Utilization of Data Reduction Technology Across Remote Office Sites Reduces Data Management Load, Decreases Energy Consumption, and Increases Network Performance Asigra Inc., the technology leader in agentless backup and recovery software for enterprises and service providers targeting the growing managed storage services market, today announced additional benefits of data de-duplication technologies for large distributed enterprises. Already lauded by analysts for its ability to reduce hardware costs by reducing the amount of data center storage that needs to be managed, data de-duplication provides additional benefits when deployed across multiple remote sites in distributed office environments including the reduction in power required for disk-based backup storage repositories.
In the computing industry, data de-duplication refers to the elimination of redundant data. In the de-duplication process, duplicate data is deleted, leaving only one copy of the data to be stored regardless of how many or where the multiple copies reside.
However, indexing of all data is still retained should that data ever be required. De-duplication is able to reduce the required storage capacity and traffic load since only the unique data is stored. Applied to tens or hundreds of remote office sites, savings in storage capacity and reductions in remotely transferred data is greatly amplified.
The challenges presented by rapid data growth especially at remote and branch offices, including growing storage hardware requirements, increasing power consumption, LAN/WAN bottlenecking, and decreased or slow data access, are key issues for many organizations seeking less costly and more efficient methods of dealing with constantly expanding volumes of information. Additionally, in an atmosphere ripe with concerns over global warming, organizations are making energy reduction part of their mission to reduce the energy footprint of their organization. Addressing these challenges while handling a growing amount of data that needs to be properly stored and managed requires a new approach — data de-duplication.
When deployed, data de-duplication technology rapidly decreases both data storage costs and energy usage. When applied to remote site backup, it also increases network and backup performance; in fact, according to analysts, eliminating the transfer of duplicate information can reduce traffic over the WAN and on local and remote backup servers by as much as 400 percent with a corresponding savings in backup energy requirements. The result is faster and more reliable data recovery, with reduced energy usage that is likely to make environmentalists proud.