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NEC Adds Application Awareness to HydraStor Deduplication

Santa Clara, Calif. - June 1, 2009 - NEC Corporation of America, a premier provider of IT, network and identity management solutions, today announced the addition of application-aware deduplication to NEC's future-evolving grid storage platform, NEC HYDRAstor. HYDRAstor application-aware deduplication further optimizes data deduplication efficiency by analyzing incoming data streams and filtering application level metadata to eliminate its negative impact on deduplication rates.

HYDRAstor application-aware data deduplication offers greater insight into the customer's data stream by analyzing the user data independently from application metadata, resulting in increased storage efficiency, faster backups and archiving along with reduced costs. According to benchmark tests, the addition of application-aware deduplication for specific applications improved deduplication ratios by up to 70 percent on incremental backups and up to 130 percent on complete weekly backup cycles.

"As companies continue to experience tremendous data growth, deduplication has become a must-have in backup," said analyst Lauren Whitehouse, Enterprise Strategy Group. "NEC's HYDRAstor has differentiated itself in the secondary storage market through its scale-out architecture and distributed deduplication processing. The addition of application-aware deduplication, adds another layer of optimization, enabling improved reduction ratios without any impact on performance."

HYDRAstor's global deduplication already cuts data storage capacity needs by 95 percent or more across the enterprise and delivers up to 50 percent more efficient deduplication than siloed VTLs and appliances where deduplication scope is limited to the physical and logical boundaries of each appliance. With the addition of application-aware deduplication, NEC now offers customers even greater efficiency, flexibility and cost reductions for their growing data needs. The latest generation of HYDRAstor is now application-aware and optimized for CommVault Simpana and Symantec NetBackup with support for additional applications coming soon.

"Application-aware deduplication is the smartest approach to eliminating redundant data and CommVault is working closely with NEC to offer joint customers the best solution for their backup and archiving needs," said David West, vice president of marketing and business development for CommVault. "Employing deduplication within different levels of the environment helps ensure that our customers receive the flexibility and scalability they need in a storage solution, as well as the cost and operational efficiency benefits gained from managing deduped data throughout its lifecycle."

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