Desktops, Laptops Now Get EMC Avamar Deduplication Backup

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-11-17 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

EMC Avamar is now providing, via the latest version of its Avamar deduplication and NetWorker backup software, enterprise-quality data backup for desktop and laptop computers. The client runs scheduled backups that include deduplication, so that only new documents and changes to existing files and data are sent to storage.

EMC, a longtime incumbent of the data center, is making inroads into the offices of users.

The storage giant Nov. 17 said it is now providing-via the latest version of its Avamar deduplication and NetWorker backup software-enterprise-quality data backup for desktop and laptop computers.

The client runs scheduled backups that include deduplication, so that only new documents and changes to existing files and data are sent to storage. The 5.0 client software performs a full image backup, including files, file systems, system state and applications.

EMC Avamar 5.0 utilizes block-level data deduplication to back up data with one universally available instance. Data deduplication eliminates redundant data from a disk storage device in order to lower storage space requirements, which in turn lowers data center power and cooling costs and lessens the amount of carbon dioxide produced to generate power to run the hardware.

EMC Avamar can be used on both Windows and Macintosh desktops and laptops, thanks to new lightweight clients now available for each. The clients run scheduled backups that include deduplication, sending only new files and changes to existing files to storage. The Avamar client software can also run a full image backup, if programmed to do so.

"The backup and protection of critical corporate data on desktops and laptops is often overlooked," Jim O'Dorisio, vice president of engineering in EMC's Backup Recovery Systems Division, said. "Also, as the number of mobile users grows, and the amount and importance of the data stored by these users' increases, organizations can face critical corporate data protection exposures."

EMC also said it has increased Avamar's backup capacity by more than 60 percent and added new deduplicated export-to-tape functionality.

Avamar 5.0 sports new virtualization support of VMware vSphere 4 through vCenter and vStorage integration. Avamar is now fully integrated with the new vStorage API that comes as part of vSphere 4 and provides a robust package for VMware backups. In turn, vCenter has been integrated into the Avamar management console to provide a single point of management for all backup options available.

On the data center side, Avamar Data Store Gen3 is now available in one to 16 storage node configurations, with up to 3.3TB of capacity per node, for scalability up to 52.8TB of deduplicated capacity in a single grid, EMC said.

EMC Avamar 5.0 uses a capacity-based licensing model, instead of a per-seat license fee. For more information, go here.

 


 
 
 
 
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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