Virtualization

Building a High-Performance Deduplication System

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Executive Summary

Modern deduplication has become quite effective at eliminating duplicates in data, thus multiplying the effective capacity of disk-based backup systems, and enabling them as realistic tape replacements. Despite these improvements, single-node raw capacity is still mostly limited to tens or a few hundreds of terabytes, forcing users to resort to complex and costly multi-node systems, which usually only allow them to scale to single-digit petabytes. As the opportunities for deduplication efficiency optimizations become scarce, the authors are challenged with the task of designing deduplication systems that will effectively address the capacity, throughput, management and energy requirements of the petascale age.

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