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EMC redefines data protection

EMC Corporation Friday announced new products and technologies that address the full continuum of data protection requirements facing users now and as they address the challenge of transitioning to software-defined data centers.

EMC's data protection solutions span the full range of customers' data protection needs, from archive to continuous availability for physical, virtual and cloud environments, the company said in a press statement.

EMC said it added 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.

These innovations drive new efficiencies into customer environments today, while laying a foundation that helps EMC customers move confidently to software-defined data centers, the company said.

One of new products, the EMC Data Protection Suiteredefines the usage model for data protection software by enabling flexible application of integrated products to optimise both on-premise and cloud-based backup and archive environments as they evolve, EMC said.

The Data Protection Suite consists of EMC's Avamar, NetWorker, Data Protection Advisor, Mozy and SourceOne software offerings. With the significant release of the Data Protection Suite, new capabilities include:

- Snapshot Management for EMC Isilon, EMC VNX and NetApp arrays to improve protection for NAS-based data.

- Deep support for VMware and Microsoft cloud infrastructures via unique integration with VMware vCloudSuiteand Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager.

- Full integration between Avamarand Data Domain provides the best that both platforms can offer.

- Enhanced security features and new Linux support for Mozy public clouds enable greater adoption by enterprise customers.

With the introduction of a new EMC Data Domain OperatingSystem, EMC said it continues to evolve Data Domain's position as the industry's de-facto open protection storage platform, 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.

According to EMC, new capabilities include:

- The introduction of Data Domain DD Boost for Enterprise Applications, which empowers application admins to protect their own environments and includes support for Oracle, SAP solutions, the SAP HANA platform, IBM DB2 and Microsoft SQL Server.

- New secure multi-tenancy feature for cloud deployments 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.

- Archive storage enhancements include support for 1 billion files, further broadening Data Domain systems’ supported use cases.

Through new software releases from the EMC VPLEX and EMC RecoverPoint product lines, EMC accentuates its unique ability to address the full continuum of data protection needs, offering continuous availability, mobility and disaster recovery for more environments and multi-site configurations:

- VPLEXand RecoverPoint now combine to deliver MetroPoint topology, an industry-unique 3 site business continuity capability for mission critical applications. MetroPoint topology combines VPLEX Metro continuous availability with RecoverPoint remote replication and continuous data protection (CDP) to efficiently deliver comprehensive operational and disaster recovery over any distance.

- EMC also introduces a new product, VPLEX Virtual Edition - the industry’s first virtualized solution to market that offers both continuous availability and data mobility in a low-cost, 100percent software deployment. With VPLEX Virtual Edition, EMC extends the market for continuous availability and mobility as customers of all sizes can now take advantage of proven VPLEX technology. VPLEX Virtual Edition will also be made available as part of VSPEX Proven Infrastructure solutions.

Complementing these new data protection products and capabilities is the EMC Blueprint for Backup Architecture service. Through this service, EMC establishes comprehensive baseline information for an organisation's current data protection capabilities, providing specific strategic and design insights into their environment and practices, along with recommendations for improvement. As a result, customers are provided with a roadmap for advancing their current data protection operations towards a data protection-as-a-service model with lower cost, less risk, and better performance; freeing them to drive innovation and increase revenue for their enterprise.

All new EMC data protection products will be generally available in second quarter of 2014. The Blueprint for Backup Architecture service is available immediately, the press statement said.


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