I’ve been seeing more and more questions from customers about data deduplication technologies. I guess that’s because I can’t open a blog, website, or email related to technology without some vendor or another pushing the wonders of data deduplication. Consequently, I thought I’d take a few minutes to describe what the technology is all about. I’ll sum up my thoughts on the the value of deduplication technology by saying “It depends”. Read my article entry at Database Trends & Applications magazine here.
If someone in your company is pushing you to examine this very expensive technology, please give my article a gander and let me know what you think. I also encourage you to take a look at Brent Ozar’s excellent post on the topic located here. Remember that when in the right hands, as with all technologies, they can be used to solve tricky business problems. But in the wrong hands, they may be a square peg pounded into a round hole … or even worse.
Feedback always welcome!