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Support deduplication of Azure storage objects (blobs and files)

Add support for deduplication of files stored in Azure Files to save storage space (cost). General file savings are about 50% when using deduplication in Windows Server

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  • Jon Knox commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    When block level dedup was introduced at the OS level in 2012 rather than being bound to NetApp storage hardware it prompted an environment wide file server rebuild through our company to leverage this fantastic technology.
    Now we are on the cusp of moving our unstructured data to the cloud and looking to access it from various sites around the globe and were very happy to see Azure File Sync come to the rescue.
    Imagine the disappointment of being informed that all the benefits of leveraging our on Premise disk storage with block level de-duplication would disappear!
    I'm very sure that this is not a complex ask as the technology has been available consumers for at least a decade now in hardware or OS form.
    I would appeal to Microsoft to fight for this market and put itself ahead of its competitors.

  • Mark Means commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Is Microsoft using data deduplication in their back end storage, but charging customers as though there is no data deduplication?

  • FrankB commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    agree, would be great benefit for customers who have large amounts of data in large files!

  • Alex York commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This will severely reduce flash tier and spinning tier costs since this data is stored in triplicate.

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