EMC and NetApp running scared
Frank Slootman is Data Domain’s fast-moving and fast-talking CEO. We had a chance to talk with him about whether de-duplication is a feature or a technology worthy enough to stand on its own, plus a couple of other topics.
The background to this is that suppliers such as EMC and others have indicated that data de-duplication is not a technology strong enough to justify storage products on its own. Instead it is a feature or attribute of particular types of storage such as disk-to-disk backup targets (D2D), virtual tape libraries (VTL) and disk-based archives.