One of the first announcements out of the chute at Dell EMC World 2017 is an updated version of Data Domain’s Virtual Edition (DD VE). The new version runs in both Amazon and Azure clouds and is designed to provide data protection to native cloud-based applications.
DD VE provides 96TB of active tier storage and 192TB of long term retention storage. It has the same feature set (DD Replication, DD Encryption and DD Boost) and users interface that the physical on-premises appliances do. It supports cloud native application and even includes support for MongoDB using the DD BoostFS protocol.
Since DD VE does have the DD Replication feature, potentially one of the most immediate use cases of the product will be as a replication target for on-premises Data Domain solutions. There are many, many Data Domain customers without a viable target for replication. DD VE solves that problem quite nicely.
DD VE’s support of Amazon and Azure is an important next step both for Dell EMC and for customers trying to become cloud first. For Dell EMC it further strengthens its software defined strategy. For organizations enacting a cloud-first strategy, it provides them with a solution that is often lacking from cloud services providers – enterprise class data protection. It also provides them with one less “new thing” to learn since DD VE presents them with a familiar interface. But again, we think that quantity sales of DD VE will happen because customers will want to use the solution as a replication target and enable them to improve their disaster recovery strategy.