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Dell's De-Duplication Strategy

Dell Inc. (Nasdaq: DELL) announced it's developing new data de-duplication products as part of its TierDisk family of storage solutions and will simplify de-duplication functionality across its storage portfolio. According to the company, by developing a single de-duplication architecture across the company's PowerVault, EqualLogic, and Dell/EMC product families, Dell will deliver the compatibility customers require to simply replicate and de-duplicate data across multiple sites (for example, from departments of branch offices to corporate data centers).

Dell is working with industry leaders EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC) and Quantum Corp. (NYSE: QTM) to provide compatibility across the three companies' brands and product lines. By driving de-duplication, replication, and management commonality, Dell, EMC, and Quantum are working to provide compatibility and choice in a technology area that is proprietary from other vendors. Dell expects to begin shipping its new systems for customers, ranging from small and medium-sized businesses to large enterprises by early next year.

Data de-dupe is a technology-based solution for an all-too-common human problem. For most people, adequately managing information comes as an afterthought. As a result they fail to consider the larger ramifications of bad storage habits to themselves and their organizations.

Company reports and presentations, coworker announcements, holiday greetings, and even non-work-related items like this week's funniest YouTube Inc. video get passed from employee to employee and saved. The result? Thousands of redundant, duplicated items, ranging from the business-critical to the literally useless, inhabiting company PCs, notebooks, and email servers.

If it stopped there, it might be a case of no harm, no foul. But with companies trying to better manage their information backup and recovery processes (thanks, in part, to stricter compliance regulations), those same thousands of redundant files and documents end up wasting space and money in corporate storage arrays and information archives and slowing backup processes to a crawl.

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