More FUD busting: Deduplication – is variable-block better than fixed-block, and should you care?

Before all the variable-block aficionados go up in arms, I freely admit variable-block deduplication may overall squeeze more dedupe out of your data.

I won’t go into a laborious explanation of variable vs fixed, but, in a nutshell, fixed-block deduplication means that data is split into equal chunks, each chunk given a signature, compared to a DB and the common chunks are not stored.

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Vendor FUD-slinging: at what point should legal action be taken? And who do you believe as a customer?

I’m all for a good fight, but in the storage industry it seems that all too many creative liberties are taken when competing.

Let’s assume, for a moment, that we’re talking about the car industry instead. I like cars, and I love car analogies. So we’ll use that, and it illustrates the absurdity really well.

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