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The Dell EMC Integrated Data Protection Appliance ( #IDPA ) marks a departure in #EMC ‘s enterprise data protection strategy. Instead of only selling backup software separate from its #DataDomain backup targets, it will sell IDPA as a turnkey appliance with software bundled. Data Domain’s inline deduplication is a key piece of the Dell EMC IDPA, providing the data reduction to go with Dell EMC #Networker and #Avamar backup software.

The software package is the same on all Dell EMC IDPA turnkey appliances. There are four appliance models — the DP5300, DP5800, DP8300 and DP8800 — ranging from 34 TB to 1 PB of usable capacity. The appliances are Dell EMC PowerEdge servers.

“It’s a one-stop shop for software,” said Sam Grocott, Dell EMC senior vice president of marketing for storage and data protection. “The only decision is the capacity points.”

The DP5300 appliance scales to 130 TB of usable capacity, and is rated for a maximum throughput of 24 TB per hour using Data Domain Boost software. The DP5800 stores up to 288 TB of usable capacity, with a throughput of up to 31 TB per hour with DD Boost. The DP8300 stores up to 780 TB of usable capacity, with a maximum throughput of 41 TB per hour with DD Boost. The DP8800 stores up to 1 PB of usable capacity, with a maximum throughput of 68 TB per hour.

The DP5300 and DP5800 are midsize enterprise models, while the DP8300 and DP8800 are for large enterprises.

Dell EMC claims an average 55:1 deduplication rate for the IDPA platform. Other built-in features include native cloud tiering, encryption and data analytics.

The EMC Data Domain platform has long been a favorite backup target not only for EMC Networker and Avamar software, but for other vendors’ backup applications. Data Domain has dominated the backup target market for years, but it has lost ground to Veritas NetBackup integrated appliances over the past year.

Integrated data backup appliances remove the need for media servers and the need to buy backup software separate from the hardware. They are also simpler to set up and manage, although they may not scale as well as standalone disk backup targets.

The concept is hardly new. Veritas (then Symantec) launched its first integrated appliances in 2010. Other traditional backup vendors such as Arcserve and Unitrends have since adopted integrated appliances, and well-funded startups Cohesity and Rubrik have launched what they call converged secondary data platforms over the past two years.

EMC’s first departure from its long-standing Data Domain backup strategy came in April 2016, when it launched a Data Domain Virtual Edition. DD VE separated the data deduplication software from the hardware, and will be part of the Dell EMC IDPA.

Last summer, EMC brought out a VCE Data Protection appliance for entry-level and midrange customers that scaled from 21 TB to 288 TB, and only included Avamar and Data Domain software.

Unlike traditional Data Domain appliances, the Dell EMC IDPA requires customers to use Dell EMC backup software as well as its hardware.

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