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So How’s That De-Dupe VTL Replacing Tape Workin’ Out For Ya?

by Administrator on April 27, 2010

Had a chat yesterday with the good folks at Sepaton, who are lately making alliances with everybody and his kid sister to promote their de-dupe play.  A couple of weeks back, they announced a partnership with Symantec OST (Open Storage Technology — hmm), and just this week, they announced a deal with HDS to join their software to an HDS platform to create a $417.6K for 24TB de-dupe stovepipe.  That’s a couple of bucks more expensive than the EMC Data Domain box but delivers, so they say, a lot more scalability than does the new EMC kluge that bolts together a less than stellar load balancer with a bunch of disk arrays in order to scale DD platforms beyond their previous limits.

At $417.6 K, this works out to about $17,400 per TB.  Hmm.  That seems like a lot of money and it doesn’t include the warranty and maintenance agreement or the 8 Gb per second FC fabric that gives Sepaton its speeds and feeds bragging rights.  Since their software only solution sells for $2500 per TB, that means the appliance will offer storage at about $14K per TB.

Am I the only one feeling a bit weirded out by this?

Apparently not.  For a refreshingly frank critique from the trenches about de-dupe arrays and why one small company (AT&T) has backed away from a strategy intended to eliminate tape in favor of a de-dupe VTL to de-dupe VTL replication strategy, I refer everyone to a  video recording of the preso that AT&T gave at  FujiFilm’s Global IT Executive Summit in Austin a couple of weeks back.  This is as practical a de-dupe product and implementation critique as I have ever seen — and from a qualified end user.

HDS was said to have warmed up to the Sepaton arrangement, displacing its relationships with Diligent (now IBM) and FalconStor, because of the idea advanced by Sepaton that they would offer an exclusive deal with the firm.  FalconStor is busily branding its own VTLs with de-dupe that compete with its “FalconStor inside” arrangement with HDS.  Kind of saw that one coming and asked about it in our C-4 Project interviews with FalconStor.

Strange thing though:  only a month or two back, Sepaton was boasting a de-dupe appliance bearing its own moniker based on generic hardware that worked out to about $100K less than the HDS+Sepaton rig.

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TGS May 4, 2010 at 11:47 am

Eye opener as to how much crap data is actually stored and what it costs. I would be interested in charge back information and what the TCO is for this system and how it jives with the increase in revenue. I wonder if they can even break even with this.

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