Aug 29

Data Deduplication: Why Less is More

We’ve all read or heard of the explosive growth of data. Since its inception in 2006, the catchphrase “Data is the New Oil” created by data scientist Clive Humby has persisted across numerous technology related editorials and newsfeeds. These commentaries regularly highlighted the increasing number of data generating devices and the quantities and types of information being created and stored. Many businesses would agree that their organizational data is progressively becoming more voluminous, disparate and essential. Whether it be for legal, archival or recovery purposes data must be preserved. 

The task of managing an organization’s data is becoming more difficult as the types and volume of data increases. Exacerbating this endeavor is the issue of redundant data. Take for example a presentation deck emailed out to 200 members of your global sales team at 10MB. These sales slides now take up 2GB of your storage space. That may not seem like much but consider the impact on your backup process. Most prudent organizations backup each user’s data daily. Moving forward, 2GB of additional storage space will be required each day, week after week. Take into consideration all the other duplicate data littered throughout your network, and the associated costs of all this unnecessary data becomes clear. 

Discarding identical data can significantly reduce storage expenditure and network bandwidth needs for transmitting data. Deduplication also enables backups to complete sooner and reduces the pressure on backup windows. 

Sending data to the cloud particularly for offsite storage and disaster recovery is made effortless when utilizing dedupe technology.

Dell EMC offers the PowerProtect Data Domain series of appliances designed for remote/branch offices and enterprise data centers alike. For example the DD OS employs source-side variable-length deduplication to minimize disk requirements and ensures data lands on disk already deduplicated. This reduces backup and archive storage requirements by up to 55x, making disk a cost-effective alternative to tape. Data on disk is available online and onsite for longer retention periods and restores and retrievals become faster and more reliable. 

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