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EMC NetWorker Adds Data De-Duplication, Continuous Data Protection

EMC Corp. has introduced an easy and cost-effective way for customers to integrate data de-duplication and continuous data protection (CDP) technologies into their existing backup and recovery environments. By combining these new capabilities with the backup and recovery functionality of EMC NetWorker, customers can gain flexibility, management and cost control over their data protection operations, while protecting their overall investments in these technologies.

Mike Fisch, analyst for The Clipper Group, technology acquisition consultants based in Wellesley, Massachusetts, said, "There is substantial value in EMC's integration of EMC NetWorker with next-generation data protection technologies like de-duplication and continuous data protection. Enterprises are looking for every way to improve service level agreements while reducing the complexity, costs, and risks of managing a backup infrastructure. EMC's dedication to innovation is helping bring more stability, control and ease of use to traditional backup customers and their evolving data protection environments."

With new integration of data de-duplication from EMC Avamar and continuous data protection from EMC RecoverPoint, EMC continues to build on the NetWorker core infrastructure and provide customers with next-generation capabilities for backup and recovery. While customers can still purchase Avamar and RecoverPoint independently, EMC NetWorker customers can now drive greater ease of use and meet the challenge of simplifying administration by centralizing control and management of new data protection applications, in addition to those existing protection policies already in place.

"EMC NetWorker provides our enterprise with a high level of data protection for many of our mission-critical applications," said Stan Horwitz, Data Management Engineer, Temple University. "NetWorker's ability to work well with a diverse array of platforms and storage configurations only gets stronger with the integration of de-duplication and CDP technologies. We've been looking at how next-generation technologies can be deployed in our environment without adding risk and complexity. EMC is approaching this the right way."

EMC Avamar's patented global de-duplication backup technology provides data protection for remote offices, branch offices, datacenter LANs, and VMware environments by storing only a single copy of sub-file data across sites and servers, reducing the amount of data that is backed-up daily. The combination of Avamar's de-duplication with NetWorker helps customers reduce the amount of file system data to backup without adding administrative complexity by providing a common management interface and backup workflow.

Avamar de-duplication technology is integrated directly into the NetWorker client to allow complete management for scheduling, policy creation, including browse and retention, monitoring and reporting - all through the NetWorker Management Console. NetWorker users will be able to backup and recover de-duplication clients using the same familiar NetWorker interfaces and workflows used for all other clients.

Integration of EMC RecoverPoint with NetWorker allows customers to manage RecoverPoint through the NetWorker Management Console interface and create point-in-time CDP snapshots for rapid recoveries and long-term backup to disk or tape. Centralized management from NetWorker allows customers to schedule CDP snapshots, set policies, and browse the index of RecoverPoint-based snapshots.

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