Data deduplication

What is data deduplication?

The process of eliminating duplicates of data is called data deduplication. Its objective is to optimize storage efficiency by reducing redundancy. It can be widely applied in both large- and small-scale environments to minimize the costs of storage infrastructures.

What are the benefits of deduplication?

Data deduplication has several significant advantages, including:

  • Increased storage availability:

    Since duplicated copies of data are discarded, the available enterprise storage space drastically increases.

  • Quick data backups:

    It takes less time to back up data when the volume of data dealt with is reduced.

  • Rapid recovery times:

    It takes less time to recover data that was lost due to mishaps.

  • Improved application performance:

    Applications access data more quickly and efficiently when less data is stored.

  • Reduced bandwidth requirements:

    This is applicable for data that is backed up remotely. Due to the elimination of redundant data, only unique data gets transmitted over the network, resulting in less consumption of network bandwidth.

  • Improved data integrity:

    When a file is duplicated, changes made in one instance are not replicated in the other. This can lead to discrepancies in the information they hold. To avoid this issue, deduplication becomes crucial as it enables you to maintain a single copy of the file, ensuring data accuracy and quality.

  • Reduced storage infrastructure costs:

    Due to the periodic disposal of duplicates, the need for storage infrastructures is reduced along with the overall storage costs.

What are some data deduplication examples?

Cross collaboration between teams is essential to implementing data deduplication processes in enterprises. For example, let's consider a situation with three teams: storage, backup, and security.

    Storage team:
    Its objective is to optimize the storage infrastructures to store only unique data, reduce the overall storage expenditure, and decrease the need for expanding storage facilities.
    Backup team:
    Its goal is to back up more data in less time.
    Security team:
    Its goal is to reduce the risk of data breaches.

Implementing deduplication proves beneficial to all enterprise teams, particularly those dealing with extensive data generation and utilization. By discarding duplicate copies of data, you significantly lower the chance of experiencing security breaches as only a minimal amount of data needs protection from attackers.

How does data deduplication work?

DataSecurity Plus identifies data duplication by analyzing file metadata. To get accurate results, users can configure one or more parameters from the list below after configuring the file server or workgroup machine:

  • Same size:

    When the sizes of the files are the same

  • Same name:

    When the names of the files are the same

  • Same last modification time:

    When the last modification times of the files are the same

You can delete the duplicate files found by DataSecurity Plus right from the dashboard to optimize the disk space in less time.

How can DataSecurity Plus cater to your server deduplication needs?

DataSecurity Plus lets you get detailed insights into duplicate files and purge them to optimize your disk space. You can customize the criteria to spot duplicate files on your servers.

It is imperative to use deduplication to cut down on the large files that are hoarded within your organization's repository. This way, you can optimize your disk space and minimize the need for additional data storage.

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