What to Look for in a Deduplication Solution

What is the biggest challenge facing your organization today? If you are an IT professional, massive data growth is probably at the top of your list. For environments that are struggling with large volumes of data, deduplication — eliminating duplicate copies of repeating data — can be a real lifesaver.

How would you like to get your backups running 200 percent faster? What if you could shrink storage space needs by up to 93 percent, with 15 times less in replication bandwidth requirementsand shrink your backup-to-disk storage costs to as little as $0.17/Gb?

Many organizations are considering adopting deduplication appliances to reduce their data footprint. Since backup and recovery is often a primary driver of data growth, a purpose-built backup appliance that leverages advanced deduplication technology can significantly reduce the amount of data that needs to be stored. Deduplication on the source side can also make backup times shorter and reduce the amount of traffic on the network, lowering bandwidth requirements and saving money. 

When evaluating a deduplication appliance, it is important to consider several key factors. 

  1. Ease of deployment. How quickly can you get the appliance up and running in your environment? You don’t want to have to wait weeks or months.
  2. Ease of management. Once the appliance is installed, you want it to be simple to manage.
  3. Scalability and performance. With data growing very quickly, you need an appliance that can scale alongside your environment and allow you to add more storage capacity on the fly. The appliance should also provide powerful performance, with ingest and restore speeds that enable you to easily meet your backup window and recovery-time objectives.
  4. Integration. The more integration you can have between the deduplication appliance and your backup software, the more seamless and generally trouble-free your backup environment will be. Look for an appliance that will be an easy addition to your existing backup and disaster recovery workflow.
  5. Technical support. What kind of technical support can you expect from the vendor and how quickly can you get it? Do they have round-the-clock support, and how robust is the support process? 

Many of the same considerations also apply to the choice of backup software. The scale, speed and integration of the software with the deduplication appliance are critical factors. In addition, flexibility is essential for backup software, which should offer the ability to back up to disk, tape or even cloud. Other considerations include application awareness to restore applications to consistent points in time, and support for other emergent backup features. 

Dell data protection solutions help IT implement these key considerations and simplify the way data is protected. That is especially true of two products in the Dell family of solutions, the DR6000 deduplication appliance and NetVault Backup software version 10. Both products strengthen the Dell end-to-end portfolio of backup and recovery solutions while specifically addressing the needs of enterprise customers. Tight integration between NetVault Backup 10 and the DR6000 means organizations can easily incorporate the advantages of appliance-based deduplication and disaster recovery into the backup workflow, and can see a big improvement in backup and restore speeds. 

Deduplication is a proven technique that ultimately saves time and money. By keeping a few key factors in mind when considering a deduplication appliance, organizations can find the right fit for their environment and business needs. 

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