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Jun 23 2010   11:42AM GMT

StoreOnce Upon a Time: HP’s Dedupe Announcement

Melanie Yarbrough Profile: MelanieYarbrough

HP’s TechForum 2010 in Las Vegas kicked off Monday and runs through Thursday, June 24. This year’s hot topic theme? Converged infrastructure.

Yesterday’s big announcement was StoreOnce, HP’s new deduplication software. The software, which is now available for HP’s new D2D4312 disk backup appliance, promises to minimize every component of deduplication: hardware requirements, storage capacity, memory and disk I/O requirements.

HP StoreOnce’s Deduplication Bells and Whistles

Like the old adage, “Less is more,” HP StoreOnce hopes to strip down the process of deduplication for more efficient data protection and storage. What exactly can you get your hopes up about the new software?

  • Deployable at multiple points of converged infrastructure.
  • Deduplicate fewer times and gain more control over data growth.
  • Use the same software across backup clients, virtual and inline appliances and scale-out storage systems.

From the HP StoreOnce news release [PDF]:

“HP StoreOnce provides a significantly more efficient method for managing and protecting data while maximizing utilization of storage capacity than competing data deduplication offerings.”

In a recent InformationWeek survey, only 24% of respondents reported using data deduplication technology, while 32% reported evaluating the option and 10% gave a definite no to deduplication. Which group do you belong to? Do HP’s announcements have any effect on your current practices or evaluation of deduplication?

If you are planning to adopt deduplication with HP, prepare for a 20% improvement in inline deduplication performance, allowing you to spend about 95% less on storage capacity. The software is available in all HP StorageWorks D2D backup systems, with offerings suitable from SMB to midsize data centers. The D2D4312, for midsize data centers, boasts scalable capacity up to 48 terabytes and “enables clients to consolidate backup of multiple servers in a single process.” When compared to tape backup and offsite archiving, HP’s D2D4312 can save you up to $2 million dollars for multisite deployment. Not only that, but no matter your storage interface, HP ensures simple deployment into your existing backup process.

What’s your take on data deduplication? Is HP StoreOnce the revolution it promises to be?

Check out more announcements from HP.

Melanie Yarbrough is the assistant community editor at ITKnowledgeExchange.com. Follow her on Twitter or send her an email at Melanie@ITKnowledgeExchange.com.

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