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STOP! Over! Provisioning! Flash! Arrays! Solve the problem with Data Efficiency

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In a Storage Newsletter article/tech alert from Skyera titled “Most SSD Array Vendors Overcharge Customers” it was revealed that there is significant over-provisioning by SSD vendors that raises the cost to the end customer. Over-provisioning occurs to increase flash life-cycles while the extra memory sits unused until failures occur. This is raising the cost of flash arrays by an average of 28% according to Skyera. Given the cost differential of…

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1,000 Going on 3,000

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Today we announced that our OEM partners have shipped over 1,000 units of Albireo deduplication software in disk and flash arrays over just the last 6 months.  We are on target to hit 3,000 by the end of the year. The results affirm that Permabit is the industry’s leading data efficiency pure-play.  Pure Storage, the only other significant pure-play deduplication vendor is “celebrating” shipments of just “100s” over their lifetime…

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Big Data requires Little Memory [aka stealing some of the spotlight]

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With their recent $150M investment, Pure Storage has helped shine a light (more like a spotlight) on the importance of data efficiency in the flash storage space.  And we’re happy to steal a little of their light. Pure is setting the competitive bar for the entire flash array storage segment, but it turns out that Permabit has the most memory-efficient deduplication implementation in the industry.  I’ll say it again.  We…

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Data Efficiency – Pure Storage is not the only Game in Town

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I just read a very nice piece in Storage Newsletter.com by David Hill: Pure Storage: The Price of Flash is Right .  On many levels I completely agree with David. Flash is an exciting technology and its application in storage arrays is having a tremendous impact on performance.  Much of what David says is spot-on and the price advantage that data efficiency brings demonstrates how this is a critical weakness…

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The Big Picture – IT Trends That Matter -The Cloud

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  This post is the fourth in a four – part series on IT Trends That Matter  In my previous posts on IT Trends That Matter  I reviewed four IT trends that Gartner presented during a local Gartner session. In this post I’ll delve into Cloud trends that are reshaping the IT environment. “The Cloud” seems like an amorphous entity that we all refer to but few can accurately define.…

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Data Efficiency…the Transformational Technology of this storage era

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Transformational technologies are slow to take hold in storage. Until recently, storage was purchased based upon three basic criteria: performance, reliability and manageability.  You may say, “whoa, what about price”, I’d argue price was set by performance requirements.  Historically, these have been valuable competencies for storage companies and points of differentiation, but today – in a storage world that is virtualized, software defined, SSD accelerated, running on standard platforms and…

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Data Efficiency is the real reason for using Data Optimization Technology

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In a column by Steve Duplessie titled, Data Optimization: The first step for data efficiency, in Search Storage a few weeks ago, Steve did a nice job of positioning data optimization technology as the enabler to Data Efficiency.   The concept of Data Efficiency bears some vetting in the context of data storage and IT.  As Steve puts it, it’s the real reason IT lives; “to make the data we need…

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