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Road to Efficiency, Part 2

Vladimir Mandic

Chief Technology Officer & Distinguished Engineer Data Protection Cloud, Core Technologies Division, Dell EMC
Vladimir has been driving technical innovation and change within EMC for the past 10 years, first in the area of data protection software and, currently, in cloud technologies. Prior to that, he’s had rich industry experience as a solution integrator and in the service provider space. When not working on technology innovation, he may be difficult to locate due to his passion for world travel.

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As business look at cloud adoption, the question is, “What is the cloud good for?” Yes, the cloud can be efficient and elastic, but what would be its real use in complex environments?

A different way of looking at the road to the cloud is by considering where your data—both primary and secondary copies—resides.
efficiency2-1Cloud as 3rd copy
In a typical data center your primary file and application data would reside in on-premises storage arrays such as XtremIO, VMAX, VNX or Isilon. Second-level protection is offered via data protection solutions using secondary storage such as EMC Data Domain. As a last step, select data can be tiered to the cloud via products such as CloudBoost or CloudArray, to either private clouds built using ECS or public clouds. That means that data in the cloud is a 3rd tier of data. This is a good way to achieve efficiencies for specific use cases such as long-term retention, offsite copy of data, and data archiving while maintaining all primary processing within the data center.

Cloud as 2nd copy
A more direct way of using the cloud is by having data copied directly from primary storage to the cloud (that is, storage tiering) or protecting data directly to the cloud. This results in even higher efficiencies; however, this creates a much larger dependency on the cloud for operational recovery purposes as there is no second copy of data on premises.

Ideally, at this point we would look at direct-to-cloud tiering and protection with ability to maintain on-premises copies of active data for quick access.

Cloud as 1st copy
The last step in cloud adoption is where your primary data resides directly in the cloud, either with SaaS applications (such as Office 365, Salesforce, and Google Apps) or hosted applications running on cloud-based PaaS (such as developed using Pivotal’s Cloud Foundry platform) or IaaS (such as Amazon AWS or Microsoft Azure). In that case, the need for data protection still remains even if infrastructure resiliency responsibility has moved to the cloud solution provider. And to achieve efficiencies, data protection solution and resulting data copies also reside in the cloud itself. However, in that case you may need to export data back to on-premises either for safety, compliancy, or other reasons. (more…)

Are You Lost in the Fog of Technical Debt?

Guy Churchward

President, Core Technologies Division
Guy Churchward is President of Core Technologies at EMC Corporation. He is responsible for a division that is redefining storage, through a comprehensive portfolio of core storage solutions encompassing the award-winning VMAX, VNX, VNXe, XtremIO, VPLEX, and Data Domain technologies and a cutting-edge software portfolio that delivers simplified storage systems management, continuous availability, replication, backup, and archive solutions. Churchward has more than 27 years of experience in the IT industry, with broad international experience that spans executive management, engineering, sales, marketing and business development capacities. He joined EMC in May 2012, when he served as Senior Vice President of Engineering for the Backup & Recovery Systems Division, before becoming Division President in October 2012. He was appointed to lead the Core Technologies Division in October 2014. Prior to joining EMC, Churchward was President and CEO of LogLogic, an enterprise log and security intelligence platform company. He has also served as Vice President and General Manager of the Data Protection Group at NetApp, where he was responsible for product strategy and development of the company's portfolio of disk-to-disk and disaster recovery products, as well as Vice President and General Manager of BEA's WebLogic Products Group. In addition, he has held senior management positions at Sun Microsystems (formerly Tarantella Inc.), The Santa Cruz Operation (formerly IXI), Accenture (formerly Binder Hamlyn) and Olivetti. Churchward holds an Executive MBA from Stanford Business School and studied computer science at Cambridge Tutors College, England.

Many customers are navigating through what they describe as ‘the fog’ when it comes to balancing their IT budgets across where they were, where they are and where they need to be.technical debt

It starts with managing “Technical Debt”; loosely described as the legacy IT infrastructure that a CIO inherits or accumulates over time. It’s viewed as being costly and cumbersome, but it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon either. The investments that are being made in this environment are those that result in reducing costs, lowering debt and freeing up money that can be invested in critical green field opportunities.

So how do you manage “Technical Debt” and your investments moving forward? Well here’s something that was shared with me recently that I thought had great promise

Want to learn more? Read my full Reflections blog here.

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.

Langon - NKOTB

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.
Langon - Right Stuff

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…)

Announcing NetWorker 8.2 SP1 – Not Your Mother’s Service Pack!

Sherry Davenport

Senior Manager, Data Protection, Core Technologies
I started in the IT industry over 30 years ago — it sure doesn’t feel like that long! I worked my way through the ranks starting at the old Digital Equipment Corporation in software sales support, sales training, channel training, product management and, ultimately, marketing. My background includes digital imaging, team productivity software, Alta Vista (remember that?), storage management, storage networking and most recently backup and recovery software. While I love my job, I love cooking and wine appreciation even more.

blog1NetWorker 8.2 was announced in April 2014 with many exciting new features focused on EMC’s commitment to delivering a data protection solution that includes a central catalog for various protection modes, end user self-service and critical support for protecting virtual environments. Highlights included centralized management of NAS snapshots, VMware Instant Access from Data Domain, and enhanced visibility and control for both Hyper-V System Admins and SQL DBAs. (more…)

Meet Your Data Protection SLAs for NAS Servers

Heidi Biggar

Marketing and IT Consultant, Data Protection and Availability Division at EMC Corporation
I’m often asked how a political science major at Tufts wound up in the IT world, covering backup, storage, virtualization and cloud of all things. Truth is, it’s really a love for learning, a need to understand the “bigger picture” and a desire to share that view with others that’s steered my path over the past 20 years, from campaign manager to editor, analyst and marketer. After hours, you’ll find me hanging with family, running 10ks through Peachtree City’s 90 miles of cart paths, watching football or reading. I’m a New England transplant enjoying life in the South. In my previous life, I also blogged for ComputerWorld, Enterprise Strategy Group and Hitachi Data Systems, but The Backup Window is my baby. It's been great watching it evolve.

A Network Attached Storage (NAS) server is a storage system connected to a network providing access to a variety of clients, and optimized for file-level access. It doesn’t seem that long ago when NAS systems were just a few Terabytes, and a traditional full backup could complete in a weekend. Well those days are long gone, as data growth continues exponentially and we now move into the Petabyte range. I could write an entire blog on why this continues to happen, but let’s just say that larger NAS systems with higher performance continue to be more affordable, and it just seems so easy to keep all that data … forever and ever. Only when budgets, floor space, power and cooling, and recovery issues are brought into question, does the IT team take an in-depth look at solving the challenges, especially related to meeting backup and recovery SLAs and archiving. (more…)

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