SOURCE: Data Domain

March 24, 2008 07:30 ET

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Leading Contracting Firm Implements Data Domain for Archiving, Sets Goal for Tape-Free Environment

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - March 24, 2008) - Data Domain (NASDAQ: DDUP), the leading provider of deduplication storage systems for disk backup and network-based disaster recovery, today announced that ROEL® Construction has successfully applied its Data Domain systems to achieve low cost, disk-based archiving. The San Diego, CA-based firm, one of North America's largest construction companies, has consolidated both its backup and archiving processes using Data Domain systems and is well on its way to reaching its stated goal of tape-free data protection.

ROEL Construction initially deployed Data Domain to address the growth of its backup data and its increasing dissatisfaction with its tape-based data protection environment. With the availability of archival storage capabilities from Data Domain, the firm's IT Director recognized the opportunity to significantly cut costs by migrating archival data from its SAN (storage area network) to its Data Domain deduplication storage systems. In addition to saving over 94% of the space required to store 24 terabytes of CommVault Galaxy backup data, the firm is also now saving 75% of the space required to store the archive data. The archive data is copied to file shares hosted on the same Data Domain system that is used for backups.

"We anticipate the size of our archival data will grow 4-5 times in just the next two years," says Kevin Fitzpatrick, Director of Information Technology for ROEL. "Our corporate policy dictates that construction project records, once closed out, need to be maintained for 10 years for litigation and reference purposes. Storing this archival data on our existing SAN storage would soon become cost prohibitive and the thought of storing it on tape for 10 years made all of us uncomfortable. When we heard Data Domain could address archives at a cost effective price point, it was a perfect fit for us. We've been able to recapture 1.5 terabytes of disk space on our SAN. And, going forward, we won't have to use expensive SAN storage space as our archives grow. The deduplication we get from our Data Domain systems extricated us from that linear relationship between data growth and disk expense for archives, and our backups are now fast and highly reliable. We don't have to restore files from tape because we're able to keep 4 months of weekly full backups online."

ROEL currently writes both its backups and archives to a single Data Domain appliance, then replicates the entire device to a second Data Domain appliance in a different building from its main data center, further leveraging the deduplication capabilities of the second system to cost effectively maintain data integrity. Fitzpatrick plans for the future acquisition of a new high-end Data Domain system for the San Diego headquarters data center, allowing the existing Data Domain systems to be repurposed as replication targets to a remote site 60 miles away. This will maintain a full replica of both its backup and archive data for disaster recovery purposes. "At that point, we'll be totally tape free and be able to recover backups and archives both locally and remotely from disk," adds Fitzpatrick. "My ultimate goal is to eliminate reliance on tape entirely. Our Data Domain systems are highly scalable, and beyond recapturing disk space from our SAN, the automation level has already freed up more than half of one of my technician's time. We have an IT team member who used to spend 20 hours a week on backups, archives and dealing with all the tapes. Now she spends about an hour on the same work."

With the Data Domain OS 4.3 software, customers can deploy Data Domain deduplication storage 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. Data Domain systems offer integrated, deduplicated snapshots for extreme efficiency in point-in-time versioning, and deduplicated snapshot replication. Data Domain systems are compatible with leading backup, archiving and eDiscovery software products, delivering data deduplication and compression for any data written to the platform, allowing IT administrators to eliminate redundant data across many applications at once.

"Consolidation of backup and archival data makes implementing Data Domain systems even more cost effective, manageable and easy to deploy," said Beth White, VP of marketing for Data Domain. "Data Domain doesn't tie up its deduplication technology in a backup software application, so we offer incredible flexibility to customers who want to gain the benefits of data deduplication for different nearline applications. ROEL Construction is another example of a Data Domain customer who has built out the original application scope of its system to address a broader range of storage needs."

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Founded on integrity, quality and trust, ROEL has been delivering construction excellence for over ninety years. Whether the job involves small tenant improvements, large-scale new construction or LEED certification -- ROEL provides a wide array of expertise to ensure an unparalleled client experience. ROEL has received the Contractor of the Year award eight times from the Associated General Contractors of America, San Diego Chapter, and is a nine-time winner of the Large General Contractor of the Year award from the American Subcontractors Association, San Diego Chapter. Additionally, the 2007 McGraw-Hill Engineering News-Record ranked ROEL 209th amongst the nation's 400 largest general contractors. Headquartered in San Diego, ROEL has additional offices in Irvine, Palm Springs, Las Vegas, Nevada and Kingman, Arizona. In addition to general construction, ROEL provides tenant improvement, structural concrete and consulting services. For more information on ROEL Construction, visit


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