Data deduplication technology primer: Top 10 dedupe and backup tips

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Data deduplication is the hottest topic for data storage professionals this year. But with any new technology

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, there's a lot of new things to learn, with new information and products constantly being released. At SearchDataBackup, we've collected our best data deduplication tips in one place.

Whether you want to know about inline vs. post-processing deduplication, are buying your first dedupe product, or what's new in the data deduplication market, we have your answers here.

Data deduplication in backup and recovery today
Senior News Writer Beth Pariseau discusses data deduplication approaches, hardware-based deduplication products, inline vs. post-process data deduplication and software-only dedupe approaches in this article. Learn everything about data deduplication and backup today.

Understanding data deduplication ratios in backup systems
The effectiveness of data deduplication is often expressed as a deduplication or reduction ratio, denoting the ratio of protected capacity to the actual physical capacity stored. But what is a realistic data deduplication ratio and how are dedupe ratios determined? Learn how data deduplication ratios are determined in this tip.


Where and how to use data deduplication technology in disk-based backup
Data dedupe can save organizations time and money by enabling more data recovery from disk and reducing the footprint and power and cooling requirements of secondary storage. It can also enhance data protection. But it's important to understand where you use dedupe and how it can affect your data. Learn  where to use data deduplication in this article.


Why global deduplication is important in choosing a dedupe product
Before you implement a deduplication product, you should consider whether it provides global deduplication. Learn what global deduplication is and why you need global deduplication in this article.

Does data deduplication to tape storage make sense?
Data deduplication may be playing a role in backups to tape as well as disk. Data backup vendors CommVault Systems Inc. and CA recently launched products that support dedupe to tape as well as disk, and while it may eventually take off, the concept still makes people nervous. In this article, learn about data deduplication to tape storage.

Jon Toigo's take on data deduplication
Learn about data dedupe and disaster recovery and testing data deduplication in Jon Toigo's column on data deduplication and backup.

Data deduplication solutions for SMBs
Data deduplication is becoming an increasingly popular option for SMBs because it saves time and money out of the box. Dedupe reduces the amount of data to be stored by identifying repetitive data and replacing it with a small pointer to the previously stored copy. The cost savings result from using less storage capacity, which allows the organization to delay purchasing additional storage capacity. In this article, learn about data deduplication solutions for SMBs.

Case study: ExaGrid data deduplication delivers on-time data backup for Gardner Trucking
Despite what you read in the news these days, there are alternatives to Data Domain for midrange target-based deduplication backup appliances. Chino, Calif.-based Gardner Trucking turned to ExaGrid Systems in late 2007 -- before Data Domain's suitors NetApp and EMC even got into target-based deduplication. Gardner CIO Gary Larson said he picked a 1 TB EX1000 appliance because it was simple, fit in his budget and let him keep tape as a secondary backup option. In this case study, learn how Gardner Trucking turned to ExaGrid dedupe for its backups.

Data deduplication and storage capacity optimization technologies
Since data deduplication was introduced, it has been penetrating shops of all sizes. But if you focus on the actual business problem data deduplication is addressing, it becomes apparent that it's just one of many different technologies and approaches that can be used to achieve the same ends. Learn about data deduplication and storage capacity optimization in this article.

More resources on data deduplication and data backup
If you want to learn even more about data deduplication and data reduction, bookmark our special section on data deduplication for the latest news, trends, and expert advice on data deduplication and backup.

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