In Windows Server 2012 Microsoft includes many improvements, but also many new capabilities “in the box”.  One of the new things we’re including is built-in support for data deduplication. 

Now THAT'S a lot of data!“Wait.. you mean like when a process makes more efficient use of the space used on a storage volume by finding all blocks of data that are the same, just one copy of what will be used for more than one file, thereby freeing up disk space?”

Congratulations.  I couldn’t have said it better myself.  But here’s an even better description of the feature from the TechNet page on the subject:

“Data deduplication involves finding and removing duplication within data without compromising its fidelity or integrity. The goal is to store more data in less space by segmenting files into small variable-sized chunks (32–128 KB), identifying duplicate chunks, and maintaining a single copy of each chunk. Redundant copies of the chunk are replaced by a reference to the single copy. The chunks are compressed and then organized into special container files in the System Volume Information folder.”

In today’s installment of our “31 Days of our Favorite Things”, we are fortunate to have our former teammate Chris Henley (currently of Veeam) doing the writing for us. 

READ HIS ARTICLE HERE

Chris Henley