Protection Storage for the Software-Defined Data Center

The IT industry is in the midst of a massive disruption from forces such as cloud, mobile devices and the internet of things. In order to meet these new demands, IT needs to innovate and optimize infrastructure. One of the key pillars in modernizing IT is the software-defined data center (SDDC), in which all elements of the infrastructure (compute, storage, network etc.) are virtualized and delivered as a service. In addition to enabling you to reduce and standardize hardware, this also paves a foundation for cloud initiatives.concept of a data server with data streams.

The SDDC is rapidly becoming a reality for businesses. If you are thinking about making the leap to the SDDC or in the midst of doing so, don’t let data protection become an afterthought. All of your data needs to be protected no matter where it resides and to the appropriate service level based in its business value. As you modernize your IT this point becomes even more important.  The flexibility and agility enabled by software-defined storage demands a data protection strategy that can match.

The key foundation for protecting the software defined data center is protection storage, which enables protection of data wherever it lives and in the most efficient way possible through advanced integration with applications and primary storage.  And with protection storage that is software defined, you can take the idea of data protection everywhere to the next level. As a software-only solution, users are empowered to quickly and easily deploy protection storage in a matter of minutes and in a variety of new deployment models – think converged infrastructure and public cloud.  Add in the additional flexibility of being able to gradually scale capacity and move it across sites as needed and the possibilities start to become endless.

The latest member of the Data Domain family, Data Domain Virtual Edition will help you get there. In its initial release DD VE is ideal for small capacity environments whose mission critical applications are just a few terabytes and existing infrastructure can be leveraged to deploy a DD VE instance.  Also, for businesses with critical data spread across multiple locations, software-define protection storage is a great fit to deploy across sites and efficiently replicate to central location for off-site disaster preparedness.

Plus, DD VE not only delivers a highly agile solution, but also ensures best in class reliability. Because ultimately, what good is any data protection solution, if you are not confident you can get your data back?   EMC takes this seriously, by continuing to deliver the highest levels of data integrity protection even in a virtual protection storage appliance through the Data Domain Data Invulnerability Architecture.

As your IT infrastructure evolves to become more software-defined, don’t forget the importance of ensuring your data remains properly protected along the journey.  Fortunately, EMC delivers a variety of data protection technologies to be able to tailor a solution to best fit your needs.  This includes protection storage that can provide highest levels of data integrity plus the agility and flexibility of a virtual appliance.

About the Author: Alyson Langon

Alyson Langon has 9+ years of IT industry experience in Product Marketing at Dell Technologies. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from American University and has an MBA from Boston College.  Alyson currently leads the team responsible for developing messaging and driving marketing strategy for Dell’s Infrastructure as-a-Service offers.