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Do you think data should be deduplicated while the backup is occurring or after it is complete?

There are two approaches to this. There's the post-processing architecture that accepts all the data incoming and then...

There are two approaches to this. There's the post-processing architecture that accepts all the data incoming and then stores the data on disk. Then, there is the more common in-line architecture.

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Personally, I'm more in the post-processing camp right now. I'm trying to fully understand the benefits of doing it in-line. My concern at the enterprise level is that these products can do consistent restores, backups and offloads to tape. And, that the product can do these things while maintaining performance.

From a tactical perspective, I like the post-processing approach. As long as you keep buying disk, you can keep doing backups. It may not be as elegant or nicely designed as the in-line approach, but you can always do the backup and the data can be deduplicated later.

However, my opinion is in a state of flux in this area.

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