.

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Lead the Transformation to Master the New Reality

VMware Partner Exchange, “PEX” as partners affectionately call it, kicks off at the Moscone Center in San Francisco on February 10. What is it? Only the premier partner event of the year … when it comes to “everything virtualization.” VMware brings together its technology and business partners for a 4-day exchange of information, and it all begins with Boot Camps.   These daylong intensive sessions enable VMware and its technology partners to share their roadmap, hottest technologies, and solutions, so the business partners can provide the best solutions to their customers. EMC’s Boot Camp (Boot camp ID# 3579-SPO) runs on Monday February 10th from 8:30 – 4:30pm.  For a peek at our agenda, see Chad’s Blog. Be sure to register.

The EMC Data Protection and Availability Division will have a strong presence at PEX, where you can learn about backup and recovery, continuous data protection, and application/data mobility and availability.  EMC provides the most comprehensive data protection continuum for VMware environments of any scale.  Visit us in booth #401 to learn more about Avamar, Data Domain systems, RecoverPoint and VPLEX, and how these solutions are optimized for VMware, VCE Vblock and VSPEX.

Additionally, we will be highlighting the tight integration of VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP) Advanced and Data Domain systems. Click on this screenshot to watch the demo:

Figure 1: Fast and easy to setup backup with VDP Advanced and Data Domain Systems

We’ll also be discussing EMC VSPEX – The market leader in Integrated Reference Architecture Systems. VSPEX are proven by EMC, packaged and delivered exclusively by our partners. VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced (VDP Advanced) with EMC Data Domain are now built into VSPEX Private Cloud with VMware vSphere for up to 300 Virtual Machines, and VSPEX Virtualized Solutions for Microsoft SharePoint, Exchange, and SQL Server. Stop by and see how to size and transform your backups with VSPEX & VDP Advanced. A key differentiator for VSPEX is the certified and tightly integrated EMC Data Protection and Availability solutions.

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There are many more exciting topics, but these are just a few to whet your appetite.

See you at PEX … 

EMC Data Protection – Always in Style for VCE

Chandra Jacobs
I love creative and challenging projects in the emerging technology product space. I have a background in tech, innovation, and product development, especially as applied to web and mobile apps in the entrepreneurship arena, but have recently moved into marketing. In my role as a product marketer, I have gravitated toward digital marketing as well as analytics/data mining. It fits well with my techie geek bent as well as my cloud angle on The Backup Window. (Be sure to catch my posts on Innovation Station too!) Outside of work at EMC, I enjoy exploring Boston’s culinary and jazz scene (often in combination), and travel as much as I can (35 countries and counting).

With Cisco Live Europe 2014 picking up steam in Milan, a city known for fine fashion and hi-tech (and at times fashiontech), it’s exciting to be talking about the perfect accessory to the VCE Vblock System – the VCE Data Protection Solution, built from EMC Data Protection and Availability technology. I’m no fashion aficionado, but I do know this: nothing goes better with a converged infrastructure than a matching (integrated and optimized) Data Protection solution.

EMC DATA PROTECTION IS ALWAYS IN STYLE.

Milan Hi-Fashion

You’ll never have to worry that your data protection

doesn’t match your Vblock System.

Welcome to the yellow brick road of virtualization and convergence. You have begun the journey of data center transformation to combat the challenges of data growth, spiraling costs, and complexity. You will continue to have to buy more, expensive backup storage to keep pace, while losing a handle on your backup windows, leaving critical data at risk. By integrating and optimizing data protection into your converged infrastructure, you can tame the multi-headed beast of data growth, not only in your primary environment, but in your data protection environment too. 

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But you’re not done yet. You may think you have tamed the beast of data growth through convergence. The problem with data growth is that it’s a multi-headed hydra – even if you’ve addressed data growth in your primary infrastructure, you will still be dealing with it in your data protection environment unless you think differently.

“But how do I go about this?” I’m glad you asked. The first thing to do is to put on your ruby red shoes (always in fashion, whatever the season), click your heels together and say – “There’s no Data Protection like EMC” – three times over. The next (and last thing) you will ever have to do is let VCE walk you further down the “virtual” yellow brick road – because VCE can bake in EMC Data Protection with every order of ooey-gooey, converged goodness. Data Protection that’s pre-integrated, pre-tested, and pre-configured – optimized to protect your new investment, worry free.

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VCE Data Protection offers a 3-tiered Data Protection continuum, starting with a strong foundation of backup and recovery. EMC Backup and Recovery software and hardware are optimized for a virtualized, converged environment like VCE. Leveraging efficient deduplication technology, you’ll be able to reduce the time it takes to complete your backups by 90%, sending only changed data across the network to the backup appliance. Not only will you conserve network bandwidth by 99%, but you’re also offloading you backup data from your primary network by implementing a VCE Backup solution. In the end, you’ll see a reduction in backup storage by 10-30x, saving you money while you become master and commander in an ocean of explosive data growth. Finally, with tight integration to VMware vSphere, you’ll be able to not only backup, but also recover, your data and business critical applications – fast. 30x faster than the competition with Changed Block Tracking.

For added Data Protection, VCE offers flexible recovery points with continuous data protection through cross-site replication – this is leveraging EMC RecoverPoint. And, if your environment requires zero data loss and downtime, you can move up the Data Protection continuum and add EMC VPLEX for workload mobility and data availability in the event of an outage.

EMC Data Protection software and hardware offered by VCE are purpose-built to work together and carefully chosen to optimize your converged infrastructure investment. When you purchase your Vblock System, include EMC Data Protection solutions upfront so that you can get a handle on backup data growth once and for all. Don’t just be reactively fashionable – be a pro-active fashion trend-setter with VCE and EMC.