Data Deduplication seems to be one of the more interesting benefits of moving towards or upgrading to Windows Server 2012. Here is a nice Tech net summary.
“I think that this new deduplication feature in Windows Server 2012 will be very popular. It is the kind of technology that people need and I can’t wait to see it in production deployments. I would love to see your reports at the bottom of this blog of how much hard disk space and money you saved. Just copy the output of this PowerShell command: PS> Get-DedupVolume
- 30-90%+ savings can be achieved with deduplication on most types of data. I have a 200GB drive that I keep throwing data at and now it has 1.7TB of data on it. It is easy to forget that it is a 200GB drive.
- Deduplication is easy to install and the default settings won’t let you shoot yourself in the foot.
- Deduplication works hard to detect, report and repair disk corruptions.
- You can experience faster file download times and reduced bandwidth consumption over a WAN through integration with BranchCache.”