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1Whos Who in Data Dedupe

Accounting for less a quarter of the sales of the small but mushrooming data deduplication market, the channel has a significant opportunity to carve out a piece of this segment. Channel Insider takes a closer look at who’s who in data dedupe, and their most recent product and/or channel announcements.

2Hardware Versus Software-Based Deduplication

EMC owns the lion’s share of this market, with revenues growing at 50 percent per year, but there are several companies out there with data dedupe and backup-and-restore capabilities.

3Hardware-Based Dedupe

EMC and NetApp dominate hardware-based deduplication.

4Software-Based Dedupe

EMC, Symantec and IBM are the top three software-based dedupe vendors.

5Other Vendors, Too

Other vendors include industry heavyweights such as CA and Hewlett-Packard, and a host of smaller vendors such as Arkeia, CommVault, ExaGrid, FlaconStor, GreenBytes, Nexenta, Nexsan and Tandberg.

6Arkeia (www.arkeia.com)

Arkeia Software, which delivers fast, easy-to-use and affordable solutions for data backup and disaster recovery, recently acquired Kadena Systems, the developer of a “block-grain, content-aware, sliding-window data deduplication technology.” Arkeia plans to integrate Kadena’s deduplication technology to deliver source-side data deduplication in Arkeia Network Backup, to accelerate backups, reduce network congestion and is suited for virtualized environments which have heavily duplicated data.

7CommVault (http://www.commvault.com/products.html)

CommVault, which can reduce up to 90 percent of backup and archive Microsoft Exchange email data stored on disk and tape, just announced that its Simpana software now supports Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 to ease migrations to this latest Exchange release while enabling customers to easily protect, manage, archive and recover mission-critical data stored in Microsoft Exchange email repositories.

8EMC (www.emc.com)

EMC has doubled the capacity of its data dedupe workhorse, the Data Domain DD880, with support for up to 7.1 petabytes of logical backup storage, as well as throwing in data encryption capabilities. The storage giant has also introduced the Data Domain Global Deduplication Array (GDA), its first multi-controller offering with up to 14.2 PB of logical backup capacity and throughput up to 12.8 TB/hour.

9ExaGrid (www.exagrid.com)

ExaGrid Systems, Inc., which replaces tape libraries with a disk-based backup solution in the 1-100 Terabyte range, is looking for IT solution providers serving the small and medium enterprise market market. The company says in addition to charging up to 30 percent less for comparable Data Domain solutions, margins can be 30 to 35 percent higher.

10FalconStor (www.falconstor.com)

FalconStor Software is partnering with Nexsan Technologies (www.nexsan.com) to ship a new line of data protection and disaster recovery appliances bundled with its deduplication software. The Nexsan DeDupe SG (Speed with Green) 2.0 with FalconStor’s File-interface Deduplication System (FDS) 2.0 is targeted at data protection and disaster recovery applications that require high-performance deduplication.Another benefit is energy consumption, which can be reduced by up to 60 percent.

11GreenBytes (www.getgreenbytes.com)

GreenBytes has just rolled out an SMB addition to its GB-X Series of high-performance, energy-efficient inline deduplication data storage appliances. A four terabyte SSD accelerated SAN and NAS appliance, the GB-1000 features a highly competitive price point while delivering real-time deduplication and restore performance, especially in virtualized environments where efficiencies of disk can reach 50 or 60 to 1.Targeted at SMBs, branch offices and remote locations, the GB-1000 is an ideal solution for anybody looking to squeeze more out of their resources, providing 3, 4 or 5 times more efficiency than the device it replaces.

12Nexenta (www.nexenta.com)

Nexenta Systems, which is seeking more partners, has just announced a major upgrade to the company’s enterprise-class, hardware-independent storage solution based on the file system ZFS, and Virtual Machine Datacenter (VMDC) 3.0. NexentaStor 3.0 is called the first commercial storage solution to incorporate ZFS-based in-line deduplication, as well as including support for Microsoft Hyper-V. The average value of a NexentaStor-based deployment is over 10 times the price of the license, with partners making 30 percent on the software.

13Nexsan (www.nexsan.com)

The redundant DeDupe SG 2.0 provides continuous data access and automatic backup application failover, and offers backup server connections of up to 5.4 terabytes per hour (single-stream backup performance). Nexsan has also added a seventh appliance that increases the top end of the line to repository data capacity of 72 Tb, and a logical data capacity of 1440 Tb. The lineup spans from the entry-level DDSG-4&#1514 and 80Tb respectively&#151to the new DDSG-72.

14Tandberg (www.tandbergdata.com)

Looking to tap into a huge market&#151only 30 percent of NAS customers use a NAS data protection solution&#151Tandberg Data’s new DPS2000 NAS Series will provide automated data protection, including cross-platform file sharing, consolidated iSCSI storage, improved backup and recovery capabilities and remote replication for offsite data storage and disaster recovery when coupled with Tandberg’s AccuGuard backup and recovery software.