EMC Unveils New And Updated Software For Backup, Recovery

New to EMC's portfolio is HomeBase, which restores server state configurations required for bare metal recovery.
EMC on Monday introduced one new product and several upgrades for backup and recovery of data.

The company launched at the EMC World conference in Orlando, Fla., the new HomeBase, which restores server state configurations, and unveiled new versions of RecoverPoint replication software; NetWorker, a backup and recovery application; and DiskXtender, network-attached storage archiving software.

HomeBase automatically captures and stores point-in-time profiles of server configurations required for bare metal recovery. Rather than use a more traditional method of periodically creating a new system image, HomeBase integrates into the backup and recovery workflow to leverage existing infrastructure to store configurations.

"At the time of recovery, HomeBase software applies a source server's profile to the new target server hardware, eliminating the time-consuming and costly effort of having to reconfigure systems and applications in the case of hardware failure or disaster," the company said in a statement.

With the software upgrades, EMC has added to NetWorker support for more languages and a new module for Oracle applications. The latest version of RecoverPoint offers support for Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service, which improves automation and management of backing up and restoring Microsoft Exchange Server and SQL Server.

The DiskXtender for NAS upgrade adds long-term data-retention support for Network Appliance to the previously supported EMC Celerra systems. DiskXtender migrates inactive files to platforms such as EMC Centera content-addressed storage systems, EMC Clariion networked storage or third-party storage systems. DiskXtender is used to free up space on primary storage.

DiskXtender is scheduled for release May 30, and NetWorker is set for release in June. The remaining products are available immediately.

Other announcements at EMC World included an upgrade of backup and recovery software EMC Avamar. Version 3.7 supports VMware Consolidated Backup for protection across virtual machines. The upgrade also includes support for EMC Celerra NAS systems.

EMC also beefed up its Disk Library portfolio with the addition of the 6000 Series, which scales to 1.8 petabytes of usable compressed capacity and can backup more than 11 terabytes of data per hour. The 6000 Series and Avamar are set for release in June.