EMC Boosts Backups with Data Domain and SourceOne Upgrades

By Pedro Hernandez

Data storage giant EMC took the wrap off new enhancements to its Data Domain deduplication appliance product and its SourceOne archiving software offering.

The updates are meant to pave the way for smoother backup and archiving consolidation projects, informed Peter Smails, senior director of product marketing for EMC's Backup Recovery Systems Division, in a company blog post. Naturally, it helps if IT managers can also keep costs in check.

"There is no more important job for an IT department than protecting its company's data. But IT faces the Herculean task of ensuring that data is both recoverable and accessible for as long as needed, all while dealing with limited resources and flat budgets," wrote Smails.

EMC is setting out to remedy these storage challenges with a refresh of its Data Domain appliance, which now offers better deduplication support for Oracle environments. The technology integrates with multiplexed Oracle RMAN deployments, allowing organizations to squeeze more capacity out of their storage systems, according to the company.

Other improvements include Fibre Channel support for Data Domain Boost, which speeds backups and eases management in enterprise-grade SAN environments. EMC also extended support for Symantec's NetBackup and Dell NetVault Backup environments.

In the end, the upgrades add up to significant benefits for IT shops that are tasked with safeguarding their organizations' data, claims EMC. The new Data Domain systems now offer a 3X improvement in ingest performance. The appliances are compatible with more archiving applications, including EMC Documentum and IBM InfoSphere Optim.

Smails boasts that Data Domain helps knocks down the barriers backup and archiving solutions, helping businesses save big while efficiently managing both. "As the first and only inline deduplication solution optimized for consolidating backup and archive data on a single system, Data Domain systems deliver unbeatable TCO," he stated.

EMC also unwrapped its new SourceOne 7 archiving software. The latest edition makes short work of backing up and retrieving data in Microsoft environments with a new indexing engine and support for Office 2010, SharePoint archiving and support for 40 more file types.

Additionally, SourceOne 7 employs file system archiving technology. "In-place indexing and tiered storage options reduce primary storage costs and allow for discovery of content regardless of location," informed Smails.

On the storage management front, the software has been tweaked to offer more detailed reporting, auditing, and monitoring operations for all content types managed by the system. EMC SourceOne Discovery Manager also gets a new and faster GUI and reporting capabilities.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

This article was originally published on April 17, 2013