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Firms tackle data growth with backup and deduplication tactics

Combining backup software and deduplication technology within virtual server environments can help companies better deal with exploding data growth, according to users attending Computerworld’s Storage Networking World conference here this week.

John Robitzsch, senior manager of infrastructure systems for Atlanta, Ga.-based InComm Holdings Inc., said his company deployed new backup software and deduplication products over the last three months to corral massive data growth across remote sites due to multiple mergers and acquisitions in recent years.

Incomm, a provider of point-of-sale activation technology and pre-paid products like phone cards, runs about 650 mostly Windows-based servers – including 400 virtual ones running on three VMware ESX Server v2.5.3 clusters.

Adding the new backup software from CommVault Systems Inc. and de-duplication technology from Data Domain Inc. to the virtualized systems enabled InComm’s data compression ratio to soar from 4.5% to 11%, Robitzsch said.


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