Rapid Releases for PowerProtect Software and Appliances Affirm Dell EMC’s Commitment to Innovation Without Compromise

Between announcing PowerProtect Software and PowerProtect X400 at Dell Technologies World in Las Vegas, introducing Data Protection for Kubernetes at VMworld in San Francisco, and the announcement of PowerProtect DD Series Appliances earlier this month at the Dell Technologies Forum in New York City – it has certainly been a busy year for Dell EMC Data Protection. Not only has Dell EMC been busy with multiple new announcements these past months, but also our new rapid release cadence fast-tracks the availability of new capabilities more quickly than ever before. In this case, just 3 months after the availability of X400 we are delivering our first enhancements, significantly accelerating time to value for our customers.

PowerProtect Software enables your IT organization to go above and beyond the ability to set protection policies, deduplicate, backup, and recover database, Windows and Linux filesystem, and VMware workloads. PowerProtect Software and the X400 appliance provide a new platform to help customers unlock business value from their data capital – including but not limited to accelerating migrations, empowering DevOps, maintaining compliance and of course, protecting data.

PowerProtect Software leverages a modern, services-based architecture to ensure the ease of deployment, scaling, and upgrading that all customers desire. This approach highlights Dell EMC’s internal development focus on a rapid release cadence, which means that new features will be delivered to PowerProtect Software at an even faster pace.

PowerProtect X400 benefits from this rapid release cadence as well. This modern services-based development approach is built on a trusted protection storage architecture. Dell EMC protection storage is known for delivering data integrity and advanced deduplication technology, and the PowerProtect X Series is no exception. PowerProtect X400 – just like PowerProtect DD, Integrated Data Protection Appliance (IDPA) and Data Domain appliances – features our Stream-Informed Segment Layout (SISL) scaling architecture and our data invulnerability architecture.

Today, we are announcing the next release of PowerProtect X400 that will bring the following PowerProtect Software benefits to the appliance:

  • Tighter integration with VMware
    • Simplified and integrated user experience for a VM admin who can now restore protected VMs from within vCenter
  • Expanding database use case with VM MS-SQL app aware & centralized protection
  • Usability enhancements
    • Fewer clicks for an admin to monitor backup job status
    • Orchestrated single upgrade package to provide a simplified upgrade experience
  • Proactive monitoring
  • Alerts for enhanced appliance health monitoring

PowerProtect X400 is powered by PowerProtect Software. And with this offering, Dell EMC is delivering on the promise to release new enhancements and operational improvements on a quarterly basis. New features and functionality brought to PowerProtect Software will be integrated into the appliance via simple and easy upgrade paths.

If you are interested in having a conversation about transitioning to the next-gen data management solution, now would be a great time to get in touch with your Dell EMC account executives. We believe in the power of choice. Therefore, whether you are considering scaling out with a turnkey integrated appliance such as PowerProtect X400, or you are more interested in building your own solution and scaling up with PowerProtect DD and PowerProtect Software, we’ve got you covered. For more information on Dell EMC’s Data Protection and Data Management offerings, please visit DellEMC.com/PowerProtect and follow @DellEMCProtect on Twitter for our latest announcements.

About the Author: Rahul Sharma

Rahul Sharma is a Product Marketing Manager within the Data Protection Division at Dell Technologies. Rahul brings over 10 years of experience in Technology Consulting, Strategy, and Product Marketing. Prior to assuming his current role, Rahul led several technology consulting engagements with Deloitte and KPMG in Europe, Asia Pacific, and Americas. Rahul has an undergraduate degree in Information Technology and completed his MBA from Texas A&M University. He offers a unique blend of experience in designing and implementing sales and marketing programs for tech firms, strategic customer insight, a deep understanding of Dell EMC’s global business strategy and a passion for growth and innovation. In his current capacity, he is focused on crafting messaging and marketing campaigns for marquee products within the Data Protection Division.