DCIG 2013 Midrange Deduplicating Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guides Now Available

DCIG is pleased to announce the availability of its DCIG 2013 Midrange Deduplicating Backup Appliances Buyer’s Guides. In these two Buyer’s Guides, DCIG weights, scores and ranks 20 and 29 midrange deduplicating backup appliances respectively from nine (9) different providers.

What is “new” about these two Buyer’s Guides is that DCIG for the first time breaks out these solutions based upon their starting price to better serve the increasingly varied storage needs and pricing constraints that organizations now have. Like all previous DCIG Buyer’s Guides they provide the critical information that organizations need when selecting a midrange deduplicating backup appliance to help protect the large amounts of data in their environments.

The storage volume necessary for digital media is already at incredibly high levels and the rate of growth is not slowing down. Predictions by Gartner show information managed by enterprise data centers will increase 50 times from 2011 to 2015.1 A similar statistic issued by IDC estimates that the amount of data reached more than 1.8 zettabytes in 2011 and is more than doubling every two years.

As such, organizations need smarter ways to address the problem of runaway storage volumes. Deduplication technology fills this important gap by providing storage reduction ratios of 10 – 20 times of what can be achieved using standard storage technologies. Given the ever-growing need for more storage, it should come as no surprise that purpose built backup appliances (PBBAs) such as deduplicating backup appliances poised for large growth.

Recently issued 1QCY13 statistics from IDC show the PBBA market is growing faster than all other areas of the external disk storage and data protection markets. PBBAs are increasing at 17% quarterly year-over-year and shipments have increased by 45% on a year-over-year basis.

Deduplication–maybe more than any other technology–has transformed the backup stor­age space. Other technologies like thin provisioning, utility computing and virtualization have promised and largely delivered high levels of costs savings and operating efficiency in many environments. However, deduplicating PBBAs often provide these types of results almost immediately in nearly every organization into which they are introduced.

Deduplication may be implemented at the source, the target or both in the backup process, but target deduplicating PBBAs are generally the least disruptive to introduce and may be installed into an existing backup environment. They provide the key features that organizations need today more than ever as they enable organizations to:

  • Deduplicate data after it is already backed up
  • Non-disruptively introduce data deduplication into their backup environment
  • Optionally deduplicate data on the server – physical or virtual – using  “upstream processing” that divides the deduplication between the server and the appliance

The ability of deduplicating midrange appliances to deliver on most if not all of these features is particularly important for those organizations that opt to implement private cloud storage arrays to host many and/or all of their production applications. When deployed into these environments, any planned or unplanned downtime or disruption in service at any time for any reason can have potentially catastrophic consequences for the entire business.

It is in this context that DCIG presents its 2013 Midrange Deduplicating Backup Appliance Under $50K and 2013 Midrange Deduplicating Backup Appliance Under $100K Buyer’s Guides. As prior Buyer’s Guides have done, these two Buyer’s Guides puts at the fingertips of organizations a comprehen­sive list of midrange deduplicating backup appliances and the features they offer in the form of detailed, standardized data sheets that can assist them in this important buying decision.

The 2013 Midrange Deduplicating Backup Appliance Under $50K and 2013 Midrange Deduplicating Backup Appliance Under $100K Buyer’s Guides accomplish the following objectives:

  • Provide an objective, third-party evaluation of currently available midrange deduplicating backup appliances
  • Evaluate, score and rank midrange deduplicating backup appliances from an end-user’s perspective
  • Include recommendations on how to best utilize this Buyer’s Guide
  • Provide standardized data sheets for each of the 20 midrange deduplicating backup appliances from nine (9) different providers in the Under $50K Guide and standardized data sheets for each of the 29 midrange deduplicating backup appliances from nine (9) different providers in the Under $100K Guide so organizations may do a quick comparison of features while having sufficient detail at their fingertips to make an informed decision
  • Provide insight into each deduplicating backup appliance’s robustness of its hardware, what deduplication options it offers, and what levels of support and integration it offers for various backup software solutions

DCIG-2013-Midrange-Deduplicating-Backup-Appliance-Logo-Under-50-500x500.jpgThe DCIG 2013 Midrange Deduplicating Backup Appliance Under $50K Buyer’s Guide Top 10 solutions include (in alphabetical order):

  • ExaGrid Systems EX1000
  • ExaGrid Systems EX10000E
  • ExaGrid Systems EX2000
  • ExaGrid Systems EX3000
  • ExaGrid Systems EX4000
  • ExaGrid Systems EX5000
  • ExaGrid Systems EX7000
  • NEC HYDRAstor HS3-410
  • Quantum DXi4601
  • Symantec NetBackup 5230

DCIG-2013-Midrange-Deduplicating-Backup-Appliance-Logo-Under-100-500x500.jpgThe DCIG 2013 Midrange Deduplicating Backup Appliance Under $100K Buyer’s Guide Top 10 solutions include (in alphabetical order):

  • ExaGrid Systems EX10000E
  • ExaGrid Systems EX13000E
  • ExaGrid Systems EX2000
  • ExaGrid Systems EX3000
  • ExaGrid Systems EX4000
  • ExaGrid Systems EX5000
  • ExaGrid Systems EX7000
  • NEC HYDRAstor HS8-3002S
  • Quantum DXi6700 Series
  • Symantec NetBackup 5230

The ExaGrid Systems EX10000E achieved the “Best-in-Class” ranking in the Under $50K Buyer’s Guide of midrange deduplicating backup appliances. Its companion appliance, the EX13000E, achieved the “Best-in-Class” ranking in the Under $100K Buyer’s Guide of midrange deduplicating backup appliances. The ExaGrid Systems EX10000E and EX130000E successfully deliv
er the broadest range of features for those organizations looking for a single deduplicating backup appliance in either of these two price categories.

In doing its research for these Buyer’s Guides, DCIG uncovered some noteworthy statistics about midrange deduplicating backup appliances in general:

  • 100% of appliances provide the option to use variable length block as a means to deduplicate data
  • 96% natively include deduplication software with the appliance
  • 96% verify data integrity in some way after the data is initially deduplicated
  • 85% support 10GbE ports
  • 68% deduplicate data inline
  • 56% display deduplication ratios by backup job name
  • 40% deduplicate data post-process
  • 38% support 8Gb FC ports
  • 19% give users the option to deduplicate data either inline or post-process

The DCIG 2013 Midrange Deduplicating Backup Appliance Under $50K and 2013 Midrange Deduplicating Backup Appliance Under $100K Buyer’s Guides are immediately available. They may be downloaded for no charge with registration by following this link.

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Jerome M. Wendt

About Jerome M. Wendt

President & Founder of DCIG, LLC Jerome Wendt is the President and Founder of DCIG, LLC., an independent storage analyst and consulting firm. Mr. Wendt founded the company in November 2007.

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