Over the past few weeks, we’ve spent a good amount of exploring data loss prevention – what it is, why it’s important, and the best tools to use to get the job done. Today, we’re going to talk about a different yet similar concept: data deduplication.
Data deduplication is a way to decrease an organization’s storage space by deleting extraneous files. It’s very common to unintentionally have duplicate copies of different types of data – and it’s easy for the number of duplications to grow the larger the organization.
Just take a look at the contacts folder on your cell phone – odds are you have multiple listings for the same people. Maybe you accidentally saved the contact twice, or maybe one file has certain information (a mobile number) while a different file has other information (a work email address). But they belong to the same contact – thus, unnecessary duplication.
Data deduplication does just what the name suggests – it removes the duplicate so you’re left with a more streamlined database and some extra storage.
There are two main types of data deduplication:
As we explored above, needless duplications can make for a chaotic database and wasted storage space for your organization. Data deduplication can create a more efficient and organized work environment while cutting costs on storage space (and everything that goes along with maintaining massive storage systems, like electricity, maintenance, and so on).
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