LAS VEGAS: EMC has moved to address businesses' cloud and data protection concerns by unveiling its Data Domain DD9500 product alongside updates to its ProtectPoint and CloudBoost services.
Data Domain DD9500 was unveiled at EMC World on Monday and is designed to offer customers a super-fast and scalable deduplication disk backup appliance.
EMC president of core technologies Guy Churchward said it will offer customers "1.5 times better performance and four times the capacity of our nearest competitor".
The technology boasts an impressive 58.7TB per hour backup speed and 1,728TB usable capacity.
The offering is compatible with Hadoop and NoSQL big data deployments, including Cloudera Enterprise Data Hub, Hortonworks Modern Data Architecture and Pivotal HD Modern Data Architecture.
EMC also unveiled ProtectPoint and CloudBoost software enhancements at its annual event.
EMC first unveiled ProtectPoint in 2014, claiming it removes the need for firms using EMC VMAX storage arrays to keep a dedicated backup infrastructure.
The new version adds support for Oracle, SAP and IBM DB2 and reportedly offers 20 times faster performance than its predecessor.
CloudBoost is a protection service that integrates Maginatics and Spanning Solutions technology into its storage offering.
It lets customers connect EMC backup products to their cloud storage solution. The tech currently supports backups of Salesforce and Google Apps though future support for Microsoft Office 365 has been confirmed.
Alongside the releases, EMC also previewed a custom "Project Falcon" initiative. Project Falcon is a software-only version of EMC's Data Domain.
EMC CEO information infrastructure David Goulden said software-based solutions offered an effective way for firms to overcome big data challenges, and, perhaps bravely given reports linking it to the NSA, touted the expertise of its RSA security division as a key selling point for the firm.
"The pace of change in our industry is accelerating. In 2020 there will be seven billion people connecting to the internet with 30 billion devices helping to create 44ZB of data.
"But we don't have to go all the way to 2020. Advances in nanotechnology mean sensors can be embedded in anything.
"In this connected world software will be the key enabler. For us, software is not just about the killer app it's also about enabling devices with it. Our world is changing and in it security is critical, and this is where RSA comes in."
Data security is a major concern for many enterprises, especially since Edward Snowden's revelations, which led to fresh rumblings about RSA's ties to the NSA.
In April 2014, researchers from Johns Hopkins University, the University of Wisconsin, Eindhoven University of Technology, the University of Illinois and the University of California reported uncovering evidence showing the NSA exploited a flaw in commonly used RSA security technology to crack encryption keys.
Reports from Reuters and The New York Times have also suggested RSA may have intentionally installed backdoors for the NSA - an allegation the firm has constantly denied.
Data Domain DD9500 and the ProtectPoint and CloudBoost upgrades are set for release in Q2.
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