Last week, Om gave us his quick, insightful take on the sudden interest from both EMC and NetApp in acquiring de-duplication leader Data Domain. Today at GigaOM Pro, we offer those looking for a deeper understanding on the strategic importance of de-duplication to the storage and cloud computing market the latest report by Tech Alpha, “De-duping the Storage Industry: What the acquisition of Data Domain means for the storage industry.”
The 15-page note takes a look at the strategic rationale behind the offers made by both EMC and NetApp, why Data Domain is open to an acquisition, potential other buyers that might emerge (though they think this is unlikely), and digs into what the deal reveals about the state of the storage business today. Juergen Urbanski and George Gilbert are industry-recognized thought leaders in the space of cloud computing and the economics of storage, and they’ve also tapped their contacts to provide the customer perspective on what the Data Domain acquisition — and further consolidation — would mean for them.
Check out the report here and be sure to let us know what you think!