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There are many use-cases for cloud adoption, from usage of native cloud Software-as-a-Service applications to agile development of 3rd platform applications using Platform-as-a-Service frameworks, to data tiering for either production or protection data.


But what if you’re moving existing applications to a public cloud?

This can be actual production applications or simply starting test & dev environments in support of production environments.  Such moves don’t happen instantly and typically you end up having a mix of large on-premise data-centers and off-premise cloud environments.


We often refer to this as a Lift & Shift type of a scenario – you’re LIFTING existing application and SHIFTing it to a different infrastructure.  In this case, the cloud.


This does reduce the need for managing infrastructure availability and resiliency as that responsibility moves to a cloud provider.  But that does not eliminate the need for data protection: if data is deleted (inadvertently or intentionally) or corrupted on a logical level (and we know applications never corrupt data, don’t we?), it doesn’t matter on which infrastructure it runs.  Furthermore, most businesses typically require more than just the most recent point in time copy of data.


One of the simplest ways to address such data protection requirements is to extend existing data protection solution so it can span both on-premises and in-the-cloud needs – and we got just the right tools for the job!


Introducing EMC NetWorker 9.0 SP1 and EMC CloudBoost 2.1!

So what’s new?

There are many improvements in both products and here we’ll focus on the Lift & Shift scenario:

  • You can run both NetWorker and CloudBoost natively inside public cloud such as Amazon’s AWS. And that applies to any component: NetWorker server, storage node, client, management console and CloudBoost appliance.
  • And, integration of NetWorker and CloudBoost is now done natively using well-proven & differentiated ClientDirect technology thus bringing efficiencies of deduplication, compression and encryption direct to each client.

What does this mean?

If you combine all of the above, you end up in a very flexible solution where you can have fully isolated environment running in public cloud or simply mix & match with the existing environment.


And that’s where it gets interesting.


You could have number of on-premise NetWorker clients backing up data to Data Domain and off-premises NetWorker clients backing up data to Amazon S3 object storage, both part of the same data zone and controlled by single NetWorker server.


And both sets of clients are fully optimized for their environments: ClientDirect with Data Domain Boost to Data Domain for on-premises workloads and ClientDirect with CloudBoost for in-the-cloud workloads.

What else?

Of course, when dealing with public clouds, efficiency and security are imperative.

  • While ClientDirect with CloudBoost provides de-duplication, encryption and compression at the source, actual data can be stored on any of the number of supported object storage targets.
  • With CloudBoost ClientDirect your data is encrypted at the source using industry leading AES-256 encryption and additionally wrapped with Secure HTTP over the wire.


Both NetWorker 9.0 SP1 and CloudBoost 2.1 will be available shortly.





Vladimir Mandic | Chief Technology Offier & Distinguished Engineer, Data Protection Cloud | EMC² Core Technologies Division

Author: Rajesh Nair, Director, Software Engineering, EMC


About the Author: Rajesh started working with NetWorker in July 2000. He recently took on Virtualization and Cloud for EMC Backup and RecoverySoftware.



In the fall of 2013, a couple of us were holed up in a conference room talking about various big and small ideas on how to make the next NetWorker release more scalable, better performing and more simple to use. What was scheduled as a 90 minute meeting went on for the rest of the afternoon. At the close of the day, the large whiteboard was full of cryptic notes and pictures that captured some of the greatest ideas from the brightest minds. So when we exited the conference room – admittedly tired and burned out, although with a sense of excitement - we were telling ourselves that this is gonna be good, but we want this to hit the market in the summer of 2015. A read out was provided to the executives and presented in a town-hall meeting a few weeks later. The response from our CTO was: “Wow, this would be a darn good release if you can do it.”… and several of us in the room were determinedly telling ourselves “Yes, we can.”


NetWorker 9 presents you with a Service Catalog nicely wrapped into the new Policy framework, has new Media and NMC databases, has expanded support for Block Based Backups including that for Microsoft Apps, centralized management and governance of the EMC ProtectPoint solution, as well as a variety of rich architectural changes that speeds and scales up Cloning workflows and simplifies the Client bundle by separating the Base and Extended client packages. The virtual form factor that has been long asked for is also available starting with NetWorker 9. As one of the members of the NetWorker 9 program from its inception, I can tell you that the velocity is 3 to 4 times faster than any previous releases, all with one thing in mind – Customer First.


A year and half later, we are announcing General Availability. It’s that “Yes, we did” moment for several of you, our valuable customers. Many sleepless nights and weekends went in to make this release happen, thanks to the passion and commitment from a lot of people inside EMC and our valuable customers who have been Beta testing it for the last 6 months. For those that have been on the NetWorker 9 journey for a while, thanks for the memories and for all I’ve learned from you. Also, if you haven’t been drinking NetWorker 9, it’s time to order the NetWorker 9 Grande! This is not just another NetWorker release--it is the largest and the best ever. And I say that loud and proud while we celebrate NetWorker’s 25th year anniversary.



Please check out the latest NetWorker 9 blog post by Preston de Guise - "NetWorker 9: The future of backup » NetWorker Information Hub. Preston outlines some top features in NetWorker 9 and why he believes it is the future of backup.