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Data Domain

February 25, 2009 07:35 ET

Data Domain Wins 2008 Product of the Year in SearchStorage.com and Storage Magazine

Deduplication Products Win for the Fourth Time; Enterprise-Class System Wins Gold in Backup Hardware Category

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - February 25, 2009) - Data Domain, Inc. (NASDAQ: DDUP), the leading provider of deduplication storage systems, today announced that its flagship DD690 enterprise storage system has been recognized by SearchStorage.com and Storage Magazine with the 2008 Product of the Year Award in the "Backup Hardware" Category. The DD690 was the recipient of the publications' highly coveted Gold Award, the top achievement in its category.

With one of the fastest user adoption rates of any newly introduced Data Domain system, the DD690 established new benchmarks across a spectrum of common data center data protection metrics. The DD690 consistently delivers higher levels of single-stream and aggregate throughput performance, advanced replication, and optimized backup and archive features using significantly less disk hardware. With Data Domain, large enterprise users who relied on complex tape infrastructure or over provisioned VTLs can now cost-effectively address long-term online data retention, eliminate tape from operational recovery and dramatically reduce data center power, cooling and footprint requirements.

"It is a great honor to again be given this award," said Beth White, VP of Marketing at Data Domain. "We created the first inline deduplication storage system in 2004, and since its debut, the DD690 has been Data Domain's most in-demand system. This system is more than an order of magnitude faster, larger and impactful to customers. This award is yet another proof point of Data Domain's deduplication leadership among large enterprise storage providers."

Data Domain has now won Storage Product of the Year awards four times, underscoring its commitment to innovation and delivering products that drive efficiency into the enterprise storage infrastructure.

The 2008 Products of the Year were awarded by editors of TechTarget's Storage Media Group, in conjunction with a team of users, industry experts, analysts and consultants. Judges selected the 15 "Products of the Year" from enterprise storage-related products introduced, upgraded, and shipped between October 27, 2007 and October 27, 2008.

About the DD690

The DD690's price/performance is enabled by the Data Domain SISL™ (Stream-Informed Segment Layout) scaling architecture to minimize the number of disk accesses required in the deduplication process. Unlike many competing approaches, Data Domain systems ride the price/performance wave of multi-core processor architectures rather than depending on over-provisioned storage subsystems for throughput. As a result, Data Domain systems based on dual-socket controllers and minimum SATA-based storage configurations have improved in throughput by nearly a factor of ten from 2004 (150 GB/hour) to 2008 (1.4 TB/hour).

With the Data Domain Replicator Software option, the DD690 can automate WAN vaulting for use in disaster recovery, remote office backup, or multi-site tape consolidation. A single DD690 system can support a replication fan-in from up to 60 remote offices and can deduplicate globally across remote sites, further minimizing required bandwidth since only the first instance of data is transferred across any of the WAN segments.

Like all Data Domain systems, the new DD690 is simple to install and flexible enough to be implemented into existing user environments without disruption. Backed by Data Domain's available 24x7x365 enterprise class service, the DD690 supports leading backup and archive software products on any standard storage fabric, including 10Gb Ethernet options. The DD690 is available as an easy-to-deploy appliance, or as the DD690g Gateway, which supports external SAN disk array storage.

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.

About Storage

TechTarget's Storage is the only monthly publication that provides IT executives, managers, and staff with in-depth analysis and forward-looking guidance on managing, storing, networking, and safeguarding the data at the core of large organizations. TechTarget distributes the magazine to a controlled, qualified circulation of 50,000 storage-focused IT professionals. Storage has received numerous awards, including the ASBPE Awards for Editorial Excellence and the Folio: Show "Ozzie" and "Eddie" Awards. In addition, the editorial staff of Storage has been named a finalist for the prestigious Jesse H. Neal Awards for Excellence in Business Journalism.

About SearchStorage.com

TechTarget's SearchStorage.com is the number-one online destination for IT professionals charged with purchasing, implementing, and managing storage systems at the core of large- and medium-sized businesses. More than 600,000 storage-focused IT executives, managers, and staff rely on SearchStorage.com for the information they need to do their jobs. SearchStorage.com content includes original editorial features, news, expert storage advice, Webcasts, and white papers. More information can be found at www.SearchStorage.com.

Data Domain Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding our deduplication leadership among large enterprise storage providers 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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