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Data Domain Introduces DD880 Enterprise Deduplication Storage System

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- July 20, 2009 -- Data Domain (NASDAQ: DDUP), the leading provider of deduplication storage systems, today announced the Data Domain DD880, the industry's highest performance inline deduplication storage system for enterprise backup and archive applications. With aggregate throughput up to 5.4 TB/hour, faster per controller than conventional virtual tape library (VTL) systems, and single-stream throughput up to 1.2 TB/hour to enable protection of large databases in short backup windows, the DD880 establishes consistently high benchmarks across the spectrum of common data center backup metrics. A DD880 system supports up to 71 TB of associated addressable, post-RAID, pre-deduplication disk storage. A fully configured Data Domain DDX Array with 16 DD880 controllers increases aggregate throughput performance to up to 86 TB/hour and offers up to 56 petabytes of usable capacity, delivering the capability for long-term online retention to large, consolidated data centers.

Unlike most VTL systems or other backup storage targets, the DD880 deduplicates data inline using an approach in which throughput is gated by factors that are CPU-centric, not disk centric. The DD880's price/performance is enabled by the Data Domain SISL??? (Stream-Informed Segment Layout) scaling architecture to minimize the number of disk accesses required in the deduplication process. Data Domain systems ride the price/performance wave of multi-core processor architectures instead of depending on overprovisioned storage subsystems for throughput. As a result, Data Domain systems have improved in throughput geometrically, by more than a factor of 36 since 2004. Like all Data Domain systems, the DD880 supports NFS and CIFS by default, and offers both NetBackup OpenStorage and VTL as software options.

"There has been a popular misconception that inline deduplication systems cannot ingest backups as fast as backup solutions that write directly to disk and then execute data reduction processes," said Brian Babineau, Sr. Analyst at the Enterprise Strategy Group. "Maybe that was true at one point in time, or for specific implementations. Data Domain's DD880 clearly proves that inline deduplication can be highly competitive in speed, even when compared to VTLs and other disk based backup targets with no deduplication at all."

Also available is a new release of Data Domain Enterprise Manager, a graphic user interface (GUI)-based management infrastructure for Data Domain systems. Enterprise Manager now provides monitoring or configuration support for many system features including centralized management of multiple nodes and configuration of system replication and migration capabilities.

With the Data Domain Replicator software option, the DD880 can automate WAN vaulting for use in disaster recovery (DR), remote office backup, or multi-site tape consolidation. A single DD880 system can support a replication fan-in from up to 180 remote offices using smaller Data Domain systems such as the DD120. The DD880 can deduplicate globally across remote sites, further minimizing required bandwidth since only the first instance of data is transferred across any of the WAN segments. With the Data Domain Retention Lock software option, archive data can be locked for increased governance control or shredded when required to meet Department of Defense (DoD) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) specifications.

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