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Deduping Storage Deduplication

One of the hottest topics in the enterprise storage world is deduplication. We take a look at the technology behind the concept and discuss where it is best applicable in your storage strategy.

I think everyone can agree that data storage is exploding at a fairly fast, some say alarming, rate. This means that administrators are having to work overtime to keep everything humming so that users don’t even see the hard work that is going on behind the scenes. These things include: quota management, snapshots, backups, replication, preparing disaster recovery backups, off-site copies of data, restorations of user data that has been erased, monitoring data growth and data usage, and a thousand other tasks that keep things running smoothly (picture synchronized swimmers that look graceful above the water but underneath the surface their legs and hands are moving at a furious rate).

Now that I have equated storage experts to synchronized swimmers and probably upset all of them (my apologies), let’s look at a new technology that is trying to make their life easier while also saving money. This technology is called…

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