Dell EMC PowerProtect is a scale-out data protection and management solution. It was added to Dell EMC’s Dell EMC data protection portfolio, which also includes 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.
Dell EMC joins a growing number of vendors marketing “integrated data protection appliances.” Competing solutions include Commvault HyperScale, Igneous Hybrid Storage Cloud, Rubrik Cloud Data Management and StorageCraft OneXafe, among others. These products are included in the Evaluator Group Research Scale-Out Data Protection comparison matrix and associated Product Briefs, Analyses, and Evaluation Guide.
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