Same as for NetWorker 8.1, there are new releases for Data Domain system and enhanced application integration.
But before diving into the details, let’s quickly review the framework in which these enhancements are designed to support EMC’s Protection Storage Architecture.
This framework outlines the components you need to efficiently address your data protection requirements. The pillars of EMC protection storage architecture focus on:
- Protection Storage – EMC’s is uniquely positioned to deliver consolidated pools of protection storage to support all your data protection requirements. EMC is introducing a new midrange systems that are faster, more scalable and more cost effective than the previous generation. We’ll review how these systems enable you to use Data Domain as an optimized platform dedicated to protection archive data.
- Data Source Integration – data protection functionality and control is increasingly shifting to business applications (e.g. Oracle, VMware) and owners, and no one has tighter integration with these key data sources than EMC. we’ll look at how we’ve enhanced the Data Domain application integrations for both backup and archive
- Data Management Services – Only EMC delivers the data management services that provide application and data owners the functionality they need while also providing IT the control and oversight of the resources consumed by those users.
What’s New with Data Domain
New Generation of Midrange Data Domain systems
This new generation of Data Domain systems are built for midrange to large enterprises and are 27x more scalable than the closest competitor enabling greater data center consolidation to lower overall total cost of ownership.
[Note: 27x compares the DD7200 to the Symantec NetBackup Appliance 5230 (according to IDC, #2 in PBBA in Q4 ’12)]
Specifically, there are four new systems – the DD2500, DD4200, DD4500 and DD7200.
- All the new systems are based on Intel Sandy Bridge processors, enabling up to 4x faster performance than the previous generation.
- In addition, support for the new 3 TB ES30 expansion shelves enables up to 10x greater scalability compared to the previous generation.
- The new systems also support up to 3x more streams, up to 540 streams for greater consolidation of backup and/or archive data.
- Finally, by maintaining list prices of the previous generation, these new systems offer up to a 38% lower $/GB.
These new systems reinforce Data Domain as the leader in protection storage. Let’s look at how these systems fit into the Data Domain family.
- First, the DD160 and DD620, which continue to be leaders in the channel for small to medium enterprises.
- Then, at the high end, EMC have the industry’s fastest, most scalable deduplication storage system, which is still 3x faster than it’s closest competitor.
- Finally, EMC have the new generation of midrange Data Domain systems that we’ll review today.
First is the new DD2500, which provides up to 4x faster performance, 4x more scalability and 38% lower $/GB than it’s predecessor, the DD640.
The DD2500 enables you to backup 107 TB in under 8 hours with up to 13.4 TB/hr aggregate ingest performance with DD Boost.
This scalable system enables you to protect up to 6.75 PB logical / 133 TB usable capacity in a single namespace, this includes support for both 2TB and the new 3TB ES30 expansion shelves.
Finally, the DD2500 can be the target for up to 180 backup streams or can consolidate from up to 180 remote sites.
Next is the new DD4200, which provides up to 4x faster performance, 10x more scalability and 15% lower $/GB than it’s predecessor, the DD670.
The DD4200 enables you to backup 176 TB in 8 hours with up to 22 TB/hr aggregate ingest performance with DD Boost.
This scalable system enables you to protect up to 9.4 PB logical / 189TB usable capacity in a single namespace, this includes support for both 2TB and the new 3TB ES30 expansion shelves.
With the Data Domain Extended Retention software option, this scalable system enables you to protect up to 28.4 PB logical / 569 TB usable capacity for long-term backup retention. This system is enables a new, significantly lower entry price for DD Extended Retention software.
In addition, the DD4200 can be the target for up to 270 backup streams or can consolidate from up to 270 remote sites.
Finally, the DD4200 is a ‘dataless head’ system controller that uses ES30 expansion shelves for external storage. Since the DD4200 controller has no internal storage and stores all user data in external expansion shelves, it can replace some existing Data Domain systems and connect existing shelves without the need to migrate data, enabling you to do a data-in-place upgrade from previous ‘data less head’ system. Specifically, if you’re currently using a DD690, DD880, DD860 or DD890, you do a ‘head swap’ where you simply replace the existing controller with the new controller and leave all the expansion shelves ‘in place’, which minimizes the time to upgrade.
Next is the new DD4500, which provides up to 2x faster performance, 2x more scalability and 13% lower $/GB than it’s predecessor, the DD860.
The DD4500 enables you to backup 176 TB in 8 hours with up to 22 TB/hr aggregate ingest performance with DD Boost.
This scalable system enables you to protect up to 14.2 PB logical / 285 TB usable capacity in a single namespace, this includes support for both 2TB and the new 3TB ES30 expansion shelves.
With the Data Domain Extended Retention software option, this scalable system enables you to protect up to 57 PB logical / 1.1 PB usable capacity for long-term backup retention.
In addition, the DD4500 can be the target for up to 270 backup streams or can consolidate from up to 270 remote sites.
Again, the DD4500 is a ‘data less head’ system, enabling you to do a data-in-place upgrade from previous ‘data less head’ systems including the DD690, DD880, DD860 and DD890.
Next is the new DD7200, which provides up to 2x faster performance, 6x more scalability and 9% lower $/GB than it’s predecessor, the DD890.
The DD7200 enables you to backup 208 TB in under 8 hours with up to 26 TB/hr aggregate ingest performance with DD Boost.
This scalable system enables customers to protect up to 21.4 PB logical/428 TB usable capacity in a single namespace – this includes support for both 2TB and the new 3TB ES30 expansion shelves.
With the Data Domain Extended Retention software option, this scalable system enables you to protect up to 85.6 PB logical/1.7 PB usable capacity for long-term backup retention.
In addition, the DD7200 can be the target for up to 540 backup streams or consolidate from up to 270 remote sites.
Finally, the DD7200 is a ‘data less head’ system, enabling you to do a data-in-place upgrade from previous ‘data less head’ systems including the DD690, DD880, DD860 and DD890.
Data Domain Systems
Here’s a look at the latest Data Domain product family including the new DD2500, DD4200, DD4500, and DD7200, which replace the DD640, DD670, DD860, and DD890.
Optimized Archive Storage, Broader Integration
First let’s review how Data Domain systems are the ideal protection storage platform for backup and/or archive data. Below here, you can see a variety of data sources including databases, e-mail servers, virtual machines and more. On of the main strengths of Data Domain systems is that all of these data sources and broad range of backup and archive use cases can be protected on a single system.
For both backup and archive use cases, one of the key differentiators Data Domain systems offer is the ability to encrypt data inline, meaning data is deduplicated then encrypted in real-time as it is written to disk. Furthermore, on the archive side, Data Domain systems can meet a variety of US and international compliance regulations for archive data – including SEC 17a-4(f).
Finally, all data sent to a Data Domain system can be efficiently replicated to a secondary site for disaster recovery and/or long-term retention. This secondary site can be “on premise” at your own DR site or could be in the “cloud” at a service provider’s facility.
Deployment Models and Dedupe Rates
Let’s take a quick step back and review the existing deployment models for Data Domain systems, including the relative deduplication rates that each can provide:
First is what Data Domain systems have offered for the past decade – 10 to 30x reduction of storage requirements for dedicated backup – in other words, storing only backup data on Data Domain.
Next is what we added more recently – the ability to consolidate backup and archive data on a Data Domain system, which results in a similar range (often higher in the range than dedicated backup) with deduplication rates between 10 to 30x.
Now, with DD OS 5.4 and the new generation of Data Domain systems with 3 TB shelves, Data Domain systems offer up to 38% lower $/GB. This enables you to cost effectively deploy Data Domain systems as a dedicated archive storage platform.
Data Domain Archive Storage Evolution
Over the last several years, EMC has intensified its focus on enhancing the Data Domain file system both to support various enterprise archive use cases and to handle various archive storage requirements.
These enhancements have happened in 3 key areas: product features, use cases supported and archive application partners integrated. But the most important is to understand is that all of these are inherent capabilities of the Data Domain system – so they are applicable to all Data Domain systems without any additional software required.
Let’s review some of these enhancements over the past few years:
In 2011, with DD OS 5.0 EMC introduced MTrees, which are user-defined logical partitions of the Data Domain file system that enable improved granular management of the Data Domain system – including enabling capacity management, snapshots, DD Retention Lock and DD Replicator on an MTree level. Today this provides customers the ability to consolidation backup data with governance and/or compliance archive data and only apply DD Retention Lock to the archive data, for example. At this time we addressed file and e-mail archiving as well as storage tiering use cases with integration with 10 archiving applications.
In 2012, with DD OS 5.2, EMC introduced Data Domain Retention Lock Compliance edition, which enabled Data Domain systems to meet strictest requirements of archive retention from US and international compliance regulations (including SEC 17a-4(f)). At this time we addressed the same use cases and added integration with 2 additional archiving applications.
In addition, earlier this year with DD OS 5.3, EMC further enriched the Data Domain file system to deliver enhancements for the small file nature of archive data sets. In addition, EMC also expanded the archiving application ecosystem with support for EMC Documentum and IBM InfoSphere Optim Archive for enterprise content management (ECM) and database archiving respectively. At this time EMC addressed added support for database as well as enterprise content management (ECM) archiving use cases and added an additional 3 archiving application integrations.
Finally now, with DD OS 5.4, the significant $/GB savings enables you to leverage Data Domain systems as dedicated archive storage. In addition, EMC have continued to expand the archiving application ecosystem, which will be reviewed in detail later.
Enhanced Application Integration
Direct SAP HANA Backup
SAP HANA is an appliance delivered through SAP software and third-party hardware (including EMC) for high-performance, in-memory Big Data analytics.
Data Domain systems now support direct backup from SAP HANA Studio via NFS, enabling SAP HANA DBAs to leverage efficient protection storage while maintaining control of backup processes.
Data Domain systems significantly reduce HANA backup storage requirements and provide faster, secure network-efficient for disaster recovery.
Alternatively, DBAs can optionally manage SAP HANA using EMC NetWorker for centralized backup management.
DD Boost for Oracle RMAN
DD Boost for Oracle RMAN now supports backup beyond traditional Oracle database environments. Specifically, DBAs can now leverage DD Boost for RMAN to backup Oracle Exadata environments for faster, more efficient big data backup and DR. Data Domain systems are the first deduplication storage to be Oracle Backup Solutions Program certified for Exadata. This will also give Exadata DBAs the ability to control Data Domain replication with full RMAN catalog awareness and will greatly simplify administration thanks to DD Boost advanced load balancing and failover.
In addition, SAP DBAs who run SAP on an Oracle database can now leverage DD Boost for RMAN to backup and replicate SAP using BR*Tools SAP. This provides faster, more efficient SAP backup and keeps backup and DR control in the hands of SAP application owners by enabling them to leverage the native backup utility built into SAP.
DD Boost for Avamar
Avamar 7 extends existing DD Boost for Avamar support to all data center use cases with the addition of NAS (via NDMP) and file systems support, enabling customers to backup VNX, VNXe, Celerra, NetApp or Windows, Red Hat and SUSE Linux as well as HP-UX, AIX, Solaris Unix file systems to a Data Domain system.
In addition, Avamar 7 also introduces a new feature called ‘VM Instant Access’, which enables VM images that are backed up with Avamar to Data Domain, to be accessed instantly and run from the Data Domain system. The VM can then be vMotioned back to the production environment while running. This provides the end user access to a VM in under 2 minutes, enabling access when they cannot wait for a full restore. Only one VM instance can be accessed at a time within a Data Domain system. The VM must be vMotioned to the production environment or cancelled before another access is allowed.
DD Boost for NetWorker
NetWorker 8.1 introduces support for Data Domain Boost over Fibre Channel. DD Boost over Fibre Channel enables up to 50 percent faster backup (compared to using Data Domain Virtual Tape Library), improves disaster recovery, and simplifies backup management in SAN environments.
In addition, NetWorker 8.1 added support for DD Boost ‘Virtual Synthetic Backups’ for file systems. Using DD Boost virtual synthetics reduces the processing overhead associated with traditional synthetic full backups. The Data Domain system uses metadata to synthesize a full backup without moving data over the network. In other words, virtual synthetics enables the Data Domain system to synthesize a full backup from a previous full plus subsequent incremental backups, removing this burden from the storage node.
NetWorker 8.1 also introduces a new feature called NetWorker Immediate Cloning that improves time-to-DR readiness using NetWorker’s Clone-Controlled Replication. Using Immediate Cloning, Data Domain replication will no longer wait for the entire save set group to complete before beginning replication, and will start replication as soon as the saveset backup is complete.
Finally, with NetWorker 8.1 and NMDA 1.5, customers can gain faster and more efficient MySQL backups using NetWorker Client Direct and Data Domain Boost. The additional support for MySQL adds to existing support for Client Direct backup for Microsoft applications, Oracle, SAP, Informix, DB2, Sybase, file servers, Hyper-V and VMware.
Data Domain Boost Ecosystem
Here’s the latest Data Domain Boost ecosystem, where EMC has enhanced three of its eight existing integrations – Avamar, NetWorker and Oracle RMAN.