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Thursday, 31 May 2012 12:54

The Reality of Data Domain Claims

When I read the announcement "EMC Transforms Backup and Recovery Landscape…", I was surprised to find out that their new DD990 was "over 6x faster than their nearest competitor."  If we compare this to FalconStor's enterprise solution offerings currently available, that would mean that the DD990 could ingest data at a rate of over 168TB per hour.  Hmm, let's consider the facts. FalconStor can ingest a sustained 28TB per hour with our inline global deduplication. So then I ventured to the EMC website and found that they actually ingest data at only 31TB per hour inline (PEAK).  FalconStor also offers the option to utilize policy-based post-processing for an ingest performance of 40TB per hour and the flexibility to switch between inline and post-process deduplication based on the particular needs of the business because one size does not fit all. Looking closer at EMC's posted numbers, you will find that they only get 15TB per hour inline ingest without utilizing BOOST.  BOOST requires the customer to host the deduplication processing on their backup servers, which creates hidden costs and complexity.

We could detail the advantages of the FalconStor products vs. EMC, such as flexible deduplication, high availability, simplified licensing, and many other features, but common sense should put EMC's statement into the 'too good to be true' category.  It looks like FalconStor’s position as having the fastest sustained deduplication speeds in the industry still stands, with 28TB per hour with inline deduplication and 40TB per hour with post-process deduplication.

Published in Data Deduplication

Comprehensive business continuity and disaster recovery and (BCDR) processes and the testing of these systems are critical for all companies. Often business continuity is defined as handling the company’s ability to operate, while disaster recovery (DR) stands for the ability to restore full operations. However, for IT, implementing BCDR plans is overwhelming and complex. The sheer amount of IT infrastructure components that are involved in the process makes it almost impossible to manage. For instance, in a recent survey by TechTarget, only 41 percent of IT executives said they successfully recovered all their applications during a test of their BCDR solution and 54 percent reported testing their BCDR plan twice a year or more. These numbers are disturbingly low, as recovery time is everything and effective testing improves your recovery time.

Published in Disaster Recovery

With 2011 around the corner and new budgets being built, IT is looking at how to effectively deal with the rising amount of data that needs to be effectively stored and in the event of a disaster, available for quickly recovery. In my earlier blog (http://tinyurl.com/2atf4h6), I examined the pressures faced by IT and provided two reasons why disk-based data protection is becoming immensely popular in the data center specifically around how it eliminates the backup window and how companies may still create tape backups using continuous data protection (CDP).

Published in Disaster Recovery

If you’re in charge of back-up and recovery at your organization, you likely have a lot on your mind these days.  Budget freezes.  New eDiscovery requirements.  Unabated year-over-year storage requirement growth.  And internal expectation for immediate return on investment.

Published in Disaster Recovery