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Symantec de-duplication strategy targets data growth, virtual machines.

Byline: (Jeevan Thankappan)

Symantec aims to bring de-duplication technology closer to information sources; reduce complexity with centralized management tools that can handle both Symantec and partner technologies; and reduce the storage footprint associated with virtual servers.<p>De-duplication is growing in importance as IT shops try to minimize ever-expanding storage needs. That's one reason EMC (1) (EMC Corporation, Hopkinton, MA, The leading supplier of storage products for midrange computers and mainframes. Founded in 1979 by Richard J. Egan and Roger Marino, EMC has developed advanced storage and retrieval technologies for the world's largest companies.  and NetApp have each submitted bids to purchase de-duplication specialist Data Domain.<p>"The big push here is around data growth," says Mathew Lodge, Symantec's senior director of product marketing. "Even during a recession, data growth is still huge."<p>Virtualization An umbrella term for enhancing a computer's ability to do work. Following are the ways virtualization is used.

Hardware Virtualization
Partitioning the computer's memory into separate and isolated "virtual machines" simulates multiple machines within one physical computer.
 is one major driver of storage growth, but de-duplication can reduce capacity needs by making virtual machines (VM) as small as possible, for example by storing only one copy of an operating system operating system (OS)

Software that controls the operation of a computer, directs the input and output of data, keeps track of files, and controls the processing of computer programs.
, Lodge says<p>"In a virtual environment you end up with multiple copies of virtual machine images," he says. "Now you have to store and back up all of those, which leads to a huge amount of redundancy."<p>Symantec already offers de-duplication in its NetBackup and Enterprise Vault Symantec Enterprise Vault (EV) is a product of Symantec Corporation and is one of the most widely-installed email archiving solutions[1][2]. Enterprise Vault software provides an archiving framework to enable the discovery of content held within email, file  products, which bring de-dupe to archiving, backup and remote office backup. NetBackup offers management of de-duplicated storage from third-party vendors such as Data Domain, Quantum, FalconStor and EMC.<p>Going forward, Symantec says it will offer better compression of virtual machine (VM) images in NetBackup PureDisk 6.6, due out in September. Symantec has also added support for Microsoft Hyper-V to the current version of NetBackup.<p>Symantec is targeting small- and midsize businesses (SMB (1) (Small to Medium-sized Business) Also called "SME" (small to medium-sized enterprise), it refers to companies that are larger than the small office/home office (SOHO), but not huge. ) with Backup Exec Backup Exec is backup software for Microsoft Windows environments currently developed by Symantec. Backup Exec has a long history of being sold from one company to another.  2010, which will integrate de-duplication with backup clients and the BackupExec media server, and be able to manage third-party de-dupe appliances. The SMB product is scheduled for release at year-end.<p>At the beginning of 2010, Symantec plans to release the enterprise-class NetBackup 7 with enhanced de-dupe capabilities, including support for client and media servers.<p>Copyright 2009 IDG IDG International Data Group
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Publication:Network World Middle East
Date:Jul 8, 2009
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