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NetApp Adds De-dupe to VTL

SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced the availability of deduplication on NetApp Virtual Tape Library (VTL) systems, enabling customers to lower the disk capacity required to backup any storage system, including EMC and HP, up to 95%1. NetApp delivers unparalleled cost savings for traditional backup environments by reducing tape media usage and tape drive infrastructure and, now, through highly efficient usage of VTL disk storage through deduplication. With the addition of deduplication on VTL, NetApp offers the most complete deduplication portfolio, spanning backup, archive, and primary storage applications. More than 16,000 NetApp systems have been deployed with deduplication by 3,500 customers.

VTL systems are designed to augment traditional backup environments by providing a disk-based backup tier between backup applications and physical tape libraries that generate tapes for off-site retention. With NetApp VTL deduplication, now customers can identify and eliminate redundant backup data and reduce capacity requirements by 95%. NetApp VTL deduplication is specifically designed for backup environments and, similar to existing NetApp storage efficiency capabilities, VTL deduplication is a native component of the system’s software, as opposed to competing bolt-on approaches. Having deduplication embedded natively within the storage system makes it easier for customers to set up, manage, and upgrade systems and realize the benefits of reducing capacity needs. NetApp deduplication is available to new and existing customers at no additional charge.

“Deduplication has proven to be an invaluable addition to our VTL deployment with NetApp,” said Svein Thon, service line manager with EDB Business Partner ASA. With headquarters in Oslo, Norway, EDB Business Partner is one of the largest IT groups in the Nordic countries, with more than 40 years experience in serving leading Nordic businesses. “We were able to turn it on quickly and realize 95% reduction in capacity needed to backup Oracle® Databases and file system data. Combining deduplication with the speed and scale of NetApp VTL has allowed us to improve the efficiency of our backup operations and drive down power costs in our data center.”

NetApp Inc.