SOURCE: Data Domain

September 10, 2007 08:00 ET

Data Domain Expands Into Nearline Storage

New Software Release Enables Deduplication Storage for a Broad Range of Nearline Storage Applications

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - September 10, 2007) - Data Domain (NASDAQ: DDUP), the leading provider of Deduplication Storage systems, today announced a new version of its file system software that significantly broadens system support for a wide range of nearline workloads and use cases beyond its core data protection markets. Unlike traditional nearline systems using SATA/RAID or tape, or niche solutions such as VTL or CAS, Data Domain systems provide unified, deduplicated, self-protecting storage for the broad spectrum of nearline applications.

With this new Data Domain OS 4.3 release, customers have an opportunity to deploy Data Domain deduplication storage more broadly as a storage tier for nearline file storage, backup, disaster recovery and long-term retention of enterprise data for reference, litigation support and regulatory compliance. The new software release features file system enhancements such as integrated, deduplicated snapshots for extreme efficiency in point-in- time versioning, deduplicated snapshot replication, and support for the many millions of files required by these applications. Based on Data Domain's high-speed deduplication, and integrated Data Invulnerability Architecture for resilience, the new software release will continue to provide the same award-winning support for backup and recovery that has won Data Domain more than a thousand customers worldwide, only now it can be shared by many more applications.

In addition to native NAS-style support for scripted or copy-and-paste archive data movement, Data Domain is also partnering with leading nearline application vendors to ensure easy integration to existing archive environments. Data Domain has qualified its systems with leading archive applications including CommVault's Data and Email Archiver, EMC's DiskXtender and EmailXtender, Symantec's Enterprise Vault and Atempo's Time Navigator Archive and Archive Server.

"We believe that Data Domain is an excellent solution for storing what we call persistent data, which is data that is rarely changed," said Tony Asaro, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. "The end users we talk to have 60 to 80% of persistent data residing on their primary storage. Moving persistent data from primary storage to a space-efficient and easy-to-manage storage system provides extreme value including reducing capital costs, extending retention periods, and addresses power, cooling and floor space issues. Data Domain has been doing this all along with backup and now they have extended their reach to other applications and have added important features such as snapshots to provide greater value. This move opens up whole new markets for Data Domain."

Atheros, a leading developer of advanced wireless solutions, is storing their daily versions of engineering design files, over 10 million files during the course of a month, to their Data Domain system. This has reduced their data footprint by more than 92%. The economics and efficiency of Data Domain systems provide Atheros with disk-based data retention over long periods of time. The extended retention allows their design teams easy and rapid access to the software design file archive for shorter customer response turnaround and time to market. "By using Data Domain systems to store many versions of our engineering data on disk, where it can be easily accessed, we are able to increase the efficiency of our organization with shortened design and development cycles," says Eric Eckman, IT Manager at Atheros. "As a long-time Data Domain customer, we are impressed with the continued usability of their systems. They made it very easy to just copy the files over to our systems."

"Deduplication is a 'Storage Fundamental,'" said Frank Slootman, president and CEO of Data Domain. "By broadening our application support to embrace the spectrum of nearline applications, customers can leverage their Data Domain deduplication storage systems to achieve new management efficiencies and cost savings by consolidating their nearline storage infrastructure."

SUPPORTING PARTNER STATEMENTS

"CommVault's history of partnership with Data Domain enables our enterprise customers to experience best-in-class data management solutions and the peace of mind that their business-critical data is highly available, reliable and secure," said David West, CommVault's vice president of marketing and business development. "With Data Domain's new support for nearline storage and deduplication technologies combined with the CommVault Simpana™ software suite, our mutual customers can optimize and simplify data backup, archive and content search for greater business value."

"Symantec and Data Domain have achieved leadership positions in their respective markets and enjoy a longstanding partnership through the Symantec Technology Enabled Program. To date, hundreds of companies have successfully addressed their backup and disaster recovery challenges by leveraging our combined solutions," said Nick Mehta, vice president of Product Management, Symantec. "With Data Domain's new support for nearline storage, these customers will be able to leverage Symantec's Enterprise Vault and Veritas NetBackup solutions to consolidate the management and storage of archived data onto their Data Domain systems. The combination of Data Domain and Symantec offers users a powerful platform for simplifying and optimizing their backup and archiving processes."

"Atempo enables the long-term protection of critical data assets through its Time Navigator Archive and Atempo Archive Server. We believe Data Domain's support for nearline storage will provide additional benefits to our customers looking to manage and archive their data," said Francois Gauthier, VP of Global Marketing at Atempo. "Data Domain's support for nearline storage is just one more example of Data Domain's leadership of the deduplication market."

Data Domain OS 4.3 release upgrade is available now at no charge to all supported DD4xx and DD5xx systems.

ABOUT DATA DOMAIN

Data Domain® is the leading provider of Deduplication Storage systems for disk backup and network-based disaster recovery. Over 1,000 companies worldwide have deployed Data Domain's market-leading protection storage systems to significantly reduce backup data volume, lower their backup costs and simplify data recovery. Data Domain delivers the performance, reliability and scalability to address the data protection needs of enterprises of all sizes. Data Domain's products integrate into existing customer infrastructures and are compatible with leading enterprise backup software products. To find out more about Data Domain, visit www.datadomain.com. Data Domain is headquartered at 2300 Central Expressway, Santa Clara, CA 95050 and can be contacted by phone at 1-866-933-3873 or by e-mail at sales@datadomain.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding our products' 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 to achieve new management efficiencies and cost savings by consolidating a customers' nearline storage infrastructure, 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 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 more fully in our 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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