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Swiss Windows data reduction startup balesio has introduced an appliance to suck the fat out of unstructured Windows files.

These include Office, Excel, PowerPoint and Sharepoint files and other unstructured – meaning not-database – files in the Windows PC and server world. The software, which balesio announced last week, contains content-aware algorithms which remove redundant data from such files and remove unnecessary colours and resolution from images in a way it calls "visually loss-less". The result is claimed to be files that are readable by the original Windows application, indistinguishable to the human eye from the originals, and up to 90 per cent smaller in size – your mileage might vary of course.

This means they take less disk space, load into memory faster and backup in a shorter time. The software only does its data-optimising liposuction magic if the originating software is inefficient and if the file contents are, as it were, over spec'd for human eyes – high-resolution TIFF images being used in PowerPoint decks instead of lower-resolution and smaller file JPEGs, and that sort of thing.

You can now hook up a balesio FMA-4800 appliance, with a quad core Xeon engine and two 10GbitE ports, in its 2U enclosure, to your fat file storage and have it suck out any redundant fat it finds out of the files, turning your storage into a lean, mean unstructured file machine – if all goes well.

Christoph Schmid, balesio's chief operating officer, said: "By deploying the FMA-4800 Series appliance by itself or alongside data compression or deduplication, users will be able to reclaim a significant part of their existing storage capacity and flatten forecast requirements growth."

It's a one-shot hit on each file. Trial software is available from balesio's website. ®

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