Those of you who were around in the storage industry back in the late 90's probably remember the amazing rise and fall of storage as a service, or SaaS. There was real buzz in the industry back then around outsourcing storage resources to third parties, and how it would enable companies to focus on their core business rather than IT.
Thin provisioning may actually get you 30% or more better utilizaiton from your storage, but what else can you do to have an even greater impact?
Data deduplication is one of the most obvious choices for reducing overall infrastructure costs within the data center, which also reduces power, cooling, and floorspace requirements for IT. Data deduplication at the file level (unstructured data) can be used to reduce duplicates within production storage.