Data deduplication grows as an IT priority

Monday - 4/18/2011, 10:31am EDT

Bob Gourley, founder, CTOlabs.com

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By Suzanne Kubota
Senior Internet Editor
FederalNewsRadio.com

A new survey by CTOlabs.com finds that data is growing at a rate of 30-percent every year within the federal government.

While virtualization is considered to be one answer, the federal government is lagging behind private industry in switching infrastructures.

Bob Gourley, founder of CTOlabs.com, says the answer could be something called data deduplication.

Gourley told Federal News Radio that's a way of "making sure you're not copying in the same information everywhere throughout the enterprise. Smart deduplication strategies and architectures will let you store the data one time and then anybody who needs it can access it at that place."

The goal, said Gourley, is to reduce the amount of times you have to copy the data. It's been working in industry for years and reducing the cost of enterprise IT, with an "extremely fast" return on investment, he said.

The key to shifting to data deduplication technologies, according to Gourley, is to use proven techniques. "Look for solutions that have worked in industry at very large scale. These have proven to have been extremely reliable and reduced the cost of your total infrastructure, and make returning information from back up much faster, so it has positive mission impacts."

According to a survey conducted by CTOlabs.com, in conjunction with Carahsoft Technology Corp, 87 percent of respondents ranked data deduplication as a priority and over 60 percent are planning to deploy the technology within the next 12 months.