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 George Crump

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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.
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posted in December 2009

Are Storage Vendors Learning At Your Expense?

12/23/2009
I was on a call the other day with a vendor who made a statement recalling their Solid State Disk (SSD) rollout that almost made me spray Mountain Dew all over my computer screen. They said, "We learned a lot about SSD when our customers started using them in our systems." Does that strike you as wrong? Shouldn't they know? What else are storage vendors learning at your expense?

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Deduplicating Replication - SEPATON

12/22/2009
Sepaton is a pure VTL solution, meaning it is not available to backup to a NAS target like some of the other companies we have reviewed thus far. Sepaton is focused on enterprise data sets, which should be able to handle the challenges of a fibre attached backup device. They are also a grid or clustered based system, scalable to 16 nodes. Each node can perform deduplication as well as replication.

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Will They Make It? The Perfect Presentation

12/17/2009
I heard this question twice yesterday, once from a CIO and once from a financial analyst: "Why won't they just tell me what their product does?" It's not the first time I have heard that plea, and I'm sure it won't be the last. One of the ways to tell if a company will make it is how quickly can they get you to understand why they exist and what makes them different.

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Deduplicating Replication - Data Domain

12/16/2009
Data Domain is the next up in our re-interview blogs. As I have said, the deduplication method used will have impact on how replication will work in the environment. Data Domain is an inline only system. That means as data comes in, it is deduplicated on the fly. As a result, the replication process should be able to start sooner. Data Domain has been delivering replication capabilities for a while, and their product has some advanced capabilities.

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Disk For Archive Is Not Dead

12/10/2009
In his recent blog "Copan's MAID Fades away," 3PAR's Marc Farley predicts that MAID is dead and that we can forget about disk for archiving applications. I usually agree with Marc but this time not so much. I believe that MAID is not dead and more importantly, neither is disk for archiving.

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Data Protection Workflow

12/8/2009
I was speaking with Bocada and Tek-Tools last week about their focus on helping customers solve their data protection challenges. If you think about it there is no shortage of solutions to protect your environment, and I am encountering more than a few data centers that have the same data set protected four or five times. Ironically, they don't feel anymore comfortable about recovery. The problem is a lack of process or workflow to all these point solutions.

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Detailing Deduplication's Replication Mode: ExaGrid

12/8/2009
My next re-interview in our ongoing series on dudupe is with ExaGrid. This is a target appliance that looks to your backup software as a network mount point. As the name implies, ExaGrid leverages a grid or clustered storage foundation to provide scale. The advantage is that as data grows, the performance or capacity of the backup is not gated by a single controller or system.

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Rebooting Drives

12/4/2009
I was speaking to a drive manufacturer the other day that again made the statement that when they get supposedly failed hard drives back from storage system vendors, a high percentage of them (80 percent as I recall) work just fine. All they needed was a power cycle and they came back to life. Of course, the remedy for hard drive failure is the same remedy we use for our desktops when something goes wrong. Reboot.

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Detailing Deduplication's Replication Mode - FalconStor

12/2/2009
Our first interview was with FalconStor. The way you perform deduplication will affect the way you replicate that data. FalconStor uses what they call concurrent deduplication. Basically data is streamed to disk first and then the deduplication process occurs, but they can begin that process as each backup stream closes.

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Will They Make It? Part Two - Focus

12/1/2009
Developing a focus is hard for any organization, but it is probably the most important thing to the emerging technology company. As I stated in the first part of this series, determining if the emerging technology company you're looking to partner with is going to make it is never an exact science. There are many variables to consider, but one of the most important is their ability to focus.

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