Thursday, 05 May 2016 06:08

EMC adds copy data management to portfolio


EMC's forthcoming Enterprise Copy Data Management (eCDM) software is intended to help organisations keep the right number of copies of data in the right places.

The use of snapshots helps protect data but can easily result in an excessive number of copies of that data, leading to unnecessary cost.

The scale of the problem can be seen from estimates that 82% of businesses now have at least 10 copies of any single production instance of data.

So eCDM provides automated copy data monitoring and management to help organisations ensure they are storing the right number of copies in the right place.

It automatically discovers copies across primary and protection storage, so administrators are still free to create copies as they see fit. eCDM applies rules to eliminate copies that are out of policy.

"To modernise business processes, customers need a complete vision of all the data across the organisation – no gaps, no silos, no misinformation," said EMC core technologies senior vice president of data protection and availability solutions Beth Phalen (pictured).

"eCDM links together a complete picture of the copy data across a business from primary to protection storage, ensuring customers have the right copies of the right data in the right place.

"eCDM is the first product to bridge the gap between data protection and data management, addressing the pressing challenge of ensuring the right levels of protection while also addressing copy data sprawl; helping organisations dramatically reduce cost while increasing confidence that their data is protected consistently and completely."

The first release of eCDM is scheduled for the third quarter of 2016, and will suport Vmax All Flash, Vmax3, XtremIO and Data Domain systems.

Disclosure: The writer attended EMC World 2016 as a guest of EMC

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