App Owners and Backup Admins Can Simplify Their Data Centers and Lives

When application owners and backup administrators have conflicting priorities, it can be difficult to run an efficient data center. Technical limitations of the past forced application owners to rely on the backup admin for backup and recovery of their database.  If the backup admin’s procedure failed to meet the service level agreements that the application owner is tied to, they will begin to manage their own backup separately in response.  This “solution” means data centers around the globe have become cluttered with unnecessary storage silos and highlights the conflicting priorities of the app owner and the backup admin.

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As backup admins continue to follow their traditional procedures, they may be unaware that their app owner has been running a separate backup. Since this additional backup is run on whatever disk happens to be available to the app owner, it may consume expensive primary storage. At EMC, we refer to this costly and inefficient structure as “accidental architecture,” and it is more common than you may think. If only the priorities of the app owner and the backup admin could be simultaneously addressed, a more ideal and simplified architecture may be constructed that both meets the application owner’s SLAs and provides the application owner with the visibility they desire.

EMC enables this ideal architecture with Data Domain Boost for Enterprise Applications, providing simplicity by addressing the priorities of both the application owner and the backup administrator.

DD Boost for Enterprise Apps eliminates accidental architecture by integrating directly with the application client, bypassing the backup server completely. This gives app owners direct control of backup to a Data Domain system directly from their preferred application. To complement the app owner’s new found ability, DD Boost for Enterprise Apps includes EMC Data Protection Advisor, which empowers backup admins with the visibility they desire.  DPA provides a comprehensive view of the entire data protection environment through automated monitoring, analysis, and reporting.

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App owners will no longer have to worry about missing their SLAs now that DD Boost for Enterprise Apps has given them direct control of the backup process. Whether an app owner is managing an Oracle RMAN, Microsoft SQL Server, SAP, SAP HANA, or IBM DB2 database, he or she will be able to control backup to Data Domain using the tools they are already familiar with thanks to this advanced integration. Say goodbye to storage silos and the days of running an unnecessary separate backup.

Backup admins and app owners alike will agree that DD Boost for Enterprise Apps simplifies data centers. And everyone will notice that the software increases the speed and efficiency of your backup by providing client-side deduplication. By distributing parts of the deduplication process upstream, the application server is able to identify unique data segments before any data is sent over the network. Only sending unique data over the network enables 50% faster backups, reducing the impact on the server by 20%-40% and the impact on the network by 80-99%.

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So if you are an application owner or a backup administrator who has been plagued by storage silos and misaligned priorities, ditch your accidental architecture by bringing the power of Data Domain Boost for Enterprise Applications to your data protection environment. Check out DD Boost for Enterprise Apps as stand-alone software or as a part of EMC’s Data Protection Suite.

JD Dentinger

About the Author: JD Dentinger

JD’s passion for creating compelling content and communicating the benefits of great products aligned while working for five years as a Senior Portfolio Marketing Advisor in Dell Technologies' Data Protection division. JD now directs messaging for Dell Technologies global campaigns. When off work — JD enjoys exploring San Francisco, traveling and collecting vinyl records. JD is a graduate of the MBA program at the Boston College Carroll School of Management, where they specialized in Product & Brand Management and Marketing Analytics.