However, some of those operations still need to integrate with physical tape, sometimes for regulatory reasons. For these users, there is no use echoing the cry, "Tape is dead!" For them, tape is very much alive and necessary, and dedupe tools that don't accommodate tape aren't as useful. Whatever the particular requirements of the data center, the deduplication offering needs to address them. Many of these deduplication features are desirable in smaller businesses, as well.
The start of a new year is a prime opportunity to reflect on recent accomplishments. Most businesses will enter 2013 having deployed simple deduplication that solves challenges that seemed intractable only a few years ago. Now, the opportunity is to move toward intelligent deduplication solutions that deliver dynamic data analysis and automatically assign appropriate dedupe policies that make the most sense for each IT environment.
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