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A wealth of deduplication options
This article is part of the Vol. 8 Num. 3 May 2009 issue of Storage magazine
Hardware-based products propelled deduplication into the mainstream, but now that most backup apps include dedupe, you'll have to carefully evaluate the options. By Lauren Whitehouse Data growth grabs most of today's IT headlines and many IT organizations believe data protection is one of the key contributors to the staggering data capacities that need to be managed. Why? Lots of copies are made by data protection processes -- at least once per day, but sometimes multiple times daily -- and kept locally for operational recovery. Copies of copies are also sent offsite for disaster recovery (DR) purposes. Most backup and replication solutions perform these processes inefficiently, making multiple copies of the same file despite only a small amount of the data within the file having been changed. Maintaining daily, weekly, monthly and yearly backup copies means that dozens of copies of the same data may be stored, and often for extended periods of time. It's this propagation of data that makes data deduplication a compelling ...
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