IBM (NYSE: IBM) is bringing data deduplication to its System z mainframes.
Big Blue is taking the dedupe technology from its Diligent acquisition and porting it to z/OS mainframe environments with the new System Storage TS7680 ProtecTIER Deduplication Gateway for System z. IBM claims as much as a 25 to 1 deduplication ratio for the new offering.
EMC's (NYSE: EMC) Data Domain unit has dabbled in mainframe deduplication, while Bus-Tech has worked on mainframe dedupe with Quantum (NYSE: QTM) and FalconStor (NASDAQ: FALC).
The TS7680 combines a virtual tape library (VTL) solution with an inline data deduplication algorithm called HyperFactor, which IBM said indexes the complete content of a repository and can be permanently hosted in the RAM because of its small size. The TS7680 also features two-node clustering and up to one petabyte of physical storage capacity per system.https://o1.qnsr.com/log/p.gif?;n=203;c=204660765;s=10655;x=7936;f=201812281308090;u=j;z=TIMESTAMP;a=20400368;e=i
IBM says the combination of virtual tape and data deduplication can speed backup and recovery operations and reduce the costs of tape processing operations by using disk storage as a repository for the deduplicated data, so applications can complete faster and speed the batch-processing window.
Virtual tape systems will be seen by the mainframe as a standard tape library, so existing backup processes don't need to change to accommodate the systems.
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