Pancetera's SmartRead is aimed at reducing storage I/O by eliminating unused blocks of data from the backup process.
"VMs are commonly oversubscribed," Bartlett said. "A lot of times, you'll have a 20GB virtual machine disk that might only have 4GB of in-use data that a Windows file system is using. We actually just read the 4GB and ... clean up the rest of the file.
Bartlett claimed that by running VM backups through Pancetera Unite, up to 80 percent of the traffic can be eliminated.
Unite is available immediately and will retail for $1,000 per CPU socket.
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