EMC acquisitions & other announcements at #EMCSummit last week

EMC’s recently announced the acquisition of Maginetics and Spanning, which are mainly for pushing data protection out to cloud storage and cloud storage data protection. The other major item to come out of EMC Global Analyst Summit last week was the announcement of EMC’s Hybrid Cloud Solution.

Magnetic for cloud onramp

Maginetics is intended to be yet another tier in the deep archive for Avatar, Data Domain and NetWorker but this one is intended to be in the cloud. MagFS Maginetic’s file system manages the file to object transition, provides their own deduplication and can replicate data to one or more cloud providers, even supporting different cloud services such as, AWS, Google Compute, Azzure, CleverSafe etc. I think ultimately this may be broadened beyond just data protection to be another tier for Unified storage to move to the cloud as well but that’s subject for another post.

How does Maginetics differs from another recent EMC acquisition, TwinStrata? TwinStrata is mainly targeted for primary storage moving a LUN to the cloud and maintaining data avaliability and something like reasonable responsiveness to the data that’s moved to the cloud. So where Maginetics is for data protection storage TwinStrata is for primary storage. Unclear where this leaves other file storage…

Spanning for protection of cloud data

Spanning is intended to be a data protection solution for  data that’s born in the cloud. In this case, you can use Spanning to backup your cloud applications to different cloud service providers or even the same cloud service providers. Even if you don’t want to use Spanning to backup your cloud app’s data, with a cloud version of Data Protection Advisor (based somewhat on Spanning), you should be ultimately able to use it to monitor your current cloud provider’s replication/protection activities to insure they are copying and backing up your data properly across data center domains etc. In this way you can better monitor your cloud providers internal data replication/protection services.

EMC seems like it’s got a vision of where it intends to go and the cloud represents a significant new potential data stream and they want to be there to help protect it and use it to help protect other data.

EMC’s Hybrid Cloud announcement

The main announcement at the summit was on EMC’s Hybrid Cloud Offering which was pre-announced at EMC World last spring. With their Hybrid Cloud Offering making it easier for data centers to take advantage of the cloud to burst applications back and forth, EMC’s trying to cover anyway to use the cloud that makes sense.

EMC announced that their Hybrid Cloud solution will support a “federation” hybrid cloud solution based on VCE/VBLOCK or VSPEX and a software defined version based on ViPR storage controller. They also made a statement of direction to have their Hybrid Cloud solution support Microsoft Azure as well as OpenStack at some point in the future…

Well I think that about covers it for EMC cloud announcements from the EMC Global Summit last week.