2003 GOLD: Data Domain DD200 Recovery Appliance & Storage magazine editors

When reading through the specs of Data Domain's DD200 Recovery Appliance, one of the judges wondered if the company's claim of 20 times compression was a typo. Another eye-popping stat that could have been misconstrued as a typo is the appliance's ability to house more than 23TB of recovery data. Are the specs typos? Nope.

The DD200 uses a combination of standard tape compression and a data reduction technique Data Domain calls Global Compression Redundancy Pooling. Together, these two types of compression reduce capacity requirements by 20 times. The 20 times compression rate allows 1.2TB of useable physical capacity to look like approximately 23TB of compressed recovery data.

One judge said, "DD200 is the first product I have seen that allows me to use the existing tools, and yet it reduces the heck out of the amount of data."

Using the existing tools is key in implementation. DD200 is a "non-invasive product" that's essentially a plug-and-play appliance which can be up and running in a day. DD200 also works seamlessly alongside Veritas Software Corp. and Legato Systems Inc. backup software.

And what about price? One storage manager we asked said, "The price is excellent, assuming that it includes capability for storing 23TB. It seems well worth the $58,000 for a single-purpose disk backup facility."

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