In my twenty years of enterprise infrastructure experience, I’ve noticed a few things that are universal to every organization.  One of the most universally time-consuming things about working IT is usually disaster recovery testing. We all know that business continuity is extremely important, but that doesn’t make testing and executing recovery plans any less expensive.  It takes compute power to takes full and incremental copies of the data and, of course, storage to house the backups.Organizations also spend weeks and weeks of people’s time planning, documenting, executing, and remediating disaster recovery plans.  Until needed business resiliency often seems like a waste of money and time – but that all changes when you need it. When finally needed everyone remembers what a great investment data protection is, but what about all the rest of time?  Can’t data resilience be more than a one-trick pony? The simple answer is “yes” it is possible to use all the data copiesRead More →

Today EMC has released more information about something shown at EMC World called EMC ProtectPoint.  This new data protection offering brings direct backup from the VMAX3 to DataDomain.  In today’s work when a backup is kicked started data has to slow from the storage array to the application server.  This data then flows to the backup servers before being written to its final backup target.    Wouldn’t it be nice to cut out this middle man and write directly from the VMAX to DataDomain?   EMC ProtectPoint does just that.  This new offering will have native support for Oracle at GA, but I’m expecting this to grow quickly.  This will allow an Oracle DBA to use an RMAN directed backup to provide an extremely rapid and non-impactful backup.  The database will be put into hot backup mode.  Once complete, the VMAX data services layer will create SnapVX copies of the data LUNs.  After that completed the DB isRead More →