EMC adds de-duplication support to VMware

EMC has unveiled a host of new offerings, including a $1m (£500,000) virtual tape library and upgraded de-duplication software, at its EMC World user conference in Orlando.

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EMC has unveiled a host of new offerings, including a $1m (£500,000) virtual tape library and upgraded de-duplication software, at its EMC World user conference in Orlando.

EMC president and chief executive Joseph Tucci noted that datacentres are being flooded by data from traditional sources as well as from a large number of new forms of content like digital cameras, phones and personal devices, email and digital music. The popularity and usage of online social networking communities including Facebook, Youtube, MySpace, Flickr, and LinkedIn contributes to that data increase daily, Tucci added.

The new EMC Disk Library 6000 series is based on the EMC Symmetrix DMX-3 platform and features compressed capacity of up to 1.8 petabytes, executives said. The disk-based library is capable of backing up 11TB of data per hour and will be available in June.

Despite its substantial $1m (£500,000) price tag, the 6000 series VTL should help large enterprises cut costs by allowing them to phase out and consolidate multiple smaller VTLs and backup operations into a single system to purchase and manage, noted officials of EMC.

In fact, Tucci said, disk-based recovery will continue to trump tape-based recovery operations in terms of cost, functionality and speed. "I'll bet you anything you want that going forward more and more, virtually all [data] recovery will come off of disk and not on tape," Tucci said.

EMC also announced plans to add support for de-duplication across its entire disk library portfolio starting early next year.

Extending its de-duplication technology to data stored in virtualised environments, EMC also disclosed that its June release of EMC Avamar de-duplication software Version 3.7 will include support for its VMware virtualisation tools. EMC officials said the support should reduce the size of backup data on hosted systems for VMWare customers by as much as 90%.

EMC also unveiled its new EMC HomeBase backup, recovery and archive software providing bare metal recovery for servers to augment server state configuration restores. Currently available, EMC Homebase starts at $15,000 (£7,500).

In addition, company officials said: EMC NetWorker has been enhanced to feature support for new languages and simplified management and will be available in June; EMC DiskXtender for NAS has added support for Network Appliance file servers; and EMC RecoverPoint was upgraded to add support for Microsoft Volume Shadow copy Services and offer improved backup restore information for Microsoft Exchange and SQL Server database.

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