EMC Beefs Up Its Data Protection Portfolio For Software-Defined Storage Environments

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EMC this week said it's stepping up integration between its various data protection software applications across both primary and secondary storage, to make it easier for customers to deliver data protection-as-a-service. 

EMC, Hopkinton, Mass., is also now letting customers buy its Avamar, NetWorker and Data Protection Advisor management software under a single license, allowing them to allocate data protection between Avamar and NetWorker as needed.

In an interview, Steve Flynn, director of product marketing for EMC's Data Protection and Availability division, said EMC's data protection technology is ready for customers that want to deploy software-defined storage in their environments.

"This differentiates the solutions we sell," Flynn told CRN. "The solutions not only handle customer issues today, but also put us on the path to the future of data protection."

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EMC rolled out new capabilities that customers offer data protection-as-a-service, with updated versions of its Avamar backup and data duplication software and NetWorker data protection software, as well as updates to its Mozy on-line data protection software, Flynn said.

EMC also updated its Data Domain backup and deduplication appliance with multi-tenancy capabilities and new capacity points, and introduced a virtual appliance version of its VPLEX storage virtualization technology.

EMC is making the right moves by improving the integration of its different data protection technologies, said Jamie Shepard, regional and health systems senior vice president at Lumenate, a Dallas-based solution provider and long-time EMC partner.

"EMC now has one piece of software to light up and handle everything, including snapshots, backups, and tight integration with applications," Shepard said. "It doesn't matter what's on the backend. That's the beauty of software, and what CommVault is doing."

This is a big departure from the EMC of the past, Shepard said. "EMC grabbed NetWorker because it needed backup software," he said. "Then EMC bought Avamar. Now what is it doing? Releasing one big piece of software."

While the NetWorker acquisition happened in 2003, and the Avamar acquisition three years later, Shepard said he does not think EMC is too late to market in bringing them together. "People say EMC is late," he said. "I see it as EMC not rushing to market. This puts EMC in the lead again."

NEXT: Bringing NetWorker, Avamar Together

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