With businesses trying to transform faster than ever, the data protection landscape is evolving at light speed. Protection methods that worked yesterday might leave businesses vulnerable tomorrow. Staying ahead of the curve requires adaptability. For that reason, software has never had a bigger role in powering data protection and enabling your business transformation.
While purpose-built backup appliances (PBBA) have transformed backup for thousands, they have historically focused on traditional backup processes and workloads. However, EMC’s software-centric strategy goes beyond the bounds of traditional PBBA to protection storage, which delivers open, intelligent and cloud-ready data protection for the customers’ entire environment today and into the future.
The EMC ViPR team believes that making a great software-defined storage solution even better requires never standing still. That’s why today we’re announcing updates to EMC ViPR Controller and EMC ViPR SRM. New enhancements include support for flash and hybrid flash arrays, including EMC XtremIO and EMC VMAX3 environments, and Data Protection-as-a-Service for EMC Data Domain and EMC VPLEX MetroPoint environments.
With the added support for EMC XtremIO and EMC VMAX3 arrays, storage admins are able to enact policies that automate delivery of storage services for high-transactional workloads in 5 simple steps, all while providing comprehensive automation and visibility. Plus, with new flash performance monitoring, alerting and trending, administrators will have the insight they need to reclaim and reallocate flash capacity — helping to improve storage utilization by up to 20%.
Today, EMC is announcing a new version its Avamar Virtual Edition, which integrates with Microsoft Azure and can help make those first steps to the cloud just a little bit easier for users.
“The cloud– it’s all fun and games until somebody loses a job.” – IT administrator at a large financial institution.
IT teams struggle with finding the right first step to the cloud. Management tells them to “buy some cloud for data protection,” without specifying which cloud, how to protect the data, or what workload to move. Unfortunately, some teams make their best guess… and guess wrong. What should you do?
EMC recently acquired Spanning Cloud Apps as part of an overall goal to protect all data, whether it lives on-premises, in the cloud, or somewhere in between. Since 2010, Spanning has provided cloud backup for SaaS applications like Google Apps and Salesforce, and now Spanning will be offering data protection for Microsoft’s rapidly growing cloud platform, Office 365. The product is available through an exclusive beta program and we expect it to be generally available in the first half of 2015.
Office 365 makes it easy to work anywhere on any device and to facilitate real-time collaboration. This has made Office 365 an attractive prospect for companies looking to harness the benefits of the cloud without starting from scratch. According to EMC’s recent Global Data Protection Index report, 30% of all primary data is now located in cloud applications like Office 365.
Data Protection is one of the least glamorous yet important disciplines in the data center. In many respects it’s like being the goalkeeper in a soccer game – when you do your job effectively, it’s easy to get overlooked. But, if you fail, it happens when everyone is watching and it generally results in a loss.
As organizations seek new ways to drive efficiencies and reduce costs, the need for data protection doesn’t go away. More often than not, it actually becomes much more important. Customers want their data to be protected wherever it resides, regardless of whether it is in their data center or in the cloud. They also want it to be easily accessible irrespective of where the data is located.
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