Next Steps to a Data Deduplication Strategy
Next steps to a data deduplication strategy
Clearly, data deduplication is a cost-effective information management tool that organizations can use virtually anywhere in their enterprise to address pressing IT challenges. From remote offices to VMs to data center work loads, deduplication can play a role in controlling storage costs, increasing reliability and simplifying operations. Here are four questions to ask to help prioritize the approach:
1. What percentage of data is backed up across the network?
2. Are VM backup or recovery times satisfactory?
3. Is there storage that could be redeployed for backup data deduplication?
4. How much savings would be realized if 50 percent of tapes were eliminated?
Broadly speaking, data deduplication helps organizations meet increasingly strict SLAs associated with backup windows, recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs). But remember that organizations can benefit from deduplication in more than one place. Client-side deduplication can improve backup times for physical and VMs and reduce bandwidth requirements. Of course, target-side offers similar storage benefits and may not require updates to existing backup clients.
Finally, there are solutions on the market that offer a combination of both source and target data deduplication to achieve even greater storage savings and ROI. Find the approach that works best for you. You'll soon realize that deduplication is no longer a "nice to have." It is a requirement in the data center.
Eric Schou is a Senior Manager with Symantec Corporation. Before joining Symantec, Eric spent over 10 years in the storage industry, working for both Maxtor Corporation and Quantum Corporation in a marketing capacity. Prior to that, Eric worked for Arrow Electronics for five years as a senior sales representative, managing Tier 1 distribution customers. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.