Up until today I thought that CommVault was the only backup product that was storing deduped data to tape. It turns out the Avamar now does it too.
The weird thing is that this little tidbit was put way down at the end of a press release that didn’t mention it in its title. Read that press release. I did when it came out. But I didn’t notice this tiny little sentence at the end:
“Finally, EMC has increased Avamar backup capacity by more than 60 percent and added new deduplicated export to tape functionality.”
For a product that has maintained a “we don’t need no stinking tape” stance for quite a while now, I think this is bigger news than a single sentence at the end of a long press release. I already made my peace with dedupe to tape, as long as it’s used in the right way — as long term storage, not for operational recovery.
So I’m glad to see that Avamar also has this functionality as well. And kudos to Scott Waterhouse for pointing out my miss and telling me on Twitter.
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Written by W. Curtis Preston (@wcpreston). For those of you unfamiliar with my work, I've specialized in backup & recovery since 1993. I've written the O'Reilly books on backup and have worked with a number of native and commercial tools. I am now Chief Technologist at Druva, the leading provider of cloud-based data protection and data management tools for endpoints, infrastructure, and cloud applications. These posts reflect my own opinion and are not necessarily the opinion of my employer.