If you assume that leading enterprise midrange all-flash arrays (AFAs) support deduplication, your assumption would be correct. But if you assume that these arrays implement and deliver deduplication’s features in the same way, you would be mistaken. These differences in deduplication should influence any all-flash array buying decision as deduplication’s implementation affects the array’s total effective capacity, performance, usability, and, ultimately, your bottom line.
The availability of deduplication technology on all leading enterprise midrange AFAs comes as a relief to many organizations. The raw price per GB of AFAs often precludes them from deploying AFAs in their environment. However, deduplication’s presence enables organizations to deploy AFAs more widely in their environment since it may increase an AFA’s total effective capacity by 2-3x over its total useable capacity.
The operative word in that previous sentence is “may.” Selecting an enterprise midrange all-flash array model from Dell EMC, HDS, HPE, Huawei, or NetApp only guarantees that you will get an array that supports deduplication. One should not automatically assume that any of these vendors will deliver it in the way that your organization can best capitalize on it.
For instance, if you only want to do post-process deduplication, a model from only one of those five vendors listed above supports that option. If you want deduplication included when you buy the array and not have to license it separately, only three of the vendors support that option. If you want to do inline deduplication of production data, then only two of those vendors support that option.
Deduplication on all-flash arrays is highly desirable as it helps drive the price point of flash down to the point where organizations can look to cost-effectively use it more widely in production. However, deduplication only makes sense if the vendor delivers deduplication in a manner that matches the needs of your organization.
To get a glimpse into how these five vendors deduplicate data differently, check out this short, two-page report* from DCIG that examines 14 deduplication features on five different products. This concise, easy-to-understand report provides you with an at-a-glance snapshot of which products support the key deduplication features that organizations need to make the right all-flash array buying decision.
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