Infortrend Adds Deduplication to EonNAS

Posted on October 31, 2011 By Stuart Johnston

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Unified storage system vendor Infortrend said it has begun shipping its EonNAS 3000 line of storage appliances for small and midsize businesses (SMB) with built-in data deduplication.

Using Infortrend's new deduplication capabilities, EonNAS users can save up to 90 percent storage capacity for backup applications, as much as 70 percent for virtualized environments, and 40 percent on other office files, the company claims.

The inline, block-based deduplication technology performs duplication calculations as each new data block enters the EonNAS system, according to an Infortrend statement.

If the system identifies an identical block of data that has already been stored, the deduplication software will discard the new block, retaining a pointer to the pre-existing block in the volume.

"Deduplication offers clear advantages: storing more data on storage systems and using systems much longer than is possible without deduplication," Thomas Kao, Infortrend's director of product planning, said in a statement. That means it takes fewer storage devices to provide the same level of storage.

Further, the addition of deduplication technology means storage systems need less capacity, which results in smaller floor space requirements as well as lower energy costs.

The added deduplication technology is available initially on the EonNAS 3000 line of storage appliances immediately with no additional charges. It will be added to new EonNAS products going forward, according to the company.

"These advantages, combined with the fact that the technology is available at no additional cost, further enhance the cost efficiency of our EonNAS systems and solidify their position as one of the premier NAS storage solutions available today," Kao said.

Infortrend, which was founded in 1993, has several product lines within the EonNAS family designed to provide unified storage for both file and block-based applications and to be affordable by SMBs and medium-sized enterprises.

In July, the company launched its Enterprise Scalable Virtualized Architecture (ESVA) Cluster File System for high-performance computing applications and media.

Stuart J. Johnston is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @stuartj1000.

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