Dedupe, dedupe, dedupe dedupe dedupe: Dell drops in ROBO backup appliance

Smaller, slower box gets cloud backend tier, vow of 'up to 55:1' rate


Dell has added a low-end data protection appliance to infiltrate remote and branch offices and smaller enterprises.

The DP4400 comes just over a year after an Integrated Data Protection Appliance (IDPA) quartet was announced: the DP5300, 5800, 8300, and 8800.

The DP4400 comes in a 2U box and is powered by PowerEdge 14G servers. The other DP products come in 40U racks, which scale up by using disk expansion enclosures – 60-drive x 5U ones for example.

Dell_EMC_DP4400

Dell EMC IDPA DP4400

PowerEdge 14G servers arrived in July 2017, a couple of months after the DP5300 to DP8800 were announced in May 2017. They'll probably get a PowerEdge 14G server upgrade at some stage.

These IDPA systems are turnkey appliances and integrate protection storage, servers and software, search and analytics with – except for the (then entry-level) DP5300 – a cloud back-end tier. Effectively, they wrap extra functions around a Data Domain deduping backup software core.

The DP4400 is smaller than the DP5300, but gets a cloud tier. The five IDPA appliances have these basic specs:

  DP4400 DP5300 DP5800 DP8300 DP8800
Ingest Rate 9TB/hr 24TB/hr 32TB/hr 41TB/hr 68TB/hr
Logical Capacity 240 TB - 4.8PB 340TB - 6.5PB 960TB - 14.4PB 1.9 - 36PB 6.2-50PB
w/Cloud Tiering 14.4PB n/a 14.4-43.2PB 36-108PB 31-150PB
Usable Capacity 24-96TB 34-130TB 96-288TB 192-720TB 624TB-1PB
w/Cloud Tiering 288TB n/a to 864TB to 2.16PB to 3PB

The DP4400 has a noticeably lower ingest rate (9TB/hour) than the DP5300 (24TB/hour).

It can deliver backup, replication, deduplication, access to data for test and dev, cloud disaster recovery and long-term retention. On that basis, Dell compared the DP4400 to these other systems:

  • Vertias NetBackup 5240/5330
  • Rubrik Cloud Data Management Appliances: r6304, r6404, r6408, r6410 and r528
  • Cohesity DataPlatform
  • Commvault HyperScale Appliance

It positioned the DP4400 as suitable for ROBO and mid-sized enterprises, but the DP5300 and DP5800 are positioned for mid-sized enterprises as well – so perhaps it's better to consider the DP4400 as a smaller enterprise system.

It also said it would offer an "Up to 55:1 Data Protection Deduplication Guarantee", which requires customer signature and purchase of a ProSupport, ProSupport Plus or Mission Critical maintenance agreement.

If you'd like a DP4400 spec sheet, you can grab one here (PDF). The appliance is available through Dell EMC and authorised channel partners, starting at under $80,000. ®

Similar topics


Other stories you might like

  • Experts: AI should be recognized as inventors in patent law
    Plus: Police release deepfake of murdered teen in cold case, and more

    In-brief Governments around the world should pass intellectual property laws that grant rights to AI systems, two academics at the University of New South Wales in Australia argued.

    Alexandra George, and Toby Walsh, professors of law and AI, respectively, believe failing to recognize machines as inventors could have long-lasting impacts on economies and societies. 

    "If courts and governments decide that AI-made inventions cannot be patented, the implications could be huge," they wrote in a comment article published in Nature. "Funders and businesses would be less incentivized to pursue useful research using AI inventors when a return on their investment could be limited. Society could miss out on the development of worthwhile and life-saving inventions."

    Continue reading
  • Declassified and released: More secret files on US govt's emergency doomsday powers
    Nuke incoming? Quick break out the plans for rationing, censorship, property seizures, and more

    More papers describing the orders and messages the US President can issue in the event of apocalyptic crises, such as a devastating nuclear attack, have been declassified and released for all to see.

    These government files are part of a larger collection of records that discuss the nature, reach, and use of secret Presidential Emergency Action Documents: these are executive orders, announcements, and statements to Congress that are all ready to sign and send out as soon as a doomsday scenario occurs. PEADs are supposed to give America's commander-in-chief immediate extraordinary powers to overcome extraordinary events.

    PEADs have never been declassified or revealed before. They remain hush-hush, and their exact details are not publicly known.

    Continue reading
  • Stolen university credentials up for sale by Russian crooks, FBI warns
    Forget dark-web souks, thousands of these are already being traded on public bazaars

    Russian crooks are selling network credentials and virtual private network access for a "multitude" of US universities and colleges on criminal marketplaces, according to the FBI.

    According to a warning issued on Thursday, these stolen credentials sell for thousands of dollars on both dark web and public internet forums, and could lead to subsequent cyberattacks against individual employees or the schools themselves.

    "The exposure of usernames and passwords can lead to brute force credential stuffing computer network attacks, whereby attackers attempt logins across various internet sites or exploit them for subsequent cyber attacks as criminal actors take advantage of users recycling the same credentials across multiple accounts, internet sites, and services," the Feds' alert [PDF] said.

    Continue reading

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2022