4
August

Carbonite disputes ASA censure of cloud storage ads • The Register

US cloud backup vendor Carbonite has said it will contest the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruling that its adverts claiming unlimited storage are misleading. A single UK punter complained to the ASA that Carbonite’s adverts with the unlimited storage offer were misleading and breached its guidelines. The ASA […]

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2
August

Does New LTO-6 Add Fuel to the Debate between Tape and Disk for Long Term Data Retention?

By Robert Spurzem, Senior Product Marketing Manager,EMC Backup Recovery Systems In a word’no. New LTO-6 tape drives and media are expected to ship in 2012 with the promise of new records in tape performance and capacity.’ LTO-6 purports a raw capacity of 3TB compressed and 8TB compressed, representing a […]

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4
July

Yesterday…

This was produced by Truth in IT as part of the Backup Central Live events. If you love backing up data and the Beatles, its worth a watch.

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15
June

Demonstrating Avamar BMR with EMC vLab

This is a screencast demonstrating and performing bare metal restores with Avamar. This was the first time I’ve used EMC’s vLab and I was very impressed.  EMC’s vLab alows you to provision work loads online to demonstrate and train on EMC’s technologies.

httpv://youtu.be/UJIZQfvpgyw

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6
June

Backing up and restoring VMWARE with Avamar

Starting Monday June 11th I’ll be participating in an online Q&A regarding backing up VMware with Avamar on EMC’s community network. If you support any EMC products you probably know how valuable the ECN network is. EMC has created and invested greatly in growing what has become a an active online community, where techs can engage with EMC knowledge experts. I met some of the guys from ECN while at EMC world and shared with them some of my experience, including building the Avamar grid to backup VMware for my companies cloud computing solution. I’m looking forward to sharing some of my learnings from this project.

https://community.emc.com/events/1373

The thread will be open for a few weeks and I’ll be logging in once a day to answer any questions.

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25
May

EMC World 2012 Wrap-Up

This was the first year I attended EMC World and it was pretty amazing. The logistics behind the event are amazing. Take for instance the dining hall. 1000 tables, each seats 6-8 people. Over 300 servers and another 300 cooks in the back. The Venetian did a great job hosting this event, although the hotel in-suite wireless was hit and miss. There were 4 floors of meeting rooms for the breakout sessions, these rooms seat anywhere from 200 to a few thousand. Not to mention Hall A that could host every one of the 15,000 attendees for the keynotes. The lab area sat 200 users and hosted a selection of over 30 labs. I was disappointed how few technology experts my company sent. Make no mistake, this a tech event. You can send all the sales guys in the world, but you need you experts to be able to be there to see the value and identify the opportunities presented. The labs were great, although I wish there were more specific to backup and recovery. When planning for the event I tried to fill my agenda with breakout sessions. I didn’t realize how much more there was to see. I don’t think I made it into the solutions pavilion until day 3. A lot of time was spent in the bloggers lounge where I had the opportunity to meet some of EMC’s best and brightest. The interactive aspect of the event cannot be ignored. If you plan on attending EMC world in the future and you are not on twitter, get on it. I met so many people prior to the event via some online interaction. So to wrap up, if you’re a hands on technologist looking for some new ideas to resolve some pain points for a client or an SE neck deep in EMC tech, this event can’t be missed. As long as I’m this deep into Avamar, NetWorker and Data Domain I will continue to go.

 

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httpv://youtu.be/LQTHlj54w2I

httpv://youtu.be/Kp0nD-rfEas

 

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25
May

EMC and Data Protection Unification

A constant theme in all the Backup/Recovery sessions I have attended has been about the integration of Avamar, Data Domain, NetWorker, major applications and VM’s. I didn’t realize how much work EMC Backup has done in this area. I was pretty impressed to see the work that has been done in NetWorker to provide a single interface to manage the backup infrastructure in these products.  It’s interesting to hear this message from EMC and I think it is one that they should promote more. The single pane is very compelling to most customers. EMC has done a great job on positioning Avamar, NetWorker and Data Domain to provide specific benefits in data protection. Administration of these systems as well as application recoveries (including RMAN) can be completed via the NetWorker GUI.

I had not explored the virtualization monitoring area of NetWorker before, but I can see the huge value it adds after seeing it. The VM visualization screen shows the entire VM infrastructure and reports on how your virtual machines are backed up, but more importantly which systems aren’t.  The focus on best practices were on leveraging VADP and DD Boost for ever broadening application support.

 

 

 

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23
May

Data Domain long term retention

Data domain long term retention has increased focus on the convergence of backup and archive. Traditionally archive data has belonged in the tape backup wheelhouse. Maybe if RTO of archive data is important you may consider nearline storage on inexpensive disk.
Of course, Data Domain continues its campaign to assassinate tape backup. Now they are setting their sight on tape archives. By leveraging global dedupe across primary backup and archive space to discover greater savings and minimize archive silos into a single solution. There is a huge market in disk archives and DD hopes to capture more data with this new feature.

Why
Governance, Industry requirements and legal require increased data retentions to meet their requirements. With data growth exploding, maintaining cost efficient data storage by introducing some kind of archive solution has become the status quo.

Approach
Most customers have in the past or are currently using their backup apps to create archives. Maybe to tape maybe to disk. Others may have purchased another product that may be a mix of hardware and software to move infrequently accessed data.
Data Domain loves to remind us of the challenges with tape. Sometimes I wonder after drinking a big old glass of Data Domain kool-aid how we ever get data recovered from tape. I feel some of the challenges are exaggerated. The challenges stated include migration from media as tape technologies evolve, security and SLA. Disk also has its challenges, predominately scalability.

With DD extended retention they hope to entice more customers to move archive data to DD. The extended retention solution is a software option available for the new DD990 and the DD860. Existing 860’s can be upgraded. and the 990 scales to 65 PB. Data is written to the active tier and then automatically moved to the archive tier. DDboost, VTL, CIFS, NFS protocols are supported. The archive tier can also be used in replication.

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22
May

What’s new with Data Domain at EMC World 2012

 

 

Data Domain was a great acquisition for EMC when they purchased the deduplication appliance manufacturer in 2009. I was in Santa Clara on training at the EMC campus there when the news broke. “What are we going to do!” said one of the EMC VTL sales guys in the classroom. When I asked what the issue was he advised? “We have been trashing Data Domain for years, and then we go and buy them?” The EMC VTL product line was very successful for the company, but Data Domain started a very important conversation that created a paradigm shift in how we backup data.

Now at EMC World in 2012, we seem a long way off from the DD200 with it 1.25 TB of storage. So what’s new?

The new DD OS 5.2 code will feature better inline data verification. Where after data is written to the DD the code will continue to look for disk IO errors and correct instantly. Adaptive data scrubbing ensure data remains recoverable and reverifies every 34 weeks without impacting performance.

Also this week the DD990 was released. Here are some highlights.

  • Backup up to 248 TB in 8 hour backup window with 31 TB/hr throughput
  • Protect up to 65 PB of logical capacity for long-term backup retention
  • Replicate up to 270 remote sites into a single system
  • Consolidate backup and archive data
  • Available in a preconfigured rack.

The extended retention software is no longer a separate system. It is now a software feature available for DD860 and DD990. Currently deployed DD860’s can be upgraded with this feature.

EMC’s focus in the Backup recovery portfolio is defiantly on integration with its own products as well as with the business critical applications in the enterprise. The message has been to keep Data Domain vendor agnostic and some of these new features reinforce this ideology. With DDBoost for Oracle recovery manager DBA’s can retain the control they love to realize faster restores by minimizing the touch points required to restore data and keeping the RMAN catalog aware of all copies of the database. Also added is DDoost for vRanger. In addition NetBackup gets some love with support for NetBackup synthetics.

Other enhancements include mtree quotas to control logical space consumed. Soft and hard quotas can be configured for application specific allocations. Also granular management for mtree replication with DD extended retention system has been added by creating vpools as mtrees.

 

http://www.emc.com/about/news/press/2012/20120521-06-02.htm

http://www.emc.com/collateral/hardware/data-sheet/h9694-data-domain-dd990-ds.pdf

http://www.emc.com/about/news/press/2012/20120521-06-01.htm

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17
May

Recommended Reading

I’ve said it before but it should be repeated. I’m not very smart. Part of being a good I.T. support guy is not knowing the answers, but knowing where to quickly get the answers. When I first started in I.T. I worked as a desktop analyst  supporting Wintel systems. A quick search of Google usually  found the solution to the issue. Moving into backup/recovery/storage, the problems got harder, had more serious consequences and answers were more difficult to come by. So in addition to reading manuals and training, these three books have been good resources for me. There are many more books on backup and recovery out there. I generally don’t really enjoy reading these things in my spare time, so these are the only three I have on my shelf. (one of which I haven’t read yet) These books actually followed the evolution of my career to inform accordingly. Culminating in the final book that I plan to leverage to influence decision makers for my client.

 

Sans and NAS

This book was really helpful when I was first getting my feet wet in the backup and storage world.

 

Backup and Recovery

A great resource to have around. I found this book helpful as a reference for a presentation I was giving to a project manager on backup technologies. The first chapter maps out the evolution of backup recovery in the enterprise.

Enterprise Backup and Recovery: A corporate Insurance Policy

I haven’t read this yet, but it looks very promising. It appears to be more about policies and best practices for management and architecture to address challenges. Preston presents a backup system as not just a collection of servers software and targets, but also policy and ownership in the corporate structure. I may crack it this week while in Vegas for EMC world. Hopefully it will make me sound smarter.

 

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