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A Competitive ESG Look at Dell EMC vs a Leading NAS Appliance


Part 2 - Overall Efficiency

Earlier this week I wrote about how Dell EMC Data Domain Boost (DD Boost) and ProtectPoint technology performed above and beyond a leading NAS appliance when it came to backup and recovery. ProtectPoint provided 8x faster backup and 10.5x faster recovery than the NAS appliance in the same test environment. If you haven’t had a chance to read the first part of this blog series (and I highly recommend that you do!) please click here.



As a recap, based on research done by ESG from their annual IT spending intentions survey, IT professionals say improving backup, recovery and managing data growth are among their top priorities. As extended outages mean lost revenue and productively, many organizations are having a difficult time finding the best option for protecting their mission and business critical database environments.


In this second blog in the two part series, I will be reviewing the overall efficiency of our Dell EMC solutions compared to a traditional NAS appliance. Specifically I’ll be covering host, storage and network efficiency.


To set the stage, ESG tested Dell EMC Data Domain Boost and ProtectPoint Technology compared to a NAS appliance. DD Boost is a software option that can be purchased with a Data Domain system, and ProtectPoint technology is available through the Data Protection Suite Family. ProtectPoint is a data protection solution that integrates primary storage, VMAX All Flash and XtremIO with Data Domain protection storage. This Dell EMC solution is designed to accelerate backup and recovery, help organizations meet application protection SLAs, and minimize backup impact on applications, all while reducing cost and complexity.



Host, Storage and Network Efficiency


The ESG Lab, along with testing backup and recovery, also reviewed the overall efficiency of ProtectPoint technology and Data Domain Boost. In this first section on efficiency I’ll review host impact, which is determined by how large the CPU load is during a backup. To sum up the above graph, not only does ProtectPoint technology offer a significantly shorter backup time, it also offers the lowest CPU usage at just 15.6%. This is a great improvement over the NAS appliance CPU usage of almost 50% during its backup time.


Below, the leading NAS backup appliance utilizes local compression, and reached an unimpressive 3% reduction over the entire 15 days of backups. On the opposite end of this, Dell EMC’s Data Domain uses global deduplication, which reduced data by 93%. With ProtectPoint data reduction that percentage increased to 94%.


Last, and certainly not least, network load was examined. Dell EMC DD Boost and ProtectPoint technology significantly reduced data transferred during backup operations. As shown below, ProtectPoint was also able to drastically reduce data transfer during recovery – those bars are almost non-existent in comparison! This occurs because ProtectPoint technology leverages change blog tracking, which sends only unique blocks over to primary storage. This results in ProtectPoint sending no data across the host network adapters and only minimal data through the SAN from Primary to Protection Storage. Recovery is no different, as ProtectPoint recovers only the blocks that have been changed. With DD Boost, only unique data is sent across the host network adapters, which results in the significant reduction to the network load during backup. The traditional NAS appliance, however, must send all the data across the host network adapters during a backup and restore 100% of the data during a recovery making it not nearly as efficient as the Dell EMC solution.



In this blog series we’ve walked through the superior backup and recovery performance of Dell EMC Data Domain Boost and ProtectPoint technology, and how it provides IT leads and professionals with solutions that help them meet even their strictest SLA requirements. We’ve also seen from the data presented above, that not only are Dell EMC’s solutions faster, but they’re more efficient too. If you’d like to learn even more about these Dell EMC solutions, please visit our data protection web page.


(Protecting Oracle Databases with Dell EMC for XtremIO” by Tony Palmer published May 2017)

To read the Lab Validation, please visit either the ESG website our Dell EMC Community page.

Part 1 - Backup and Recovery

A Competitive ESG Look at Dell EMC vs a Leading NAS Appliance


Part 1 - Backup and Recovery


This may not be news for many, but based on research done by ESG from their annual IT spending intentions survey, IT professionals say improving backup, recovery and managing data growth are among their top priorities. As extended outages mean lost revenue and productively, many organizations are having a difficult time finding the best option for protecting mission and business critical database environments. Many of these environments are being hosted on extremely high performance flash arrays, like Dell EMC XtremIO, and using a traditional backup solution just doesn’t cut it. When companies are forced to use a traditional solution which pulls the data from production storage, through the application server, through the backup server, then finally to the protection storage - they’re going to be missing important SLAs (like RPO and RTO).



Dell EMC offers not only a faster backup solution to meet stringent SLAs, it also offers a more efficient one. In this two part blog series we’ll be going over three sections where Dell EMC helps companies improve their backup, recovery, and overall efficiency (host, storage and network). This first blog will be reviewing the performance of our Dell EMC backup and recovery solutions compared to a traditional NAS appliance. The second blog, which will be posted later on this week, will discuss the overall host, storage and network efficiency.


To set the stage, ESG tested Dell EMC Data Domain Boost (DD Boost) and ProtectPoint technology compared to a NAS appliance. DD Boost is a software option that can be purchased with a Data Domain system, and ProtectPoint technology is available through the Data Protection Suite Family. ProtectPoint is a data protection solution that integrates primary storage, VMAX All Flash and XtremIO, with Data Domain protection storage. This Dell EMC technology is designed to accelerate backup and recovery, help organizations meet application protection SLAs, and minimize backup impact on applications, all while reducing cost and complexity.


These two Dell EMC solutions were compared in the same environment as a leading NAS. All were tested using a Dell EMC XtremIO, Dell EMC Data Domain and a database of 10 TB with a 1% change rate in the data.




Let’s start by looking at the backup comparison between Dell EMC and the leading NAS appliance. As helpfully noted by ESG in their subtitle – the shorter the bar, the better. When conducting a backup with the criteria mentioned above, it took the NAS solution 3 hours and 45 minutes on average over a 15 day period. In comparison, Dell EMC DD Boost took just over 2 hours. That’s a 42% reduction in time and nearly double the performance of the average NAS solution. But, Dell EMC isn’t stopping there. I’ll reiterate – shorter is better, and ProtectPoint technology’s blue bar is a lot shorter. ProtectPoint had an average over those 15 days of 31 minutes as compared to NAS. That’s an incredible improvement of 89% in reduction, or to say it another way, 8x faster backup.


How does ProtectPoint technology achieve this extreme reduction in backup time? Let’s look at some details outlined below:



After the ProtectPoint agent is installed on the application server, the storage administrator makes a point-in-time copy of the LUN to be protected, and then seeds the initial blocks on the Data Domain system to prepare the environment for its first full backup. Then, the Oracle DBA triggers a backup at an application-consistent checkpoint. This pauses the application just long enough to mark the point in time for that backup. Next, there is the primary storage change block tracking and data movement engine – which includes a combination of XtremIO in-memory metadata snapshots and RecoverPoint.  This ensures that there is no impact to production workloads on XtremIO and that only unique blocks are sent to the Data Domain system – minimizing time required to backup an application. The Data Domain system ingests and deduplicates those blocks and uses them to create an independent, full backup in native format. Using ProtectPoint, every backup is a full backup which simplifies recovery, but with the storage efficiency of an incremental backup.




In those same 15 days, two restores were done of those backups. One from the very first day (the oldest backup) and one from the last day (the newest backup). Again, let’s start by taking a look at the leading NAS solution in comparison to Dell EMC DD Boost and ProtectPoint technology.


Dell EMC DD Boost provided better results over the NAS appliance, reducing the restore time by 40 minutes for the newest backup and by more than 60 minutes for the oldest backup over the same network. These improvements are nothing to shrug at, but ProtectPoint technology did it almost 10x faster. As shown above, the ProtetPoint technology bar is significantly faster when compared against the leading NAS appliance, cutting the backup time by more than half. To use specifics, ProtectPoint is 6.5x faster when restoring from the oldest backup, and 10.5x faster when restoring from the newest.


Dell EMC provides IT leads and professionals with backup and recovery solutions that help them meet even their strictest SLA requirements. As demonstrated by the data above, both Dell EMC Data Domain Boost and ProtectPoint technology perform above and beyond that of a standard NAS appliance. In the next blog of this two part series, I’ll discuss how Dell EMC doesn’t just provide leading backup and restore solutions by performance, but also ones that are more efficient.


(Protecting Oracle Databases with Dell EMC for XtremIO” by Tony Palmer published May 2017)

To read the Lab Validation, please visit either the ESG website our Dell EMC Community page.

Part 2 - Overall Efficiency

Businesses today are increasingly moving data to the cloud, and with that data becoming more mission critical, they need to be confident that it’s protected. For this reason, Dell EMC offers a robust portfolio of cloud protection solutions for any cloud strategy – making customer transformations to the cloud simpler.  This blog is going to dive into protection storage in the cloud from Dell EMC by reviewing how the latest release of Dell EMC Data Domain Virtual Edition (DD VE) can protect your applications running in Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure.


journey.pngData Domain Virtual Edition provides all the benefits of the industry leading protection storage, Data Domain, in a software-defined solution. DD VE is simple, flexible and efficient, and best of all, easy to deploy and configure. So easy, in fact, that it can be up and running in just minutes. DD VE supports data protection on multiple platforms where customers run their workloads - VMware, Hyper-V and VxRail environments in on-prem datacenters, and now also includes AWS & Azure public cloud platforms. DD VE also enables data mobility across on-prem and cloud, and provides the ability to protect new workloads like MongoDB using BoostFS protocol.


In its latest release, DD VE can now protect applications running in AWS and Microsoft Azure. With DD VE in the cloud you get the same capabilities and management provided by Data Domain in the cloud such as high-speed, variable length deduplication, unparalleled data integrity to ensure reliable recovery, and network efficient replication. Plus, you can utilize leading backup applications included in the Data Protection Suite Family.  DD VE allows you to protect your applications with up to 16 TB usable capacity (800 TB logical) with AWS, and up to 15 TB usable capacity (750 TB logical ) with Azure per instance in its initial release. Capture.PNG.pngDD VE in the cloud also supports key Data Domain capabilities like DD Replication, DD Encryption and DD Boost. With replication, you can move data between an on-prem Data Domain and the cloud, or even replicate data between two instances of DD VE running in the cloud in the same or different regions. Encryption during replication over the wire is also supported, and you can use embedded or external on-prem key manager for encryption.



Additionally, the same dashboard based resource management, monitoring and reporting center offered with Data Domain can be used with DD VE in the cloud. With Data Doman Management Center running in AWS and Azure, customers will be able to gain aggregated management for multiple systems, view capacity and replication management and manage health and status resource monitoring.

Not only do you get the secure protection you trust in the cloud with DD VE, but Dell EMC also provides faster, more efficient backup with our leading backup applications included in the Data Protection suite Family – allowing you to more efficiently backup your applications running in the cloud.

suite.PNG.pngDD VE with the Data Protection Suite Family provides support to protect clients and applications running natively in AWS and Azure, and allows for direct backup from application to DD VE via the application owners native UIs. Additionally, administrators can also define policies and orchestrate data protection from within the data protection UI. Enterprise-level monitoring and reporting offered in the Data Protection Suite Family for on-premises applications and workloads also works in AWS and Azure.


For emerging applications, BoostFS has validated cloud support for MongoDB, EnterpriseDB, Commvault and MySQL.

For more information on Data Domain Virtual Edition, please visit Also feel free to watch our new LightBoard video on DD VE in the cloud!


Interested in trying out DD VE 3.1 running in AWS and Azure? Then sign up for our tech preview today featured on our Data Domain community page!



Backups can be frustrating.


When performing a backup using a traditional solution, the application will send all data over the network – even if that data is redundant. All that data moves from the application server, through the backup server, then finally to your protection storage. This can cause a lot of headaches, including slower backup times that can result in you missing stringent SLAs. Ideally, you’d only want to send over unique data to your protection storage so you can speed up your backup process and reduce bandwidth traffic – and that’s exactly what DD Boost does.


Data Domain Boost is a Dell EMC software option for Data Doman systems that offers advanced application integration. It provides faster backup, allows management and monitoring of client activity, and offers load balancing and failover along with many more advanced features. Dell EMC recently announced a new feature to DD Boost, the Data Domain Boost file system plug-in (BoostFS), which broadens DD Boost support everywhere, for everyone.


BoostFS is a Linux file system mount that supports scripted operations, meaning the backup admin will be in charge of the data. With BoostFS, the admin moves data from the primary storage array to the Linux mount through a scripted function that the app admin sets up beforehand. After all the data has been moved to the file system, a backup is performed, and only the unique data is then sent to the Data Domain system. Dell EMC understands customers want a data protection solution they already know and trust, and by expanding our DD Boost technology to more than 100 vendors, we aim to give them that option. Recently, Dell EMC has certified BoostFS with MongoDB databases, providing a user experience similar to NFS, but with the performance of DD Boost. Dell EMC is also in the process of creating a BoostFS self-validation tool, so customers can see how BoostFS could benefit their current environment.


This solution can provide you with faster, more efficient backup for your critical applications by distributing parts of the deduplication process to the backup server or the application server, meaning it will only send over unique data. This can also allow you to eliminate the backup server from the process entirely. In the context of MongoDB, using mongodump, BoostFS has been shown to provide up to 50% faster backup, allowing you to better meet your SLAs.


BoostFS also includes support for other DD Boost features such as the link aggregation technology known as dynamic interface groups which provide the ability to bundle clients into groups, providing load balancing and failover services without the 50% overhead penalty of LACP. The dynamic interface groups toolbox includes advance networking features, like client routing, that allow the Data Domain to communicate to the backup client on different subnets or those hidden behind a NAT translation gateway. Client Groups offer administrators a tool to manage and monitor client activity and workflows for BoostFS and NFS protocols. Operators can use client groups to set hard stream limits to an individual client or groups of clients to prevent the hording of available streams by any one application.


Dell EMC BoostFS provides everything you would expect out of DD Boost: faster backup, simplified monitoring and management of client activity, and advanced load balancing and failover. BoostFS is supported everywhere, and for everyone who is using an application that supports NFS. If you’re already a Data Domain customer and have a DD Boost license, all BoostFS will cost is your time to install and deploy.

The challenge most customers face is that IT is rapidly evolving and they need data protection solutions that provide both trust needed to manage today’s business needs and the agility required to transform for the future. Dell EMC recently announced a new flash-enabled lineup of Data Domain systems that deliver industry-leading speed and scale and the greatest protection for VMs to date as well as updates to Data Domain Virtual Edition which gives you the power of Data Domain software wherever you need it.  And the exciting updates from Data Domain just keep coming! In addition to the updated Data Domain systems and DD VE 3.0, the new Data Domain Operating System (DD OS) 6.0 provides a number of features and enhancements that continue to evolve data protection by addressing modern customer challenges around cloud and big data.  Let’s take a look at what’s new in DD OS 6.0...


Unparalleled Efficiency for Long-Term Retention in the Cloud


Announced earlier this year and available now, Data Domain Cloud Tier enables Data Domain to natively tier deduplicated data directly to the public, private or hybrid cloud for long-term retention.  No separate cloud gateway or virtual appliance is required.  When moving data to the cloud, DD Cloud Tier ensures that only unique data is sent and data lands on the cloud object storage already deduplicated for lower TCO. With DD Cloud Tier, Data Domain can tier data to a variety of clouds including Virtustream Storage Cloud, Dell EMC Elastic Cloud Storage for on premise object storage, as well as third party public clouds. Support for DD Encryption and DD Retention Lock also ensures that data in the cloud remains secure. Check out a demo of DD Cloud Tier here

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Increased Security for Service Providers and Private Clouds

Another update around cloud are enhancements to secure multi-tenancy that enable increased security.  Network isolation enhancements provide strict data access isolation enforcement between tenants. SSL Certificate based authentication is being introduced, so for those replicating from Data Domain over public Internet to a shared Data Domain with secure multi-tenancy, this enhanced authentication ensures secure replication.  Plus, new audit log enhancements enable role-based access so that tenant-admins can only see the audit logs belonging to the tenant units designated to them.  Learn more about secure multi-tenancy in this lightboard video.

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DD Boost Everywhere


In this release, DD Boost has been opened to deliver the benefits of DD Boost to protect new workloads such as Platform 3 applications like MongoDB and MySQL and serve new backup application partners to greatly broaden the DD Boost ecosystem.  Through the DD Boost file system plug-in (BoostFS), applications using NFS to move data to/from Data Domain that were previously not supported by DD Boost can easily switch using BoostFS.  So, in just minutes, these customers can start realizing the benefits of DD Boost for faster, more efficient backup and recovery.

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Enterprise Grade Protection for Hadoop

As more large companies utilize Big Data to help them grow their businesses, there becomes a greater need to protect it. Admins managing these Big Data applications want simplicity and control over backups while using their native tools, so a solution that’s integrated with their application is vital. Which is why DD Boost for Enterprise Applications has expanding its advanced application integration for superior protection of Hadoop distributions: Cloudera and Hortonworks.  This is an industry unique solution that will provide enterprise grade protection for Big Data with a full point in time backup, and also provide Hadoop admins with the control and visibility they desire over their own backup and recovery directly through the Hadoop Cluster Console. Learn more

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Introduced earlier this year, Data Domain Virtual Edition delivers the benefits of the most trusted protection storage in a software-defined solution.  DD VE is simple to deploy and configure - it can be up and running in just minutes.   With DD VE, you are also able to start small and grow your protection storage as the business demands in as little as 1 TB increments.  DD VE still maintains the core features that differentiate Data Domain in the market such as variable-length deduplication, unparalleled data integrity, and broad application and protocol support.  Announced today and available now, the release of DD VE 3.0 provides even more flexibility and can address additional use cases with increased scalability, cloud capabilities and new reference architectures to support Dell EMC PowerEdge Servers.


6x Scalability

This release of DD VE delivers 6x the scalability with a single DD VE instance now able to scale up to 96 TB.  The DD VE licensing model also enables extremely flexible acquisition and deployment. Customers have the ability to purchase in 1 TB increments and can deploy a DD VE instance for each TB of capacity in their environment. Plus, capacity can be easily moved between virtual systems and/or locations.



DD VE 3.0 includes support for Data Domain Cloud Tier enabling you to natively tier data to object storage in the public, private or hybrid cloud for long-term retention. Only unique data is sent directly from DD VE to the customer’s cloud of choice including EMC Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS) or Virtustream Storage Cloud and lands in the cloud already deduplicated. This significantly reduces storage footprint and network bandwidth for lower TCO.  The ability to encrypt data before it is sent to the cloud also ensures that it is secure.  The combination of DD VE and DD Cloud Tier provides customers truly modern protection storage that is both software-defined and cloud-enabled.    Additionally, support has been added for secure multi-tenancy. So, DD VE can be delivered as a service with the ability to logically isolate data between multiple tenants accessing a single DD VE instance.


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New Hypervisor Support

The DD VE 3.0 release adds new hypervisor support.  So, now, in addition to VMware vSphere, DD VE can also support Microsoft Hyper-V.  This enables ROBO and service provider environments leveraging Hyper-v to deploy software-defined protection storage and be up and running in a matter of minutes with just a few simple steps. Using Microsoft System Center an installer will provision resources based on the capacity. 


The #1 Protection Storage meets the #1 Server


DD VE is now qualified to run on Dell EMC PowerEdge servers. With this qualification, Dell EMC introduces pre-validated, fully supported, pre-tested reference architectures that combine the strengths of PowerEdge 13G servers with DD VE.  So, you are assured the infrastructure will meet the necessary requirements to deploy your software-defined protection storage. This best of breed combination is ideal if you are looking to protect remote and branch office locations and prefer software solutions for your infrastructure deployed on standard non-proprietary hardware for data protection.

The following pre-validated configurations provide flexible options for deploying software-defined protection storage. They provide a baseline and can be tailored to meet your specific needs.

  • Non upgradeable:
    • 4 TB DD VE - R530
  • Mid capacity expandable:
    • 4 TB DD VE - R730
    • 8 TB DD VE - R730

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Visit the software download page to try DD VE 3.0 before you buy!

For more information on DD VE with PowerEdge Servers, check out the new white paper on

For application owners, difficulty meeting backup windows is becoming a problem. Due to an explosion of data that needs to be protected, and lack of control and visibility into backups, many app owners are becoming dissatisfied with their current backup solution.


Dell EMC has designed Data Protection Suite for Applications with the app owner in mind by providing them with the control they desire, eliminating the complexity of traditional backups and providing unparalleled efficiency. Included in the DP Suite for Applications is ProtectPoint, DD Boost for Enterprise Applications, Data Protection Advisor, and the newly added Enterprise Copy Data Management.

With Data Protection Suite for Applications, customers can:


  • Get 20x faster backup and 10x faster recovery
  • Empower application owners and database admins to control their own backup and recovery
  • Discover, automate and optimize copies for superior copy data management
  • Eliminate or significantly reduce backup impact on application servers
  • Reduce cost and complexity by eliminating a traditional backup solution


Introduced earlier this year, Data Protection Suite for Applications has several exciting updates. From primary storage integration with the new VMAX All Flash 250F to being supported by the next generation of Data Domain models, this suite has a lot to offer.

With DD Boost for Enterprise Applications, DBAs use their native application utilities to backup up directly from the application server to Data Domain. Using DD Boost, only unique data is sent from the server to Data Domain, enabling 50% faster backups and minimizing the backup impact on the application. DD Boost for Enterprise Application now allows for SQL tables level recoveries with the use of Dell EMC ItemPoint and now supports Microsoft Exchange. DD Boost for Enterprise Applications also now offers support for DD Cloud Tier, which allows app admins to do their own backup and recovery to the cloud with the help of the Data Domain admin.


ProtectPoint also empowers DBAs to control their own backup and provides even deeper integration. Using ProtectPoint, only unique data is sent from the primary storage directly to Data Domain. Unlike with DD Boost for Enterprise Apps which is storage agnostic, the direct connection between the primary storage and Data Domain requires Dell EMC storage – specifically VMAX All Flash, VMAX3 or XtremIO.  ProtectPoint currently supports VMAX All Flash 450F and 850F, and in this release adds support for the new VMAX All Flash 250F, which provides enterprise features and trusted data services at midmarket economics.   ProtectPoint now also offers even faster recovery when using ProtectPoint snapshots on VMAX All Flash and VMAX3, as the data can be restored directly from the primary storage. Dell EMC recently transformed the market with its release of the new Data Domain models and all of these new systems support ProtectPoint, enabling app owner control with the latest from the leading protection storage platform.


Data Protection Suite for Applications provides application owners with even more benefits in this most recent release. Integration with new primary and protection storage arrays along with faster recovery demonstrates Dell EMCs dedication to provide app owners with a tailored, improved solution.  With Data Protection Suite for Applications, app owners will never have to worry about missing an SLA again!

Data Domain has a long history of leading the PBBA market in terms of market share and technical innovation driving the evolution to protection storage. Data Domain’s position has been maintained since the product’s historical start-up days and throughout its years with EMC, and now just a month after the birth of Dell EMC, the industry’s leading protection storage is being transformed again for modern data centers. As IT organizations face modern protection challenges around big data, cloud and the prevalence of virtualization, Data Domain rises to the challenge.


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Dell EMC is introducing a new generation of flash-enabled Data Domain systemsDD6300, DD6800, DD9300 and the new high-end DD9800. These new Data Domain systems provide faster performance than the previous generation thanks in part to the inclusion of an added flash SSD for metadata. Because metadata is stored in flash, instant access is 20x faster. Boot up virtual machines directly from Data Domain using a protection copy of the virtual machine files (VMDKs) instead of restoring to a separate primary storage system.


The transformed Data Domain family delivers category-shattering speed and scale, 1.5 times faster, 7 times more scalable and supporting 5 times more streams than the closest competitor. Increased scalability coupled with Data Domain’s variable-length deduplication brings commanding storage efficiency to your data protection. Plus, with support for Data Domain Cloud Tier on DD6800, DD9300 & DD9800, Data Domain is cloud-enabled for efficient, long-term retention in a public private or hybrid cloud such as Dell EMC Elastic Cloud Storage and Virtustream Storage Cloud.



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Hear more about the new Data Domain systems in this Lightboard video.



Let’s look at each of these systems in a bit more detail. Starting with the high-end, large enterprise system, the new DD9800 is 1.2 times faster and 1.3 times more scalable than the previous generation system that it replaces. With a throughput of up to 68 TB/hr, this powerhouse Data Domain system can backup up to 544 TB over the course of an 8-hour backup window. DD9800 can backup up to 1 PB of usable capacity, and up to 3 PB usable capacity when leveraging DD Cloud Tier for long-term retention. And with Dell EMC’s advanced deduplication, each GB of protection storage goes further to allow up to 150 PB of logical capacity with DD Cloud Tier.



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The high-end Data Domain DD9800 proudly showcases the new Dell EMC company logo.



Also for large enterprises, the DD9300 is 1.4 times faster than the system it replaces with a throughput up to 41 TB/hr. DD9300 delivers scalability two & a half times greater than the previous generation, with the ability to backup up to 720 TB of usable capacity, and up to 2.16 PB usable with DD Cloud Tier. That translates to up to 108 PB of logical capacity post-dedupe.


For midmarket enterprises, the DD6800 delivers with 1.3 times greater speed & scale than the mid-range system it replaces. With DD6800, mid-sized enterprises can backup up to 288 TB usable capacity and up to 864 TB usable with DD Cloud Tier. That means DD6800 can backup up to 43.2 PB logical capacity leveraging Dell EMC’s advanced deduplication. DD6800, as well as DD9800 and DD9300, are enterprise-ready with support for high availability configurations, enabling business continuity for large enterprises in the face of sudden failures. With DD6800, this high availability support is being delivered to the midmarket for the first time.


Finally, the new DD6300 offers up to 34 TB of built-in usable capacity for customers who want to start small, meaning that no external shelves are required.  DD6300 still offers scale that is attractive to both small and midsized enterprises with a maximum usable capacity of 178 TB and logical capacity up to 8.9 PB, 1.3 times greater than the previous generation systems it replaces. And DD6300 is 1.8 times faster than the systems that it replaces, with a throughput of up to 24 TB/hr.



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The full Dell EMC Data Domain family lineup.



The addition of these new Data Domain systems form the modern Data Domain family, which addresses the protection needs of businesses of all sizes. As always, Data Domain’s advanced deduplication allows each GB of protection storage to go further so that enterprises of all sizes can get the most out of their investment.


And with the newly released DD OS 6.0, these Data Domain systems take full advantage of the value delivered through Data Domain Software. DD OS 6.0 helps customers modernize their data protection with new cloud capabilities and expanded advanced integration with backup and big data applications. DD OS 6.0 is available now for all Data Domain systems.


To learn more about the new Data Domain systems, visit the Dell EMC store.

When we’re asked if protecting our data is important, we respond with a yes. Of course it is. Businesses rely on making sure all their important information is kept safe and easily recoverable if something goes wrong. When we start talking about mission critical applications, most people can’t imagine themselves not keeping that data safe. But not all data is given the protection it deserves – and one of those types is Big Data.



Traditionally, most data has been structured or neatly organized in databases found within the enterprise.  But then a proliferation of new data gathered from different sources started to emerge. Web logs, ecommerce transactions and demographic information left behind by customer interactions with a company became a useful source of data for corporations. This rapid growth of new data sources that is characterized by high volumes of growth, generated at high velocities, and include both these structured and unstructured data sources could be analyzed and used to better the business.  All fortune 100 companies are using Big Data analytics, and with rapid technology adoption, projects are maturing faster than ever. This Big Data holds great value to businesses, but it is becoming increasingly difficult to manage and protect.



Protecting Big Data is becoming essential, not optional – and other solutions out there just aren’t meeting the requirements needed. Hadoop users have traditionally used replication and/or snapshots for data protection and disaster recovery. At small scales these approaches were deemed enough. However, analytics in enterprises is quickly becoming mainstream, increasingly driving business decisions. The time has come to protect big data applications with a more robust data protection strategy. With replication, you’re not preforming a point-in-time backup, so human and software errors in your data can get replicated. Snapshots have their own limitations and can cause cascading corruptions. On top of that, recovery with snapshots is time consuming and complex. That’s why Big Data needs a real point-in-time backup to truly protect it, and one that empowers big data admins to do their own backup and recovery from the application itself. The analytical projects companies are running with Big Data are critical and expensive, and using anything but a robust backup strategy is putting that hard work at risk.



Dell EMC understands the importance of protecting Big Data, and that’s why we’re excited to announce the expansion of the popular Data Domain Boost for Enterprise Applications to Big Data applications on Hadoop! This addition will be an industry unique solution that will protect your Big Data with a full backup story, and also provide Hadoop admins with the control and visibility they desire over their own backup and recovery. With this expansion you can now:

  • Empower Hadoop Admins allowing them to script & automate backup and recovery using existing tools on Hadoop
  • Gain faster, more efficient backup with the combination of Hadoop-integration and DD Boost to move large amounts of data to Data Domain
  • By protecting all data on Data Domain, backup storage requirements are reduced by 10 to 30x and Data Domain Data Invulnerability Architecture provides the industry's best defense against data integrity issues


Now, let’s take a look at how DD Boost for Enterprise Applications works with Hadoop clusters. First, the Hadoop administrator triggers a backup from the cluster console - no assistance needed from the backup admin. This is because DD Boost integrates into the Hadoop framework to allow for a simpler user experience. Then, DD Boost communicates directly with Data Domain via the DD Boost protocol, eliminating the need for a backup server.

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With DD Boost, only unique data is sent over the network, from HDFS to Data Domain. Multiple DD Boost agents are used to transfer data in parallel, leveraging Hadoop’s MapReduce framework. This makes the backup process much faster. Recovery with DD Boost for Hadoop is also more efficient, as app owners are able to perform a recovery on their own without the backup admin.


In a time where Big Data is now mission critical, Dell EMC is giving companies the tools they need to empower their application owners and protect their data.

Are you ready to get protected? You might know that you need to refresh data protection in your data center, but find yourself unable to commit to the time and complexity required of on-site assembly. Maybe you were sold a backup appliance that has left you unsatisfied due to hidden costs that are adding up. Perhaps you have just gotten interested in the simplicity of converged infrastructure, but you have recently invested in new primary storage and are not in the position to completely transform your data center.


For customers like you who want to get protected effortlessly, EMC has a released new integrated data protection appliance, built on the strength of EMC’s leading data protection technologies and with the expertise of VCE, the Converged Platforms Division of EMC. This new integrated backup appliance is factory-built by VCE, which means that it arrives to the customer’s site already assembled.



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This EMC Lightboard video introduces the new VCE Data Protection Appliance.



The VCE Data Protection Appliance brings together EMC’s best-of-breed protection storage and protection software in one easy-to-deploy package. Now you can get superior deduplication, performance and reliability all in one solution, with control of all of your daily tasks through a single user interface for increased productivity.


This appliance is factory-integrated by VCE, which means that it ships to a customer’s site already assembled and ready to be plugged in to protect the existing IT environment. Customers who appreciate deployment simplicity are in luck, because VCE Data Protection Appliance drastically cuts down the time it takes until the solution is up and running. The VCE Data Protection Appliance cuts down deployment time by an astonishing 75%. That faster time-to-value means more time for you to focus on business needs instead of assembly.






The VCE Data Protection Appliance is available from 21 to 288 TB to protect both physical and virtual workloads.  The offering is highly scalable and can be easily expanded with additional capacity. Since the VCE Data Protection appliance is built upon an EMC Data Domain system, it comes the leading reliability of the Data Domain Data Invulnerability Architecture. This architecture brings best defense against data integrity issues with in-line data verification and continuous fault detection and self-healing. The VCE Data Protection Appliance delivers superior performance and efficiency with its variable-length, in-line deduplication that reduces storage requirements & speeds backups by 50%.


In this complete, single-vendor data protection platform, EMC’s leading protection storage is tightly integrated with EMC Avamar software.  The combination of these industry-leading data protection technologies deliver deduplication rates that are unrivaled, which lead to dramatically reduced storage footprint and overall total cost of ownership. This one-stop solution provides fast, application-consistent backup of traditional databases and applications, reducing network bandwidth usage by up to 99%. The VCE Data Protection Appliance is flexible and prepared to protect all workloads in the environment as the needs of the organization evolve, with wide support.


If you want to simplify your IT operations and reduce your total cost of data protection, wait no longer.  To get the VCE Data Protection Appliance into your data center, please get in touch with EMC Sales.

It has been quite a journey for Data Domain so far this year and it’s only May!  This includes some exciting announcements being made today at EMC World.   This rapid innovation means you can now consume Data Domain however it best fits into your environment. This includes the traditional best of breed Data Domain system, a new converged data protection appliance, software-defined protection storage, as well as through one of our partners in an as-a-service model.

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Best of Breed

Let’s start with the flagship Data Domain system we all know and love. This is for customers ranging from small businesses all the way to large enterprises who are protecting data on site. EMC Data Domain systems consolidate backup, archive and disaster recovery on a single platform and dramatically reduce storage requirements by 10 – 30x through variable-length deduplication.  Customers also gain industry leading performance and unparalleled reliability, so that they know they can recover their data no matter what happens.  With today’s announcement, Data Domain is now cloud-enabled as well. DD Cloud Tier allows users to natively and efficiently tier only unique data from Data Domain directly to the public, private or hybrid cloud for long-term retention.  



Announced today, the new VCE Data Protection Appliance brings together best of breed protection storage (Data Domain) and protection software (Avamar) to cut down the time to value by up to 75%.  Midrange customers who appreciate the deployment simplicity of a converged appliance can now get best of breed technology in a single easy to deploy package.  In its initial release, the new VCE Data Protection Appliance offers usable capacity from 20 to 288 TB and can protect both physical and virtual workloads.


Avamar integration with Data Domain Boost enables fast application-consistent backup of traditional databases and applications like Oracle. In addition, Avamar’s tight integration with VMware enables fast, efficient VM backup and recovery. With the new VCE Data Protection Appliance you can get the industry’s best deduplication, performance and reliability in a single solution. 


Since the solution includes a Data Domain system, you can easily scale and upgrade the appliance to protect all workloads in the environment as the needs of the organization evolve. Best of all, the VCE Data Protection Appliance is available to everyone, whether or not you have any other converged infrastructure from VCE.



Software Defined

Data Domain can also now be consumed as a software-defined solution with Data Domain Virtual Edition (introduced earlier this quarter).  DD VE is built with core Data Domain software, so it still maintains the efficiency, performance and reliability of a physical Data Domain system, but with the additional agility of a virtual appliance. DD VE is customer installable and is fast and simple to download.  A DD VE instance can be up and running in a customer environment in just a matter of minutes. Plus flexible capacity allows customers to start small and grow as needed in as little as 1 TB increments. This is ideal for small to medium enterprises as well as businesses with remote offices that need to be protected and replicated to a central data center for disaster recovery.  You can try DD VE now for free here.



As a Service

EMC works with a number of partners who leverage Data Domain to provide customers with data protection as a service, particularly for a disaster recovery use case.  With Data Domain secure multi-tenancy, service providers are able to logically isolate user data. So, customers who do not have their own DR site can securely replicate from their Data Domain (including a DD VE) to a service provider’s facility where Data Domain systems are hosted and shared by multiple tenants.    And these tenants are able to do this in a secure multi-tenant model where they only have access to their own data for simple and efficient DR-as-a-Service. 


As you can see, EMC is continually innovating with Data Domain’s trusted technology to deliver protection storage that can address a variety of different customer needs. To keep up with the latest and greatest from EMC Data Domain, visit, the Data Domain Community, and follow us @EMCProtectData

IT is increasingly looking to leverage object storage in the cloud for use cases such as long-term retention to gain increased agility and flexibility. EMC is excited to be announcing new cloud capabilities for Data Domain to help customers simplify and automate their path to the cloud. The introduction of DD Cloud Tier establishes Data Domain as the only protection storage to natively tier deduplicated data to the public, private or hybrid cloud for long-term retention, thanks to the advanced deduplication capabilities of DD OS.  Let’s review how Data Domain Cloud Tier enables long-term retention in the cloud that is simple, efficient and secure. 


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DD Cloud Tier moves data seamlessly from Data Domain to the cloud, with no separate cloud gateway or virtual appliance required.  So you don’t have to deal with any additional physical footprint or management overhead. You simply set your data movement policy and data is then automatically moved from the active Data Domain tier to the cloud tier to be sent to the cloud for long-term retention. 


You can also easily leverage DD Cloud Tier in your current Data Domain environment as it can work in conjunction with all of the leading backup and enterprise applications supported by Data Domain.  A variety of public, private and hybrid clouds are also supported, including the new Virtustream Storage Cloud, EMC Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS) as well as third party public clouds.


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Part of the beauty of storing data in the cloud can be the cost benefits.  However, there are still hidden costs that can add up quickly in the public cloud where you are charged for every GB sent, stored, and retrieved. Being able to reduce the amount of data you are sending to the cloud is key to maximize cost-efficiency.  Data Domain’s industry leading deduplication significantly reduces storage requirements at an average of up to 30x by eliminating redundant data.  And, this powerful reduction applies to data that DD Cloud Tier moves to the cloud. DD Cloud Tier ensures that only unique data is sent to and stored in the cloud, and that only unique data is pulled when data is recalled from the cloud.  This not only significantly reduces the amount of data you need to store in the cloud, it also leads to lower bandwidth requirements for additional time and cost savings.


DD Cloud Tier is highly scalable.  It can scale up to 2 times the max capacity of the active tier, increasing the overall Data Domain system scalability by up to 3 times. And when factoring Data Domain’s deduplication efficiency, this results in the ability to store up to 51 PB of logical capacity of long-term retention data in the cloud.


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Security in the cloud, particularly the public cloud, can be a huge concern and you need assurance that your data will not be compromised.  With DD Encryption, data being moved to the cloud will be encrypted and you have the choice to encrypt all data on your Data Domain system or only the data being sent to the cloud.  With DD Retention Lock, files that are locked on the active tier can be moved to the cloud and files that are already in the cloud tier can also be locked.  So, you can be confident that your data is secure.

Screen Shot 2016-04-29 at 11.19.47 AM.pngDD Cloud Tier enables Data Domain to deliver long-term retention for the modern data center.  You will be able to seamlessly and securely tier data to your cloud of choice in the most efficient way possible lowering overall TCO. For more on DD Cloud Tier, please watch this DD Cloud Tier Lightboard video and DD Cloud Tier Demo video.

Unfortunately today, most traditional backup solutions can’t meet the performance or efficiency that’s demanded with mission critical applications. You can’t afford to miss strict SLAs like RPO and RTO for these applications – and you shouldn’t have to.  That’s why we’re excited to announce that ProtectPoint is expanding its ecosystem and now offers 10x faster recovery (vs. traditional)!




10x Faster Recovery than Traditional

ProtectPoint now offers 10x faster recovery – providing full recovery at the cost of the differential, making ProtectPoint full recovery as fast as if you were doing a granular recovery. Not only is it faster, but you’ll be able to save on network bandwidth because there’s less data to transfer since ProtectPoint leverages primary storage change block tracking (snapshot differentials) to restore only the blocks that have changed since the time backup was taken.



Also in the world of recovery, ProtectPoint now offers instant access directly to Data Domain from the application server with VMAX3 and VMAX All Flash (in addition to existing support for XtremIO). Instant access is now possible for all backups, no matter what primary storage or application. Since recovery comes directly from Data Domain, the primary storage (like VMAX or XtremIO) is taken out of the recovery process, meaning your path for recovery is more efficient. With ProtectPoint granular recovery via instant access, you don’t need to piece together full backups plus incremental, they can simply instantly accessing a full backup off the Data Domain and recovery just the data they need.



Expanded Ecosystem

ProtectPoint provides application owners and DBAs with complete control of their own backup and recovery directly from their native application utilities, making meeting your SLAs simpler. This includes full recovery of a LUN or set of LUNs, as well as instant access to ProtectPoint backups for simplified granular recovery. In addition, ProtectPoint enables application owners to delete previous backups.  This all empowers application owners with the control they desire, without additional cost and complexity.



ProtectPoint offers integration at two layers – either the native integration at the application layer or integration at the “file system” layer (available for Unix, Linux and Windows). We’ve expanded our ecosystem in a number of ways:

  • Microsoft SQL and Exchange Native Integration: ProtectPoint now integrates with Microsoft SQL (via SQL Server Management Studio) and Microsoft Exchange (via PowerShell), in addition to existing support for Oracle (via RMAN), SAP (via BR*Tools) and IBM DB2 (via Advanced Copy Services). ProtectPoint for SQL and Exchange leverages Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) for backup and recovery. Microsoft VSS works under the covers and provides the backup infrastructure for operating systems, as well as creating consistent point-in-time copies of data known as shadow copies.
  • EPIC Support: ProtectPoint can also supports Epic Caché databases and we are now offering customer POCs. ProtectPoint for Epic provides faster backup and recovery for this industry leading EMR system.
  • IBM DB2 PureScale Support:  ProtectPoint now supports PureScale, a tightly integrated database clustering solution for IBM DB2 (supported on Linux, UNIX and Windows).
  • Unix for XtremIO: we’ve also expanded XtremIO OS support to include AIX.





Enhanced Granular Recovery

EMC now offers granular / object level recoveries for Microsoft applications as an add-on feature, which includes table level recoveries for SQL and item level (folders, mailboxes, attachments, calendar items, etc.) recoveries for Exchange.




EMC ProtectPoint brings together the best-in-class EMC technology from our data protection and primary storage portfolio to provide storage integrated data protection. ProtectPoint empowers application owners and provides them with up to 20x faster backup and 10x faster recovery. With this expanded ecosystem, even more environments can now harness the full potential of EMC’s industry first data protection solution, along with reducing the overall cost and complexity associated with a traditional backup.


To learn more about ProtectPoint, please visit our external ProtectPoint page on

For even more information watch our newest lightboard video on ProtectPoint with SQL and Exchange!

     Today, EMC is announcing a new feature for the Data Domain DD9500 platform that will allow enterprise customers to achieve greater operational resilience with their protection storage. Introducing high availability for the DD9500, bringing highly requested functionality to EMC’s flagship protection storage platform.



     Enterprises today demand continuous operations — including business-critical backup procedures. Businesses are operating 24/7 and every minute of downtime can mean a loss in revenue.  All of this pressure has lead to ever-tightening SLAs and an increased strain on IT to ensure continuous operations. Business continuity is now a top priority for global enterprises, which is why EMC has addressed it directly with this release.


     As this blog highlighted last month, with each gap in your data protection strategy that you can fill, you can achieve greater resilience. Now, with the high availability for the DD9500, enterprise customers are empowered with a second line of defense for Data Domain, ensuring continuous operations in the event of a failure.


     Let’s review how this works. A Data Domain system is made up of a controller and a set of shelves of disk where the data is stored.  To set up a DD9500 for high availability, a second controller is added create the active/standby configuration.  The two controllers are attached to a shared storage pool, with one handling data ingestion and the other on standby. 



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High Availability for DD9500 provides a second line of defense.



     During unplanned system downtime, failover between the two controllers is activated. Backup jobs will pause on the active controller and failover to the standby controller, where they will resume operation in minutes.  This whole process can be easily monitored and managed via DD System Manager. And certain applications and protocols will support seamless failover, which means that backup jobs will automatically pause and then resume after failover. Please refer the compatibility guides with any questions regarding application and protocol support.


     In addition to minimizing unexpected downtime, high availability also enables faster system upgrades by being able to upgrade the Data Domain Operating System without having to take a system offline.  When the process is initiated, first the standby controller will be upgraded while the active is still operating. Once the first upgrade is completed, operations will failover to the updated controller and the upgrade will begin on the second system. Enterprise customers who cannot afford to take their systems offline for the entire duration of an upgrade will be thrilled to find that EMC’s high availability solution upgrade downtime to just the length of one failover.


     Gain this feature with a new DD9500 that is preconfigured for high availability or if you are an existing DD9500 customer enthused about high availability you can simply upgrade your current system with the addition of a second controller.  Enterprise customers who prioritize business continuity should be excited as the extra protection of high availability should allow them to sleep easier. For more information on High Availability for DD9500, please watch this lightboard video.

          Data is lost when incomplete data protection solutions are deployed. Customers who do not to fully commit to data protection are taking a risk with a strategy that has holes in it, which leaves many opportunities for data loss to creep in. A clear example would be a customer who owns Data Domain systems at two locations but opts not to implement Data Domain Replicator to gain greater resilience. Leaving a dangerous gap in recoverability such as this tends to reveal the true cost of an incomplete strategy – avoidable data loss.


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     A government agency in North America learned this lesson the difficult way. A water pipe burst above their basement data center, which was quickly flooded in four feet of water. The shelves and tapes that were under this water line were destroyed, and unfortunately, not all of the data could be recovered. They were backing up to EMC Data Domain and did have a second system off-site, but had never implemented DD Replicator to replicate data over to it. Management at the remote data center made the decision to not provide the storage necessary to implement this complete solution.


     This was a hard awakening for the agency, which could have easily prevented any data loss if they had invested in extra trays offsite and simply activated DD Replicator for greater resilience. Leveraging Data Domain without it’s powerful software can unfortunately lead to one of these dangerous incomplete solutions that cause avoidable data loss, as it did in this case. In the end, about a week of raw production data was lost. The lesson here is clear—don’t risk avoidable data loss by only partially investing in data protection.


     Fortunately, the agency still could rely on EMC’s leading team of professionals to help resolve the crisis. EMC’s experts were on-site with their feet in the water within hours of the pipe bursting to assess the customer’s needs quickly, define a target architecture and make critical recommendations to get a new data center site up and running. 65 hours later, EMC had a new Data Domain DD4200, 5 Racks for VMAX 40k, and a XIO brick processed, shipped, installed, and put online at the new data center. In the face of the worst disasters, the trusted professionals at EMC will ensure that you get your business back up and running – no matter what. The organization in this example certainly felt that support first-hand, and you better believe that they took the advice of the experts at EMC and have now implemented a complete solution that includes the replication of critical backup workloads.


     But according to EMC's latest global survey, 71% of organizations are still not very confident they would be able to fully recover after a disruption—essentially admitting that there are holes in their data protection strategy.  Gain confidence and greater resilience by making sure that you are implementing the most complete solution available. Interested in learning about new solutions that EMC has been cooking up to deliver even higher levels of operational resilience to Data Domain users? Stay tuned for news next month!

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