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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Storage Optimization with Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization

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Last week I attended the Red Hat Summit in Boston. One message I took home from this event is that Red Hat is betting big on cloud. Products like Red Hat OpenStack and services like Red Hat OpenShift Online represent new investments for the company in this area. But you can’t invest in the cloud without investing in core infrastructure components. To that end, Red Hat announced Red Hat Enterprise…

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Floods in Thailand – Accelerates adoption of SSDs and dedupe

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Flooding in Thailand is driving up prices and constricting availability of HDDs.  A Gartner Note, “How to Cope with a Worldwide Hard-Disk Shortage in 2012” (G00227631) by Valdis Filks and Stanley Zaffos, December 6 2011, predicts:”HDD costs will increase by up to 20% in 2012″.  Their number one recommendation to cope with the shortage is: “Accelerate the deployment of storage efficiency improving technologies and procedures.” Data growth isn’t going away. IDC…

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Moving to the Cloud Seems Like a Good Idea, Taking Everything You Have Does Not

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Moving to the cloud is cool. Cloud storage is a hot technology for good reason – it can save you money! It seems fairly simple, consume and pay for only what you need. Cloud storage saves you the cost of pre-purchasing storage in anticipation of your needs and the associated operating costs for space, staffing and operating that storage. Most organizations are trying to reduce total storage costs while facing…

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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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Dedupe isn’t always dedupe

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Data optimization has come under much scrutiny lately because it is a hot topic. As we are now beginning to think “outside of the box” on uses of data optimization, it might be useful to understand that dedupe isn’t always the same! For example, some of the early uses of dedupe were in single instance approaches that were at the file level. So, if an entire file was not exactly…

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Why Dedupe Everywhere? Ask Willy Sutton…

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In my previous post, I positioned deduplication as evolving to an “out of the box” approach that will deliver broader and more effective savings in dollars as well as space and resources. Now you may be asking yourself, with dedupe firmly entrenched in the backup realm, why do we need to dedupe anywhere else? Good question, let’s explore some of these answers.

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