Want to reduce data center costs? Have you thought about switching to software-defined data deduplication for backup? It’s probably not the first thing that comes to mind. Thanks to technologies such as the internet of things (IoT), machine learning and data analytics, companies in all industries are making the move to virtualize their data center infrastructure. While many components of the data center have readily available software-defined options, data dedupe solutions remain largely hardware-centric.
However, a few software-defined deduplication solutions are out there, and the right one can really help lower costs and give you more data center and cloud flexibility.
The problem is that many of them come from hardware providers who also require you to use their physical backup appliance to obtain full software functionality. And often, the software only works on that vendor’s hardware. So you become locked into a specific vendor, and you end up spending a lot more money than you intended.
Analyst firm DCIG took a close look at the software-defined secondary storage platforms available and came up with the following questions to ask before implementing your own solution:
- Is it enterprise-scale?
- Does it offer software decoupled from underlying hardware?
- Does it include a deduplication software agent?
- Does it work with all of the largest general-purpose cloud service providers?
- Does it provide robust replication features?
- Will you get seamless, cost-effective scaling?
- Is the product vendor-neutral?
As companies move to virtualize their data centers, deduplication strategies must also adapt to become software-centric so they can span on-premises and cloud environments. DCIG named Quest QoreStor as the only software-defined secondary storage platform that truly can meet the needs of today’s enterprise while positioning them to realize the promise of tomorrow’s software-defined data center.
Want to learn more?
Read the full DCIG report on rethinking your data deduplication strategy.