What does Data Domain mean to EMC?

I don’t know about you but I’ve been following the EMC vs NetApps Data Domain saga with some interest. Well, the waiting eventually ended with EMC stealing Data Domain from under NetApps nose for a measly $2.4B ( a mere bagatelle?). Earlier this year EMC announced the pulling together of all its “data reduction” technologies to give it some sort of coherence. A great strategy but one that is pretty difficult to accomplish with so many disparate technologies in the EMC portfolio. By adding Data Domain to the mix the chances of this happening gets even more unlikely. Which is unfortunate when you consider that for most customers date deduplication is a pretty important requirement.

In reality it is important for EMC to ensure that the substantial Data Domain/EMC integration effort will take precedence to short term data deduplication integration and so EMC will do whatever it takes to show how effortlessly the integration of Data Domain has been. Data Domain sales teams are likely to be incredibly aggressive pushing their deduplication capabilities at the expense of everything. I would be pretty careful about what you purchase from EMC and why.

From Symantec’s point of view Backup Exec is looking to manage all these points. For BE customers it’s going to be dead simple. If your problem is you want to improve recovery and manage tape and disk based backup, as well as system recovery and virtualisation technologies and you’ve already got Backup Exec you will be able to simply plug a solution into your existing processes using an agent for deduplication. Remember, if you are considering moving your backup solution to anything but BE you’ll have to do some serious thinking about your backup architecture and you’ll not be simply plugging into your existing backup software.

The conversations you should be having with your IT partner are around strategic fit. What’s the right technology to solve my business problem. You need a tool that does the job or all the jobs you need it to do. Not something that falls short in one or more areas . So, whatever the question is … the answer is The Backup Exec Family.

One-step Recovery

A typical server environment consists of the main servers, drive arrays (which may or may not be directly attached to their respective servers), and disk- and tape-based backup servers. The most common IT assets are typically: patch panel, switches, secondary UPS, switch box, monitor and keyboard, blade servers, drive arrays and tape systems. Server storage devices hold organisational applications and operating systems in some partitions and documents in others.

Like any system servers are subject to a range of threats as well as maintenance which can include:

  • Server Crash
  • End users can easily overwrite or delete important documents
  • Applications need updating
  • Operating systems must be patched – perhaps tested in a virtual environment
  • Upgrade new server platforms
  • Malicious code can penetrate defences and attack data, applications, and operating systems
  • and can even get backed up if it is not found before the next backup cycle
  • Storage systems wear out and must be replaced
  • Drive Array just failed – a hard drive can fail, or hardware can require an upgrade, when there is no matching hardware to which it can be restored
  • The entire facility can be shut down due to a biohazard or natural disaster
  • An important user whose work requires frequent backups can be added to the network without
  • proper notification

Given the likelihood that everyone is going to be faced with a number of these issues (probably imminently) what can you do when a system fails? Backup Exec System Recovery enables organisations to recover from system loss in minutes, even to dissimilar hardware and virtual environments, as well as having functionality to automate physical-to-virtual conversions for immediate system recovery.

BESR provides system restore or full “bare-metal” recovery for servers, desktops, or laptops. It also enables you to recover systems in remote, unattended locations. By capturing a recovery point of the entire Windows system, including: operating system, applications, system settings, configurations, and files, BESR can save this recovery point to: SAN, NAS, direct-attached storage, RAID, CD/DVD, and copied to FTP servers or secondary disk devices, as part of the same backup job.

The BESR Granular Restore Option restores individual Microsoft Exchange email messages, folders, and mailboxes from backups taken from Exchange servers; restore SharePoint documents from backups taken from servers running SharePoint Server or SharePoint Services; or recover files and folders in seconds.

With centralised deployment, modification, and maintenance, BESR supports Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Small Business Server 2008, Essential Business Server 2008, and SQL Server 2008 as well as VMware ESX 3.5, Microsoft Hyper-V and Citrix XenServer 4.x.

Simple, comprehensive, improving system availability, disaster recovery and risk management – you know it makes sense!

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