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Protection Storage for the Software-Defined Data Center

Alyson Langon

A couple years ago, fresh out of Business School at Boston College, I started at EMC and dove head first into all things backup and archive, focusing on Data Domain systems. I love the challenge of communicating complicated technologies in innovative and engaging ways and there is certainly no shortage of inspiration at EMC’s Data Protection and Availability Division. Outside of the tech world, I am an artist, animal lover and sufferer of wanderlust. You can also find me on Twitter achieving the perfect balance of data protection and cat gifs.

The IT industry is in the midst of a massive disruption from forces such as cloud, mobile devices and the internet of things. In order to meet these new demands, IT needs to innovate and optimize infrastructure. One of the key pillars in modernizing IT is the software-defined data center (SDDC), in which all elements of the infrastructure (compute, storage, network etc.) are virtualized and delivered as a service. In addition to enabling you to reduce and standardize hardware, this also paves a foundation for cloud initiatives.concept of a data server with data streams.

The SDDC is rapidly becoming a reality for businesses. If you are thinking about making the leap to the SDDC or in the midst of doing so, don’t let data protection become an afterthought. All of your data needs to be protected no matter where it resides and to the appropriate service level based in its business value. As you modernize your IT this point becomes even more important.  The flexibility and agility enabled by software-defined storage demands a data protection strategy that can match.

The key foundation for protecting the software defined data center is protection storage, which enables protection of data wherever it lives and in the most efficient way possible through advanced integration with applications and primary storage.  And with protection storage that is software defined, you can take the idea of data protection everywhere to the next level. As a software-only solution, users are empowered to quickly and easily deploy protection storage in a matter of minutes and in a variety of new deployment models – think converged infrastructure and public cloud.  Add in the additional flexibility of being able to gradually scale capacity and move it across sites as needed and the possibilities start to become endless. (more…)

Data Domain Takes Business into A New Frontier of Data Protection

Alyson Langon

A couple years ago, fresh out of Business School at Boston College, I started at EMC and dove head first into all things backup and archive, focusing on Data Domain systems. I love the challenge of communicating complicated technologies in innovative and engaging ways and there is certainly no shortage of inspiration at EMC’s Data Protection and Availability Division. Outside of the tech world, I am an artist, animal lover and sufferer of wanderlust. You can also find me on Twitter achieving the perfect balance of data protection and cat gifs.

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We are headed into a new frontier of IT at warp speed and as a result the data protection landscape is evolving.  The amount and types of data that need to be protected are dramatically different from just a few years ago.  In addition to traditional data sources growing at an increasingly fast pace, the digital age has led to the rise of new data sources that are varied and complex.  And, while all of this data keeps growing, the amount of time and resources you have to protect it are shrinking.  With so much change happening, trying to protect all of this data using traditional methods is – as Spock would say – highly illogical.

Over the past decade, Purpose built backup appliances (PBBAs) greatly increased business efficiency by eliminating the reliance on tape-based backups and dramatically reduced storage requirements with deduplication technology. While revolutionary for their time, PBBA’s are not optimized to address the new and emerging data protection challenges of today and tomorrow.  In order to do that you need protection storage, which transcends the boundaries of traditional backup and sets the foundation for the future.

What exactly do I mean when I say “protection storage”? Well, traditional PBBAs were built to integrate with a backup application and focused simply on protecting data like files, emails and databases on premise and within the data center.  Protection storage, on the other hand, is designed to protect your ENTIRE environment including mainframe, IBM i and emerging data sources such as Big Data. This data can be protected across consumption models no matter where it lives from on premise to born in the cloud using leading backup and archiving applications. And, with protection storage, it is protected in the most efficient way possible, which could mean backing up directly from an enterprise application (like Oracle or SQL) or directly from primary storage. (more…)

The Right Stuff: Data Domain Has a New Kid on the Block

Alyson Langon

A couple years ago, fresh out of Business School at Boston College, I started at EMC and dove head first into all things backup and archive, focusing on Data Domain systems. I love the challenge of communicating complicated technologies in innovative and engaging ways and there is certainly no shortage of inspiration at EMC’s Data Protection and Availability Division. Outside of the tech world, I am an artist, animal lover and sufferer of wanderlust. You can also find me on Twitter achieving the perfect balance of data protection and cat gifs.

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In case you haven’t heard, the Data Domain family has a new kid on the block! This year at EMC World, the Data Domain DD9500 was introduced. This new flagship system powered by DD OS 5.6, delivers the fastest performance and highest scalability of any protection storage to date. Step-by-step I’ll take you through the details.

Setting the Bar for Speed and Scale
Throughput of up to 58.7 TB/hr allows the DD9500 to backup 470 TB in less than 8 hours. This enterprise-class system also delivers industry-leading scale of up to 1.7 PB of usable capacity and 86.4 PB of logical capacity. This capacity is split between an active tier for mission critical and operational data and a retention tier using DD Extended Retention for data being stored long-term. Data stored on the DD9500 benefits from global deduplication within each of these two tiers, so you aren’t forced to create different islands of deduplication.

Additionally, the DD9500 can support 1080 concurrent backup streams enabling you to further shrink backup windows and consolidate up to 540 remote sites.  With this system, EMC has upped the ante in traditional PBBA leadership delivering 4x the capacity and 1.6x the performance of the nearest competitor.
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The Secret is in the Software
But that’s not all… the DD9500 is doing even more than hangin’ tough as the biggest, fastest kid on the block. A key differentiator for the DD9500 and the entire Data Domain family is that it is powered by Data Domain software, which enables you to move beyond traditional PBBA’s to protection storage. (more…)

Don’t Drown in the Data Lake

Alyson Langon

A couple years ago, fresh out of Business School at Boston College, I started at EMC and dove head first into all things backup and archive, focusing on Data Domain systems. I love the challenge of communicating complicated technologies in innovative and engaging ways and there is certainly no shortage of inspiration at EMC’s Data Protection and Availability Division. Outside of the tech world, I am an artist, animal lover and sufferer of wanderlust. You can also find me on Twitter achieving the perfect balance of data protection and cat gifs.

EMC Offers Data Lake Protection Solutions to Keep You Afloat

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There is a lot of talk going on in IT around Big Data, data lakes, data ponds, and even data puddles.  These are still new concepts to many, so what does it all really mean to your business?  Traditionally, most data has been neatly structured and living comfortably within the enterprise.  But then the world went digital leading to all kinds of new unstructured data types popping up both within the enterprise and outside on the Internet, and thus Big Data was born. Big Data can be characterized by the 3 V’s – it is growing at high Volumes, generated at high Velocities, and includes both structured and unstructured data Varieties.

By creating a data lake, which can accommodate all data types and ingest mechanisms, and provide a standard analytic platform, businesses will become well positioned to harness the power that all of this varied and complex data holds. However, without the proper data protection strategy in place, all of that value could be lost.  Data protection is a key component of any data lake in order to achieve higher degrees of businesses value and operational efficiency and ensure data is recoverable when you need it.

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Eliminate the Quagmires in Your Data Protection Strategy

Alyson Langon

A couple years ago, fresh out of Business School at Boston College, I started at EMC and dove head first into all things backup and archive, focusing on Data Domain systems. I love the challenge of communicating complicated technologies in innovative and engaging ways and there is certainly no shortage of inspiration at EMC’s Data Protection and Availability Division. Outside of the tech world, I am an artist, animal lover and sufferer of wanderlust. You can also find me on Twitter achieving the perfect balance of data protection and cat gifs.

Are You on Solid Ground?

According to a recent survey by Vanson Bourne to over 3300 IT decision makers globally, 87% of businesses are behind the curve for data protection maturity and 71% of businesses are not fully confident of restoring their data and applications.  Collectively, these enterprises are losing $1.7 trillion through data loss and unplanned downtime. The more data protection vendors they throw at their problems, the more data loss they experienced and the cost of downtime exploded to 5X the level of using just one vendor. Sounds like the ground is swampy to me.  (more…)

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