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 November 2009

Will They Make It? Examining The Team

We have all been there. Sitting across the table are representatives from a new company that until five minutes ago you never heard of. They are talking to you about a new product and technology that solves a definite problem that you have and you are trying to decide if it is worth the risk investing the time and money in their solution. Assuming that the technology is almost as good as the vendor says it is (it's never really as good as they say it is), and it solves a problem that you are str

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The First Mover Disadvantage

There is always an advantage to being first to market with a new product or technology, except it seems, in storage and networking. It seems companies that are the first in the space have the most difficult time staying viable. Certainly there are exceptions but it seems that there is a first mover disadvantage in technology.

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Is Cloud Storage Getting Hijacked?

I'm taking a bit of a break from the dedupe discussion to wrap up a few re-interviews and to time the continuation of the series with a upcoming special feature on deduplication that Network Computing will be running. In the meantime let's see if we can get this whole cloud storage thing sorted out. I had a supplier suggest to me the other day that the term cloud storage is getting hijacked. I disagree.

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Deduplication's Replication Mode

According to every deduplication supplier that I talk to, replication has a high attach rate for deduplication products. In most cases over 50 percent of their systems are sold with the replication module or capabilities enabled. Over the next couple of entries I'll review some of the specific vendor's claims and name names as it relates to replication. If your in the dedupe space and I have not spoke to you, please reach out to me so I can include you in the conversation.

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Deduplication's Five Modes

I want to back up a bit in our deduplication discussion. I have had trouble bracketing the deduplication field thus far, and maybe there is a different approach. Let's discuss the modes of deduplication. I think there are five: deduplication, replication, maintenance, rest and restore. There is a sixth mode, move to tape, which is still relevant for most data centers. I am going to pick these modes apart one at a time and I may spend several entries on a single mode. If I don't cover every aspec

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