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Key Takeaways from EMC World 2015

Posted by Michael Kipp on Tue, Jun 02, 2015 @ 10:37 AM

Another EMC World has come and gone and just like every year, after the sound of the slot machines and craps tables fade away, we’re left with a slew of new announcements. There were three themes that emerged from this year’s EMC World takeaways; Flash, Software, and Open Source.

There is a clear trend that EMC is increasingly moving away from spinning magnetic disks to faster flash technology. This is evident with their announcements of an all flash Data Domain, and the new 40TB X-Bricks for XtremeIO. EMC was recently listed as the number 1 vendor by revenue for SSA’s, beating out its nearest competitor by over 11 points.

In addition to the news in the flash department, EMC surprised everyone by making their popular product ScaleIO a free download. Rack Scale open source storage? Yes please! EMC and VCE will leverage ScaleIO in their new product offering VxRack.

Here is a breakdown of the biggest announcements and takeaways from EMC World 2015:

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Topics: News & Updates, EMC, EMC world

EMC Avamar: Root-to-Root versus Root-to-Replicate Replication

Posted by Judson Weinsheimer on Thu, Feb 19, 2015 @ 01:15 PM

Last year we were approached by an Avamar customer looking to take their backup replication in a different direction. They were concerned about the ease of backup data access following the loss and failover of a primary data center location. Through discussions with EMC personnel, spurred along by the EMC Avamar Replication Methods and Optimization Strategies white paper (https://www.emc.com/collateral/software/white-papers/h8245-avamar-replication-wp.pdf), they wanted to implement a continuous root-to-root replication strategy.

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Topics: EMC, Backup & Replication, Avamar

EMC Data Domain Boost: What is it and Why it's Beneficial

Posted by Judson Weinsheimer on Thu, Jan 29, 2015 @ 09:39 AM

Over the years I’ve had quite a few Data Domain customers ask, “Just what is Data Domain Boost?” followed by “Do I need Boost?” - Chances are you’ve come across this article with the same two questions. With any luck, by the time you’re through reading, I’ll have answered the first question and helped you along the way to answering the second.

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Topics: EMC, Data Domain, Deduplication, DataDomain, Backup & Recovery Solutions, Backup & Replication

The Advantages of Active/Active Datacenters in a Hospital Environment

Posted by Ted Evans on Thu, Jan 08, 2015 @ 01:32 PM

At Clearpath, we work with a number of community hospitals.  Like all verticals, healthcare has its own set of unique elements and challenges - the most important of which is related to system downtime.  It’s not a revelation that downtime costs money; that is well-documented.  However, in a hospital setting, downtime has the potential to impact patient health and well-being.  Imagine the impact of downtime when trying to register a new patient in the ER, when pulling up an MRI in a patient room, or requesting medication from the on-site pharmacy.  All of these tasks depend on reliable backend IT systems.  Although system downtime is a component of any IT environment, it is especially important for hospitals to invest in business continuity strategies that will minimize the amount of planned and unplanned downtime wherever possible.   

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Topics: EMC, Datacenter, IT for Healthcare

RecoverPoint 4.0 Update and Best Practices

Posted by Bill Thompson on Tue, May 14, 2013 @ 09:51 AM

On April 30th, EMC announced an update to their popular array-based replication technology RecoverPoint to software version 4.0 from 3.5 that will be released this coming week and I was able to get all of the details at an EMCWorld session.  It is important to remember that RecoverPoint up until the new release was a hardware + software solution with the hardware version not always truing up to the software in name.  The current version of the RecoverPoint hardware is referred to as Generation 5, but that is largely immaterial in that as long as your RecoverPoint appliances are refreshed periodically they will remain compatible with the current software code.  But as you may have noticed I said “until the new release” because in the most evolutionary change yet for RecoverPoint, the RecoverPoint Appliance (RPA) is now available in a virtual format that can be easily deployed from an OVA.  This new deployment option can be a cost effective option for some customers but it does come with some important caveats:

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Topics: News & Updates, EMC, RecoverPoint

EMC Announces Software Defined Storage

Posted by Dave Cedrone on Thu, May 09, 2013 @ 10:42 AM

Yesterday I sat through what I think was the best session I have attended at EMC World so far. The session was focused on ViPR. You may have heard previous mention of this technology by its code name “Project Bourne”. I had heard a lot of buzz about it so I was certainly curious to find out what it was all about. Here is my short summary, but believe me there is a lot more to it so I suggeest checking out EMC’s website for more information.

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Topics: News & Updates, EMC, EMC ViPR

EMC Isilon Announces Next Set of Features

Posted by Dave Cedrone on Thu, May 09, 2013 @ 09:03 AM
EMC Isilon is a scale out NAS solution that can grow from 3 to 144 nodes and up to 20PB in a single File-system. In my experience it is also the easiest platform to install, and configure, and customers tell me on a regular basis they feel the same way about the day to day operations. It already expands on the fly when a new node is added the system. The system will automatically recognize the node in the cluster, assign it an IP address, rebalance the data in the background,  and capacity is immediately available. System cache is globally shared, and protection overhead decreases as the cluster grows. This all means that the more you grow the cluster, the faster and more efficient it becomes. All in all Isilon was already an impressive soluition and yet it is going to get even better.
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Topics: News & Updates, EMC, Isilon

Pivotal Announcements

Posted by Josh Townsend on Wed, May 08, 2013 @ 09:37 AM

At EMC World yesterday, the newly formed joint venture between EMC and VMware, along with a strategic investment by General Electric (GE) was discussed by Paul Maritz (former VMware CEO) in the morning’s keynote address.  Pivotal combines intellectual property and engineering resources (1200 employees) from both EMC and VMware to focus on solving big and fast data problems.  Pivotal combines solutions such as EMC Greenplum and VMware Cetas to serve and analyze ‘Big Data’, VMware Gemfire to rapidly ingest ‘Fast Data’, VMware’s Spring and vFabric technologies, and Pivotal Labs software for rapid application development and integration, with the underlying support of VMware Cloud Foundry.

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Topics: VMware, News & Updates, EMC

The Latest Software Update for Data Domain

Posted by Ted Evans on Tue, May 07, 2013 @ 11:51 AM

EMC has announced the latest software update to its Data Domain platform – DDOS 5.3.   It seems like there is something for everyone in this upgrade, so make sure to review the new functionality to see if there is something there for your environment.  I’ve listed out some of the highlights below.

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Topics: News & Updates, EMC, Data Domain

EMC Announces the RecoverPoint Virtual Appliance

Posted by Dave Cedrone on Thu, May 02, 2013 @ 03:00 PM

RecoverPoint was already one of EMC’s most advanced replication technologies and now it is available as a virtual appliance. Before we get into the details of the virtual edition lets first review the basic capabilities of this impressive technology. RecoverPoint already provided companies with several advanced features that traditional replication technologies do not. For example, in a single solution it offers both local and remote replication, and remote replication can be either synchronous or a-synchronous. Remote replication can also dynamically switch between synchronous and a-synchronous modes based on the change rate and available bandwidth. In addition to those impressive features, RecoverPoint provides more granular restore functionality than traditional array based replication through the use of its journal. The best comparison for this would be your DVR. DVR allows you to rewind to literally any point of the show you recorded. This is what RecoverPoint brings to your Data Center. As opposed to traditional replication methods which would be like only being able to chose chapters on a DVD for example. 

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Topics: News & Updates, EMC, RecoverPoint

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