EMC Upgrades Replication in Data Protection Suite

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-12-14 Print this article Print

Using the new version of the company's storage management suite, IT managers now can automate and remotely monitor all of their backup applications along with replication technologies in both physical and virtual environments.

EMC has added upgraded replication support in the 5.5 version of its Data Protection Advisor software, which became generally available Dec. 14.

Using the new version of the storage management suite, IT managers now can automate and remotely monitor all of their backup applications along with replication technologies in both physical and virtual environments, EMC marketing executive Ken MacDonald told eWEEK.

"With this upgrade, IT managers now have a single, unified solution that monitors, analyzes and reports across backup, replication and NAS infrastructure," MacDonald said.

"This also will tell you whether you have a recoverable replica [of the state of an application or operating system] before a disaster happens."

Data Protection Advisor 5.5 is optimized for use on EMC's Symmetrix and Clariion arrays. It is not designed for use in other storage systems.

Specifically, Data Protection Advisor creates a unified graphical map of application clients, arrays, devices and replicas on Symmetrix and CLARiiON storage arrays that identifies what is working and where replication gaps exist, MacDonald said. Easy-to-follow wizards discover the application structure and all the associated storage, devices and replicas, he said.

Through automated data gathering and analysis, Data Protection Advisor captures changes in the recoverability from any replicas, MacDonald said. This new support allows for new levels of insight, leading to improved service level compliance and recoverability of business critical data, he said.

DPA 5.5 also includes new support for EMC's RecoverPoint Network-Based Replication. Customers can now use Data Protection Advisor to simplify RecoverPoint monitoring and service level compliance.

Data Protection Advisor 5.5 is available immediately from EMC and its Velocity2 and authorized partners. 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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