By Steve Whitner
Deduplication has been one of the hottest technologies in the storage industry for almost three years. During that time, it has generated marketing wars, industry consolidation, and comments and controversy from vendors. IT managers in most midrange data centers typically have limited staff and few backup specialists, and it can be hard to figure out how deduplication might fit into their situation. Following are important questions for IT managers to ask as they consider deploying deduplication in a midrange data center.
1. Is data deduplication now a mainstream technology?
Yes. Deduplication appliances have absolutely made the transition from experimental to mainstream. Analysts tell us that a little over 30% of IT departments use it for at least part of their data, and vendors now offer products with a couple of technology generations behind them that are optimized for simplified, non-disruptive deployment.
However, this doesn’t mean that every solution is equal. Most deduplication vendors go through a learning curve, so it pays to ask about experience, references, and support when evaluating solutions.