The email below appeared in my inbox yesterday. The EDL/DL3D 1500/3000 has officially been discontinued. It was obvious from the moment EMC purchased Data Domain that the Quantum stuff was dead, but it took time for EMC to finally admit this. The strongest statement came in Frank Slootman’s TechTarget interview. Clearly the EMC/QTM relationship was a rocky one from the beginning and so the outcome is not surprising.
There is an interesting discussion on The Backup Blog related to deduplication and EMC’s DL3D. The conversation relates to performance and the two participants are W. Curtis Preston the author of the Mr. Backup Blog and the The Backup Blog’s author, Scott from EMC. Here are some excerpts that I find particularly interesting with my commentary included. (Note that I am directly quoting Scott below.)
VTL performance is 2,200 MB/sec native. We can actually do a fair bit better than that…. 1,600 MB/sec with hardware compression enabled (and most people do enable it for capacity benefits.)
The 2200 MB/sec is not new, it is what EMC specifies on their datasheet; however, it is interesting that performance declines with hardware compression. The hardware compression card must be a performance bottleneck. Is the reduction in performance of 28% meaningful? It depends on the environment and is certainly worth noting especially for datacenters where backup and restore performance are the primary concern.