Data Domain Touts Industrys Most Scalable Controller

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2007-05-07 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The DD580 storage controller can deliver as much as 800GB per hour of aggregate deduplication throughput, Data Domain says.

Enterprise storage vendor Data Domain, which has made data deduplication the centerpiece of its identity, introduced on May 7 a new inline controller that it calls "the industrys most scalable" for enterprise data protection. The DD580 storage controller can deliver up to 800GB per hour of aggregate deduplication throughput using fewer than 15 SATA (Serial ATA) RAID-6 protected disks. The DD580 is supported by Data Domains own SISL (Stream-Informed Segment Layout) scaling architecture, which uses multicore processor architectures rather than oversized storage subsystems for system throughput, a company spokesperson said. Deduplication is a method by which all redundant copies of data and files are eliminated in order to improve overall data accessibility, use less storage hardware and drive down operational costs. This approach can condense data loads by anything from 20 to 70 percent, and the savings effect on data center power and cooling demands is often substantial, according to several companies eWEEK has contacted.
Data Domains DD580 is another case of storage server controllers getting bigger, faster and better, Heidi Biggar, an analyst for Enterprise Strategy Group, told eWEEK.
"Data Domain continues to address the scalability demands of large environments," Biggar said. "The new DD580 retains the simplicity of Data Domains appliances while raising the bar significantly in terms of dedupe performance. In addition, Data Domain offers the advantage of immediate replication capabilities for DR applications." A fully configured Data Domain DDX Array with 16 DD580 controllers increases throughput performance to more than 12TB per hour and offers up to 20 petabytes of capacity for long-term online retention, the spokesperson said.
Like all Data Domain systems, the new DD580 is flexible enough to be implemented in existing user environments without disruption, and supports all leading backup software products on any storage fabric, the spokesperson said. The DD580 is available as a plug-and-play appliance or as the DD580 Gateway, which supports external Fibre Channel or SATA disk arrays. With its integrated Data Domain Replicator option, the DD580 can automate WAN vaulting for use in DR, remote office backup or multisite tape consolidation. Click here to read more about the rise of deduplication technology. All Data Domain systems deduplicate data inline before storing to disk and replicate deduplicated data while the backup is in progress. This means disaster recovery sites sync up faster with primary storage than before, the spokesperson said. Data Domain solutions are designed to meet "storage of last resort" data protection standards. Data Domain offers the only inline deduplication system that integrates RAID-6 level protection, battery-backed NVRAM (nonvolatile RAM) caching and end-to-end consistency with data integrity verification at backup time, the spokesperson said. "Weve had the Data Domain DD580 in our data center for testing since January," said Eric Eckman, IT Manager for Atheros Communications, a developer of advanced wireless products, based in Santa Clara, Calif. "The increased performance delivered by the new DD580 is impressive, and implementing it with our existing Data Domain systems was quite simple. During our test period, we added an additional disk shelf to build out our capacity and retention capabilities. We liked the fact that we could add on the shelf without even having to open up the device to add a card. This gives administrators a lot of flexibility to configure and easily scale the system as needed," Eckman said. Data Domain has excelled at putting a strong emphasis on advanced optimization techniques for disk-based backup, Brad ONeill, senior analyst at Taneja Group, told eWEEK. "I think the reason they are going to be the first IPO in this space is precisely because theyve had a very consistent voice on one topic for the past four years," ONeill said. "When I talk with their customers, the positive feedback focuses a lot on ease and simplicity. Disk-based backup purchasing never seems to focus on just one or two attributes; its an amalgam of scale, performance, data integrity, integration and management concerns." What Data Domain brings to market, not unlike Network Appliance in the 1990s, is a simple appliance-based approach that wraps all those value propositions together, ONeill said. The challenge Data Domain faces today and in the future is on two fronts, ONeill said. "They have software and systems vendors like EMC who are innovating capacity optimization at a different level in the infrastructure, but also players like Quantum, Sepaton, ExaGrid and Diligent who are also delivering appliance-based solutions with competing value propositions," ONeill told eWEEK. "So, the product will have to continue to prove scalability and performance against all comers," ONeill said. "Its a tall order, but based on what Ive seen from the companys stated development priorities, I feel comfortable saying theyre thinking deeply about the issues theyll need to overcome." The DD580 will be generally available by August. The base appliance configuration with 15 drives starts at $120,000, the spokesperson said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on enterprise and small business storage hardware and software.
 
 
 
 
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 Salesforce.com 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 DevX.com 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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