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Software vendors expand data deduplication offerings
This article is part of the Vol. 8 Num. 6 September 2009 issue of Storage magazine
You can add data deduplication to your backup operations with an appliance, VTL or target array -- but backup application vendors offer software-only alternatives. Backup redesign and data deduplication have remained hot in the storage market this year, even in the midst of our economic woes. But just offering data dedupe as an add-in feature isn't enough anymore; vendors are also coming to market with ever-finer differentiations as the technology becomes ubiquitous in backup operations. In 2009, six companies -- Acronis Inc., Barracuda Networks Inc., CA, CommVault Systems Inc., IBM Corp. and Symantec Corp. -- have either added or expanded data deduplication in their backup software. CommVault threw down the gauntlet first with the announcement of data deduplication for Version 8 of its Simpana backup software in January. Simpana 8 also introduced a unique ability to dedupe data to tape. CommVault's approach looks to cut down on the number of tapes it will take to restore an individual file by having users specify a predefined ...
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