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Data Protection: Why technology giants collaborate – because it’s good for customers!

StephenSpellicy ‎04-03-2014 08:56 AM - edited ‎02-19-2015 12:37 PM

I am pleased to announce that HP Data Protector now supports EMC Data Domain Boost.  The feature is available to customers using DP 8.11 and is now available for download from HP’s software support portal.


This release is a result of several months of collaboration with the EMC & HP R&D, product management, and respective marketing teams.  The request to add the DD Boost functionality to HP Data Protector was an obvious feature to pursue—it enables both vendors to offer respective install bases more choice within their backup and recovery environment. 


Choice is very good for customers: As customers today don’t likely operate in a homogeneous data center environment, there is a mix of diverse technology components that need to work together in order to make the operation run more smoothly.  Plus, HP Data Protector’s integration with EMC’s DD Boost technology is a shining example of addressing a market challenge by broadening the choices customers have in addressing their diverse backup and recovery requirements.


The significance of a feature investment like this doesn’t go unnoticed by industry watchers.  Why would two vendors who compete at many levels choose to collaborate to offer such integration?


The answer is quite simple—for the good of our joint customers and for the good of the market that we both serve.  As both vendors represent huge market shares in their sweet spots, there is a significant install base using our products day in, day out.


Customers using HP Data Protector can now more efficiently leverage Data Domain as a choice of available targets. With DD Boost integration, HPDP can now offer multiple options to deduplicate protected information using Data Domain, at the backup client, and within the backup server.


As you may know, the use of deduplication reduces the amount of storage space required for backup sets.  By storing only unique data segments with logical pointers to the existing data, the capacity required for backup is greatly reduced.  This is just plain old goodness for organizations seeking to leverage smart, efficient backup and recovery technology to lower their costs, improve their operation, and meet their critical SLAs for data recovery.


A key benefit of the HP Data Protector’s integration with EMC’s DD Boost is that it not only reduces the amount of backup storage required, but also makes the backup and restore faster. By splitting the deduplication process between HP Data Protector and Data Domain, the overall CPU utilizations is reduced and the Network is used more efficiently, achieving a reduction on the overall backup window.


For backgroundHP’s Data Protector software can also provide its own native deduplication algorithm: The same algorithm used in the HP StoreOnce appliance.  While the native deduplication feature of Data Protector addresses most user requirements, there are some instances where the use existing infrastructure features is more advantageous to the customer.  By working with industry partners, such as EMC, HP is able to remain committed to addressing market challenges with solutions that address the problem and enables customers running in heterogeneous environments, with leading integration and support for the leaders in the data center ecosystem. 


Where everyone wins is when the industry technology leaders join forces to combine their capabilities into a common solution that benefits the customer.  HP and EMC have teamed up to do just that, with respect to backup and recovery efforts with Data Protector and Data Domain (respectively).


Furthermore, by extending HP Data Protector with DD Boost integration, customers can benefit from a best of breed multi-vendor data protection experience that delivers an advanced approach to tackle the toughest backup and recovery challenges—protecting a diverse, highly dynamic and heterogeneous data center environment.


For more information on DD Boost integration with Data Protector 8.11 click here.



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Stephen Spellicy is known as a virtualization and data protection subject matter expert with 17+ years of experience in the technology industry. As the Director of Product Management for Data Protection within HP Software's Division, he manages a portfolio of software products that over 60k customers leverage worldwide. His expertise within the backup/recovery, storage, virtualization, and cloud technology areas have also gained him recognition with HP internally and externally, with many contributed articles published technology focused magazines & periodicals.

Chad Sakac
on ‎04-03-2014 03:28 PM

Disclosure - EMCer here!


Stephen - great to see the collaboration.   It's always interesting to me to see how much industry work occurs together - even amongst competitors.


Thank you!

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