Re: What software runs this Dell storage?
I migrated my org off of ZFS(Nexenta on OpenSolaris) for backup/dedupe onto HP StoreOnce (I believe filesystem is IBRIX but dedupe was in house HP labs stuff). Averaged 6:1 dedupe on ZFS(July 2014 from my records here), shot to about 37:1 on StoreOnce (both systems accessed over NFS). Current dedupe rates across a few shares:
share 1 20TB user data 39:1
share 2 2TB user data 22.6:1
share 3 781GB user data 12:3.1
share 4 500Gb of data 33:1 (not much active data here)
share 5 8.3TB user data 62.4:1 (I think inactive data here too)
share 6 13.5TB user data 13.6:1
This is on the smallest HP storeonce appliances (1U box / 5.5TB raw). HP's marketing stuff references 20:1 ratios a lot so I think we get pretty good ratios all things considered, the last share has a ton of unrelated things stored on it so dedupe is lower, there is a limited number of shares allowed, and the dedupe applies at the share(file system?)
typical data retention above is 60 days. StoreOnce is far from perfect, NFS performance is not good, maybe get 5-10% of the throughput of the super accelerated VTL stuff(for bigger backups have to mount NFS with sync mode which slows it even more). But it works for our needs.
ZFS dedupe on linux at home I tried recently(debian 8), completely unusable, on a 4-disk raid 10 on 3ware throughput was under 1MB/sec(32GB of ram quad core intel Xeon). No idea why. I created a 100GB volume on the 3ware(LUN level not LVM or anything) because I had no need to run dedupe on the entire array(especially knowing ZFS's memory needs for dedupe). I was hoping to replace rsnapshot with zfs dedupe, but after about an hour I gave up and went back to rsnapshot (still on ZFS but just no dedupe). Without dedupe performance easily 30-50MB/sec(don't care about going much faster than that).
I have no doubt zfs dedupe on linux can work fine, not sure what the issue on my side was, wasn't important enough to try to fix.
Not sure if DD's NFS is much better or not, seems everything is optimized for VTL.