With news this week of EMC extending its Data Domain Boost (DD Boost) software to Oracle’s Recovery Manager, we cracked open some champagne here at Data Defenders and cheered that it was about time.
Just kidding, we didn’t cheer. But, the move to integrate backup software with the applications it is designed to protect was definitely interesting enough for a quick “hmm, neat idea” over a cup of coffee here at the office.
Our senior news director, Dave Raffo, wrote:
EMC first unveiled DD Boost two years ago as a way to speed backups by offloading part of the data deduplication process to the backup server. DD Boost already supported EMC’s NetWorker and Avamar, as well as Symantec’s NetBackup and Backup Exec backup software. Now EMC is extending that capability to one of the applications that enterprises need to protect. EMC’s goal is to get more database administrators (DBAs) using RMAN to back up to Data Domain appliances.
Dave also tells us that when DD Boost is used in concert with RMAN and Data Domain, the Oracle product can manage Data Domain replication with catalog awareness, plus take advantage of Data Domain’s dedupe and other functionality.
So we’re asking: will this kind of integration make you take another look (or maybe a first) at Data Domain appliances? What do you think of this kind of backup software/application integration in general? Cool idea? Who cares? Tell us in the comments below. I know this blog gets rowdy; keep it civil.