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 2010

You Can Eliminate Backups

One of the questions in backup circles lately asks if the entire backup process can be eliminated now that most storage systems have some combination of snapshots, deduplication, compression and replication? The idea sounds good. Let primary storage take care of itself and eliminate one of the more troublesome processes in the data center, but there are some holes in the strategy. The question is, can primary storage accomplish everything we expect from a backup target?

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Can Backups Be Eliminated?

There seems to be much discussion around backups lately. One of the big issues is if legacy backup platforms stand a chance against new dedicated server virtualization solutions, but what I'd like to discuss in this blog is if the entire backup process itself can be eliminated by the intelligent use of snapshots, replication, compression and data deduplication.

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