Network Computing is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

De-Dupers Demand Disk Mindset

When ADIC acquired Rocksoft this week, it picked up a backup technology that early adopters rate highly for efficiency. (See ADIC in De-Dupe Deal.) But some aren't sure a tape vendor will put it to best use.

ADIC spent $63 million on Rocksoft's de-duplication technology, which it will integrate into its disk products. ADIC's core business is tape libraries, but it has joined other tape vendors in adding disk to its product line in recent years.

Meanwhile, Symantec is expected to launch de-duplication software from technology Veritas acquired by buying DataCenter Technologies (DCT) last year before Symantec gobbled up Veritas. (See Veritas Archives Another Startup.)

Industry analysts expect other backup software vendors to follow suit.

"If that capability is not built into any [backup] product in the next 18 months, that vendor will suffer," says analyst Arun Taneja of the Taneja Group.

  • 1