Revinetix Adds 'File-Level Deduplication' To Backup Appliances - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
News
Commentary
8/24/2008
05:46 PM
Howard Marks
Howard Marks
Commentary
Connect Directly
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Revinetix Adds 'File-Level Deduplication' To Backup Appliances

Disk-to-disk backup appliance vendor Revinetix updated the RevOS software on its dedicated backup appliances to store just a single copy of a file or e-mail message across multiple locations and backup sessions. Their PR folks then sent out a press release saying they were adding data deduplication. The semanticist in me says "That's not deduplication, that's single-instance storage." I reserve the term deduplication for processes that reduce duplicate data contained in similar, not just identic

Disk-to-disk backup appliance vendor Revinetix updated the RevOS software on its dedicated backup appliances to store just a single copy of a file or e-mail message across multiple locations and backup sessions. Their PR folks then sent out a press release saying they were adding data deduplication. The semanticist in me says "That's not deduplication, that's single-instance storage." I reserve the term deduplication for processes that reduce duplicate data contained in similar, not just identical, files or other objects.Which is not to say that integrating single-instance storage into an existing backup application isn't a significant accomplishment. Revinetix's Volo desktop and Setio rack mount appliances run RevOS, which serves as both operating system and backup application with system administration through a Web-based GUI. Revinetix's single instancing runs as a post-backup process and can identify single-instance files with the same contents even if they don't have the same name.

Most backup solutions in the SME market where Revinetix plays compress data, at best, which should let a user running Revinetix's system protect 10% to 30% more stored data since duplicate files, like OS files, are stored just once.

RevOS runs backup agents for Windows, Macintosh, Linux, NetWare, and Unix servers. The Windows agent is a VSS requester and Revinetix has application agents for Exchange and SQL server. It even has a bare-metal restore image option.

Unfortunately, RevOS can only single-instance Exchange data if you make MAPI mailbox, sometimes called brick level, backups that are always the slow and cranky way to backup Exchange.

Most dedicated backup-to-disk solutions for the SME market ignore the need for removable storage for long-term archival storage or off-site safety. RevOS can spool files and/or backup sets off to one of a Setio's hot-swappable drives or the now ubiquitous USB drives and, as any off-site solution must in this day and age, encrypt the archive disk.

Prices start at $2,600 for a 250-GB Volo. A Setio rack mount unit with four 1-TB drives will set you back $13,995. One with 16 1-Tb disks is about 50 grand.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
2020 State of DevOps Report
2020 State of DevOps Report
Download this report today to learn more about the key tools and technologies being utilized, and how organizations deal with the cultural and process changes that DevOps brings. The report also examines the barriers organizations face, as well as the rewards from DevOps including faster application delivery, higher quality products, and quicker recovery from errors in production.
Slideshows
10 Top Cloud Computing Startups
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  8/3/2020
Commentary
How Enterprises Can Adopt Video Game Cloud Strategy
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  7/28/2020
Commentary
Conversational AI Comes of Age
Guest Commentary, Guest Commentary,  8/7/2020
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
Special Report: Why Performance Testing is Crucial Today
This special report will help enterprises determine what they should expect from performance testing solutions and how to put them to work most efficiently. Get it today!
White Papers
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Sponsored Video
Flash Poll