EMC Updates Data Protection Options

EMC has refreshed its Data Domain backup and archive systems and added Active Directory integration to its Mozy cloud backup solution. The ultimate goal? Providing data protection as a service rather than relying on individual solutions for specific servers and systems.

That’s potentially a challenge in an era where disk storage is cheap and individual users often rely on consumer-grade solutions such as Dropbox to back up their own data. Shane Moore, APJ director for EMC’ s backup and recovery systems division, argues that those approaches, while common, can’t replace a proper company-wide data protection strategy.

“Data growth puts pressure on every environment,” he told Lifehacker. “Lots of users take backup into their own hands. Not only do they have the capacity, they also have the tools. When you multiply that right across an environment with all the app owners it creates a problem. A lot of data backup silos have now built up.”

“The thing is you don’t really know what’s going on,” Moore added. “If you have all those different silos taking backups, IT is still on the line if there are issues. So IT needs to have some level of control. While the app owner might be happy, across an enterprise it’s different.”

The new products are scheduled to ship in the third quarter of 2013.