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Vol. 9 Num. 7 October 2010

Capacity optimization is storage's newest hot topic

With demonstrated results for backup, data reduction techniques are now being aimed at primary storage. It's a hot market, but there are still plenty of wrinkles to iron out. By Jeff Byrne Mergers and acquisitions are alive and well in the storage industry, particularly when it comes to storage capacity optimization (SCO). SCO technologies, such as data deduplication and compression, increase the utilization of primary, secondary and/or archived storage by shrinking the amount of stored data. Despite being a relatively new market, we've seen a recent surge of SCO consolidation. In a single month, Dell Inc. scooped up compression and dedupe vendor Ocarina Networks Inc. and IBM picked up real-time compression supplier Storwize Inc. And don't forget EMC Corp.'s acquisition of Data Domain Inc. last year. Dedupe slims backups SCO technologies have traditionally had their greatest impact on backup storage, with data deduplication playing the leading role. Dedupe vendors can often reduce needed backup capacity by 90% to 95% or, put ...

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Features in this issue

  • 10 tips for managing storage for virtual servers and virtual desktops

    Server virtualization and virtual desktops can make configuring and managing storage systems a lot tougher. These 10 tips can help ease some of the stress caused by managing storage in a virtual environment.

  • Brighter outlook for storage budgets

    Budget concerns have eased slightly, and many storage managers are eyeing solid-state storage and cloud storage services. How does your shopping list compare to that of your peers?

  • Space and time are still backup bugaboos

    Our latest survey has readers saying too much capacity and too much stuff to back up is their biggest pain point when it comes to backup. Many of them are counting on data dedupe to ease their backup blues.

  • Integrate the cloud with your backup app

    Getting the sophistication of a backup app and the simplicity and scalability of cloud storage is possible today. But there are still some kinks to work out.

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