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Data deduplication eases storage headaches

Reduce data redundancies and free network bandwidth by storing only what has been changed.

Data deduplication eases storage headaches

If a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, a lot can be even worse.

Imagine 1,000 enterprise users receiving a company e-mail with a 1MB attachment, and each of them saving it locally: 1GB of space is required. Standard backup stores that attachment 1,000 more times, using up another 1GB. And from then on, whenever a user makes changes to the original file, the new version is saved in full.

Now imagine backing up the original attachment only once and replacing the other 999 instances with pointers back to that single copy—and then doing the same for changes, saving only the parts of the file that have been altered.

Welcome to data deduplication, a new method for eliminating redundancies in stored data. Based on special ‘differencing’ algorithms, data deduplication works at the block level of a file, storing only what has been changed.

“Data deduplication is a lot more than just convenient,” says Steve Johnson, Worldwide Product Marketing Manager for HP StorageWorks Virtual Library System (VLS). “It can provide up to 50 times more efficient utilization of disk space, which is a huge deal, especially in large enterprises.”

Data deduplication has drawn a lot of interest recently because it:

  • Saves storage space
  • Reduces required investments in disk systems
  • Frees up network bandwidth
  • Helps IT to recover faster after outages

Savings across the board

HP has announced two data deduplication solutions, tailored to small/midsized organizations and large enterprises respectively. The solutions use different types of technology to make the advantages of deduplication available to a broad range of customers.

“The SMB solution is called ‘dynamic deduplication’,” says Jim Hankins, Business Development Manager, HP StorageWorks. “We’ve integrated it into our HP StorageWorks D2D Backup Systems, focusing on three key attributes: low price, ease of management, and compatibility with all data types and backup applications.”

The low entry price owes much to HP Labs, which has developed custom algorithms that allow the indexing and storage of deduplicated data with significantly less RAM usage than other products.


Based on special ‘differencing’ algorithms, data deduplication works at the block level of a file, storing only what has been changed.

Hankins also emphasizes the graphical user interface, which eases the potentially complex tasks required during setup, such as the management of network settings. This is a big plus for small and remote sites, which may not always have IT expertise and resources on hand.

On the enterprise side, HP offers “accelerated deduplication” with its HP StorageWorks Virtual Library Systems (VLS), offering:

  • High performance and scalability
  • Fast backup and restore performance
  • Simplified management

The VLS9000, with 2:1 hardware compression and accelerated deduplication, supports up to 1.3 petabytes of usable storage, yet can still be managed as a single device. “The challenge with other solutions is that the user has to deploy multiple devices to get that kind of system,” Johnson says.

Dynamic deduplication is embedded with the HP StorageWorks D2D2500 and D2D4000 systems, and accelerated deduplication is available for license with the HP StorageWorks VLS6200, VLS6600, VLS9000 and VLS12000 series.

“Data deduplication makes sense wherever backup is important,” Hankins says. “The solutions HP is bringing to the table are scalable, easy to manage, high-performance and high-capacity. For protection of mission-critical data, using deduplication in combination with low-bandwidth replication gives users an effective and low-cost disaster recovery strategy.”


Related links

»  Data Protection Solutions with Deduplication
»  Gartner Webcast: Harness the power of data deduplication
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Table of contents

Introduction

» Virtual for all the right reasons

Strategies

» The green standard
» Common Ground: Turning distress into ‘de-stress’

Feature

» Rethinking virtualization
» From IT tool to business enabler
» Virtualization beyond IT
» Built for virtualization
» IT leasing makes sense in tough times

Experiences

» The perfect virtual fit
» Selective outsourcing
» HP fuels The Indy Racing Experience
» Stepping up to service delivery
» The power of partnership
» Dressed for success

Solutions

» Pick-and-choose-support
» Getting the most out of outsourcing
» Teaching the data center to think green
» Storage briefs
» Data deduplication eases storage headaches

Technologies

» Mission-critical blades now available
» Taming the wild petabyte
» PDM moves up
» New 8P server addresses capacity, growth needs
» Storage for all sizes
» A SAN for all reasons
» Security without walls
» Putting petabytes to work for your company

Supplement

» The great leap forward
» Puzzled by power?
» The partner portfolio
» Server management simplified
» Two worlds as one
» The better road to open source
» Two blade servers in one
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