I returned from SNW in Phoenix last night and wanted to recap the event. I had 10+ meetings at the show and there were multiple sessions and so am providing my perspectives on the event in general and the sessions I did attend.
Deduplication remains hot and still confuses many
I attended 5 different sessions on deduplication. The content overlapped quite a bit and yet all but one of them was full. The presentation in all cases focused primarily on deduplication and data protection. I heard that there was a great panel discussion on primary storage deduplication which I unfortunately missed. Clearly, primary storage dedupe was not ignored, but it appeared that data protection remained the focus of the dedupe sessions.
Anecdotally, the most common deduplication question related to the difference between target and source deduplication. It also appeared that deduplication adoption was limited. When asked who was using some form of deduplication about 50% of the audience raised their hand, but when queried about system size, hands went down rapidly at around 10-15 TB.
The key takeaway is that deduplication remains a strong point of interest. It appears that end users are still trying to understand the technology and how to implement it on a larger scale.