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Vol. 7 No. 7 September 2008

Dedupe moves beyond backup

While virtual tape library (VTL) vendors have been scrambling to add data deduplication to their products in recent months, the technology is spreading to archiving, replication and even primary storage. A few examples: NetApp claims thousands of its customers have licensed its dedupe for primary storage, Data Domain is moving to bring dedupe to secondary and archiving applications, and switch vendor Brocade plans to get into the dedupe act with a fabric-based replication device. NetApp has gone against the grain with dedupe. It's the first storage vendor to offer deduplication for primary data and one of the last to put it in its VTL. According to Chris Cummings, NetApp's senior director of data protection solutions, 2,500 customers and 10,000 systems activated NetApp's free dedupe utility in its Data Ontap OS as of the end of July, and most are using it for primary storage. Greg Stazyk, systems coordinator at the Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre (GSC) in Vancouver, BC, says he's been using NetApp's dedupe for primary data ...

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