December 16th, 2014 by Josh Linden
EMC Avamar Virtual Edition 7.1.1 for Microsoft Azure and Hyper-V Released
EMC today announced the release of a new version of its Avamar Virtual Edition which integrates the company's Avamar solution with Microsoft Azure and Hyper-V. EMC’s Avamar offers variable-length deduplication, daily backups and recovery, and support for virtualized environments. Avamar Virtual Edition can be deployed in a Hyper-V virtual machine in order to serve as a bridge between legacy backup functionality and cloud-based backup and disaster recovery solutions.
Avamar Virtual Edition (AVE) can replicate between physical or virtual Avamar deployments and can be integrated with EMC Data Domain Systems via the DD Boost software as well as the company’s VCE Vblock and VSPEX offerings. AVE can target an Avamar Data Store in order to take advantage of the data store's high availability and reliability via its Redundant Array of Independent Nodes (RAIN) architecture with daily recoverability verification and disaster recovery through replication.
Each AVE instance supports up to 4TB of storage capacity which can be used to support enterprise backup and recovery requirements across three typical use cases. AVE can be used to power direct cloud backups via Avamar’s backup agent for use cases such as integrating with remote offices. The software can also be used to replicate backups to the cloud and to protect cloud-based applications.
This expansion of support for Microsoft products is of course interesting given EMC's ownership stake in competing entity VMware. The move does highlight EMC's desire to be everything to everyone and makes strategic sense on that front.