by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC Expands Its Data Domain & IDPA Portfolio

Today Dell EMC announced new and enhanced capabilities to its portfolio of backup storage appliances, Dell EMC Data Domain and Integrated Data Protection Appliance (IDPA). The added and enhanced capabilities aim to improve performance and add flexibility and value in the multi-cloud world. The new enhancements are also good for SMBs giving them more choice and options in obtaining enterprise-level data protection.

There are various different clouds, public and private, that all have specific uses and benefits. Over half of all organizations that have adopted a cloud environment have taken the multi-cloud approach to doing so. This is great for the organizations as it gives them all the possible options and tools they need to run their day-to-day operations. On the compliance and security side of things the picture isn’t as rosy. According to IDC, cross-cloud support was the highest recognized data protection deficiency for IT transformation. Noting these challenges, Dell EMC is enhancing its backup like to address them.

The new software announced is Data Domain OS 6.2 and IDPA 2.3 and both come with Cloud tier support to Google Cloud Platform and Alibaba Cloud. The updated software also supports AWS, Microsoft Azure, Dell EMC Elastic Cloud Storage, Virtustream, Ceph, IBM Cloud Open Storage, AWS Infrequent Access, Azure Cool Blob storage and Azure Government Cloud. As storage costs can be prohibitive, Dell EMC introduced a new Free-space Estimator Tool for Cloud Tier that allows customer to more efficiently manage space both on-prem and in the cloud. 

The company has expanded its support of public cloud providers for its Data Domain Virtual Edition (DD VE) to AWS GovCloud, Azure Government Cloud and Google Cloud Platform, AWS S3 and Azure Hot Blob are already supported. With the expanded support, Dell EMC is also announcing expanded capacity up to 96TB per instance. The IDPA family now as Native Cloud Disaster Recovery available across the whole line that enables customers to cost-effectively failover to a cloud environment with end-to-end orchestration. All the models in both the Data Domain and IDPA lines now support AWS, including VMware Cloud on AWS, and Microsoft Azure for Cloud Disaster Recovery.

On the performance improvement side of things, Dell EMC state that the IDPA family can now hit four times more IOPS with Instant Access and Restore, up to 40K IOPS with 20ms latency. The company also stated that Data Domain now have faster restores for on-prem appliances and faster recalls from public clouds. The restores can now happed 2.5x faster from an appliance and 4x faster from the cloud. 

SMBs may not be enterprise-sized but may still need enterprise-level protection. To address this Dell EMC had made hardware enhancements to its 2U, Data Domain DD3300. The new enhancements add an additional 8TB capacity model that scales to 3PB. The appliance has faster networking capabilities with support for 10GbE as well as backup options for virtual tape libraries over Fiber Channel.

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