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Data Domain

March 02, 2009 07:00 ET

Data Domain Delivers New Deduplication Performance Breakthrough

New Software Release Boosts Backup Throughput 50-100% Across Current Product Line

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - March 2, 2009) - Data Domain, Inc. (NASDAQ: DDUP), the leading provider of deduplication storage systems, today announced the availability of its new platform operating software, accelerating the backup throughput of its current product line up to 100% from initial product specifications without any additional hardware or disk provisioning. With a simple software upgrade, Data Domain is delivering new levels of performance across all systems and customer types -- from demanding data center environments to remote offices at the edge. Users can reduce backup windows and benefit from faster time-to-DR synch when replicating. The new Data Domain operating system software, DD OS 4.6, is available now at no extra charge to existing Data Domain users with standard system support agreements.

The Data Domain operating system uses its proprietary Stream Informed Segment Layout™ (SISL) technology to achieve high throughput while minimizing system and disk hardware. SISL is CPU-centric and software-based. This means that without the use of additional controllers, compression hardware or extra disk, continuous improvement in software can have an enormous effect on throughput rates and delivered value over time.

While performance can increase on all systems across all protocols, large data centers using Data Domain's flagship DD690 system with Veritas NetBackup OpenStorage (OST) by Symantec and 10 Gb Ethernet, can now support accelerated backup throughput of up to 750 MB/s, or 2.7 TB / hour. This is approximately 90% faster than the DD690's best throughput when introduced in May 2008. This new benchmark was established with the minimum DD690 configuration of 2 disk shelves and benefits from extra tuning and parallelism possible with this combination of fabric and software.

"The old arguments are no longer valid," said Tony Asaro, Senior Consultant and Founder of the INI Group. "Data Domain's performance challenges the high-end VTL systems and they are going to keep getting better. Additionally, their performance crushes the inline versus post process dedupe debate. If you think about it, Data Domain stores data faster deduplicated than many solutions can just get data to disk."

The following performance improvement ratings show the approximate maximum backup throughput Data Domain systems can achieve in aggregate multi-stream tests with DD OS 4.6 compared with the initial system throughput at introduction:

                  DD120   DD510   DD530   DD565   DD580  DD690/g  DDX Array
                  -----   -----   -----   -----   -----  -------  ---------

Max GB/hour at      150     290     360     630     800      1.4       22.4
 introduction                                              TB/hr      TB/hr

DD OS 4.6 Max       300     435     540       1     1.2      2.7       43.2
 GB/hr                                    TB/hr   TB/hr    TB/hr      TB/hr

Improvement         100%     50%     50%     58%     50%      90%       90%

Customers Validate Benefits of DD OS 4.6

Regency Centers is a leading national developer, owner and operator of grocery-anchored and community shopping centers with more than 440 premier shopping centers located in nearly every major U.S. market. By implementing best of breed storage technologies, including a Data Domain DD690 system with two ES20 expansion shelves utilizing the Data Domain OST software option with Veritas NetBackup by Symantec, Regency Centers has optimized and consolidated its backups and simplified administration and management of its business-critical Exchange and file server data.

"We are a growing shop and the tape paradigm no longer worked for us. Completing our nightly backups within the established window is critical for our operations, and a goal that drove the purchase of Data Domain was to hit a six-hour backup objective," said Rich VanLare, Network Administrator for Regency Centers. "Today, the Data Domain DD690 system has exceeded our performance expectations -- it just screams -- and our nightly backups are typically completed in about four hours. Equally important, the seamless integration with NetBackup using OST allows us to allocate a single disk pool instead of dealing with the management burden and overhead associated with creating virtual tapes. And as we migrate to DDOS 4.6, we're eager to take advantage of the additional performance and manageability benefits."

"Back in 2006, Spartech was the first Data Domain customer in the St. Louis area and we've since deployed multiple Data Domain systems to completely replace tape across our IT operations," said Mark Holland, Manager of IT Operations for Spartech Corporation, a leading producer of engineered plastic sheet, polymeric compounds and engineered products. "We are strong supporters of optimized inline deduplication storage and the benefits it has delivered to our organization. The latest DD OS should bring even faster backups and replication across our business-critical applications and we're looking forward to implementing it."

"We are a 24/7 organization so off-hour backups are not really an option," said Jules Thomas, Senior Systems Administrator for PITT OHIO EXPRESS, a customer-centric regional shipping and freight organization. "The performance of Data Domain's optimized inline deduplication architecture is an essential factor that allows us to complete full Virtual Machine backups via VMDK to our DD565 system on a daily basis with minimum impact on space requirements. As a NetBackup shop, we are particularly interested in transitioning to DD OS 4.6, as the performance increase should accommodate VMDK backups extremely well -- likely allowing us to perform multiple full daily backups on our more critical servers."

"Backup challenges became a thing of the past when we implemented our Data Domain system in 2006," says Lisa Hazen, Director of IT at Labcyte Inc., a leading provider of liquid handling technology for pharmaceutical and life science applications. "Since then, we've regularly updated our Data Domain operating software and have been amazed at the stability and ease of the Data Domain OS update process. This new performance upgrade is both exciting and useful. Having recently acquired a company in Ireland, our backup window is rapidly shrinking. So the potential of getting our backup jobs done in less time is a very attractive proposition. Our data continues to grow and, quite frankly, there aren't that many vendors who will deliver a performance increase of this measure without attaching a significant cost."

"This kind of massive performance upgrade on current systems hardware, driven by optimized software with minimum disk configurations, showcases the scalability of our proprietary SISL architecture," said Brian Biles, VP of Product Management at Data Domain. "Data Domain continues to bypass the disk I/O bottleneck and instead rides the CPU price/performance curve. This announcement reconfirms the power of our optimized inline deduplication approach."

ABOUT DATA DOMAIN

Data Domain® is the leading provider of deduplication storage systems. Over 2,900 companies worldwide have purchased Data Domain systems to reduce storage costs and simplify data management. Data Domain delivers the performance, reliability and scalability to address the data protection and nearline storage needs of enterprises of all sizes. Data Domain products integrate into existing customer infrastructures and are compatible with leading enterprise backup and archive software products. To find out more about Data Domain, visit www.datadomain.com. Data Domain is headquartered at 2421 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara, CA 95054 and can be contacted by phone at 1-866-933-3873 or by e-mail at sales@datadomain.com.

Data Domain Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding our continuous improvements in software and the effect they can have on throughput rates and delivered value over time, and our expectations that performance will keep getting better with improvements in software and the natural processor performance curve, and our ability to reduce the amount of stored back-up data and associated storage costs and to provide faster access to data and advanced levels of data protection, and other statements identified by forward-looking words such as "anticipated," "believed," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "should," "will" and "would" or similar words. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions that, if they do not fully materialize or prove incorrect, could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties include: the impact of the continuing weakening of general economic and market conditions and customer budgets for information technology spending; our ability to react to trends and challenges in our business and the markets in which we operate; our ability to anticipate market needs or develop new or enhanced products to meet those needs; market acceptance of our products; our ability to scale our distribution channels; our ability to recruit and retain personnel; our ability to compete in our industry; our ability to maintain and expand relationships with technology partners; our ability to protect our intellectual property; shortages or price fluctuations in our supply chain and the performance of our contract manufacturer; general political, economic and market conditions and events; and other risks and uncertainties described in the "Risk Factors" section of our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2008 and our other documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to us as of the date hereof, and we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

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