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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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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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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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Copy Data has Huge Impact – Easily Corrected

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Catching up on my summer reading I ran across a great piece on Copy Data by Ashish Nadkarni of IDC. I have to say that I was taken aback by the data IDC had compiled; “Last year, more than 60 percent of all enterprise disk capacity worldwide was filled with copy data In 2012, 85 percent of hardware purchases and 65 percent of storage infrastructure software revenue in 2012 was…

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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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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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