Not All Dedupe is Created Equal! Is there “A Better Dedupe”?

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It’s sometimes difficult to remember that a name or phrase that becomes generic doesn’t always represent the same level of quality.  For example, Coke became the generic phrase for cola soft drinks even though there were many brands cola soft drinks, often not nearly as well known or liked.  Similarly Kleenex became a generic phrase for facial tissue even though there are literally dozens of other brands of varying quality…

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Dedupe isn’t always “dedupe” And Dedupe Everywhere isn’t always “everywhere”

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In my last two posts, I explored why deduplication approaches vary widely and dedupe everywhere sometimes isn’t really “everywhere”.  I hope I was successful in describing that the names may be the same in dedupe and dedupe everywhere, but what is delivered may be very different.  Although the approaches in deduplication vary, they are based on the ability to effectively address the key performance issues that have been, until now,…

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“Dedupe Everywhere” isn’t always dedupe “everywhere”

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Dedupe is a hot topic and the differences between dedupe implementations was the topic of my previous post Now there continues to be differences in vendor offerings and marketing plays a role in defining who does what and how they describe it.  “Dedupe Everywhere” has been a phrase a few are beginning to use so I wanted to provide some clarity on the use case of dedupe everywhere and what…

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Deduplication and the Enterprise Database – Part 2

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In my previous blog, I identified three potential inhibitors to the adoption of deduplication on primary storage: performance, cost and scalability. Sure enough, the early adopters I’ve spoken with have all run into these issues. They are all looking forward to having Albireo-enabled solutions hit the market. Last week I discussed how storage systems that implement Permabit’s Albireo can avoid traditional performance penalties, but what about other primary storage solutions with deduplication out there?

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Left Lane Driving and Primary Storage Optimization

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I grew up in the Detroit area, and I often go back to automobiles when I think about buying behaviors. Some time ago I determined that engine technologies had advanced enough so that I could make fuel efficiency and clean emissions my primary criteria for new vehicle purchases. The first efficient/clean vehicle I bought was a clean diesel for one of my daughters. The car gets better than 50 miles to the gallon…

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Unified Storage and Data Optimization The Next Step in Storage Efficiency

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Last year I discussed how important storage efficiency has become in my post, ‘The New Normal in Storage‘. I pointed to advancements in unified storage solutions and primary dedupe as technologies with great promise. The market is moving fast and leading storage companies are driving product innovation by integrating unified storage with data optimization.  The focus is on delivering efficiency to address accelerating data growth.  We’ll see these products introduced…

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Dedupe 2.0–What exactly is it?

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In my earlier blog, I mentioned Dedupe 2.0 as the next generation of deduplication beyond backup. Dedupe 1.0 is the backup use case of deduplication which many vendors deploy today. It seems however, that some vendors are trying to claim their dedupe solutions as Dedupe 2.0, when in fact they’re just tweaks to Dedupe 1.0 implementations. For example, a recent white paper and now a few blog posts by Nexsan…

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Deduplication – Moving Beyond Backup

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It was just a matter of time! The Dedupe 1.0 era comes to an end!For readers that may not know the phrase Dedupe 1.0 is what we refer to as the initial phase of dedupe which employed the use case of dedupe in backup. Simple enough backups by their nature contain an excessively high duplicate rate. Since the daily backup is 90% duplicate from the previous day it stands to…

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