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EMC announces Avamar version 6 and Gen4 ADS

April 27, 2011

If you have been running around crazy like I have lately, you might have missed EMC’s announcement on the release of Avamar version 6.0. There are quite a bit of new enhancements and features, I have highlighted some features and enhancements that stand out to me, to learn about all of the new features and enhancements, please review EMC’s Avamar 6.0 Release Notes that are now available on EMC’s Powerlink.

Short list of new features and enhancements you will see in Avamar version 6.0:

  • ADS Gen4 nodes are now available, running on SuSE Linux Enterprise Server as opposed to Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • New node sizes: 1.3TB and 2.6TB for single nodes and 3.9TB and 7.8TB for both single node and RAIN (multi-node deployments)
  • Networking enhancements: 802.1Q support and multiple separate VLANs are now supported (management traffic and replication traffic can now be separated on the Utility Node)
  • New Avamar Downloader Service (delivers OS patches, hot fixes and server updates to Avamar)
  • New Software Installation and Upgrade procedures
  • One I’ve been waiting for – back end capacity reporting with information on non-dedup capacity consumed by clients
  • Another big one, Data Domain Support: ideal for larger SQL and Oracle databases
  • Integration with EMC Secure Remote Support (ESRS) Gateway
  • Avamar Client Manager – Web based management of client management, reports and updates
  • VMs located on NFS and/or iSCSI SAN storage
  • VMware restores with changed block tracking enabled for shorted restore times


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8 comments

  1. Funny you should blog about this. I was just in Powerlink today reading up how to update the Utility node with the latest downloads for 6. Can’t wait to check it out!


  2. Hello,
    I am running Avamar 5.0.0.407 an pair of nodes. Is there a direct upgrade path to ver 6? Or will I have to step up incrementally or purchase new hardware?
    Thank you,


  3. I answered my own question as there is a direct path, however no download/ will have to contact EMC sales channel partner to procure the upgrade media…


    • Avamar 6 supports Gen2 to on up, if you have Gen 1 hardware, you will need upgrade your nodes. Got our lab Avamar Single nodes upgraded by EMC yesterday. Seemed pretty straightforward, the upgrade has a web interface which is pretty nice.


  4. Here’s the biggest and best i’ve heard – MULTIPLE vmware vcenter support, so i can finally backup our production server, and our vmware view clusters using vcb!! :)))


    • Your correct and this will be extremely useful for many environments, from what I heard, it almost didn’t happen, just got confirmed a couple of weeks ago.


  5. yes, i received the technical note/PDF on it all/how it works at EMCWorld just the other day – if you want, email me direct and I’ll forward it on. 🙂


    • Sure. That would would be much appreciated. Didn’t make it out to EMC World this year. hgriffin@varrow.com



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