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Dell EMC PowerProtect – Product Analysis

Last updated July 27th, 2020 for product updates. In-depth 13-page analysis of Dell EMC PowerProtect. Covers highlights, hardware, software, performance and more. Download the full product analysis now! Download the product analysis now!

Dell EMC PowerProtect is a scale-out data protection and management solution added to Dell EMC’s data protection portfolio, which also includes PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain), Integrated Data Protection Appliance (IDPA), Networker, and Avamar, in July 2019. PowerProtect provides key data protection features including backup and self-service recovery. 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 (PowerProtect Data Manager, soled as standalone, software packaged within Dell EMC’s Data Protection Suite, and available through the AWS Marketplace), as well as an all-flash or a hybrid integrated appliance (X400).

The PowerProtect X400 integrated appliances are 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.

The PowerProtect Software is on a quarterly release cadence, allowing for updated and new features to become accessible more quickly. Dell EMC continues enhancing core workload support, for example qualifying the software for vSphere 7 support and offering file-level recovery via a plug in. It also added support for Storware’s vProtect to allow for third-party hypervisor environments to be recovered to Dell EMC PowerProtect DD (Data Domain).

Additionally, Dell EMC is using the quarterly release cadence to build out cloud support. Backup in the cloud, as well as backup, long-term retention and DR (e.g. copy data replication and failover/failback between on-premises PowerProtect DD arrays and AWS, Azure, and VMware Cloud on AWS public cloud resources) to the cloud, are all supported workloads. AWS-native resources are supported with the AWS-hosted option procured through the AWS Marketplace. Dell EMC Cloud Snapshot Manager. Also notable on the cloud front is ongoing enhancements to support for containers, including application-consistent backups of MongoDB and MySQL databases in container environments, and support for OpenShift on VMware, VMware Tanzu, and Kubernetes clusters running on AWS EC2.

Evaluator Group covers Dell EMC PowerProtect X400 and competing “integrated data protection appliances (e.g. Commvault HyperScale X, Rubrik Cloud Data Management and StorageCraft OneXafe) in its Data Protection Systems Vendor Comparison Matrix and associated Product Briefs, Analyses, and Evaluation Guide. We cover Dell EMC PowerProtect Data Manager in a similar vein in our Data Protection Software research.

Product Analysis Includes:

  • Highlights
  • Overview of System
  • Hardware Description
  • Software Architecture
  • Advanced Software Features and Functions
  • Reliability, Availability and Serviceability
  • Evaluator Group Comments

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