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EMC 'bringing the sexy back' to data

Thor Olavsrud | July 11, 2013
When it comes to backup and recovery, IT is struggling to meet business demand within most enterprises--and the problem stands to get only worse. EMC believes the answer is a more open and agile protection storage architecture.

EMC has introduced four new midrange Data Domain systems-the Data Domain DD2500, DD4200, DD4500 and DD7200-which consolidate backup and archive data onto a single protection storage platform. EMC says the systems are up to 4x faster and 10x more scalable than the existing Data Domain systems they replace. The systems also support up to 540 data streams, a 3x increase over past systems.

For extended backup and archive application support, the Data Domain systems now support direct backup from SAP HANA Studio via NFS. Also, DD Boost for Oracle RMAN now supports Oracle Exadata and SAP running on Oracle.

On the Avamar front, EMC has added support to Avamar 7 for all major data center workloads directed to Data Domain systems, with the addition of file system and NAS/NDMP backups, allowing all major data center workloads to be protected by the combined solution.

For virtual environments, EMC has added VM Instant Access, which allows a VM to be booted from a Data Domain system and running in less than two minutes. And a new VMware vSphere web client provides the capability to manage Avamar directly from the vSphere interface.

EMC has introduced new integrated snapshot management to NetWorker 8.1. It features a new wizard-based user interface, auto-discovery and intelligent assignment of snapshot storage. In addition, EMC says Data Domain Boost support over Fibre Channel enables 50 percent faster backups and 2.5x faster restores compared with VTL-based configurations. EMC is also delivering a complete refresh of its VMware support, leveraging Avamar technology services.

Finally, for cloud backup, EMC has added Active Directory integration to Mozy to reduce the administrative burden of separately creating user accounts and to enhance self-service. EMC has added storage pools to reduce the amount of time spent monitoring storage quotas at the individual machine level, and it has also added keyless activation to make provisioning new users a faster, more efficient process.

"Previously, Great Western Bank struggled just to meet backup and recovery SLAs, and still worried about our ability to recover data and systems in a fashion that carried no impact to our business in the event of a disaster," says Mike Strenge, senior vice president of Information Technology at Great Western Bank.

"EMC's data protection solutions alleviated those most basic concerns and have additionally enabled the IT team to take a more strategic role in the bank's aggressive acquisition objectives," Strenge says. "We're confident that we have the data protection infrastructure to support the change and growth of our business objectives."


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