By James E. Gaskin
You've convinced your SMB customers to consider deduplication, despite the cost. But what should you know before embarking on a dedupe project? Mike Cobb, director of engineering at DriveSavers Data Recovery Inc., a provider of data recovery services in Novato, Calif., offers the following four tips for deduplication:
- Data integrity is much more important on the storage devices holding deduped data than on a regular server, because the storage equipment will hold the only copy of your client’s data. So purchase quality products with redundant hard drives and power supplies.
- Prepare for growth, and purchase a solution that can be upgraded easily. Dedupe requires more overhead than traditional servers. Getting close to capacity will lead to data loss.
- Be knowledgeable. As with any storage server, have trained help in house or close by.
- Test the integrity of the data regularly.
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