The fastest backup deduplication appliance in the world*

*according to an independent analyst and backup guru W. Curtis Preston

The primary client of 9LivesData so far is NEC, the biggest IT company in Japan. The 9LivesData team designs and implements for NEC the back-end of the HYDRAstor grid storage backup system.

The history of this engagement pre-dates founding of 9LivesData in January 2008 and goes back to the late 2002, when the HYDRA project was started by the 9LivesData founder, Cezary Dubnicki, then a Department Head at NEC Research in Princeton, NJ. Almost all developers of the back-end then are now consultants at 9LivesData. The cooperation with NEC is stable and satisfying to both sides, with long list of features on the backlog, therefore it is expected to continue for many years to come.

The HYDRAstor is a novel distributed disk-based scalable backup system for enterprise, providing unique features like global deduplication, self-management and self-tuning, and non-stop operation with non-disruptive upgrades and failure tolerance.

Following areas of research apply to this project:

  • distributed programming,
  • distributed hashtable,
  • content addressable storage,
  • duplicate elimination,
  • consensus algorithms,
  • distributed garbage collection,
  • asynchronous IO,
  • journaling,
  • log structured filesystems,
  • erasure codes,
  • automated testing,
  • Linux OS.

Sales in Poland are handled by 9LivesData

Winner of 2008 Product Innovation Award given by Network Products Guide.

HYDRAstor is on sale in the USA and Japan and it has also received 2007 Product of the Year Award from the Storage Magazine. In 2010, the HYDRAstor was crowned as the most scalable and the fastest deduplication system in the worldwide market by an independent analyst W. Curtis Preston.

We were involved in creation of the product from the beginning, starting with research and a prototype created in NEC Laboratories in Princeton. After the prototype has been successfully transformed into an official NEC product, we have evolved into an independent company providing development and research work for the back-end layer. We are closely working with multinational teams in Japan, USA, China and India.

If you want to become a part of a team developing a highly advanced system with complexity similar to an OS implementation, join us today.