Dell EMC PowerProtect is a scale-out data protection and management solution. It was added to Dell EMC’s data protection portfolio, which also includes PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain), Integrated Data Protection Appliance, Networker, and Avamar, in July 2019. PowerProtect provides key data protection features including backup and recovery on a self-service basis. It can also be used as a data management product with a software-as-a-service (SaaS)-based interface for management and analytics. PowerProtect is available as a software-only solution (standalone or packaged within Dell EMC’s Data Protection Suite), as well as an all-flash or a hybrid integrated appliance (X400).
The PowerProtect X400 integrated appliances are designed to be multi-dimmensional with both scale-up and scale-out functionality. The scale-out functionality is a new addition to Dell EMC’s data protection portfolio, and allows for a simultaneous increase in performance, networking, and capacity. The PowerProtect X400 appliance with X400F capacity cubes offers increased performance through its all-flash architecture.
Additionally, PowerProtect is on a quarterly release cadence which will allow for updated and new features to become accessible more quickly. The first release cycle, in the Fall of 2019, brought enhanced copy data replication and failover between on-premises PowerProtect DD arrays and AWS, Azure, and VMware Cloud on AWS public cloud resources, for failover and failback. It also brought deeper integration with vSphere to allow for self-service restores by VMware administrators, and support for Storage Direct (a rebranding of Dell EMC’s Protect Point software, which restores PowerMax and VMAX primary array snapshots directly to a PowerProtect DD array for high-performance restores without an impact to production performance).
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