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On the "What's hot/What's not" list for the future, data deduplication holds the top spot, as it has for the last four IDC surveys, with 76 percent of respondents already implementing it, planning to or actively evaluating the technology. The second half of 2010 continues to be ripe for increased use of deduplication. The reasons are simple: data needs are increasing, storage is still expensive and businesses cannot afford to continue over-provisioning and adding capacity – especially when dedupe will enable those organizations to do more with what they already have.

 

This week we announced a new FalconStor customer, Austin Powder of Texas, which has been helping companies around the world to blow stuff up since 1833.It has plants in three states and in Mexico as well as 65 stores in the U.S. and Canada, but Austin Powder's IT staff isn't large.The company relies on 10 IT professionals to support 1,000 users.That staff had big plans for virtualization and data protection, but it didn't have a big budget or a big appetite for replacing existing IT investments.Perhaps it's not surprising, then, that Austin Powder looked at nearly a dozen vendors pushing proprietary virtualization and data protection solutions and lit a fuse under them.

Kaboom.

 

 

As IT and business managers are well aware, data replication can quickly increase bandwidth and storage costs if you aren’t careful.  Wide area network (WAN) optimization can help you reduce the amount of bandwidth and storage capacity used by data replication, enabling cost savings while maintaining efficient application performance.

Remote replication can also improve the backup process and shrink the backup window to virtually nothing.  We see many organizations taking snapshots of their data, replicating it to a remote location and completing the backup-to-tape process from the remote site.  The primary site, and associated business applications, are effectively insulated from any backup process disruption – eliminating downtime, and the backup window.  

 

If your organization is still using tape backup, you have a relatively reliable and affordable data protection method – especially for long-term protection. However, as your data volumes grow and your dependence on data availability increases, the limitations of tape media will become severe.

Perhaps you are already struggling with this and considering the pros and cons of moving away from tape-based backup.

 

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