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Data Protection Everywhere: Data Domain Virtual Edition

Alyanna Ilyadis

Product Marketing Manager, Dell EMC
Alyanna is a Product Marketing Manager at Dell EMC working in data protection. She graduated from Bryant University in 2015 and has been working at Dell EMC since then. Outside of work, she enjoys illustrating and putting too much time into video games.

We all know data protection is essential, not optional. Whether it’s in the cloud, on your physical storage or even in virtualized storage, your data needs to be protected. Fortunately, Dell EMC offers a data protection portfolio that’s equipped to deliver complete protection for enterprises of all sizes no matter where data lives or what happens in your data center. First in this blog series was a great overview of the Data Protection Suite Family, followed by a piece outlining the many benefits of Dell EMC Data Domain. Now, let’s move on to discuss software-defined data protection storage with Data Domain Virtual Edition which was introduced last year.

Data Domain Virtual Edition (DD VE) provides all the benefits of the #1 protection storage, Data Domain, in a software-defined solution. DD VE is simple, flexible and efficient, and best of all, easy to deploy and configure. So easy, in fact, that it can be up and running in just minutes. In its latest release, DD VE 3.0 expands on its core of remote and branch offices by adding even more flexibility that address additional pain points. The latest release of DD VE offers increased scalability and cloud support to address customers in the cloud and who have a converged infrastructure.

At its core, DD VE addresses businesses with Remote and Branch Offices. To address this, multiple DD VE instances can be deployed across remote offices for backup, and then replicate to a larger Data Domain system at a central data center for disaster recovery. With DD Replicator, which is included with DD VE, only unique data is transferred over WAN from DD VE to the Data Domain system at the disaster recovery site, which eliminates up to 99% of the bandwidth required to standard replication methods. Plus, bandwidth throttling allows you to schedule when data is sent over the WAN and limit the amount of bandwidth that can be used for replication, which improves resource utilization. Additionally, DD VE can efficiently protect small capacity workloads. This could be a small business or single department of a larger business that needs its own protection storage solution.

DD VE 3.0 supports Data Domain Cloud Tier, which enables customers to natively tier data to object storage in the public, private or hybrid cloud for long-term retention. Just like with Data Domain, only unique data is sent directly from DD VE to Dell EMC Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS), Virtustream Storage Cloud or 3rd party cloud providers. The long-term retention data now in the cloud is already deduplicated, which significantly reduces your storage footprint and network bandwidth for lower TCO. For further cloud-enablement, DD VE also supports secure multi-tenancy. This enables DD VE to be delivered as a service with the ability to logically isolate data between multiple tenants accessing a single DD VE instance.

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Why you should be as excited about DD VE as I am

Jason Buffington

Principal Analyst at ESG and Guest Blogger
Jason Buffington is the Principal Analyst at ESG focusing on all forms of data protection, preservation and availability. He has actively deployed or consulted on data protection and storage solutions for 27 years, via channel partners, data protection ISVs and Microsoft.

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Earlier this month, EMC announced Data Domain Virtual Edition (DD VE) – and there are several reasons why many will be interested in it and how it might impact their presence in the broader data protection market.  EMC is not the first deduplication vendor to offer a virtualized appliance, but for many, ‘Data Domain‘ is still synonymous with the concept of ‘deduplicated disk‘ for data protection and preservation scenarios.

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Here is why DD VE matters:

  • A virtual dedupe appliance opens up new opportunities for smaller organizations that might not want to justify a physical appliance, but still wanting better deduplication than some backup software alone can achieve. This includes not only SMB customers, but also broadly distributed remote office and branch office (ROBO) scenarios.
  • Because of the integrated replication mechanisms between Data Domain appliances, a DD VE ought to provide not only optimized local storage (for local/fast recovery), but also replication for data survivability scenarios such as BC/DR of ROBO data to a corporate headquarters. Managed Service Providers (MSPs) with significantly larger Data Domain systems could offer similar centralized-replication services to subscribing SMB customers that otherwise don’t have a second site to replicate to.
  • Another potential MSP or hyperscale cloud scenario is the reverse of DD VEs within ROBOs to a central MSP dedupe. Instead, some MSPs may wish to ‘spin up’ a DD VE per subscriber, as a completely isolated and client-managed target, for hybrid data protection.
  • Customers leveraging hyperconverged appliances may be excited to see a virtualized deduplication appliance, especially when paired with built-in hypervisor backup tools or virtualized backup servers, resulting in a completely autonomous infrastructure … with ROBO scenarios, especially those in particularly disconnected environments such as petroleum, ships, military, etc.

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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…)

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