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data dedupe and backup image Backup with deduplication is the hottest thing to hit enterprise data storage since disk began popping up in backup configurations. With its ability to stretch usable capacity to accommodate ever-growing data stores, data deduplication might just be the single technology that keeps disk in the picture as a viable alternative to tape for short-term retention of backup data.

Using disk as a backup target for short- or long-term retention is a no brainer at this point -- backup windows aren't shattered, restores have never been faster or easier, and relatively cheap disk makes a perfect home for data before it gets spun off to tape. It's a pretty picture, but one marred by an ugly reality: There doesn't seem to be an end in sight to the growing amount of data that needs to be backed up.

The benefits are apparent and make pitching a data dedupe deployment to upper management a relatively easy exercise. But dedupe does have its finer points, with capabilities, efficiencies and administrative issues varying from product to product, and from one environment to another.

To determine the best fit for your data backup setup, you'll need to sort through the types of dedupe available and make decisions regarding file or block methods, hash-based systems vs. those that use byte-level comparison techniques and inline vs. post-processing deduplication implementations. But there are still numerous details to work out to get optimal performance and to restore deduped data in a timely manner. A little homework up front will avoid some grief later, while helping you set reasonable expectations.

In this free guide on backup and data deduplication, learn about getting started with deduplication software, file-level vs. block-level dedupe, problems with restoring deduped data, and other timesaving tips and tricks.

Download our free guide on data dedupe technology and backup, and be sure to ask our data backup experts if you have any questions about data deduplication technology.

--Rich Castagna, Storage Media Group Editorial Director

This was last published in September 2010

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