Infineta Unveils Networking ‘Dedupe Engine’

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Silicon Valley startup Infineta Systems unveiled its Velocity Dedupe Engine Monday at EMC World in Boston. The patent-pending technology is described as massively parallel data reduction technology for 10 Gigabit SAN replication, data migration, backup and emerging private cloud applications.

Not wanting to compare their technology with other vendors, Infineta is saying that the Velocity Dedupe Engine is the industry’s first hardware-based reduction technology that offers new levels of throughput, scalability and bandwidth capacity for addressing the explosion in data center-to-data center traffic.

Targeting large enterprise customers, Infineta hopes to enable a global area network of pooled resources, building a inter-data center fabric.  A company sponsored study completed by Forrester showed large enterprises with $1 billion or more in revenues will experience at least a doubling or tripling of their data center-to-data center traffic in the next 2-4 years.

James Hamilton explains the technology in a recent blog post as similar to storage deduplication:

“Broadly, dedupe breaks the data to be transferred between datacenters into either fixed or variable sized blocks. Variable blocks are slightly better but either works. Each block is cryptographically hashed and, rather than transferring the block to the remote datacenter, just send the hash signature. If that block is already in the remote system block index, then it or its clone has already been sent sometime in the past and nothing need to be sent now. In employing this technique we are exploiting data redundancy at a course scale. We are essentially remembering what is on both sides of the WAN and only sending blocks that have not been seen before.”

James continues to explain the three methods used by Infineta – hardware based on FPGA  (Field Programmable Gate Array ), fixed-sized, full packet block size, bounded index exploiting locality and heuristic signatures.

Infineta also announced that it has received a $15 million round of funding with backing from Alloy Ventures and North Bridge Venture Partners.

“When looking at investing in Infineta, we saw a company entering the market during a perfect storm in business and IT today, where traffic volumes are exploding at the exact same time that cost considerations are of paramount importance to today’s enterprises,” said Ammar Hanafi, General Partner, Alloy Ventures.

A full lineup of products built around the Infineta Velocity Dedupe Engine will be generally available in the second half of 2010.

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John Rath is a veteran IT professional and regular contributor at Data Center Knowledge. He has served many roles in the data center, including support, system administration, web development and facility management.

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