EMC unveils spanking new data protection portfolio

FY Teng

Hopkinton, MA, US-based information management technology provider EMC announced today (Friday, April 04, 2014) a slew of offerings that it said would "address the full continuum of data protection requirements facing users, both today and as they address the challenge of transitioning to software-defined data centres."

"In software-defined data centres, infrastructure is virtualised and delivered as a service. To maintain effective protection during the transition to next generation environments, data protection strategies and technologies must also evolve to a service-based delivery model," said EMC executives, who proceeded to explain just how their company's just announced technologies are going to help with that evolution.

"EMC's data protection solutions span the full range of customers' data protection needs, from archive to continuous availability for physical, virtual and cloud environment. With today's announcement, EMC adds new integrations with primary and protection storage platforms, and with hypervisors and enterprise applications, while extending support for cloud environments and delivering new technologies that enable data protection-as-a-service delivery," they said. "These innovations drive new efficiencies into customer environments today, while laying a foundation that helps EMC customers move confidently to software-defined data centres."

Among the new features in today's release of the Data Protection Suite-which includes EMC software under the Avamar, NetWorker, Data Protection Advisor, Mozy and SourceCone labels-are: Snapshot Management for EMC Isilon, EMC VNX and NetApp arrays for improved protection of NAS-based data; full integration between Avamar and Data Domain; enhanced security features and new Linux support for Mozy public clouds; and, integration with VMware vCloud Suite and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager.

The new EMC Data Domain Operating System, according to the company, now comes with "capabilities that extend its support far beyond just backup to establish it as a cornerstone for enabling delivery of data protection-as-a-service" and its new features include: Data Domain DD Boost for Enterprise Applications, which gives application admins greater control over their environments and includes support for Oracle, the SAP HANA platform and other SAP solutions, IBM DB2 and Microsoft SQL Server; a new secure multi-tenancy capability for cloud deployments, which enables Data Domain systems to deliver secure isolation for large enterprises and service providers and effectively function as a protection storage platform in data protection-as-a-service deployments; and, archive storage for up to one billion files.

The new releases under EMC VPLEX and EMC RecoverPoint are intended to further strengthen EMC's overall data protection portfolio and its ability to offer customers "continuous availability, mobility and disaster recovery for more environments and multi-site configurations," said the company's representatives. "VPLE and RecoverPoint now combine to deliver MetroPoint topology, and industry-unique 3 site business continuity capability for mission critical applications," they said. "EMC also introduces a new product, VPLEX Virtual Edition-the industry's first virtualised solution to market that offers both continuous availability and data mobility in a low-cost, 100 percent software deployments."