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Chip Design Firm Scuttles Tape

Synopsys is de-duplicating its way to a tape-free backup environment and closing in on booting tape completely.

The IT manager at the firm, which makes software for designing semiconductors, says he's gone through a combination of Data Domain de-duplication appliances and EMC and Network Appliance primary storage. The result, says Pethuraj Perumal, has been to improve backup reliability and manageability.

It all started late last year, when Synopsys deployed a Data Domain DD460 appliance with 4 Tbytes of capacity at the firm's Mountain View, Calif. headquarters. Things went so well that Perumal's group eventually rolled out six smaller DD430 appliances with 2 Tbytes each at six field sites where Synopsys keeps local data.

Perumal says Synopsys uses Data Domain to back up the company's critical applications -- except for Exchange, which he backs up on his Network Appliance SAN. He still uses tape for archiving, but says it's just a matter of time until that's done on disk as well.

"We are heading there," he says of a tapeless enterprise. "Over the last year, I did all disk-based backup. I didn't buy any tape. Next year I'll look for disk-based archiving. For now, we'll keep tapes for archiving."

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