Data Domain DDBoost feature

  • 14 April 2021
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My company is planning to do a tech refresh on our aging data domain to a newer version. 

We also highlighted that we’re having backup slowness issues on some of our large Oracle databases & some NDMP backups. Our current configuration is backing up to a VTL located in our data domain & no compression or deduped are enabled from Commvault layer.

Dell’s sales team advice us to purchase an additional license for DDBoost for the new Data Domain. This is because DDBoost will be able to perform a very good dedupe & compression rate from the source level before transferring it to our data domain, thus saving the time it took to transfer via network.

However I’ve been checking around Commvault’s KB and looks like commvault only works with BoostFS & not DD Boost. I haven’t check with Dell yet regarding this. 

May I know has anyone implemented DDBoost on your environment for backing up databases/vm & NDMP? 


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Hi JasonTF,

 

Thank you very much for your post.

 

I can confirm that DD Boost can be used with the Commvault Software.

 

The following documentation will give you answers on how to configure and the recommended settings : https://documentation.commvault.com/commvault/v11/article?p=9404.htm

 

Have a great day!

 

Warm regards,

 

Chris

 

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Hi! You can leverage DD Boost by installing BoostFS plug-in on your MediaAgent.

As much as I like Data Domain, combining it with Commvault brings some limitations:

  • no true source-side dedupe (data will be reduced by MA)
  • no DFC support (DD Boost over FC)
  • no Retention Lock support
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Hey Jason! I have this exact setup in our environment here! We currently use a Data Domain 6300 for our backup appliance and leverage BoostFS on our MediaAgent (Microsoft Server 2016). 

While I like the Data Domain, there are some limitations. You have to disable Deduplication on Commvault and let the hardware do everything so it adds a bit of complication. And support from Dell/EMC on how to get it up and running isn’t the easiest. There doesn’t seem to be alot of techs that are familiar with DDBOOST/BoostFS.. (They are one in the same, BoostFS is just the plugin in Linux/Windows that utilizes DDBoost).

 

Let me know if you have questions!

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Hey Jason! I have this exact setup in our environment here! We currently use a Data Domain 6300 for our backup appliance and leverage BoostFS on our MediaAgent (Microsoft Server 2016). 

While I like the Data Domain, there are some limitations. You have to disable Deduplication on Commvault and let the hardware do everything so it adds a bit of complication. And support from Dell/EMC on how to get it up and running isn’t the easiest. There doesn’t seem to be alot of techs that are familiar with DDBOOST/BoostFS.. (They are one in the same, BoostFS is just the plugin in Linux/Windows that utilizes DDBoost).

 

Let me know if you have questions!

Are you doing Natural Fulls instead of Non-DASH Fulls with that combination?

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Hey Jason! I have this exact setup in our environment here! We currently use a Data Domain 6300 for our backup appliance and leverage BoostFS on our MediaAgent (Microsoft Server 2016). 

While I like the Data Domain, there are some limitations. You have to disable Deduplication on Commvault and let the hardware do everything so it adds a bit of complication. And support from Dell/EMC on how to get it up and running isn’t the easiest. There doesn’t seem to be alot of techs that are familiar with DDBOOST/BoostFS.. (They are one in the same, BoostFS is just the plugin in Linux/Windows that utilizes DDBoost).

 

Let me know if you have questions!

Are you doing Natural Fulls instead of Non-DASH Fulls with that combination?

 

I am doing Natural Fulls. It works ok. However, if I were to redo my setup, I would have used a non deduplicating appliance or used Dell’s Data Domain Backup software as well. Keep the hardware/software similar.

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