EMC has introduced new disk-based backup and data-recovery offerings for enterprises facing an ever-expanding digital information glut. The range of new low-power disk-drive offerings will help enterprises improve their data-center operations by deploying EMC's latest data deduplication, drive spin-down, and power-saving technologies, said Mark Sorenson, senior vice president of EMC's Information Management Software Group.
"By adding key features like data deduplication across our portfolio, customers can eliminate redundant data, move more easily to disk backup, and strengthen the management of their backup infrastructures," Sorenson explained. "This differentiates EMC from other vendors who must 'force fit' a single product across a range of deduplication use cases."
LAN Backup-to-Disk Systems
EMC's latest local area network backup-to-disk systems, dubbed the EMC Disk Library 3D 1500 and 3000, are squarely aimed at midsize businesses in need of policy-based data backup and the "five-9s" (99.999 percent) of storage availability. "Basically, by replacing the tape target, you can get all the benefits of backup-to-disk along with the power of data deduplication (3-D)," noted Philip Fote, EMC senior product marketing manager.
The new offerings for LAN applications will enable enterprises to save a significant amount of money through reduced handling costs, as well as the elimination of issues associated with tapes that struggle with growing environments, Fote observed. Replication is also on tap for data backups formed over an IP network, which reduces the amount of backup data while meeting off-site protection requirements and without needing the physical transportation of tapes, he said.
"The fact that you are using less tape means that you can streamline your operations, get better utilization out of your labor force and your staff, and at the same time get the power and benefits of backup-to-disk," Fote explained. "The third benefit is the low-cost replication that you get with 3-D technologies."
SAN Backup-to-Disk Systems
The EMC Disk Library 4000, which is targeted at high-volume, large accounts with heavy data loads and lots of tape infrastructure, is a policy-based data deduplication option for SAN (storage-area network)-based environments with high throughput, Fote noted. Instead of backing up to tape in this environment, customers can improve their operations and data-protection performance by replacing tape with a disk library deduplication solution that can scale from terabytes to petabytes of capacity.
"The 4000 can also be used to replicate data from one site to the other for data recovery in long-term archive applications, which reduces the cost of all those tape-handling operations," Fote said.
Even better, a disk drive spin-down option is available for enabling customers to reduce their overall power and cooling costs by putting idle drives in sleep mode. In a typical environment, this can reduce power consumption by up to 19 percent. Customers also have the option of deploying 1TB SATA drives running at 5,400 rpm, which require 3 percent less energy than 7,200 rpm drives.
Additionally, EMC has rolled out new source-based data deduplication offerings that are designed to double the amount of backup capacity in sophisticated systems incorporating large file servers, remote offices or VMware environments, where the backup process can be hampered by network or other resource bottlenecks. For example, a fully configured EMC Avamar Data Store Gen 2 system can provide enough capacity to store the equivalent of 1 petabyte of non-deduplicated, traditional backup capacity, EMC executives said.