The Advantages of Distributed Segment Processing with Data Domain DD Boost

EMC Data Domain’s DD Boost protocol offers many benefits over other backup technologies.  For starters, DD Boost allows the backup servers to communicate directly with the Data Domain appliance without the need to emulate tape.  Another advantage of deploying DD Boost is the use  of  Interface groups.  Interface groups allow multiple physical network interfaces to be used as a private, load-balancing network.  While these features of DD Boost alone make this protocol a great option, the real “magic” lies in the use of Distributed Segment Processing.

Distributed Segment Processing, or DSP, performs many of the data deduplication functions on the backup server, eliminating the need to transmit duplicate data across the network.  The obvious benefits of this are that backup jobs are faster, more efficient, and since the data has already been deduplicated, the replication transmission to a disaster recovery site can be begin immediately.

Without DSP enabled, the Data Domain performs all of the necessary deduplication steps once the data hits the device.  These steps include segmenting the data, fingerprinting the segments, filtering the segments, compressing the segments, and writing them do disk.  With DSP enabled, the backup server is responsible for segmentation, fingerprinting, and compression.

DD Boost with Distributed Segment Processing is a terrific technology that greatly improves backup performance, while reducing overall resource usage.


As technical consultants for Fortune 500 companies in today’s economic landscape, we are tasked with presenting solutions that will reduce or eliminate IT spend. That is what the market demands—solutions that cut cost and drive production with a realistic and measurable ROI. These facts are why most of our clients are focusing on data storage reduction. The driving factor is that there are tools and methodologies available to determine what cost savings/production benefits can be realized prior to spending.

Data Infrastructure Assessments

Deduplication storage systems dramatically reduce the amount of disk storage needed to retain and protect enterprise data. Deduplicating and compressing data can typically result in the following reduction metrics:

• 100TB data becomes 5TB

• 10TB data becomes < 1 TB

• Backups that once took 24 hours are now complete in just a FEW

Data Infrastructure Assessments can accurately identify potential in your environment, there is no cost associated with the assessment, and the information generated is extremely beneficial.









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