EMC Data Compression is an EMC CLARiiON efficiency feature that allows users to store information using as little as half the storage capacity that they use today. All compression and decompression processes are handled by CLARiiON, so no server cycles are consumed in process, and no additional server software is required. With average compression rates as high as 2:1, user can reap significant cost reductions in initial capital expenditure and ongoing operational costs.
There are many data types that can be benefit from compression, such as typical end-user office documents; home directories; archives for virtual-machine files; and static copies of database or messaging-system components. Deploying compression at the storage-system level provides a consistent deployment across several data types.