Friday, November 8, 2013

EMC boosts data backup, dedupe and replication tools

EMC rolled out incremental updates across its data protection product line today, with changes to its backup, backup reporting, source-based data deduplication and multi-site replication tools, including new licensing and integration with virtual servers.
EMC NetWorker 7.5 introduces new licensing for backing up virtual servers by physical host, rather than requiring a separate license client for each guest machine. Only one license will be required for most virtual machines. Separate licenses will be required for Exchange and SQL, but only one per physical host. "We have a moderate VMware environment today, but I expect this will save us $4,000 per physical host going forward," said Sean O'Mahoney, vice president and senior manager of technology services for Republic Bank in Louisville, Ky. "That's huge." NetWorker will now track and visualize virtual machines in the environment for the backup administrator and notify them when a new virtual machine is added to the environment that is not addressed with a backup policy. "The challenge with server virtualization in general is that it's so easy to create another virtual machine," said IDC analyst Noemi Greyzdorf. "It's also helpful that this feature differentiates between a new virtual machine and a virtual machine that's been moved to another physical system so you don't get pinged every time you do a VMotion."

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