Data Protection Everywhere: Leading Protection Storage with Data Domain


As the introductory Data Protection Everywhere blog post made clear, Dell EMC’s data protection portfolio is equipped to deliver complete protection for enterprises of all sizes. No matter where data lives or what happens in the data center, Dell EMC offers the leading solution to keep your data protected. At the core of this Data Protection Everywhere strategy is Dell EMC Data Domain. Only a month after the Dell EMC deal closed, four new Data Domain systems were introduced – which makes now the ideal time to trust a single data protection vendor with your needs. The advanced defense provided by DD OS-powered solutions are critical to Dell EMC’s strategy of ensuring that your data is protected everywhere.

data-domain-protection-storageWith the near-exponential pace of data growth in recent years, enterprises big and small are recognizing their need for more protection storage. 90% of the world’s data was made in the last two years, after all. As backup administrators find themselves neck deep in backup data, they are demanding a solution that reduces protection storage needs by eliminating redundant data. This is what Data Domain has been known for — deduplication technology that will identify unique data in an incoming stream and store only what is unique. The new systems couple Data Domain’s variable-length deduplication with increased scalability to bring storage efficiency to data protection. The new high-end Data Domain DD9800 is 7 times more scalable than the closest competitor.

In 2016, Data Domain doubled down on Dell EMC’s commitment to protecting data everywhere with the launch of Data Domain Cloud Tier to help customers simplify and automate their path to the cloud. DD Cloud Tier sets Data Domain apart as the only protection storage to natively-tier deduplicated data to the public, private or hybrid cloud for long-term retention. Whether it’s Virtustream, Dell EMC ECS or a 3rd party cloud, DD Cloud Tier helps enterprises ensure that long-term retention data is protected no matter what.

DD Cloud Tier can store up to 2 times the capacity of the active tier on the Data Domain system. The new Data Domain DD9800, DD9300 & DD6800 all support this add-on for long-term retention in the cloud. These systems also support high availability configurations, enabling midmarket and large enterprise customers to achieve business continuity with a second Data Domain controller on standby.


As you might have heard, the new Dell EMC Data Domain systems provide faster performance than the previous generation thanks in part to the inclusion of an added flash SSD for metadata. With metadata stored in flash, backup applications such as Dell EMC Avamar can instantly access VMs up to 20 times faster. The latest generation of technology from Dell EMC allows you to boot up multiple virtual machines directly from Data Domain using a protection copy of the virtual machine files (VMDKs) instead of restoring to a separate primary storage system. With this functionality, critical data can be accessed more quickly so you are ready for whatever happens. Whether you manage the backups for one of the world’s largest global enterprises or you are looking for entry-level protection, there is a DD OS powered solution for you.

With Data Domain, Dell EMC offers support for a wide range of use cases from traditional backup deployments and disaster recovery all the way to Isolated Recovery Solutions, integrated data protection solutions and protection for converged infrastructures. Wherever your enterprise has data stored, make sure that it is completely protected by a vendor you can trust.

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.