Requirements for data protection have changed over time. This is not only because more systems and users are creating data, and the fact that enterprise applications are critical to nearly all business processes. It’s even more because of the new dynamic way we consume IT resources – The world of IT-as-a-Service. In this context, data protection becomes more challenging with the volume of data being generated across lots of users, across lots of devices and lots of next generation applications which can be dynamically ordered and consumed via Self-Service portals. In this new dynamic on-demand software-defined world, traditional approaches to backup data won’t work anymore.
But data protection redefined doesn’t mean throwing everything away. Customers will still have mission critical platform 2 applications that will need to be protected. But they will have a host of new platform 3 applications and devices that need data protection as well. Through EMC’s strategy, we can bridge the transition, offering consistent data protection for existing and future IT environments – whether data and applications are running on legacy infrastructure or new Hybrid Clouds.
The data protection continuum spans protection tiers to provide everything from continuous availability to replication. We just announced a new level of Active-Active Data Center Solution including an any-Point-in-Time recovery functionality optional even in a 3rd Data Center called VPLEX MetroPoint, to backup and archive. These tiers all need to work together in a complementary fashion, creating a continuum that is aligned to the most stringent requirements for zero downtime and no data loss, for various point-in-time copies, and to secure long-term retention with archiving.
On April 3rd EMC announced a new version of its Data Protection software Suite including Networker 8.2 and Avamar 7.1 as well as a new OS 5.5 release for the leading purpose built backup appliance Data Domain.
This combination of technology enables you not only to protect all your existing applications, the solution is even more capable to protect your Private or Hybrid Cloud solution. This means it completes the joint Software-Defined-Data Center Architecture vision of EMC and VMware and allows delivering a fully protected, true Enterprise, Multi-Tenant, Private, Public and or Hybrid Cloud solution!
What does that mean?
It is the first Software-Defined-Data Protection solution as an integrated part of our SDDC Architecture.
This means that Data Protection can be consumed dynamic and on-demand through the same Self-Service portal – the vCAC – you use for your IaaS solution, including an End-to-End automation enabled through the integration into the vCloudDirector. As a result, at the same time you deploy a new application or a new virtual Machine you can as well define how the app should be protected. The solution will automatically initiate the backups to protect the application accordingly and will store the data logically isolated and deduped in a shared DataDomain system where each tenant’s visibility and read/write access is restricted to only their data.
You can’t believe it? Check out how it works and how you can define protection policies as well as how you execute backup and restore tasks out of the Self-Service-Portal (vCAC):
Interested to learn more how a Hybrid Cloud – based on a Software-Defined-Data Center (SDDC) Architecture – looks like? We will get back to you soon! And if you can’t wait, just call your EMC Account Team!