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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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.

Powered by EMC Backup

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

See you at PEX … 

Avamar 7 SP1 is More Than a Service Pack …

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.

It’s a Cornucopia of Backup and Recovery Goodness

Avamar Cornucopia

As we come into the holiday season, it’s a time to be generous and thankful.  EMC has certainly taken this to heart, as they have been the generous ones providing a cornucopia of capabilities in the latest release. I know we are all thankful this season for so many things, and I am certainly thankful for being part of the industry’s very best deduplication backup software and system team. So let’s take a peek into the basket.

Avamar 7 SP1, a key component of the Data Protection Suite, provides full support for VMware vSphere 5.5. Of course this means that you get the fastest backups with variable length deduplication, proxy load balancing and multi-streaming, along with the fastest recoveries leveraging Changed Block Tracking on restore, and so much more!

Moving from one hypervisor to another, Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 R2 is supported, plus Avamar 7 SP1 provides up to 5x faster backups through multiple backup proxies.  Don’t forget, Avamar also delivers federated backups in Cluster Shared Volumes.

While on the topic of Microsoft, the latest releases of Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and SQL Server (on 2012 R2) are now supported.

Hey Mac Users, we have just released support for OS X 10.9 (‘Mavericks’… sounds much cooler).  So if you are on the latest MacBook, be sure your company is using the best laptop backup solution (Avamar 7) for the enterprise!

There is a whole “bunch” of other updates to operating system support provided by Avamar 7 SP1, so be sure to read the Software Compatibility Guide.

And for the last piece of fruit in this basket, let’s talk Bare Metal Recovery (BMR).  Avamar 7 SP1 provides enhancements across the spectrum with Windows BMR supported on Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1. And yes, now you can do a Bare Metal Recovery from Physical to Virtual (Hyper-V VMs) in addition to vSphere VMs.

Take a few minutes to watch Alex Almeida’s demonstration of EMC Avamar 7 SP1 backup and recovery for Microsoft Hyper-V VMs that are part of an Azure private cloud:

demonstration of EMC Avamar 7 SP1 backup and recovery for Microsoft Hyper-V VMs

Demonstration video shows centralized protection for Microsoft Azure private cloud VMs through the EMC Data Protection Suite (EMC Avamar 7 SP1).

Well there you have it, just one more thing to be thankful for this year: Optimized backup and recovery for Azure Private Cloud VMs. For more information, please read my last BLOG on the EMC Data Protection Suite for Microsoft and @DavenportSherry ‘s BLOG More Than Microsoft Support – EMC NetWorker 8.1 SP1.

From the EMC Family to Yours … Happy Thanksgiving.

Live from VMworld 2013! Superior VMware Backup and Recovery, Powered by Intel and EMC

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.

Phil George at Intel - VMworld

The most pervasive trends in the market related to the data center and backup include:

  1. Data growth … especially redundant data.
  2. Security – stronger network protection and better data protection
  3. Tougher SLAs being required – much shorter RTO since the pace of business requires much faster recovery
  4. The need for more system performance … thank you Intel.
  5. Better value => same budget for more capacity and performance.

 

EMC Backup Recovery Systems is addressing these challenges in 4 areas:

  1. SDDC –At the foundation of the SDDC is the automation that is needed within each of the technology areas (server, storage, network, data protection and security). By leveraging tools that not only provide granular management, but also can integrate with the virtualization platform, IT groups can begin to deliver more agile operations and automate repetitive tasks. We leverage the Cloud Operations functionality that is available with the virtualization platform. This will treat the infrastructure as pools of resources, allowing IT to manage demand and performance in a more cost-effective, flexible way.
  2. MCA – Mission Critical Applications are moving to virtualized platforms thanks to the performance delivered by Intel-based computing, and EMC-based storage. Pervasive applications such as Microsoft SQL and Oracle are growing in capabilities, and in-turn the size and number of databases are growing exponentially. Now that they are working in a cloud infrastructure you have backup and recovery challenges that can only be met with optimized solutions.  EMC has become the largest data protection company in the industry because we address the challenges, deliver the highest performance, and provide better visibility and control for application owners, VMware administrators and the backup manager.
  3. EUC – End User Computing, Virtual Desktop Initiatives, Business Process Desktops … there seems to be many names for the infrastructure that supports a virtual desktop.  Just as companies have seen numerous benefits after moving from physical servers to virtual servers, they are now moving to virtual desktops to gain similar benefits.  Of course traditional backup and recovery will not scale with this environment.  EMC first introduced NDMP Acceleration in 2006 and continues to be the leader for NAS Server backup – since NAS storage is often the basis for virtual desktop environment.  Now, what is one of the most important requirements asked for by end-users?  Really fast recoveries – or better yet- self-service recovery so they don’t have to wait for the IT staff. EMC provides an optimized business process desktop backup and recovery solution with end-user self-service recovery.
  4. Trusted IT - Trust is a key pillar of the EMC Cloud Infrastructure strategy that enables customers to take full advantage of the new opportunities for application and infrastructure. Trusted IT requires Continuous Availability, Integrated Backup and Recovery, and Advanced Security to take full advantage of new operational models. We see data protection as a continuum, where the foundation is backup and recovery optimized for VMware, and applies to 100% of your data. Now select your most critical applications and data and add the next layer of protection with continuous data protection. Finally, you can add in the technology for continuous data availability to avoid any disruption in the event of a disaster.

EMC Data Protection Suite: What’s New in EMC Avamar 7

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.

Data Protection SuiteSo many new features … so little room on this BLOG space.  Instead of posting a one-hundred-page What’s New BLOG, I thought I provide a few highlights along with a number of links to various resources, including some really cool DEMOS and WHITEBOARD VIDEOS by Alex Almeida (@alxjalmeida).

 

So here’s my TOP 7 … based on a very scientific survey ;-)

 

# 1 Avamar now sends file system data and NDMP workloads to Data Domain systems. Now all your data center workloads can be sent to the industry’s leading deduplication storage system, streamlining your enterprise data protection.

Data Domain

# 2 Isilon deduplicated backups through Avamar NDMP acceleration. Avamar 7 provides the most efficient unstructured file system backups for Isilon, VNX, Celerra and NetApp, so you will never miss a backup window.

NAS

# 3 VM Instant Access adds a new recovery capability to Avamar, to complement its industry leading Changed Block Tracking for Restore. Avamar 7 can boot and run a VM image-level backup stored on a Data Domain system in under two minutes. While the VM is running, Avamar uses VMware’s Storage vMotion to move the VM back to the production environment. WATCH THIS DEMO

VM

# 4 Avamar is integrated into vSphere Web Client, so now VMware admins can quickly and easily manage image-level backup and recovery without leaving vSphere. Watch the DEMO

vSphere

# 5 Centralized protection policy management for VMware VMs, through Avamar Dynamic Policies. As new VMs are added to groups, they automatically inherit the backup policy – making sure any new VMs never go unprotected, while adding consistency to VM protection. In this example, VM3 will automatically inherit the backup policy for the Engineering Group.

1Apply Policy =>2Add VM =>          3                                       

# 6 The Avamar Virtual Edition (AVE), the industry’s first virtual backup appliance, has been expanded to 4TB of deduplicated capacity. This diagram illustrates how you can deploy an AVE for meta-data storage, while all backup data is sent to a Data Domain system.

AVE

# 7 Avamar extends its leadership position in backup and recovery for virtual environments by adding support and advanced capabilities for Microsoft Hyper-V 2012. Avamar’s new Hyper-V 2012 over Cluster Shared Volume (CSV) proxy support can backup all Hyper-V servers in the CSV cluster simultaneously. Watch the Whiteboard Video to learn more.

Hyper-V

OK OK … so I know I stated 7, but I just couldn’t resist adding one more ;- )

# 8 Avamar adds advanced visibility and control for Microsoft applications, including support for SQL Server 2012, Exchange 2013 and SharePoint 2013. Avamar’s integration with SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) enables a SQL DBA to set backup preferences for Always On Availability Groups right from SSMS. Now the backup administrator can leverage the SQL DBA’s requirements automatically. Watch the Whiteboard Video to learn more.

SQL

Well there you have it, my TOP 8 for Avamar 7. Please visit http://www.emc.com/backup-and-recovery/avamar/avamar.htm for more information, and be sure to contact EMC Backup Recovery Systems Specialists.

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