Dell EMC, part of Dell Technologies, announces enhanced capabilities to the Data Domain and Integrated Data Protection Appliance (IDPA) portfolio of backup storage appliances designed to offer organizations real-world flexibility and value with expanded multi-cloud capabilities and improved performance.
The enhancements also provide mid-sized organizations and remote offices of larger organizations with more choice and options in obtaining enterprise data protection.
According to IDC, 92% of organizations have adopted a cloud environment with 64% adopting a multi-cloud approach. (3) With a mix of different clouds, protecting data across workloads while meeting compliance and security requirements is a critical challenge for many organizations. In fact, according to a study conducted by IDC for the company, cross-cloud support was the highest recognized data protection deficiency for IT transformation. (4) The firm recognizes this challenge and continues to enhance its data protection appliances to help customers mitigate risk and protect their data in multi-cloud environments.
Data Domain OS 6.2 and IDPA 2.3 software provide customers with more choice to extend their data protection to public clouds with expanded Cloud Tier support to Google Cloud Platform and Alibaba Cloud, thereby, enabling more flexibility for long-term retention. This is in addition to support already offered across AWS, Microsoft Azure, the company’s Elastic Cloud Storage, Virtustream, Ceph, IBM Cloud Open Storage, AWS Infrequent Access, Azure Cool Blob storage and Azure Government Cloud. Also, a Free-space Estimator Tool for Cloud Tier helps enable more capacity management to help reduce on-premises and cloud storage costs.
The company also expanded its ecosystem of supported public cloud providers for Data Domain Virtual Edition (DD VE), which provides software defined data protection on-premises and in public clouds, to AWS GovCloud, Azure Government Cloud and Google Cloud Platform. This adds to the already supported platforms AWS S3 and Azure Hot Blob. The expanded cloud ecosystem combined with the previously announced increased capacity for DD VE – up to 96TB per instance – ensures customers will receive the same level of protection within their growing cloud environments as they receive from their on-premises company’s appliances.
Additionally, Native Cloud DR is available across the IDPA family, enabling customers to cost-effectively failover to a cloud environment with end-to-end orchestration. Customers no longer have to bear the expense and management of setting up and maintaining a secondary site for DR and can failover to public clouds with ease in case of a disaster event and failback when the issues are resolved. With this expansion, all Data Domain and IDPA models support AWS, including VMware Cloud on AWS, and Microsoft Azure for Cloud DR.
Organizations will also find peace of mind in that all the firm’s data protection appliances provide simple-to-manage user interfaces. Also, administrators can manage multiple Data Domain and DD VE appliances – on-premises or in public clouds – from a single user interface with the Data Domain Management Center.
Updates to the IDPA family provide more performance for Instant Access and Restore with an enhanced data cache that results in up to four times more IO/s, providing up to 40,000 IO/s with 20ms latency.
Also, Data Domain appliances provide faster restores from an on-premises appliance and faster recalls from public clouds. Given these enhancements, organizations can restore their data up to two-and-a-half times faster from a Data Domain appliance (1) and recall their data up to four times faster from the cloud (2) to an appliance, allowing them to meet more SLAs.
More options for mid-sized organizations
Choice and scalability are critical for SMBs that require enterprise, cloud-enabled data protection. In addition to cloud and performance updates, Data Domain DD3300 – a 2U appliance specifically designed for mid-sized organizations and larger enterprises with remote offices – has new hardware enhancements. It offers an additional 8TB capacity model that can scale and grow-in-place to 32TB. Also, DD3300 comes with faster networking capabilities with support for 10GbE and expanded backup options for VTLs over FC. These options provide mid-sized organizations with a cloud-enabled data protection solution that can grow as their needs change.
“As the industry leader in data protection appliances6, Dell EMC is committed to delivering continued innovation in our data protection portfolio that supports and improves customers’ adoption of multi-cloud environments,” said Beth Phalen, president, data protection, Dell EMC. “Our appliances are powerful, simple to manage and make it easy to expand to public clouds with native cloud capabilities.“
“Our long-standing relationship with Dell EMC has resulted in numerous successes for our business. We’re experiencing cost savings, greater efficiency and faster backup and recovery times with Dell EMC Data Domain and IDPA,” said John McFall SVP, enterprise technology group, Security Service Federal Credit Union. “These results combined with the fact that our data is safe and secure allows me to sleep well at night.“
“Data protection efforts are a foundational part of the digital transformation efforts many organizations will embark on by 2020,” said Phil Goodwin, research director, IDC. “Purpose-built backup appliances, like Dell EMC Data Domain and Integrated Data Protection Appliance, have become a cornerstone of data availability improvement efforts. They provide faster, more reliable backup with fewer job failures than other data protection options and, more importantly, support faster data restoration in the event of a loss which directly impacts an organization’s bottom line.“