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ORLANDO: From a storage vendor’s
perspective, i.e. EMC, the fact that digital
data is growing at an explosive rate, with the "digital universe"
doubling every 18 months and expected to be five times larger by 2012, is good
news. But from a customer’s perspective, storing and managing that data
continues to be a nightmare.

One of the growing pain points from the digital data explosion is backup, said EMC’s
Mark Sorenson, SVP of its storage software group. Avamar and source-based
deduping can provide significant savings that can range from 75:1 to 586:1, he
said, and can change how data is handled. "Don’t back up data, archive
it!"

At its customer and partner event, EMC is
announcing new data deduplication capabilities for Microsoft SharePoint Server,
Exchange Server, SQL Server and Oracle databases in the latest release of
NetWorker. It now provides source-based deduplication via integration with EMC
Avamar, which the company says requires 98 percent less storage and enables 90
percent faster backups. EMC made a number of
other announcements, including NetWorker Fast Start, a packaged solution for
midsize environments, which provides more options and new push install
capabilities that speed and simplify deployments.

The newest version of Avamar includes support for Microsoft SharePoint Server
2007 and IBM Lotus Domino. The company also
announced new software for the EMC Disk
Library 1500 and 3000 models that can improve replication throughput by up to
80 percent, and enhanced monitoring and reporting capabilities via EMC
Data Protection Advisor integration. In addition, EMC
Disk Library now includes NetWorker path-to-tape and replication support,
OpenStorage API support for Symantec Veritas
NetBackup as well as API support for Oracle
RMAN optimized deduplication, which can provide up to a 300 percent increase in
deduplication ratios. EMC also announced new
backup services and assessments (EMC
Assessment for Deduplication, EMC
Operational Assurance for Avamar) that can show customers how much duplicated
data they have and the potential savings from deploying EMC
solutions.

"There is no one-size-fits all when it comes to backup environments, which
is why EMC offers such an extensive
portfolio of solutions that can be mixed and matched to provide the right
recovery time and recovery point objectives," said Sorenson.

Availability: NetWorker Fast Start, Disk Library software (Version 1.1),
Avamar, Assessment for Deduplication, Operational Assurance for Avamar and
NetWorker Oracle support are available immediately, and Microsoft support is
available May 29.