It’s been a tough year — a worldwide recession, a sluggish housing market, rising unemployment … and on top of all that, the tarnished image of one of sports’ most squeaky clean players. Well, actually, there have been some bright spots. As DCIG blogger and storage analyst Jerome Wendt notes while looking back at the past year, “Deduplication is the Big Success Story of 2009.”
Wendt writes: “Deduplication is arguably one of the most notable trends of 2009 as it has been widely adopted by users after bursting onto the scene just a few years ago and has grown to be included in both software and hardware products.”
Wendt focuses on dedupe for backups, where there has been much publicized activity over the past year. The big storage story of 2009 was of course the battle between storage titans EMC and NetApp over backup dedupe specialist Data Domain. He cites an industry survey from SearchDataBackup that indicates that 41% of enterprises either are or are seriously considering dedupe to control data growth and costs. He also notes that the despite the predicted demise of Quantum, that dedupe company remains strong.
Dedupe for backups is one part of the cost reduction puzzle. Another part is to reduce data at the source, in primary storage. This is of course the specialty of this blog’s parent Ocarina, which implements a unique combination of content-aware dedupe and compression to achieve startling results. It focuses on the very types of unstructured data that are driving storage growth today–emails, images, documents, and so on. The company has been partnering with almost every leading storage provider, including HP, EMC, HDS, BlueArc, and Isilon. Another leader in this space is NetApp, which has a strong dedupe for primary offering that has also garnered a great deal of attention.
Here’s the thing, the economy might be slowing down, but data growth continues apace. This is one reason that the storage industry has been thriving this year. But rather than standing still, what is spells is a concerted effort to keep that data under control. As Wendt notes, the two other big trends of the year are cloud storage, which offers companies more flexibility for storing some percentage of their data. I would also add that virtualization has taken a huge leap forward, not only in terms of the technology itself, but also in terms of adoption over the past year. Yet another way to attack the problem.
So if 2009 was all about dedupe for backups, I’m going to guess that 2010 will be very much about data reduction at all points on the data life cycle. What do you predict?
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