EMC aims to reduce backup chaos

A set of new products from EMC is intended to bring order to decentralised backup.

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.

They are also 27 times more scalable than Symantec's product, he added.

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.

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EMC Avamar has been enhanced with native integration with VMware via VMware Data Protection. Again, this allows departmental or business unit administrators control over their own backups (eg, via vSphere) while the IT operation gains visibility and control.

Another Avamar improvement is that if a virtual machine has been backed up to a Data Domain device it can be restarted from there in under two minutes. This compares with restoring a 2GB VM to a server in around five minutes, or a 20GB in around 30 minutes, "so it will be a big advantage to restart versus restore," said Mr Moore.

Once the VM has been restarted, it can be moved to production storage by using vMotion, he explained.

EMC NetWorker backup now features tighter integration with Data Domain devices, allowing 50% faster backups and 2.5 times faster restores.

EMC's Mozy cloud backup service has also been improved with the addition of keyless activation and Active Directory support to simplify management and allow self-service, storage pools to reduce the need to monitor the amount of storage used by individual computers.

"The products we've announced today pave the way for our customers to consolidate their data protection strategy and infrastructure, and enable them to proactively prepare for the data protection challenges that accompany transformational IT initiatives."

The new products will be made generally available during the third quarter.

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