Today brings not one, but two interesting announcements regarding data deduplication. To start with the least exciting: FalconStor is entering into a partnership with NexSAN. FalconStor will provide it’s FDS deduplication software, while the remaining data will be stored on a NexSAN SataBeast.
FalconStor FDS presents a simple networked filesystem interface to which applications can write their data; the actual data is sent to the SataBeast or other storage hardware from NexSAN. Their AutoMAID technology makes sure unused drives are powered down, making this solution save both energy and disk space.
According to TechTarget, pricing will start at $49.000 for the basic 4TB version, with larger models up to 42TB available. The main target market are small to medium enterprises; according to analysts the deal means both companies are mainly targeting Data Domain.
“This is targeted to be a Data Domain killer,” Enterprise Strategy Group senior analyst Lauren Whitehouse said. “Data Domain has a big ‘X’ on its back.”
In other news, David Hill just posted his thoughts on IBM’s addition of deduplication to their ProtecTIER disaster recovery solution. The short summary: deduplication is one of the rare technologies that will gain traction during these economic times. It allows businesses to save on storage and, in this case, bandwidth while improving service to their internal and external customers. And in this particular case, the advantages are clear:
In addition, frequent testing of DR plans is now feasible (since it is easier to test with ProtecTIER managed disk at both the local and remote site than test with tape alone). This may not seem like a big deal but it really is. The lack of DR testing due to cost or complexity exposes many an organization to a significant risk when they were under the delusion that they were adequately protected.