Too Much of a Good Thing

IT has a complicated relationship with redundancy. Redundancy is built into equipment and processes as a hedge against failures – that’s good. We put redundant power supplies in our equipment so that if one fails the other takes over. We use RAID in various permutations to ensure data protection. We put up duplicate data centers so that if a primary site gets flooded out we have another location from which to work. And we do backups every day and/or every week to make sure we have a redundant copy of our applications and data.

And that’s where it gets complicated, because backing up the same data over and over again, day after day, week after week, has a big impact on how much storage we need, how much bandwidth we need for backups, and how long it takes to restore. Redundancy is good – but too much of a good thing can become a problem, affecting cost and performance.

ESG Lab recently tested the Dell DR4000, a purpose-built, file-based data protection solution designed to deal with the by-products of redundancy. It’s a high-performance, disk-based backup and DR appliance with inline deduplication and compression built into it. It’s easy to use with all-inclusive licensing and software features, integrates seamlessly into your current backup applications and processes, and graphically depicts capacity savings (see below) – something other solutions do not.

We tested capacity savings and performance with the Dell DR4000 using a wide variety of data types and found great results. Its capacity savings were in the 90% range, and ingest rates were among the highest ESG Lab has validated for this type of solution. It even offers a performance-optimized duplication (no, that’s not a typo) feature that enables efficient backup copies for DR, a boon particularly to small and mid-sized organizations.

Too much of a good thing can become a serious problem. If too much duplicate data is a challenge for you, check out the antidote by reading the ESG Lab Validation of the Dell DR4000.

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure Data Protection ESG Validation Services