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EMC Enhances Backup and Restore Offering

EMC Corp. on Tuesday unveiled two major enhancements to the storage giant's backup and restore solutions.

EMC broadened the appeal of its product, EMC Data Manager or EDM, for heterogeneous storage environments with a new capability to perform simultaneous Unix and Windows NT backups. Using the feature, customers can back up and restore NFS and CIFS files as a single operation. EMC says its software preserves the file attributes associated with the various data types.

EDM is a combination of software, hardware and professional services for high-speed backup and restore.

The company also built intelligence into EDM to allow the solution to determine the highest performance network path, whether it be NAS or SAN.

"More than 80 percent of information storage will be networked within a few years, spelling major opportunity for vendors that deliver rich, high performance backup and restore for all information types," Chuck Hollis, EMC vice president of products and markets, said in a statement.

EMC has now integrated EDM with its EMC Celerra HighRoad software, which manages its Celerra NAS appliances. The integration allows EDM to choose NAS or SAN depending on the network.

Scenarios include backing up EMC Symmetrix, EMC's big iron storage cabinets, over Fibre Channel to an EDM-managed tape device, bypassing the LAN. Another possibility allows for multiple EMC Celerra systems to perform high-speed backup to a centralized tape library.

EMC's EDM offerings include EDM Symmetrix Connect, for server-less and LAN-less backup and recovery of Windows NT and Unix data; EDM Symmetrix Path, for LAN-less backup and recovery of Unix and NT databases at "server channel" speeds; and EDM Enterprise Network, a network-based solution for simultaneous backup and restore of Unix, NT, Novell NetWare and IBM OS/2 operating systems.

About the Author

Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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