Nexsan and FalconStor: Leaner, Greener Data DeDupe
It isn’t easy being green, but it’s worth the effort when you lower your power bill. Resellers should keep that in mind when they hear that storage solution provider Nexsan has partnered with data protection specialist FalconStor to provide an energy-efficient, high-availability deduplication and disaster recovery solution. Here’s the scoop.
The NexSan DeDupe SG (Speed with Green. Yes, really) 2.0 solution involves redundant appliances to make sure your data is always available when you need it. FalconStor’s part in the equation is to actually provide the deduplication engine in the form of its File-Interface Deduplication System (FDS), and to provide compatibility with the Symantec OpenStorage protocol for increased data ingestion. The two companies claim DeDupe SG 2.0 is the first solution of its kind to work over a LAN.
For those not in the know, data deduplication is the process of only backing up those files that have changed since the last time the process was performed. It saves a lot of space and bandwidth in the backups, but usually at the cost of power consumption as the discs are constantly spinning and monitoring for changes.
DeDupe 2.0’s big innovation in this regard, Nexsan says, is using Nexsan’s own AutoMAID to watch for peak usage times and transparently put discs to sleep as they’re not needed. Basically, it’s on when it needs to be and asleep when it doesn’t.
There’s a lot of data deduplication news coming down the pipe in the next few weeks, and it’s no wonder. It’s a smarter, faster, and now more energy efficient way for VARs to handle backups – especially if you prefer to handle disaster recovery on-premises rather than leave it to the cloud.