EMC Data Domain

Data Domain Virtual Edition in the Cloud

Last year, the world’s most trusted protection storage was made software-defined – now, we’re moving all the benefits of DD VE to the cloud. This Tech Preview provides a pre-release version of Data Domain Virtual Edition (DD VE) for AWS & Azure. In this release, DD VE will be able to run in AWS and Azure environments and will support the following use cases:

  • Local backup in AWS and Azure
  • Replication from on-prem to cloud

For technical support, join the Dell EMC Data Domain Community and post your questions.

High Level features of DD VE:

  • Supported on AWS and Azure in commercial regions
    • Up to 16 TB usable capacity on AWS and up to 15 TB usable capacity on Azure
  • DD Boost and BoostFS protocols supported
  • Replication
    • Between two regions in the cloud
    • Between on-prem Data Domain/DD VE and DD VE in AWS/Azure
  • Encryption
  • Data Domain System Manager and Data Domain Management Center support for manageability

Application support: NetWorker, Avamar Virtual Edition, and DD Boost for Enterprise Applications

Not supported in the cloud:

  • DD Cloud Tier for Long-Term Retention

IMPORTANT: Watch the demo and learn how to download, install, and configure DD VE.


Data Domain Virtual Edition 3.1

Pre-requisites for DD VE Environment in AWS & Azure:


  • AWS account with access to a commercial region in AWS
  • Resource requirement for DD VE in AWS

How to Deploy DD VE in AWS - High Level (Use the "install guide for details)

Step 1: Convert DD VE VMDK to AM

  • The DD VE software is delivered as VMDK file. It is needed to be converted to AMI before the deployment.

Step 2: Deploy DD VE using the AMI

  • Create EC2 instance as DD VE Head Unit based on DD VE AMI
  • Create EBS volume and attach to the EC2 instance as NvRAM
  • Create EBS volume(s) and attach to the EC2 instance as Data Disk(s)


  • Azure account with access to a commercial cloud region in Azure
  • Resource requirement for DD VE in Azure

How to Deploy DD VE in Azure - High Level (Use the "install guide for details)

  • Login to Azure Powershell
  • Add a storage account
  • Add a storage container
  • Add DD VE VHD image to the container
  • Register VHD as an OS disk
  • Create VM from uploaded VHD
  • Login to the VM using SSH

License requirements: There is no additional license required to run DD VE for non-production use. Note that the Tech Preview provides up to 0.5TB usable capacity. If you are ready to purchase DD VE, Contact your Sales Associate.

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