Dell dives further into D2D backup

By Kevin Komiega

-- On the heels of rolling out a high-end iSCSI SAN array, Dell is hoping to continue its storage momentum by turning its attention to the disk-to-disk (D2D) backup market.

Dell today announced the PowerVault DL2000, a new D2D backup-and-recovery appliance that touts integrated backup software from partners CommVault and Symantec and promises to reduce backup times by up to 55% and restore times by up to 77% when compared to traditional tape backup systems, according to Dell officials.

Part of Dell’s new TierDisk family of products, the PowerVault DL2000 scales from 3TB to 144TB and features automated dynamic disk provisioning and on-the-fly capacity upgrades.

The DL2000 comes in several different configurations based on CommVault’s Simpana or Symantec’s Backup Exec data-protection software.

The PowerVault DL2000 with Simpana software includes a centralized management console that sets backup tasks and policies for system monitoring and maintenance for large numbers of local or remote physical or virtual servers. The CommVault version also includes one-step granular recovery with application-aware protection policies and options such as data de-duplication, distributed protection for disaster recovery, synthetic full backups, and file and e-mail archival agents.

The Symantec Backup Exec version of the DL2000 also features a centralized management console that automates installation and configuration, and advanced features such as continuous data protection (CDP) for Microsoft Exchange, SQL, and file servers, as well as protection for VMware and Microsoft virtual machines. The Backup Exec model uses Symantec’s Granular Recovery Technology that performs single-pass, application- or system-level backups of Exchange, SharePoint, Active Directory, Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, and VMware ESX, and recovers file-level items such as Exchange e-mails, SharePoint documents or files and folders.

The DL2000 can also transfer users’ disk backups to tape for off-site disaster recovery using tape drives and libraries such as Dell’s PowerVault TL2000, TL4000, and ML6000.

Dell is planning to push the PowerVault DL2000 to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and branch offices that have struggled to put together a disk-to-disk backup strategy, according to Brett Roscoe, a senior manager in Dell's storage business responsible for the Dell/EMC portfolio and Dell's data-protection and data-management products.

"Disk-to-disk backup is a complex thing to put together. It’s not too big of a feat for enterprise customers, but it can be a big hurdle for SMBs," says Roscoe. "Our goal is to drive into the underserved SMB market with disk-to-disk backup systems at a price that those customers can handle."

Dell expects to make the system available later this month with accompanying storage consulting services. Pricing for the PowerVault DL2000 has not been announced.

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This article was originally published on October 07, 2008