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End users are clearly trying to make their storage environments more content-aware and intelligent. Business users are duplicating content for testing, for development, and for organic business growth, says Robert Stevenson, TIPs Managing Director of Storage Research. At the same time, they are maintaining their retention requirements. Further, Storage teams are moving away from trying to enforce storage-control policies and are instead focusing on storage subsystems that can intelligently manage the waste via technologies like deduplication, thin provisioning, and namespace derived data classification and organization.
Stevenson adds, The fact that we are consistently seeing plans for deduplication adoption, in addition to increased spending on the technology by Storage pros who have already implemented it, tells us that there are bigger trends afoot, such as an increased commitment to data protection for all applications and a move away from tape as a primary data protection platform.
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