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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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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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Deduplication and the Enterprise Database – the Backup Use Case

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It’s been a while since I last wrote about Deduplication and the Enterprise Database. My previous posts focused on databases in the primary storage environment, but, of course, backup was really the first use case to reap the benefits of deduplication. For this discussion, we will focus on Oracle database environments (but keep in mind that this applies to other Database environments as well). Oracle backups are performed using the…

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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 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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Dedupe “Comes Out of the Box”

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Dedupe as we have known it is rapidly evolving and we need to think about it differently! Until recently a dedupe box or appliance was the status quo. It was a specialized device that was used, for the most part, in a data backup operation. It was an appliance that had its own separate storage, operating system, specialized software and in some cases, special hardware. As with many new technologies,…

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Data Optimization: Enabling IT Value

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Every business measures the value of each functional area in one form or another. Products, development, support, sales, marketing and the list continues, each deliver a value to the business. Information Technology at times appears to be a pure expense line. Yes there is a service provided and yes there is an infrastructure delivered but, does IT deliver a business value that can be measured in dollars and cents? In…

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