For years, industry analysts have recognized Data Domain as a leader for backup deduplication – and, to help ensure this continues, we’ve remained focused on innovation in our products and continuous improvement on delivering a great experience for our customers. Since last year, Gartner has been tracking vendors in its Magic Quadrant for Deduplication Backup Target Appliances and we believe its second report validates our position as the leader in this space. What Have We Done to Be a Leader in the Quadrant?There are several areas in which Data Domain stands apart from the competition. With high-speed, variable-length deduplication, Data Domain reduces protection storage requirements by ratios of 10 to 30 times. This can enable customers to completely eliminate tape from their backup infrastructure. Additionally, the broad DD Boost ecosystem and the introduction of EMC ProtectPoint software, the industry’s only storage integrated data protection solution, to deliver 20x faster backup directly from EMC primary storage to Data Domain systems contributed to its leadership position.Also noteworthy are our customers’ favorable views of Data Domain’s reliability, functionality, and ease of use. The reliability of Data Domain can be attributed to the Data Invulnerability Architecture, built into every Data Domain system to ensure data is accurately stored, retained, and recoverable.For example, at WSFS Bank, EMC provides a comprehensive business continuity and data protection solution. Critical applications are highly available and, as a result, IT can offer stellar customer service to its end users and banking customers. Avamar and Data Domain streamline backups significantly at the Bank, eliminating impact on production systems that could compromise service. The key is deduplication of data before backing it up.John Bailey, Lead Core Infrastructure Engineer, WSFS, notes, “Source-side deduplication is huge for us. We can now back up in a third of the time it used to take us.”Dave Mayne, Production Support Manager at WSFS Bank adds, “Our old backup systems required a lot of hand-holding. We easily spent 12.5 hours a week on backup operations. Now, since the EMC solutions are so automated and reliable, backup administration only takes 5 hours weekly on average.”Jason Berkowitz, Vice President of Technology Services at WSFS Bank gives further testimony about how EMC has helped it strengthen its reputation and assure a premium level of service to its customers. “At WSFS we strive to add value with every interaction,” he said. “Our partnership with EMC has given us the opportunity to add the value that our customers deserve.”Watch: http://www.emc.com/video-collateral/demos/microsites/mediaplayer-video/wsfs-bank-emc.htmThis report from Gartner comes hot on the heels of news that EMC has also been named a Leader in Gartner’s 2015 Enterprise Backup Software Magic Quadrant. With tight integration between our data protection software and Data Domain systems, EMC provides a complete end-to-end solution with best of breed technologies to protect data wherever it lives, whatever happens.View the full report from Gartner, 2015 Deduplication Backup Target Appliance Magic QuadrantLearn more about Data Domain Protection Storage for Backup and Archive.Learn more about the complete portfolio for EMC data protection solutions.Disclaimer: This Magic Quadrants graphics were published by Gartner, Inc. as part of larger research documents and should be evaluated in the context of the entire documents. The Gartner document is available upon request from EMC. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.