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A few companies are still kicking the tires of deduplication products, but veteran users should be thinking about how they can step up to the next level of backup dedupe.

Anything labeled "2.0" carries the expectation of being the “next big thing” or at least something better than what you have now. This phenomenon is coming to the world of storage in the form of Dedupe 2.0 and it’s a cool development.

Whether you’re a veteran dedupe user ready to step up to a new version or still in the initial evaluation phase, data deduplication is a “when” not an “if.” And frankly, the “when” is now. Everyone understands that disk-based protection is a better frontline defense for most recovery scenarios. But disk-based protection without deduplication can be cost prohibitive, so you need dedupe to make disk-based protection as cost effective as possible. From there, you can proceed to the cloud, retain data on tape or just replicate it to another disk.

But you need disk and, therefore, you need dedupe. New research from Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) shows that nearly 80% of IT environments already use or plan to deploy deduplication as part of their data protection solution.

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This was first published in August 2012

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