Deduplication pushed front-and-center in enterprise storag

Deduplication is being pushed front-and-center in enterprise storage by yet another vendor that claims the technology's potential benefits shouldn't be limited to backend, offline storage. Ocarina becomes the latest to talk up "de-dupe" -- a mainstay of the backup realm -- for a new role in enterprises' primary storage environments. Not everyone agrees that deduplication […]

Deduplication is being pushed front-and-center in enterprise storage by yet another vendor that claims the technology's potential benefits shouldn't be limited to backend, offline storage.

Ocarina becomes the latest to talk up "de-dupe" -- a mainstay of the backup realm -- for a new role in enterprises' primary storage environments.

Not everyone agrees that deduplication -- that is, the process of scouring data archives to remove redundant information and shrink files -- is ready for a larger role in critical online storage. To date, most deduplication solutions have focused on the realm of data backup.

But two-year-old Ocarina Networks contends that "de-dupe" can help to cut costs and space requirements in online, primary data environments. Meanwhile, it believes security and file retrieval speeds won't be concerns when good policy management is put in place.

As a result, it's the latest to join a small group of vendors who view the process as a valuable data reduction tool.

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Data, Storage, Email, Deduplication