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Complete Business Solutions – Future for major vendors?

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A few weeks ago I attended IBM Edge and was impressed with the emphasis IBM had placed on total solutions to business problems. As an industry veteran of several major vendors, including IBM, the goals in each vendor were always to move beyond hardware and into software and services. With commoditization of hardware, it is logical to see IBM continue moving toward a higher mix of software and services. In…

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Top 10 Questions to Ask Your Storage Provider about Data Efficiency

Top 10 Questions to ask your Storage Provider about Data Efficiency: Question #1- Block Size

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Question 1: At what granularity (block size) does your technology recognize duplicates? Best Answer: 4 KB blocks Unlike storage for backup, primary storage is characterized by high random access throughput and low latency. To be effective in primary storage, deduplication needs to scale with customers’ performance requirements and to run inline. For high-performance, flash-based storage devices, it must be able to operate at or above the 1M IOPS level when…

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What is…data efficiency?

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This is the first in the What is….series. We’ll publish What is… on a weekly basis to inform, educate and socialize better understanding of data efficiency technology and its business and technology benefits. Permabit is committed to the concept that data efficiency is the highest impact technology in storage today.  While data reduction is primarily concerned with minimizing the total amount of data that needs to be stored, Permabit’s definition…

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ZFS compression and Permabit Albireo COMPRESS compared

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In my recent article ZFS dedupe just doesn’t make any sense, I questioned why anyone would use ZFS deduplication. I’m not going to ask that question about ZFS compression, from what I’ve read it’s a well designed feature that for some use cases can actually speed up the performance of spinning disk. What’s missing from ZFS is frankly functional deduplication and that’s a shame because fast deduplication can actually speed…

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2015 is closer than you think!

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Recently we had a briefing with Mark Peters at ESG about the state of the storage market and about data efficiency adoption by the major vendors. His view is that most if not all the “majors” have data efficiency “waiting in the wings.” There is a herd mentality that occurs in IT/Storage… evidence abounds in  Cloud, Big Data, SDS and Flash Storage. Mark observed that once one major vendor plants…

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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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Pure 2:1 Dedupe Ratio – Seriously?

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In my last post I commented on David Hill’s piece about Pure Storage. As I look at Pure’s performance I am amazed that they are only getting 2:1 (actually 1.82:1) deduplication ratio. Yup it’s on their web site ! Since we’ve been in the Data Efficiency business longer than most, we understand how difficult it can be to attain good deduplication rates, but a number as low as 1.82 really…

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