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Dedupe Catching on Slowly.

by on October 8, 2010

Deduplication has been hailed as a significant tool for coping with runaway data growth in the data center, but adoption of the technology remains slow, according to survey from InformationWeek.

Slow_dedupe In a survey of 437 business technology professionals, the analytics arm of InformationWeek discovered “low current adoption rates for data deduplication, with just 24 percent of respondents using the technology.”

There was a silver lining in the survey’s findings, however. It found that 32 percent of the respondents were evaluating the technology. What’s more, only 10 percent of the tech pros said definitely that they wouldn’t consider adopting the technology.

Two other technologies pegged as ways to deal with what’s becoming a data tsunami for corporate storage systems also have low adoption rates, according to the survey. Only 17 percent of the respondents have deployed thin-provisioning in their organizations (15 percent said they had no intention of using the technology) and a paltry 12 percent were using MAID (Massive Array of Idle Disks), with 17 percent showing no interest in it.

“We found the low adoption rates for these three promising technologies surprising because business as usual is no longer a realistic option,” Behzad Behtash, the author of the survey, wrote in the InformationWeek article.

“The price of storage in the data center isn’t limited to hardware,” he continued. “Escalating power and cooling costs and scarce floor space pose a serious challenge to the ‘just buy more disks’ approach.”

“These three technologies could enhance a well-designed storage plan and–along with increasing disk/platter densities, larger disk drives, and faster performing drives such as solid-state disks–reduce storage hardware requirements,” he added.

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