One of the downsides of the decentralisation of some aspects of IT management and administration is that the IT function and individual business units can find themselves working in an inconsistent manner.
EMC reckons this is happening with backup, with stakeholders adopting point backup systems that provide the visibility and control they desire, but that have the potential to reduce cost effectiveness and cause compliance issues.
So the company has made what EMC's director of backup and recovery systems for the Asia Pacific and Japan region Shane Moore called "a huge announcement" of new and upgraded products designed to allow organisations to implement a consistent and integrated data protection strategy.
On the hardware side, the company announced four new models in the Data Domain storage system family. The midrange DD2500, DD4200, DD4500 and DD7200 systems are ten times as scalable and provide four times the performance of the previous generation, Mr Moore told iTWire.
By allowing the consolidation of all disk-based backups the new Data Domain models can reduce the cost per gigabyte by 38%, Mr Moore said.
Turning to software, the Data Domain devices already support Oracle RMAN backups, but that has been extended to handle Oracle Exadata and SAP running on Oracle.
Also new is direct backup support from SAP HANA Studio via NFS.
These and other integrations can be managed through EMC's Data Protection Suite, giving centralised IT operations with visibility of backups performed throughout the organisation.