Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/04/04/emc_boosts_data_protection/

EMC intros data protection-as-a-service: You shall D-PAAS

Firm faces up to virtual reality

By Chris Mellor

Posted in Storage, 4th April 2014 10:29 GMT

As the world is moving towards software-defined data centres with infrastructure components virtualised and delivered as a service, data protection appears to be going the same way.

EMC has gone and boosted its offerings to do just this.

The company says it is adding “new integrations with primary and protection storage platforms, and with hypervisors and enterprise applications, while extending support for cloud environments and delivering new technologies that enable data protection-as-a-service delivery.”

There is a release of EMC’s Data Protection Suite, which consists of:

Yet not Data Domain, or so it seems at first glance – but wait for a paragraph or two. EMC says the suite now gets:

Data Domain operating system

EMC says this is a new Data Domain OS, implying it’s not a new release of the system. It features:

EMC says DD OS can be a protection storage platform in data protection-as-a-service deployments.

VPLEX and RecoverPoint releases

The two are combined to craft MetroPoint topology, which is a 3-site business continuity offering. It integrates VPLEX Metro continuous availability with RecoverPoint remote replication and continuous data protection (CDP) to provide operational and disaster recovery over any distance.

VPLEX Virtual Edition has been introduced to deliver continuous availability and data mobility in a software deployment, said to be low-cost, and opening up VPLEX for use by smaller customers. This VPLEX VE will be included in some VSPEX template configurations.

To help customers choose from EMC’s multiple data protection offerings, it has a “Blueprint for Backup Architecture” service. With it EMC bodies consultants check over a customer’s data protection situation, make suggestions about using EMC’s products to improve things and then provide a roadmap to get to that recommended state, which involves data protection as a service.

EMC Data Domain Boost video

EMC Data Domain Boost video. Click to play.

EMC’s Deepak Mohan, a product development SVP in the Data Protection and Availability Division, claimed in a blog that there were industry firsts here:

He says the division is “expanding our portfolio to include availability and mobility with VPLEX and RecoverPoint.”

His blog has four videos looking at Networker Snaps, DP as a service, Data Domain Boost for enterprise apps, and VPLEX Metro technology

All these new EMC data protection products will be generally available in the second quarter of this year. The Blueprint for Backup Architecture service is available now. ®