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

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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 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 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, 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 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) with Backup Exec 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 Middle East. All rights reserved.

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