EMC Shows Off New Low-Power Backupware

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-05-19 Print this article Print

New products feature the latest low-power disk drives, deduplication and spin-down functions to save energy.

LAS VEGAS -- Data storage infrastructure giant EMC introduced a bevy of new software and hardware backup products for both enterprise and the midmarket May 19 on the opening day of its semi-annual users' conference, EMC World, here at the Mandalay Bay resort.

The company showed off three new disk libraries based on its partnership with Quantum, new Avamar data store software with an optional physical appliance and a new version of its Networker backup package for mid-size businesses.

Most of the new products include the latest version of the company's Avamar data deduplication software. Some of them also feature "spin-down" options with low-power drives.

Deduplication eliminates redundant data, down to sections of individual files, throughout a storage network, thus enabling the system to run faster and more cost-effectively. EMC, Hewlett-Packard, Quantum, Sepaton, Diligent Technologies, NetApp-in fact, most storage companies-have joined the "dedupe" parade in recent months.

Disk drive spin-down enables various levels of energy savings in a data center by automatically putting idle drives into "sleep" mode.

"From market reports and from what our customers are telling us, we think the average individual will be managing 10 times more data in five years than he or she is managing today," Dave Donatelli, president of EMC's storage division, told about 9,000 attendees during a keynote address.

"Where are you going to put all that information? How are you going to access it? How are you going to secure it? That's what we're all about, and that's what these new products are all about."

The new iSCSI disk libraries -- the EMC 3D 1500 and 3000 -- include two new LAN (local area network)-based backup-to-disk systems aimed at mid-size businesses and featuring built-in deduplication and remote replication capabilities.

The DL3D 1500 ($110,000) provides up to 36 terabytes of usable capacity, and the DL3D 3000 ($210,000) offers up to 148 TB. Both systems use 1 TB SATA (serial ATA) disks with RAID 6 protection and include optional Fibre Channel ports for SAN connectivity.

The new virtual tape library, the EMC Disk Library 4000 (starts at $200,000), also features baked-in deduplication, spin-down options and the latest high-capacity, low-power disk drives that reduce energy draw for power and cooling by nearly 50 percent, Donatellli said.

The DL 4000 comes with low-power 5400-rpm, 1 TB SATA drives which use about one-third less energy than 7200-rpm drives.

All three disk libraries become available on May 28.

The EMC Avamar Data Store appliance for backup and emergency recovery ($30,000 for the appliance, $17,000 for the software only)  features global source-based deduplication and a group of new scaling, support and ease-of-use features, Donatelli said.  It becomes available on May 23.

Networker Fast Start ($18,500)  is a version of the company's enterprise software package designed specifically for smaller, mid-size businesses. It automates routine activities such as licensing, installation and setup for mid-range businesses which have few or no IT personnel.

Fast Start is comprised of either a Windows or Linux server, 20 clients, support for five application modules for hot backups (choice of Microsoft SQL Server, Exchange or Oracle), 10 TBs of backup-to-disk or backup to an EMC Disk Library, a 40-slot Autochanger and 40 hours of video instructor-led training.

Fast Start is available now.

"EMC's strategy of delivering new features like de-dupe that can be performed at the client through the backup stack and at the target storage destination will help them address a number of customer requirements, where their competitors are left flat-footed," said Lauren Whitehouse, storage analyst with Enterprise Strategy Group.

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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