Data Deduplication And Why It Matters To Your Clients

For those enterprise clients storing their data on-premises, replicated data creates is creating real costs. 

  • June 24, 2021 | Author: Todd Hyten
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Earlier this year, IDC reported that data in 2020 was created at a faster rate than expected, with 64.2 zettabytes of data created and replicated (A zettabyte = 1 trillion gigabytes). But IDC’s headline said it all: “Data Creation and Replication Will Grow at a Faster Rate than Installed Storage Capacity.”

Global data creation is running at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23 percent from 2020-2025. Global storage capacity is growing too, but at a slower CAGR of 19.2 percent, according to IDC. 
 
The unexpected higher growth in 2020 came from more remote and home office workers who used new devices and connections to access and create more data, including large-size video files. 
 
Amid this maelstrom of data pouring into data centers, duplication is a huge problem. In another report last year, IDC stated that the ratio of unique data to replicated data is 1:9! And the trend is moving to a higher ratio—1:10 by 2024. 
 
For those enterprise clients storing their data on-premises, all that replicated data creates costs. There is technology, however, that can both reduce the amount of data stored while making data management more efficient. 
 
A storage solution with inline deduplication is a big bonus. Inline means that data is deduplicated before it reaches the storage disk—making the storage device efficient. This seems like a small feature, but it has big implications:
 
  • It’s an easy way to ensure your client is right-sizing their storage for their present needs.
  • It improves network efficiency by reducing network traffic and power consumption.
  • It makes restores faster, pulling from a smaller amount of data.
If your clients are considering their future storage needs, a solution such as OneXafe, offers easily scaled-out storage with inline deduplication. OneXafe, a solution within the StorageCraft + Arcserve product stack, is a converged data protection and storage solution that supports one or multiple nodes, all with a single global file system. It uses both inline deduplication and compression, ensuring storage is as efficient as possible. 
 
There’s another big benefit to using a storage solution with inline deduplication and compression. Your customers using a storage solution with these features will have a much clearer picture of their future storage needs. Any VAR who helps their client improve efficiency and anticipate future needs accurately will go a long way to becoming a trusted partner. 

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