HIFN – Commoditizing hash-based deduplication?

HIFN recently announced a card that accelerates hash-based deduplication. For those unfamiliar with HIFN, they provide infrastructure components that accelerate CPU intensive processes such as compression, encryption and now deduplication. The products are primarily embedded inside appliances, and you may be using one of their products today.

The interesting thing about the HIFN card is that they are positioning it as an all-in-one hash deduplication solution. Here are the key processes that the device performs:

  1. Hash creation
  2. Hash database creation and management
  3. Hash lookups
  4. Write to disk