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Vol. 8 Num. 2 April 2009

The buzz about dedupe

The storage industry is abuzz with dedupe. Approximately one-third of respondents to Storage magazine's latest survey use a dedupe product, but how easy will it be to convert the stragglers? By Rich Castagna If the storage industry had a word of the year award, it would go to "dedupe." Like with so many other IT technologies, the task is to determine if dedupe's hype or happening. For data deduplication, it seems like it might be a little of both. In our latest survey, we found that 31% of respondents currently use a deduplication product -- not bad, considering that it's still a new technology. But how easy will it be to convert the remaining 69% of non-believers? Forty-four percent are dedupe-deniers, who cite diverse reasons for their non-implementation: 30% don't use disk for backup and 29% just don't see a need. In addition, approximately one-third of the comments we received cite the cost of deduplication as a prohibitive factor. As for the great where-to-put-it debate, 50% of our dedupers chose products that do inline ...

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