EMC Debuts Deduplication and Backup Software

By Stuart J. Johnston

Storage giant EMC announced this week that it is shipping version 6.0 of its Avamar deduplication and backup software.

EMC's (NYSE: EMC) release of Avamar 6.0 constitutes the first time the company has integrated the software with its Data Domain deduplication storage systems, EMC said.

"[This] first leverage of Data Domain deduplication storage broadens deployment of Avamar in large enterprises and enables a highly optimized, scalable and consolidated recovery infrastructure," EMC said in a statement.

Hopkinton, Mass-based EMC acquired Data Domain in July 2009.

Meanwhile, EMC previously purchased Avamar in 2006.

Now, it's looking for new synergies from those strategic investments, particularly in the areas of data deduplication, and backup and recovery.

"By combining the simplicity and efficiency of Avamar with the scale and performance of Data Domain, enterprise customers gain the flexibility to expand Avamar use into much larger production environments," the company said.

"In addition, Data Domain’s inherent ability to support multiple workloads simultaneously can help users transition from legacy backup software and address nearline storage requirements," EMC added.

Avamar 6.0 also takes advantage of new capabilities in VMware's vSphere technology in order to achieve backup speeds that EMC claims are as much as three times faster than competitors.

Meanwhile, integration between Avamar and Data Domain is provided via Data Domain Boost software that is embedded in the Avamar clients.

"Avamar administrators now have the option of directing backups to either Data Domain systems or Avamar Data Stores based on application-specific best practice guidelines," the statement said.

Avamar 6.0 backs up Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, and SQL Server data, as well as Oracle and VMware images to Data Domain systems.

Avamar's new data store also increases usable storage by more than 200 percent to 124 TB, while multiple Data Domain appliances can be used to support up to 285 TB of storage or workloads.

On Wednesday, EMC reported record non-GAAP revenues of $4.6 billion and earnings of $704 million for the first quarter of 2011.

Stuart J. Johnston is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @stuartj1000.

This article was originally published on April 22, 2011