EMC prepares for full release of Data Domain Virtual Edition

It is unclear why the corporate blog EMC² is silent (although I assume that I could overlook the news from them), but much more detailed information has appeared about Data Domain Virtual Edition . And the talk is not about the virtual presentation inside the Data Domain itself, when customers could be given control of a separate Data Domain instance for their own management, and not about the virtualization of tape libraries, but about a full-fledged virtual Data Domain deployed based on VMware ESXi 5.1, 5.5 and 6.0

The event itself is the next round in the race between vendors, for example, HPE has a long enough presented
StoreOnce VSA
In July 2013 virtual version of the library - StoreOnce VSA. It is software that runs under the VMware hypervisor and turns a regular x86 server into a StoreOnce disk library. The solution is intended for SMB and branches of large organizations when there is no budget for a dedicated library. The license allows you to use up to 10 TB of pure server disk capacity and add up to 200 TB of deduplicated information to it. This option will cost significantly less than an iron solution, in addition, the license includes technical support for HP, the ability to replicate and HP StoreOnce Catalyst (more about it later). Of course, VSA has a number of limitations, which does not allow using the solution in large installations: the backup speed reaches a maximum of 300 GB / hour (with HP Catalyst - 500 GB / hour), the system works only on iSCSI, and with file backup, only the CIFS protocol is supported. The license itself is valid for only 3 years, then you need to buy it again (or, if your business has grown, switch to a hardware solution).

HP Store Once Source

Far more encouraging is the availability of a free Community Edition for Data Domain Virtual Edition with a storage limit of 500 gigabytes. In the realities of using the Data Domain, this is more than enough for the SMB sector.

From the DD VE description:

- Support for VMware ESXi 5.1, 5.5 and 6.0
- Up to 0.5 TB for Community Edition: Large capacity in the paid version
- Support for NFS, CIFS and DD Boost protocols
- Includes DD Boost, DD Replicator, and DD Encryption functionality
- Different types of replication: virtual to physical, physical to virtual, and virtual to virtual
- VMware vSphere High Availability and Fault Tolerance
support - Management support through Data Domain System Manager

The hardware requirements, in my opinion, are very, very modest:
- From 2 vCPU, each minimum 1.5 GHz
- From 6 GB of RAM
- Storage with a write speed of 40 MB / s and a speed of 300 IOPS based on RAID5 / 6
- System drives - one for 250 GB for the main drive and 10 GB for the NVRAM drive
- Support for up to 4 network adapters and SCSI controllers.

In summary.
After the release of the free EMC ScaleIO , the implementation of the Data Domain Virtual Edition Community Edition makes the competition / competition / battle of vendors in this niche much more intense. In any case, we remain the winner.

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