HOPKINTON, Mass. - April 12, 2010 -
EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC), the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced the EMC® Data Domain® Global Deduplication Array (GDA), the industry’s fastest inline deduplication storage system for enterprise backup applications. The Global Deduplication Array, based on a new multi-controller extension of the Data Domain architecture, offers inline global deduplication and a global namespace for all data stored in the dual controller system. With throughput up to 12.8 terabytes per hour (TB/hour), it establishes consistently high benchmarks across the spectrum of common data center backup metrics. The Global Deduplication Array provides up to 14.2 petabytes (PB) of logical backup capacity, driving new levels of simplicity for data center backup consolidation across workloads as diverse as very large databases, VMware® images, and unstructured data.
Unlike most multi-controller deduplication systems, the inline Global Deduplication Array is tightly coupled with backup software, enabling industry leading inline deduplication performance, dynamic distribution of load and simplicity of operation. The Global Deduplication Array distributes parts of the deduplication process to the backup servers to reduce network load and increase the throughput performance of the GDA controllers. It offers more than 3x faster backup throughput per controller than competitive deduplication configurations and is the fastest inline deduplication system available. This distributed deduplication processing throughput is anchored by the native speed advantages of the Intel® Xeon® multi-core CPUs in the GDA controllers and the Data Domain SISL™ (Stream-Informed Segment Layout) scaling architecture that minimizes the number of disk accesses required in the deduplication process. At initial release, the platform supports Symantec NetBackup and Backup Exec through backup server-based OpenStorage plug-in software. Later in 2010, it will also support EMC NetWorker using integrated software.
The Global Deduplication Array presents a single inline deduplication storage pool to the backup application across two EMC Data Domain DD880 controllers. Large datacenter backup jobs are dynamically and transparently load balanced across the controllers, simplifying capacity management, performance management and backup administration.
"Figuring out how to get backups done within the allotted period of time in the face of data growth is still the biggest data protection challenge that organizations face according to our research. With their Data Domain Global Deduplication Array, EMC has far exceeded the inline deduplication performance benchmark it set with its previous top-of-line Data Domain system, but more importantly, the company has given customers a way to protect more of their data in a shorter period of time. We expect more companies to evaluate integration between backup software and deduplication storage to maximize these performance levels and data reduction results while consolidating administrative tasks."
- Brian Babineau, Senior Consulting Analyst with Enterprise Strategy Group
"The EMC Data Domain Global Deduplication Array, while very sophisticated under the hood, builds on the mature foundation of the existing Data Domain platform and retains its appliance simplicity. Its deduplication is inline, it's blistering fast, and it's big enough for significant datacenter backup consolidation, but its dynamic load balancing, single deduplication storage pool and namespace and tight integration with backup software means the Global Deduplication Array is easier to operate than competitors who don't have its scale. EMC has once again moved the dial on disk-based data protection."
- Brian Biles, Vice President of Product Management, EMC Backup Recovery Systems Division
Like all Data Domain systems, the new Global Deduplication Array is simple to install and flexible enough to be implemented into existing user environments without disruption. Backed by available EMC 24x7x365 enterprise class service, it seamlessly integrates into Symantec™ NetBackup and Backup Exec backup environments using the EMC Data Domain OpenStorage software option.
The GDA is based on the same CPU-centric approach to inline data deduplication as all EMC Data Domain systems. Unlike most deduplication approaches that are added as afterthoughts to existing disk arrays, Virtual Tape Libraries (VTLs) or backup software, combined efficiencies of Data Domain include:
The EMC Data Domain Global Duplication Array will be generally available in the 2nd quarter of 2010. For more information about Data Domain deduplication storage systems, please visit www.datadomain.com. In addition, customers leveraging the new EMC Data Domain Global Deduplication Array can work with EMC Global Services to accelerate their backup and deduplication deployments and maximize the value of its capabilities through the use of EMC’s end-to-end consulting, implementation, residency and education services.
Data Domain Global Deduplication Array
Data Domain Enterprise Manager provides a summary view of the GDA file system utilization, system status, and deduplication ratio
Brian Biles, Vice President Product Management, EMC Backup Recovery Systems Division
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