Introduction. Dell PowerProtect Data Protection Software

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This section contains the following topics.


Document scope and audience

Product naming conventions and terminology changes

Product features

Detailed configuration

Document scope and audience

This document describes IDPA and explains how to install the hardware and perform the initial software configuration after the appliance hardware is set up.

The target audience for this document includes field personnel, partners, and customers responsible for managing and operating


Product naming conventions and terminology changes

The following table describes the recent name and terminology changes to Integrated Data Protection Appliance, starting with version 2.7.

Table 1. Product naming conventions and terminology changes

Existing Product/Component Name

Virtual Machines

New Name/Terminology


ESXi vSphere vCenter/vCSA (VM) vCenter service daemon vSAN

ACM (VM) dpatools


Avamar (VM)

Avamar Proxy / vProxy (VM)








Hypervisor Platform

Hypervisor Manager

Hypervisor Manager Service Daemon

Storage Pool

Appliance Configuration Manager (Service)

Infrastructure Management Service

Node Event Service

Protection Software (Service)

VM Proxy (Service)

Protection Storage

Data Protection Central (Service)

Reporting & Analytics


Cloud DR (Service)

Cloud DR Server

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Table 1. Product naming conventions and terminology changes (continued)

Existing Product/Component Name

Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC)

New Name/Terminology iDRAC iDRAC Service Module (iSM) / iSM service iDRAC Service Module

Product features

IDPA provides a simplified configuration and integration of data protection components in a consolidated solution.

Integrated solution

The IDPA is an integrated solution that offers complete Backup, Replication, Recovery, Deduplication, Instant Access and

Restore, Search, Reporting & Analytics, cloud readiness with disaster recovery and long-term retention to the cloud, all in a single appliance. The appliance is available in various configurations based on your requirements and storage capacity. .

● DP4400

● DP5800

● DP8300

● DP8800

IDPA DP4400 model is a hyperconverged, 2U system that a user can install and configure onsite.

The DP4400 includes a virtual edition of Protection Software server ( Protection Software (Service)) as the Protection

Software node, a virtual edition of Protection Storage system (Protection Storage) as the Protection Storage node, Cloud DR,

Data Protection Central as a centralized system management , an (ACM) for simplified configuration and upgrades, Search,

Reporting & Analytics, and a compute node that hosts the virtual components and the software.

DP4400 contains an Hypervisor server , which hosts all these virtual editions of the point products mentioned above.

NOTE: The Cloud DR node is available in the appliance based on the license that you have.

If your organization enables communication through the Internet, as part of the initial configuration of the system, you can register the IDPA Appliance, Protection Software, Protection Storage and components with Secure Remote Services (formerly

ESRS). The Secure Remote Services is a secure, IP-based, distributed customer service support system that provides Dell EMC customers with command, control, and visibility of support-related activities.

Centralized management

The Data Protection Central provides advanced monitoring and management capabilities of the IDPA from a single pane of glass and includes the following features.

● A comprehensive dashboard that allows you to manage and includes information about Protection Software, Protection

Storage, Search, and components.

○ Backup activities

○ Replication activities

○ Assets

○ Capacity

○ Health

○ Alerts

● Advanced search and recover operations through integration with Search.

● Comprehensive reporting capabilities

● Cloud backups.

Appliance administration

The ACM provides a web-based interface for configuring, monitoring, and upgrading the appliance.

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The ACM dashboard displays a summary of the configuration of the individual components. It also enables the administrators to monitor the appliance, modify configuration details such as expanding the Protection Storage disk capacity, change the common password for the appliance, update customer information, and change the values in the General Settings panel. The

General Settings panel on the ACM Dashboard allows you to change the LDAP settings, displays the time zones, NTP server status, external LDAP server status, status of FIPS, and so on. The ACM dashboard enables you to upgrade the system and its components. It also displays the health information of the Appliance Server and VMware components.

Backup administration

The IDPA uses Protection Software (AVE) servers for the DP4xxx models perform backup operations, with the data being stored in a Protection Storage system.

You can also add an Protection Software NDMP Accelerator (you must manually configure the NDMP Accelerator) to enable

backup and recovery of NAS systems. For more information about the configuration details, see Configuration options for each model

. The Protection Software NDMP Accelerator uses the network data management protocol (NDMP) to enable backup and recovery of network-attached storage (NAS) systems. The accelerator performs NDMP processing and then sends the data directly to the Protection Storage Server (Protection Storage Storage).

Reporting and Analytics

The feature offers a robust reporting functionality with dedicated sections for various features. These reports help you retrieve information about the Protection Storage and Protection Software. Using these reports, you can identify outages in the environment, diagnose problems, plan to mitigate risks, and forecast future trends. You can also run system and customized reports, dashboard templates, and schedule the reports generation as per your requirements.


The Search feature provides a powerful way to search backup data within the IDPA and then restore the backup data based on the results of the Search. Scheduled collection activities are used to gather and index the metadata (such as keyword, name, type, location, size, and backup server/client, or indexed content) of the backup, which is then stored within the IDPA.

Disaster recovery

The Cloud DR is a solution, which enables disaster recovery of one or more on-premise Services to the cloud. Cloud DR integrates with the existing on-premise backup software and a Protection Storage system to copy the service backups to the cloud. It can then run a disaster recovery test or a failover, which converts a VM to an Amazon Web Services Elastic Compute

Cloud (EC2) or a Microsoft Azure instance, and then runs these instances in the cloud.

NOTE: Installing Cloud DR components, Search, and (based on ) is optional. Also, if these components are already configured in your environment, then the appliance can be configured to use the central implementation in your environment. You do not need to configure the optional components that are bundled in IDPA again.

NOTE: While configuring the network, if you select IPv6 network protocol, then Cloud DR and Search are disabled.

However, the dashboard does not display any data that is associated with external Cloud DR, Search, and . Moreover, you must manage and configure any such external instances. Also, IDPA does not support local Search and Analytics (not part of IDPA but are centrally implemented at the customer environment) when these functions are performed by external implementations.


The IDPA models are designed to be scalable so it can scale up with ever-changing needs. See the Expanding storage capacity section in the Dell EMC Integrated Data Protection ApplianceInstallation and Upgrade Guide for more information about how to add storage capacity.

● For the DP4400 model with a capacity from 8 TB to 24 TB, you can expand the storage capacity in multiples of 4 TB increments up to 24 TB. By adding the Disk Expansion Kit, you can also expand the capacity beyond 24 TB in 12 TB increments.

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● For the DP4400 model with a capacity from 24 TB to 96 TB, you can expand the storage capacity in 12 TB increments, and you can expand the capacity up to a maximum of 96 TB.

The following table details the configuration for the IDPA models.

Table 2. Configuration for IDPA Model



Configuration Details

From 8 TB up to 24 TB

From 24 TB up to 96 TB

Unified support

The same Customer Support team supports both the hardware and the software that is used in the appliance.

Detailed configuration

The IDPA is available in the following models:

Table 3. Configuration options for the DP4400 model

Model Protection Storage model

Protection Storage configuration options

(usable TB)



Protection Storage

Protection Storage

24, 36, 48, 60, 72, 84, or 96 TB

8, 12, 16, 20 or 24 TB

Protection Software Protection Software

Accelerator Node for



Protection Software

(Service) 3 TB

NDMP Accelerator (1)

Protection Software

(Service) 3 TB

NDMP Accelerator (1)

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