As of this morning, it is official, EMC has acquired a majority intrest in Data Domain, and from here forward they will be run as an product division within EMC, with the DD structure remaining intact, and Frank Slootman will head the new division.
So first things first: welcome aboard to all Data Domain employees and customers. As I have said here previously, I think EMC is a great place to work, and I believe that you will all find that to be the case too. To Data Domain customers--I think you will find EMC has a lot to offer, that we really care about our customers, and that we have a lot to talk about.
Having said that, I think most people will have two big questions for EMC: 1) How do DD and Avamar fit together? And why do you guys now have two different deduplication technologies? 2) How is DD going to fit within a unified product line?
The answers here I will give are my personal answers. This shouldn't be mistaken for some sort of official EMC statement, or any sort of look into our product roadmap! Having said that...
In answers to the first question(s): my firm belief is that source deduplication (Avamar) and target deduplication (Data Domain) are entirely complementary. Complementary in both a business sense, and a technology sense.