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BridgeSTOR Offering De-Dupe File System to OEMs

Building Linux-based storage products
This is a Press Release edited by StorageNewsletter.com on 2012.09.28

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BridgeSTOR, LLC has released its Data Deduplication File System (DDFS) to OEMs building Linux-based storage products.

DDFS supplies deduplication services as a Linux file system. Unlike existing Linux file systems, DDFS adds compression, encryption and embedded data movement for cloud-based environments.

DDFS deduplicates all unstructured (application) data and includes specialized algorithms that recognize the unique characteristics of VM images (VHD, VMDK and others). When a VM image is encountered, DDFS automatically invokes this optimization to maximize the deduplication of the VM image. It will also natively mount VM images allowing the immediate recovery of data.

DDFS enables OEM customers to offer products that address the perplexing requirement of storing VMware, Hyper-V and other VM image types on magnetic tape, on disk or in the cloud - in a deduplicated, compressed and encrypted (for tape, compression and encryption are performed by the tape drive) format to minimize the cost and complexity of storing critical data offsite. Using DDFS, deduplicated data can be stored locally, on a network, on tape or in the cloud.

"DDFS is our second generation product and is the result of a significant development effort by an industry-leading team of deduplication experts," says John Matze, CEO, BridgeSTOR. "OEMs building Linux-based Storage products for the consumer, the SOHO, SMB and Enterprise buyers now have a simple-to-integrate path to deduplication and cloud services."

DDFS NearTime Deduplication enables deduplication to be performed inline or in a tiered mode. With NearTime Deduplication, hot data may exist on faster media (SSD), and once cooled, moved to slower inexpensive media such as disk or tape. NearTime Deduplication is for the media and entertainment market.

DDFS' exclusive ProtectedCloud Security works by separating the deduplication metadata from the data blocks. This process combined with AES-256 encryption allows the metadata and data blocks to be stored in different Cloud locations; producing the strongest security available today.

DDFS deduplication can reduce storage utilization significantly. Since no two installations have identical data storage characteristics, BridgeSTOR recommends that prospective OEM customers contact the company to arrange for an evaluation of DDFS using data that is representative of their customers' workloads to demonstrate the effectiveness of the technology.

BridgeSTOR licenses DDFS to OEMs building Linux-based NAS products through negotiation covering quantities, terms and the amount of effort required to customize the software and satisfy the OEM's requirements.

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