What’s new with EMC Data Domain

Just a quick note: take all of the stats with a grain of salt until I can get access to the slide deck, as I was taking notes as quickly as possible while they were talking.

This week at EMC World 2015 Caitlin Gordon from the Data Domain Group announced the new DD9500, the replacement for the DD990. It will ship with DD OS 5.6 and process up to 58.7TB/hr when combined with DDBoost (27.7TB/hr without it).

The new DD9500 leverages both flash and traditional disk and provides two tiers of storage, one level for mission critical data and one for archive and long term data. In terms of size they say that it will but upwards of 86.4PB of logical storage (ie when you factor in dedupe) and compression. It also allows up to 1080 streams for backup jobs, replication jobs, etc.

Announcements were also made to the DD2200 line as well. Specifically a new capacity size of 4TB aimed at replacing the DD160. List price is said to be about $9k on that entry point, but it will allow for future upgrades to 7.5TB or a 13.2TB footprint.

Processing rates on the DD2200 are 4.7TB/hr although they did not say if that was with Boost or without boost, and it has up to 60 streams.

Probably the biggest part of the Whats new with Data Domain session, at least for me, was the announcement of Project Flacon. Project Falcon is a DD virtual appliance meant for remote offices or cloud provider environments. But lets face it, this will be bad ass to get into my lab. Can’t wait to put it up against the HP StoreOnce Appliance as well as the Quantum DXi Virtual appliance too.

There were some other portions of the announcement around DD Boost for HPUX and AIX via Networker and enterprise applications. As well as encryption at rest for DD extended retention.

Other announcements include support for backing up Hadoop data lakes and NoSQL via distcp as well as from isilon managed snapshots.

Lastly they talked about Protect Point, and its ability to do direct backups from enterprise applications to the Data Domain box. What I thought was cool about this solution was its ability to let the application owner drive all of the functions, from kicking off a backup to doing item level restores.



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