George Crump

Profile of George Crump

President, Storage Switzerland
Blog Posts: 328
George Crump is president and founder of Storage Switzerland, an IT analyst firm focused on the storage and virtualization segments. With 25 years of experience designing storage solutions for datacenters across the US, he has seen the birth of such technologies as RAID, NAS, and SAN. Prior to founding Storage Switzerland, he was CTO at one the nation’s largest storage integrators, where he was in charge of technology testing, integration, and product selection. George is responsible for the storage blog on InformationWeek's website and is a regular contributor to publications such as Byte and Switch, SearchStorage, eWeek, SearchServerVirtualizaiton, and SearchDataBackup.
Articles by George Crump
posted in January 2010

A Different Cloud Storage Risk

When talking about the risk of storing data in the cloud, the conversation quickly turns to encrypting data, both during transport and at rest. The problem is that all the encryption in the world isn't going to help you if your encrypted data disappears because of sloppy data protection or data loss. What is your cloud storage provider doing to make sure that your data is going to be there when you need it next month, next year or in the next decade?

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Data Security Is A Federal Issue Now

Just when you think you have dodged the data security bullet, here come the Feds. My view on data security of late has been that those who thought they needed to secure information have done it, and those who didn't were not in a big hurry to do it. Times are changing. The Federal Data Breach Notification Law that recently passed through the house is now on its way to the Senate and then on its way to you.

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SAN Cloud Storage

As we discussed in my last entry, the use of cloud storage for primary data has become more practical, especially for NAS-based use. It is going to require more work but there are some pocket use cases already. What about the other extreme: using cloud storage for SAN based data? The first challenge is probably why would you want to do that, anyway?

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Deduplicating Replication - Quantum

Quantum's deduplication method is called adaptive inline deduplication. This means that they will automatically adjust between inline deduplication and post-process deduplication as needed. Basically, if the system thinks it is getting too throttled down by the deduplication work, it will shift into a post process mode for as long as needed. If needed, the post-process deduplication can be forced by enabling a backup window in order to defer the deduplication process - it's called the deferred m

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The Cloud As Primary Storage

To this point and for the foreseeable future, cloud storage will largely be isolated to use as an archive or as a backup destination. At some point, however, cloud providers are going to start offering cloud storage as a primary storage location. What needs to happen to get there and how close are we? This differs from the discussion about primary storage that a software as a service cloud (Saas) provider will use. As I wrote about in this blog last year, these solutions will require the typical

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Time - The First Casualty Of Lack Of Storage Analytics

In IT, time is no longer on your side. Staffs are stretched too thin, new products and capabilities are coming at you too fast and requests for additional storage performance or capacity never stop. The problem is that there is a limited amount of time available to you to examine what is causing a performance bottleneck or how much capacity an application really needs. The current trends of virtualization, tiered storage and infrastructure consolidation make diagnoses even more challenging.

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A Pretty Good Disaster Recovery Plan

Symantec just released its 2010 State of The Data Center Survey. In the survey, respondents were asked to rate their disaster recovery plan and only 12 percent rated it as excellent. Even if you add in the 27 percent who thought their plan was "Pretty Good," that means more than half thought that their plans were less than pretty good. Still, the choice of "pretty good" struck me. Who wants to execute a recovery from a "pretty good" DR plan?

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Keys To Cloud Storage Success

There are more than a handful of providers offering you the ability to store your information in the cloud today and there will be many more this year. What should you be looking for in a cloud storage provider to have confidence that they are going to be around in the years to come? Before going over the capabilities list of perspective providers, understand what you are going to use the cloud for. Is it for the storage of production real-time data, for collaboration on a data set, for the dist

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Tell Me The Price

An entry I wrote a couple weeks ago, "The Perfect Presentation", sparked a lot of interest. One of the points of debate was my comment about listing the price on the opening slide of a presentation. The outcry of course came from companies where their price needs to be "justified." Let me explain why price needs to be there no matter how much the solution costs.

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