HP Offers New Vision For ‘Broken’ Backup And Recovery

A decade after unveiling its adaptive enterprise strategy, the world’s largest IT vendor is back again with a new variation on that theme, the Adaptive Backup Recovery (ABR), providing the industry’s first adaptive, dynamic and self-aware backup and recovery software solution. “It’s more than just a product release, it’s a new vision,” said Gagan Bhatia, Director, Product Marketing,  HP Enterprise Data Protection.

On Thursday the company announced Data Protector 8.1, scheduled to ship in January, which it calls ‘a fresh and unique approach’ to data protection that will go beyond traditional backup and recovery requirements to deliver business resiliency, scale and resource efficiency. Intended to help organizations take a more intelligent and dynamic approach to their backup and recovery strategy, it features analytics to decide when, where and how data should be protected, adapting and adjusting backup priorities based on business needs.

Announced in June, HP Data Protector 8 was also considered a major upgrade, ‘taking the scalability and performance of backup and recovery to a completely new level.’ It featured: support for new HP storage products with integration across a continuum of protection options; StoreOnce deduplication enhancements; enhanced Snapshot Integration for 3PAR StoreServ; advanced VMware recovery options; and extended platform coverage.

HP said more than 60,000 customers, including nearly half the Global 500, use its Data Protector, LiveVault and Connected Backup offerings. A single Data Protector instance can protect thousands of clients, 100s of billions of files, and run 100 thousand sessions per day, and can scale to deliver 140 TB/HR of throughput in a single session. From a single pane of glass, it allows users to protect their distributed big data, instantly recover mission-critical applications, and turn the backup data repository into an ‘information advantage’ (with IDOL, Autonomy’s Intelligent Data Operating Layer).

Unlike EMC, the world’s biggest backup vendor, which maintains that backup is broken, HP believes existing solutions are doing an adequate job, but that new requirements – today’s data centers are far more dynamic, complex and diverse – demand a new approach, rather than just new features.

According to the recent Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Backup/Recovery Software, the enterprise distributed system backup/recovery software market was $4.4 billion in 2012, and it is projected to grow to $6.8 billion by 2017. Symantec currently owns 31.6% of the market, followed by EMC (17.3%) and IBM (17.2%).

Software was one of the few bright spots in HP’s most recent financial period, although it was only up 1% year-over-year, and 4.3% sequentially, and accounted for just 3% of its revenues. Both security and Vertica stood out, but there was also sequential license revenue growth in Autonomy.

This is just the first step in a journey, said Stephen Spellicy, Senior Director, Enterprise Data Protection HP Software. The four basic phases are: prioritization, making better backup decisions; prediction, leveraging operational analytics; recommendation; and automation, or as HP calls it, ABR Automation.

Going forward, there will be deeper ABR ‘intimacy’ with applications. “SAP HANA will be the poster child for this,” he said. While DP 8.1 features better VMware recovery, other releases will involve other environments, said Spellicy.

 

Under The Hood

Data Protector 8.1 key features:

-Platform Certifications

•VMware vSphere 5.5 support

•vCloud Director 5.5 support

•Sun Solaris 11.1 Media Agent Support

•Debian Linux 7.0 Disk Agent Support

•IBM DB2 10.1, 10.5 App Agent Support

-Application Integrations

•SAP HANA Integration (Backint API support)

•VMware vCenter 5.5 UI (Flex) GRE Support

•Microsoft SharePoint 2013 App Agent & GRE Support

•Enhanced Automated Disaster Recovery (EADR) Support for Windows 2012

-Storage Integrations

•StoreOnce Compression & Encryption (at rest)

•ZDB Support for 3PAR StoreServ with Linux (SAP, Oracle)

•IR Support for 3PAR StoreServ with Linux (SAP, Oracle)

•IR Support for 3PAR StoreServ with HPUX (SAP, Oracle)

•HDS BlueArc NDMP Certification

-Foundational Improvements

•Priority-based job scheduler

•Microsoft AD Integration for DP Console

•Checkpoint Restart, Job Resiliency (vSphere)

•StoreOnce Object Tagging (Reporting/Tracking)

•Data Protector Cell Manager support on Windows 2012 (non-clustered)

 

 

Author: Steve Wexler

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