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The combination of continued data growth, shrinking backup windows and increasingly stringent recovery time objectives are pushing traditional tapecentric backup architectures to their breaking point. Staggering backup failure rates, reliability issues, and inability to hit backup windows have forced IT administrators to search for alternatives.

 

Publish date: 07/01/04
news / Blog

Revisiting Avamar and Data Domain Integration

I recently revisited Avamar 6.0/Data Domain integration. The two deduplication storage systems are better suited for different workload types, but it seemed odd that the two were not integrated before the 6.0 announcement.

  • Premiered: 07/29/11
  • Author: Taneja Group
Topic(s): EMC Avamar Deduplication Compression Oracle
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Much Sizzle At EMC WORLD 2012

I spent three days at EMC World, the longest time I have ever spent on a one-vendor show. It was exhausting. And thrilling. I know most bloggers will write about the 42 products EMC announced with fanfare at the show. As will several of my team members. And that is all good. But I was more interested in where EMC is at, relative to the market and where is it heading. NetApp recently announced good numbers for the quarter but a lower forecast for the next quarter. HP announced significant layoffs, even if it is not clear how big the impact was on the storage side (we suspect little since storage is a lonely bright spot for HP). Dell's storage numbers are down quarter over quarter. Yet EMC is showing bullish numbers all around. Why is this? What magic does EMC possess that others don't? Here is the way I see it.

  • Premiered: 06/04/12
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: Taneja Blog
Topic(s): EMC NetApp HP Dell NAS Avamar Data Domain WysDM Kashya Greenplum EqualLogic 3PAR
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The evolution of data deduplication technology continues

New technologies come to market as value-add features for existing mainstream products that are then later merged into these products. It's often the only way a new vendor can bring a product to market, like what happened with data deduplication technology.

  • Premiered: 04/11/13
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Data Backup
Topic(s): TBA Data Domain TBA Diligent Technologies TBA Exagrid TBA Quantum TBA Sepaton TBA Data Deduplication TBA backup storage TBA Avamar TBA EMC TBA Data protection TBA Virtual Server Environment TBA Primary Storage TBA Storwize TBA IBM TBA NetApp TBA Dell TBA Ocarina Networks
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EMC Avamar 7 - Protecting Data at Scale in the Virtual Data Center (TVS)

Storing digital data has long been a perilous task.  Not only are stored digital bits subject to the catastrophic failure of the devices they rest upon, but the nature of shared digital bits subjects them to error and even intentional destruction.   In the virtual infrastructure, the dangers and challenges subtly shift.  Data is more highly consolidated and more systems depend wholly on shared data repositories; this increases data risks.  Many virtual machines connecting to single shared storage pools mean that IO or storage performance has become an incredibly precious resource; this complicates backup, and means that backup IO can cripple a busy infrastructure.  Backup is a more important operation than ever before, but it is also fundamentally more challenging than ever before.

Fortunately, the industry rapidly learned this lesson in the earlier days of virtualization, and has aggressively innovated to bring tools and technologies to bear on the challenge of backup and recovery for virtualized environments.  APIs have unlocked more direct access to data, and products have finally come to market that make protection easier to use, and more compatible with the dynamic, mobile workloads of the virtual data center.  Nonetheless differences abound between product offerings, often rooted in the subtleties of architecture – architectures that ultimately determine whether a backup product is best suited for SMB-sized needs, or whether a solution can scale to support the large enterprise.

Moreover, within the virtual data center, TCO centers on resource efficiency, and a backup strategy can be one of the most significant determinants of that efficiency. On one hand, traditional backup just does not work and can cripple efficiency.  There is simply too much IO contention and application complexity in trying to convert a legacy physical infrastructure backup approach to the virtual infrastructure.  On the other hand, there are a number of specialized point solutions designed to tackle some of the challenges of virtual infrastructure backup.  But too often, these products do not scale sufficiently, lack consolidated management, and stand to impose tremendous operational overhead as the customer’s environment and data grows.  When taking a strategic look at the options, it often looks like backup approaches fly directly in the face of resource efficiency.

Publish date: 10/31/13
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Enterprises Realize Significant Value with Dell EMC Integrated DP for Converged Infrastructure

We talked to four organizations that have implemented Dell EMC Integrated Data Protection for Converged Infrastructure. The term Converged Infrastructure (CI) refers to an IT solution that groups storage, memory, compute, and networking components into a single, optimized package. When organizations evaluated Dell EMC Integrated Data Protection for CI, a key priority was improving data backup and recovery. To lower their operational costs, they also recognized the importance of having CI that would enable turnkey data protection and reduce their implementation, maintenance, and support costs, as well as improve reliability.

Prior to implementing Dell EMC Integrated Data Protection for CI, organizations we interviewed said they had significant cost, risk, and delay with implementations and upgrades. Several factors contributed to these issues including extensive time spent testing and doing research, compatibility and integration issues, and dealing with multiple support organizations.

All the companies we talked to also wanted better data protection. Many companies were struggling with slow backup speeds, poor storage efficiency, insufficient recovery times, and high operational overhead. To address these problems, companies needed better backup performance, instant data recovery, simplified management, and policy driven automation for both backup and data recovery.

Companies also wanted better vendor support, and they shared a common goal of placing “one-call” for all questions and issues they might have with any aspect of the solution. Success criteria included fast, no-hassle resolution and eliminating finger pointing between software and hardware vendors. Also expressed during the interviews, was the desire to have a vendor that would proactively monitor their system and a team that would partner with them and proactively address their ongoing needs.

Dell EMC customers found that the key to addressing their needs is Dell EMC’s CI, Vblock and VxBlock Systems (now consolidated as one turnkey product called VxBlock System 1000). Dell EMC is a CI pioneer and with Dell EMC Integrated Data Protection for CI, Dell EMC has gone a step further and delivered enterprise-class data protection that is tightly integrated with VxBlock Systems. The result is all-in-one, high performance, highly reliable data protection that is integrated with VxBlock Systems during manufacturing, pre-tested, pre-validated, and fully supported by a single vendor.

It’s an amazing value proposition. There are no point products, therefore less complexity and no compatibility issues. Every company we talked to stated that Dell EMC has exceeded their expectations, and helped them at every phase of their journey from implementation to support.

Publish date: 09/28/18