December 24, 2012, 1:26 PM — This vendor-written tech primer has been edited by Network World to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favor the submitter's approach.
Deduplication, a fresh idea only a few years ago, has become a commodity, with organizations of all sizes deploying deduplication as just another feature in their data protection and backup solutions. This is progress. More data centers can eliminate the redundant data in their backup and storage systems to save money and increase efficiency. However, the job is not done. With deduplication in place, IT leaders can move on to adopting intelligent capabilities to ensure data is properly stored and protected. In 2013 data center managers will push for global deduplication that provides flexibility, scalability, performance and high availability of data.
Simple deduplication capabilities don't inspire much awe these days, but that doesn't mean they aren't a major accomplishment. Less than a decade ago, enterprises were plagued by multiple copies of data in their tape-based systems. There was no cost-effective way to replicate all of those copies off site in a way that protected network bandwidth and the bottom line. Deduplication opened the door to cost-efficient data backup and replication.
CLEAR CHOICE TEST: Recoup with data dedupe
By 2012 IT teams used various methods to identify duplicate data and retain information about all of the data under storage. That capability has become essential, since data is growing at the rate of 50% to 60% annually, which increases the need for effective data protection and storage solutions.
But is simple deduplication enough today? Most shops view deduplication as a basic feature, but in reality, it is a complicated activity that involves a number of resources and processes and requires the attention of the IT staff to manage that resource. Not all data deduplicates well, so IT still must monitor the data being stored in order to get the best utilization of deduplicated storage. A database that was backing up and replicating efficiently can suddenly fail to deduplicate well because compression or encryption was enabled at the database level.