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Seagate adds EVault backup appliance for on-premises or cloud

The EVault backup target appliance expands Seagate's market reach into an area dominated by EMC's Data Domain products.

Seagate Technology this week added the EVault backup target appliance, which protects up to 65 TB of useable storage within a private, public or partnered cloud.

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The EVault backup target appliance is designed for database administrators who want a hybrid architecture that protects data backed up from point products such as Oracle Recovery Manager (RMAN) and other standard backup applications. This new system does deduplication and compression and is aimed at larger enterprises.

Administrators can choose to use the entire 65 TB of the Seagate EVault backup target for Oracle or other enterprise applications or allocate storage for the Seagate EVault Director Backup and Recovery Software. The appliance sends only changed data to the appliance to minimize impact on production databases, I/O traffic and network loads.

"The targeted appliance is meant primarily for DBA administrators to do a copy of the database on a separate system so they have it secured," said John Bedrick, Seagate's product management director for cloud connected products. "There are no tools in the target appliance. DBAs use the native tools of the application software like Oracle's RMAN. We have some differentiators. One is we can simultaneously run backup recovery software on the backup appliance."

Seagate is following down a road EMC has already traveled with RMAN backup tools for its Data Domain disk deduplication appliances.

Until now, Seagate played in the more traditional backup and recovery space with its enterprise backup and recovery appliances that are integrated with backup, recovery and centralized management software.

 "We are not trying to compete with [EMC]," Bedrick said. "We are doing this specifically because our customers asked us to address this market. This is filling a space that our customers asked for."

Seagate's EVault backup appliance is a 4U rackmount system that stores up to 144 TB of raw capacity. It includes 32 GB of random access memory (RAM) and runs on the Microsoft Windows Server 212 standard edition with Hyper-V. It is populated with 6 TB Seagate SAS drives in a RAID 1 configuration and two nodes are clustered for failover.

Bedrick said the appliances can also back replicate to another a target appliance off-site or in the cloud.

"We can connect to the cloud for a backup of a backup on a public or private cloud," he said.

Liz Conner, senior research analyst with IDC's storage systems team, said Seagate owns all the components to build a backup target appliance. It already has its own EVault cloud service.

"They don't have to OEM anything," she said. "They have cloud connected. A couple of other companies have cloud connected but that is a fairly new piece to the puzzle. The other appliances Seagate have back up at a max of 50 terabytes or 100 terabytes. The 65 terabyte system helps round out the product line."

She said IDC's research shows that both the backup targeted appliance market and the integrated system market are growing.

"But we are seeing a shift toward the integrated system," she said. "To have an integrated system with all the software makes life for the IT administrator easier."

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Anyone who wants to have better cloud protection should choose Seagate’s EVault backup software. Sixty five trillion bytes is really a lot of protection!
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