Roel Uses Data Domain

Leading contracting firm implements Data Domain for archiving, sets goal for tape-free environment

March 24, 2008

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Data Domain (NASDAQ: DDUP), the leading provider of deduplication storage systems for disk backup and network-based disaster recovery, today announced that ROEL Construction has successfully applied its Data Domain systems to achieve low cost, disk-based archiving. The San Diego, CA-based firm, one of North America's largest construction companies, has consolidated both its backup and archiving processes using Data Domain systems and is well on its way to reaching its stated goal of tape-free data protection.

ROEL Construction initially deployed Data Domain to address the growth of its backup data and its increasing dissatisfaction with its tape-based data protection environment. With the availability of archival storage capabilities from Data Domain, the firm's IT Director recognized the opportunity to significantly cut costs by migrating archival data from its SAN (storage area network) to its Data Domain deduplication storage systems. In addition to saving over 94% of the space required to store 24 terabytes of CommVault Galaxy backup data, the firm is also now saving 75% of the space required to store the archive data. The archive data is copied to file shares hosted on the same Data Domain system that is used for backups.

"We anticipate the size of our archival data will grow 4-5 times in just the next two years," says Kevin Fitzpatrick, Director of Information Technology for ROEL. "Our corporate policy dictates that construction project records, once closed out, need to be maintained for 10 years for litigation and reference purposes. Storing this archival data on our existing SAN storage would soon become cost prohibitive and the thought of storing it on tape for 10 years made all of us uncomfortable. When we heard Data Domain could address archives at a cost effective price point, it was a perfect fit for us. We've been able to recapture 1.5 terabytes of disk space on our SAN. And, going forward, we won't have to use expensive SAN storage space as our archives grow. The deduplication we get from our Data Domain systems extricated us from that linear relationship between data growth and disk expense for archives, and our backups are now fast and highly reliable. We don't have to restore files from tape because we're able to keep 4 months of weekly full backups online."

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