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EMC Offers Avamar De-Dupe as Virtual Machine

Casting its weight behind the latest data protection trends, EMC has unveiled a version of its de-duplication product that runs as a virtual machine within VMware. The vendor has also introduced a turnkey version of Avamar's software running on EMC hardware. (See EMC Intros VMware-Based Avamar.)

First, the virtual machine: Dubbed the EMC Avamar Virtual Edition for VMware Infrastructure, this version of Avamar's software resides on an ESX server, to which it appears as another virtual machine. The product won't be available until November, but it's priced at $17,000 per 1 Tbyte of de-duplicated data. EMC claims data reduction ratios of 35:1 to 50:1, so that 1 Tybte represents 35 Tbytes to 50 Tbytes of traditional backup capacity, in EMC's view.

EMC's new approach with Avamar is in keeping with a trend several data protection vendors have followed lately. Earlier this week, for instance, FalconStor launched a CDP virtual appliance for VMware. And Arkeia has built a VMware virtual appliance for its Network Backup software. (See Arkeia, VMware Partner.)

One thing: Avamar Virtual Edition is not officially a VMware virtual appliance. According to Jed Yueh, VP of product management for EMC's Avamar software business, that's intentional. To register as a virtual appliance in VMware's program, a product must not contain any software licensed from third parties, he says. Virtual Edition packs the Red Hat operating system.

At least one analyst says the distinction is moot. "For all practical purposes, [Avamar Virtual Edition] is a virtual appliance," says analyst Lauren Whitehouse of the Enterprise Strategy Group. And she expects to see a lot more data protection solutions appear on VMware, whether as appliances or simply applications. "It's a very popular packaging and deployment option," she says.

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