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 October 2009

Scaling Backup Deduplication With Clustered Storage

In my last entry I looked at scaling single system solutions, and in this entry I'll take a look at scaling backup deduplication via a storage cluster approach delivered by companies like Sepaton and Exagrid. The idea here is to make adding capacity and performance as simple as adding another node to the cluster. Each time you add a node, capacity and performance scales with it. This may be ideal for the enterprise and even for rapid growth mid-tier companies.

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Data Deduplication Update 2 - Scalability

As we continue our tour through the deduplication maze, one of the battle cries of data deduplication suppliers is how well their product scales. Scalability, however, is in the eye of the beholder. In the deduplication system space, this results in the classic battle of the single box storage system vs. a grid or clustered storage system. In the software space it raises questions.

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Data Deduplication Update Part One

Now that EMC's acquisition of Data Domain has settled in, it makes sense to take a look at the state of the deduplication market. It seems that much of the controversy in this space has subsided in recent months. Partly because two of the larger competitors now have the same business cards, but also because the systems and technologies are getting better. The discussion is moving beyond how does dedupe work and towards what can these systems really do for you? This is a needed step on the road t

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Will There Be Tiers Of SSD?

I heard at Storage Networking World (SNW) that once storage finally moved to Solid State Disk (SSD) and there were no longer mechanical drives, there would be no more need for tiered storage. Everything will be on SSD, it will all be fast and no one will care. Will SSD end the need for proper data management or will there be tiers of SSD?

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Day 2 - Live From SNW

Continuing our Live from SNW series, our first few entries for today are going to be catch up from yesterday's final briefings. As before these are all coming rapid fire so I ask your continued patience, these are very much first impressions.

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