BridgeSTOR Makes Available Free Data Reduction Simulator

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-02-15 Print this article Print

The Virtual Storage-Advanced Data Reduction Simulator tool enables storage managers to predict the effects of deduplication and compression on their primary storage capacity requirements.

BridgeSTOR, a new company that makes modular enterprise storage appliances that start at 3TB capacities and can scale to about 30TB, is trying to entice potential customers by offering a free storage information instrument.

The Poway, Calif.-based company, which launched only last November, on Feb. 15 started shipping its Virtual Storage-Advanced Data Reduction Simulator tool, which enables storage managers to predict the effects of deduplication and compression on their primary storage capacity requirements.

The freely downloadable (with registration) VS-ADR Simulator provides detailed information about the effectiveness and value of primary storage data reduction technologies using samples of actual production or test data, BridgeSTOR founder and CEO John Matze said.

Results of the Simulator scan are provided in a text file report and graphically depicted in an Excel spreadsheet to visually show how BridgeSTOR's VS-ADR appliances can reduce both structured and unstructured application data stored by a business in primary data volumes, Matze said.

"The explosive adoption rate of VMware is causing small and medium businesses to rethink their storage strategies. Racks that were once filled with servers have been replaced by a handful of VMware ESX servers. Now, with BridgeSTOR's VS-ADR, racks filled with disk drives are becoming an endangered species," Matze said.

"The Simulator gives the storage manager insight into how aggressively VMware VMDK files, SQL data, shared home directory and other data can be size-reduced, saving both capital and operating dollars. BridgeSTOR's Advanced Data Reduction is today's answer to controlling the growth of primary and application storage capacity."

BridgeSTOR's VS-ADR aggregates primary and secondary storage deduplication, compression and "Disk on Demand" thin provisioning to reduce storage requirements, Matze said.

Depending on the data, the deduplication component of BridgeSTOR's VS-ADR typically reduces unstructured application data by 10 to 80 percent, Matze said.


Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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