By Ben Puzzuoli, Technical Sales Director at KineticD
June 27, 2011

KineticD Online Data Backup Expert Tips: The Role of Data Deduplication in Cloud Computing

The increasing popularity of online data backup has served to bring into common usage many innovative new technologies, one of which is data deduplication.  Simply put, data deduplication is the process in which redundant, or duplicated, data is removed from disk storage, with only one copy of the previously duplicated data remaining.  This lone copy is then designated with references to all the files that it pertains to so that all of these files remain functionally intact.  This method of data compression helps save disk space and also serves to speed up the data transfer times necessary for backing up.

Now, technology experts might be quick to point out that data deduplication is not literally a technology unto itself, due to the fact that it can be performed in different ways using different types of technologies.  There are two main types of data deduplication, “in-line” and “post-process”.  With in-line data deduplication, data is deduplicated as it is stored onto the hard drive or server being used, while post-process deduplication, as its name implies, involves data undergoing the deduplication process after it has been transferred on the digital storage device.  The latter of these methods is the older and more common form of deduplication, with many companies claiming that deduplicating at the time of committing the information to the storage device (once again, “in-line” data deduplication) is too time consuming a process.  However, most online backup companies today employ some combination of both methods in order to bring about the most efficient and stable deduplicating process.

So, what is so important about deduplication when it comes to online data backup?  Well, as businesses everywhere continue to create more and more data, storage space may indeed become a financial concern, on both the company’s servers and the online backup account as well, and deduplication can help keep these data storage costs to a minimum.  In addition to this, many larger companies find it difficult to schedule backups due to a lack of ideal downtime of their company’s systems, and deduplication helps cut down on the amount of data that needs to be transferred during these backups, allowing companies to devote less of their system’s bandwidth resources toward the backup process and more toward other important aspects of their business, while saving on overall digital storage space as well.

Of course, we here at KineticD take very seriously the job of making sure that our customers have the most efficient and hassle-free online data backup implementation available, and that includes the practice of data deduplication.  With KineticSecure and KineticExtend, our all-in-one suites of online backup and cloud computing services, your small to medium-sized business will automatically have data deduplication services at your disposal.  Our client software will detect all unnecessary duplicate files and eliminate them from the online backup during the backup process, saving your company time in the form of faster system backups, and money you might otherwise be forced to spend toward larger amounts of storage space.  Our extensive data deduplication process also makes it possible to offer extensive versioning of your online files, allowing you to retrieve much older versions of files that you may have deleted from your system in order to save disk space.

For these reasons and many more, we invite you to give our award-winning online backup and cloud computing services a try today.  With our free 14-day trial your company has nothing to lose, and yet so much to gain!

About the author: Ben Puzzuoli is Technical Sales Director at KineticD, a Toronto based online data backup service provider.

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