EMC releases range of hardware and software products aimed at controlling the complexity, security and cost issues caused by “accidental architectures”

EMC Corp. today released a range of software and hardware products aimed at helping IT teams deal with the chaos data backup solutions arbitrarily implemented by various stakeholders such as application owners, virtual machine administrators as well as storage and server administrators.

When administrators or app owners implement their own solutions in order to enhance the control and visibility they have over the computing environments they manage the result is often an “accidental architecture,” according to EMC. For instance program managers may opt to create their own backup systems either on the cloud or using on-premise systems.

The practices could increase IT expenditures, create security issues and add to architectural complexity.

“Accidental architectures consist of a fragmented set of data protection processes and infrastructure silos, the ownership of which is often unclear,” the company said in statement.

Accidental architectures are an outgrowth of users addressing individual data protection challenges reactively as they arise, and applying costly siloed or ‘one size fits all’ products and solutions that become difficult to manage, optimize and pay for,” according to Guy Churchward, president of EMC’s data recovery systems division.

Deployment of EMC’s Protection Storage Architecture alleviates this problem by helping organizations integrate data sources to optimize data flows and user interfaces to data sources, improve data management by providing a catalog of all data copies and providing reporting and analytics compliance capability, and providing backup, data recovery and archiving capabilities. The products will be available in the third quarter of 2013.

“Deployment of a Protection Storage Architecture, which arrests the proliferation of the accidental architectures we talk so much about is the best strategy for ensuring effective data protection,” Churchward. “The products we’ve announced today pave the way for our customers to consolidate their data protection strategy and infrastructure and enable them to proactively prepare for the data protection challenges that accompany transformational IT initiatives.

The release includes:

• New midrange Data Domain Systems – The new Data Domain DD2500, DD4200, DD4500 and DD7200 systems deliver the performance and scalability to cost-effectively consolidate all backup and archive data onto a single, easy-to-manage protection storage platform. These new midrange systems are up to four times faster and 10 times more scalable than the existing data domain systems they replace. The new systems support up to 540 data streams. It is designed to lower total cost of ownership for backup and archive storage, the new systems provide up to a 38 per cent lower cost-per gigabyte
• Extended backup and archive application support  – Data Domain systems now support direct backup from SAP HANA Studio via NFS. In addition, DD Boost for Oracle RMAN now supports Oracle Exadata and SAP running on Oracle – enabling DBA control of faster, more efficient backup and disaster recovery. Data Domain systems now offer seamless integration with archiving applications from OpenText, IBM and Dell. With these new integrations, Data Domain systems can be deployed with over 20 products for file, email, SharePoint, content management and database archiving
• Data Protection Suite enhancements- EMC Avamar 7 now supports all major data center workloads being directed to Data Domain systems, with the addition of file system and NAS/NDMP backups. All major data center workloads can now be protected by the combined solution. The Avamar VM Instant Access allows a VM to be booted from a Data Domain system and up-and running in under two minutes
• New cloud backup functionality – Mozy by EMC makes it easier to scale cloud backup while reducing cost and complexity
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