Based on customer and market feedback through a variety of mediums (on-site, at conferences, via bridge calls and webinars, through electronic surveys and online polls, etc.) we heard loud and clear that data deduplication is a high priority. In fact, it’s by far one of the most requested potential new features amongst Quest’s vRanger® customer base. With vRanger Pro v5.3, we are proud to include a new enterprise-grade, software-based deduplication option via NetVault® SmartDisk – vRanger Edition (“NVSD vRanger Edition”).
Data deduplication technology segments backup data into chunks, applies a unique identifier to each chunk, and eliminates multiple copies of data, leaving only pointers to the shared copy of the data. With explosive growth in unstructured data (such as text documents, presentations, media files, and of course, virtual machine images) emerging as one of IT’s most formidable challenges, coupled with the current short supply of hard disks leading to higher prices, it’s easy to see why deduplication is in such high demand.
Benefits of NVSD vRanger Edition
Our implementation of deduplication for vRanger provides several advantages:
I’ve provided the following summary information to help you plan for and start using NVSD vRanger Edition. More details are included in the NetVault SmartDisk – vRanger Edition Integration Guide located at https://www.quest.com/solutions/data-protection/ under the “Docs” tab.
NVSD vRanger Edition Requirements
NVSD vRanger Edition is a hardware-agnostic software application. Below is a summary of software and hardware requirements.
Operating system requirements
Note that each instance of NVSD vRanger Edition has practical limits on the amount of deduplicated data that it can support. With a 32-bit OS you are limited to 5TB of unique data, and with a 64-bit OS you are limited to 15TB of unique data. So an additional instance of NVSD vRanger Edition will have to be deployed for every 5TB of unique data on a 32-bit OS and for every 15TB of unique data on a 64-bit OS.
Installing NVSD vRanger Edition
Installation, and getting up and running are straightforward: