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As businesses strive to manage and protect their critical information, data is growing with a new face. Challenges in relation to storage capacity, cooling and power requirements are increasing. The paper discusses how storing backup data isn't just expensive and time consuming, but also largely ineffective. It recommends data de-duplication. Data de-duplication addresses these challenges. De-duplication reduces storage needs by twenty to fifty times. The paper describes how - rather than the traditional method of storing everything during every backup - de-duplication records once and then creates a pointer, thereby lowering power consumption. The paper then observes that not every business has data de-duplication services as part of their backup methodologies. It suggests that these businesses use their backup tool's reduction technologies for similar benefits, but points out that only de-duplication achieves a high number of reduction rates as compared to incremental backup methodologies. It highlights that de-duplication will halve storage consumed by data rich application environments. The paper discusses aspects such as Database Backup, and, Granular recovery and continuous data protection. It states that such technologies can provide similar benefits in Microsoft Active Directory and others. The paper concludes that data reduction technologies provide a versatile and intelligent solution to addressing today's pressing and proximate needs. These technologies are said to maximize resources, eliminate redundancies and lower energy consumption.
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