EMC delivers ‘data protection-as-a-service’
4 April 2014 | 0
As enterprises transition toward software-defined data centres, EMC has combined a range of new and existing technologies to address the “full continuum of data protection requirements facing users” and thus enabled what it calls data protection as a service (DPaaS).
EMC argues that in software-defined data centres, infrastructure is virtualised and delivered as a service, therefore to maintain effective protection during the transition to next generation environments, data protection strategies and technologies must also evolve toward the same service-based delivery model.
At an event in its Irish HQ in Cork, EMC said that 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 DPaaS delivery. It said that these innovations provide new efficiencies for environments now, while laying foundations to provide a confident move to software-defined data centres.
The main changes to enable DPaaS come through the evolution of EMC’s Data Protection Suite. The suite consists of Avamar, NetWorker, Data Protection Advisor, Mozy and SourceOne software packages. The new capabilities in the suite start with a snapshot management facility for Isilon, VNX and NetApp arrays to improve protection for NAS-based data. There is also greater support for VMware and Microsoft cloud infrastructures via unique integration with VMware vCloud Suite and Microsoft System Centre Virtual Machine Manager. Avamar and Data Domain get full integration that provide a value proposition greater than the sum of its parts, says EMC. There are enhanced security features and new Linux support for Mozy public clouds that enable greater adoption by enterprise customers
There are a host of other changes too, across Data Domain, VPLEX and RecoverPoint.
Data Domain specifically gets a new operating system that extends its support beyond back-up that EMC says establishes it as a cornerstone for enabling delivery of data protection as-a-service.
Data Domain DD Boost for Enterprise Applications allows application admins to protect their environments and includes support for Oracle, SAP solutions, the SAP HANA platform, IBM DB2 and Microsoft SQL Server.
There is a 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 DPaaS deployments. And archive storage enhancements include support for 1 billion files, further broadening Data Domain systems’ supported use cases.
Both VPLEX and RecoverPoint get software releases that see the addition of continuous availability, mobility and disaster recovery for more environments and multi-site configurations. Both 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.
VPLEX also gets a Virtual Edition, which EMC says is the industry’s first virtualised solution to market that offers both continuous availability and data mobility in a low-cost, 100% software deployment. VPLEX Virtual Edition will also be made available as part of VSPEX Proven Infrastructure solutions, said the maker.
“Taken in sum, these comprehensive product announcements reflect EMC’s ability to address the full spectrum of data protection needs in customer environments,” said Jason Buffington, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. “Delivery of data protection as-a-service, together with the ability to solve for the full ‘continuum’ of protection requirements and consolidate workloads to a single protection storage platform, presents strong underpinnings for EMC’s long-range vision for data protection in next generation IT environments.”
EMC said that all new data protection products will be generally available in second quarter of 2014, but the Blueprint for Backup Architecture service is now available.