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The Powers of SDS and Replication Collide

Jason Brown

Consultant Product Marketing Manager, Dell EMC
Jason Brown is a Consultant Product Marketing Manager for Dell EMC ScaleIO. A 15-year industry veteran, Jason enjoys sharing his passion for technology with customers and helping them shape the future of their data center. When off the clock, Jason enjoys spending time with his family, sports, fitness, travel, and reading.

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Here at Dell EMC, we’re always trying to utilize the breadth of our product portfolio to maximize the synergies between products and deliver the best solutions for our customers. With market-leading storage and data protection options, ensuring that customers can use them together is critical to transforming the data center and getting the most out of their investment. One such product is Dell EMC ScaleIO, our software-defined block storage offering.

When we talk to customers, protection of ScaleIO data is always a hot topic. With six 9’s availability, ScaleIO provides excellent peace of mind for customers storing their most critical production data on the platform. However, there are some customers who want to go above and beyond and use data protection tools, such as replication, to provide multi-site business continuity in case of a disaster. Recently, there has been some great collaboration between our ScaleIO and RecoverPoint teams which we’re excited to share with you today.

On February 22, 2017 Dell EMC announced RecoverPoint 5.0.1 general availability. This announcement includes the release of a new RecoverPoint service pack which provides physical RecoverPoint appliance (RPA) support for ScaleIO 2.0.1. There are a ton of features in this release for ScaleIO which we are excited to share with you!

First, with this new integration we can not only provide ScaleIO / ScaleIO replication support, but also ScaleIO / VNX replication support. This is a game changer! It enables customers to use ScaleIO as a source and target cluster for ScaleIO AND VNX workloads, providing yet another way for customers to take advantage of the simplified storage lifecycle management and business value benefits of ScaleIO. It gets even more exciting as there are plans to incorporate other Dell EMC platforms into the mix!

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Data Protection Everywhere: Droning on about Converged Infrastructure Data Protection

Tom Giuliano

Principal Product Marketing Manager, Data Protection Management Software Solutions
For 17 years, Tom has brought storage, data protection, security and wireless products to market through roles in product marketing, product management and sales. He loves to speak with customers and prospects about their business goals and challenges, their experiences and their needs, and has had a lot of opportunity to do it. Backed with a master’s degree in Engineering and an MBA, Tom is equally comfortable digging into the details with technical personnel as well as translating and delivering the business value story. But honestly – TELLING STORIES is SO much more FUN for him! Tom's current role in product marketing focuses on data protection management solutions and management strategy. He gets to spend his days thinking about how to help you simplify and enhance your experience achieving your data protection objectives. When not driving go-to-market initiatives, identifying unique and creative methods to build product awareness or launching new and innovative offerings, you’ll likely find him cycling, skiing, boating or running. And, who knows, maybe you’ll hear some of more of his interesting experiences in a future post from time to time.

Drones.  Quadcopters.  Small remote-controlled flying vehicles.  Whatever you want to call them, they were THE hot item this holiday season.  I had two orders cancelled by Amazon once they determined they were accepting orders beyond inventory capacity.  It was a miracle I was finally able to find one for my son at a local store.

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As an 11 year old, my son was initially challenged with the vehicle controls.  The controller had 2 joysticks, 2 elevation buttons, a start button, a “trick” button, trim/elevation/turning fine-tuning buttons, takeoff and landing buttons and a LCD display.  And learning how to manage the vehicle occurred only after he had manually built much of the tiny aircraft.  That’s a lot for anyone to accomplish in short time before they can get value (fun!) out of it.  And even then, I still needed to be in the flight area to protect pictures, lamps and the cats from being hit.

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Data Protection Everywhere: Leading Protection Storage with Data Domain

John Dentinger

Product Marketing Manager, Dell EMC Data Protection Division
John’s passion for creating compelling content and communicating the benefits of great products have aligned as he explores the world of protection storage. Interning in Product Marketing with EMC while pursuing his MBA exposed John to the world of technology and the astounding power of Dell EMC’s data protection offerings. Outside of work, John likes to ski, enjoys gaming & media, and collects vinyl records. John is a graduate of the MBA program at the Boston College Carroll School of Management, where he specialized in Product & Brand Management and Marketing Analytics.

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As the introductory Data Protection Everywhere blog post made clear, Dell EMC’s data protection portfolio is equipped to deliver complete protection for enterprises of all sizes. No matter where data lives or what happens in the data center, Dell EMC offers the leading solution to keep your data protected. At the core of this Data Protection Everywhere strategy is Dell EMC Data Domain. Only a month after the Dell EMC deal closed, four new Data Domain systems were introduced – which makes now the ideal time to trust a single data protection vendor with your needs. The advanced defense provided by DD OS-powered solutions are critical to Dell EMC’s strategy of ensuring that your data is protected everywhere.

data-domain-protection-storageWith the near-exponential pace of data growth in recent years, enterprises big and small are recognizing their need for more protection storage. 90% of the world’s data was made in the last two years, after all. As backup administrators find themselves neck deep in backup data, they are demanding a solution that reduces protection storage needs by eliminating redundant data. This is what Data Domain has been known for — deduplication technology that will identify unique data in an incoming stream and store only what is unique. The new systems couple Data Domain’s variable-length deduplication with increased scalability to bring storage efficiency to data protection. The new high-end Data Domain DD9800 is 7 times more scalable than the closest competitor.

In 2016, Data Domain doubled down on Dell EMC’s commitment to protecting data everywhere with the launch of Data Domain Cloud Tier to help customers simplify and automate their path to the cloud. DD Cloud Tier sets Data Domain apart as the only protection storage to natively-tier deduplicated data to the public, private or hybrid cloud for long-term retention. Whether it’s Virtustream, Dell EMC ECS or a 3rd party cloud, DD Cloud Tier helps enterprises ensure that long-term retention data is protected no matter what.

DD Cloud Tier can store up to 2 times the capacity of the active tier on the Data Domain system. The new Data Domain DD9800, DD9300 & DD6800 all support this add-on for long-term retention in the cloud. These systems also support high availability configurations, enabling midmarket and large enterprise customers to achieve business continuity with a second Data Domain controller on standby. (more…)

Leveraging the Cloud for Data Protection Analytics

Tyler Stone

Dell EMC eCDM Product Marketing
Tyler is currently a software engineer in the Engineering Leadership Development Program at Dell EMC. He has spent the past three years at EMC across multiple roles in storage, IT, and data protection. Tyler has a love of technology and innovation, and something about data centers has always sparked his sense of wonder and amazement (as he says, maybe it’s the flashing lights). When his head isn’t up in the cloud, he is out travelling, taking pictures, or playing golf. Follow him on Twitter @tyler_stone_

 

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Trying to think of a New Years’ resolution? You could try that no-carb diet again, or head to the gym in preparation for the summer season. However, if you’re anything like me, those lifestyle-focused resolutions probably won’t last into the new month, let alone the New Year. So let’s think in terms of data protection: if your New Year’s resolution is focused on protecting your business, it should probably have something to do with reducing risk, reducing operating expenses, and/or reducing capital expenses. Especially if your business is a large, global enterprise, managing these three metrics pervade every aspect of your job.

You wouldn’t be alone – IT leaders in large enterprises are struggling to keep up. It is extremely difficult to supervise backup operations and predict the needs of protection infrastructure in data centers across multiple geographies. With potentially hundreds of production databases supporting every part of the business, how can IT management accurately determine that copies of these databases are meeting retention policies and SLAs? Without aggregated metrics, it is hard to determine whether or not data is being effectively protected in a given location. In addition, the distributed nature of the infrastructure makes it difficult to anticipate the capacity needs and performance bottlenecks within a business’s protection ecosystem.

If you want to work towards achieving your New Year’s resolution, you will need a simple and centralized way to view and analyze systems’ health across all data centers. The best way to meet those requirements is through a cloud analytics solution for data protection.

Cloud and analytics go together like icing and cake. The cloud offers infinitely scalable resources that are not limited to locations, installations, or hardware; these qualities make the cloud a perfect candidate for global-scope analytics applications. When these concepts are applied to data protection, something magical happens: IT leaders develop the ability to observe their protection systems’ health across all data centers and anticipate the needs of their global data protection infrastructure. With this ability, they are able to proactively address potentials risks and identify opportunities to increase efficiency to ultimately lower costs throughout their data protection environment.

How, you ask? Well, an ideal cloud analytics offering for data protection would provide global map views, health scores, and capacity analysis. These types of key features allow IT management to be able to effectively identify and address problems with their data management operations and protection infrastructure. Global map views would allow users to view every data center in their enterprise, with the ability to drill-down into each site for additional context into the exact infrastructure details. From there, users can see throughput bottlenecks, unprotected data copies, and deduplication ratios, among other metrics. (more…)

‘Tis The Season – And Backup Admins Have Made Their Holiday Wish List!

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.

As the holiday season rolls around, there are plenty of things people are wishing for like new gadgets, updated wardrobe, or even a cozy pet bed for your best friend. And while those things are all well and good, not everyone is hoping for just stocking stuffers this year. The IT industry is now having to deal with an explosion of new data that needs to be protected, and a lack of visibility and control of that data. Faster backup and better protection options are becoming a must. So when a backup admin is asked to make their own holiday wish list, you can bet a new fridge for the office wasn’t at the top.  So what is on the backup admin wishlist?|

“I want to always meet my backup windows”:
When you ask an application or backup owner if they need faster backup and recovery to meet their stringent SLAs – they’re going to tell you yes. Meeting backup windows is becoming harder than ever, and the amount of data that needs to be moved from one place to another is increasing, so speeding that process up is key. When you start talking about mission critical applications, backup and app admins are putting a nice big star next to the first item on their wish list.

Though Santa might not be able to pop down the chimney with this, fortunately for application owners and backup admins, Dell EMC can. Faster backup can sometimes seem out of reach, but by removing the application and backup server from the process, admins can get up to 20x faster backup to better meet their backup windows. Need faster recovery too? Not a problem. With differential restore, which means only recovering the difference between the production and protection lun, app admins can see up to 10x faster recovery . If your application being paused for the length of the backup is also a problem, the removal of the application server from the backup process can reduce or completely eliminate any impact. (more…)

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