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.