EMC World 2010 Day 2

May 13, 2010

EMC World 2010 – Day Two

Day two is finally coming to and end and before heading out to Fenway Park to catch the Red Sox, I thought I would talk about some announcements and workshops I was able to attend today. Today was a day for Backup and Disaster Recovery

The big announcement today for me was the introduction of Data Domain Boost and tighter integration with the upcoming service pack release for EMC NetWorker 7.6.

Data Domain Boost pretty much brings Data Domain up to speed with Avamar’s Global Deduplication process. Increasing the speed of the deduplication process by extending the work load of detecting unique data out to the backup server (Symantec’s Backup Exec & NetBackup as well as EMC Networker to name a few), EMC claims results of as much as increasing backup speeds around 50%. With the bulk of the workload occurring on the backup server, there should be a dramatic reduction of workload on the Backup LAN.

I was able to attend a workshop and get some hands on with the beta version of the upcoming EMC Networker release that will provide tighter integration with Data Domain including the Data Domain Boost functionality. Some of the improvements I noticed were managing Data Domain inside NetWorker and better reporting, not to mention, replication of duplicated data could not be easier with EMC touting minimal WAN bandwidth and reduction of data for replicating to a Dr Site where data can be mounted as a NFS export or sent out to tape. It will be interesting to see how Data Domain will fare compared to Avamar Grid replication.

For you NetBackup people, Later in the day I was also able to attend an EMC Data Domain with NetBackup OpenStorage workshop. I got a guided tour of applying Data Domain storage systems, configuring policies to perform optimized duplication and tape consolidation.

By partnering up with Symantec, EMC DATA Domain Boost can also extend the deduplication workload to the Backup Server increasing the throughput up to 12.8TB/hr. tighter integration is already available in NetBackup to better improve manageability and load balancing and link failover.

Another workshop of not I attended was a hands on with EMC Unisphere. This is something I have been waiting for a very long time. The aggravation of Celerra Manager specifically and Navisphere Manager as far as performance goes is a subject I could talk for hours about.

Unisphere is one central portal that allows for simultaneous management of both the EMC Clariion and Celerra product lines. The user has control over pane placement for various reporting and table diagram within the interface. One thing I noticed off the bat was how responsive the interface was. I had seen a quick demo of the interface, but this was my first hands on experience and it was a matter of minutes before I was comfortable moving around. I was then able to start customizing the Dashboard by adding “Alerts by Severity” and “Clariion Capacity” to the home page. We swiftly moved into reporting and alerts. The Alerts Details box that pops up provides a good bit of information, one thing I would like to see would be a link in this box that redirects the user to PowerLink where you would log in and the knowledge base is automatically searched for the alert details.

There is still some remnants of Navisphere Manager and Celerra Manager as you move around and perform tasks like adding RAID Groups and Hot Spares.

Another feature I like was being able to see a pie chart of total capacity and free pool capacity and the availability to change to a bar graph of Pools with least free capacity. Also, when reviewing faulted disks, you can pull up a graphical hardware view displaying the front of a DAE and the faulted disk highlighted.

Managing the Celerra was just as easy and efficient. We performed such tasks as creating file systems, CIFS Shares, NFS Exports and checkpoints.

All in all, I was very impressed with the performance and more customer friendly interface for managing both the Celerra and Clariion.

That’s about it for now thanks for checking in.


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