Symantec declares deduplication everywhere
Source: BI-ME , Author: BI-ME staff
Posted: Wed July 15, 2009 4:41 pm

UAE. Symantec announced the next phase of its deduplication  strategy to help organisations reduce data, reduce management complexity and reduce infrastructure so they can  stop buying storage, recover information faster and improve return on virtualisation. 

Symantec is moving deduplication closer to information sources by integrating the technology into its information management platforms: NetBackup, Backup Exec and Enterprise Vault, and centrally managing native deduplication as well as third-party deduplication appliances.

Symantec’s strategy calls for a three-step reduction program:

• Reduce data everywhere by moving deduplication technology closer to information sources

• Reduce deduplication complexity by providing centralized management for all forms of deduplication, both Symantec and partner technologies

• Reduce infrastructure by using deduplication to improve the return on server virtualization by providing storage consolidation, efficient virtual server protection and simplified management

According to a recent study , 51%of organisations expect to spend more on storage in 2009 even though more than 90% have lower budgets and fewer people than in 2008. 

Today’s deduplication appliances have limited impact since they only address the end of the information management lifecycle. 

By contrast, Symantec’s Enterprise Vault moves messages, files and SharePoint content directly out of applications like Exchange, SharePoint and Windows file shares to a deduplicated archive – moving deduplication to the information source.

Using NetBackup or Backup Exec 2010, organisations will be able to deduplicate backups immediately, at the client, and centrally manage deduplication in the data center and globally across remote offices.  As a result, organisations can reduce backup storage by as much as 95% while still providing rapid recovery of applications in the event of a disaster.

“Symantec recommends organizations put storage on a diet by deploying deduplication technology to curb data bloat and save costs,” said Anthony Harrison, server and storage management expert, Symantec MENA.

“Protecting more than 50% of the world’s data, Symantec is well positioned to deliver deduplication everywhere because our solutions are deployed everywhere the information exists.” 

Symantec also has a unique approach to reducing backup deduplication complexity by providing a single interface to manage backups using any combination of integrated deduplication software and third-party deduplicated storage through its OpenStorage API. Organizations can deduplicate everywhere while centralizing management to reduce time and cost of operations.

Symantec is delivering on its deduplication strategy with a multi-phased approach:

• Integrated deduplication is available today in NetBackup and Enterprise Vault, offering deduplicated archiving, deduplicated backup storage and global deduplicated remote office backup.

• NetBackup currently offers integrated, centralized management for third-party deduplicated storage from Data Domain, Quantum, Falconstor and EMC through the OpenStorage API.

• NetBackup PureDisk 6.6, scheduled to be available later this year, will improve storage efficiency by adding enhanced deduplication for backups of virtual server images.

• Backup Exec 2010, scheduled to be available later this year, will integrate deduplication (using NetBackup PureDisk technology) into both backup clients and Backup Exec media server.  Backup Exec will also add the OpenStorage API to manage third-party deduplication appliances.

• NetBackup 7, scheduled to be available in 2010, will integrate deduplication into the backup client and NetBackup media server.

 

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