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 July 2009

Do We Need Consolidated Deduplication?

In my last entry, "Can We Get to a Single Point of Deduplication?", I looked at who had the capabilities for a single point of deduplication, essentially consolidating the deduplication engine so that only one supplier and one dedupe engine...

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Can We Get to a Single Point of Deduplication?

With the EMC-Data Domain acquisition seemingly moving along, a new point of debate is going to arise; can we get to a single point of deduplication? Meaning can you have all your data tiers; primary, archive and backup deduplicated by...

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What Should Cloud Storage Software Do?

Unfortunately cloud storage is often thought of as a big holding tank, where you dump data in case you need it some day, but the truth is that even today you can do much more with it. Assuming that we want the cloud to be more than a data dumping ground somewhere on the internet, what should you expect cloud storage software to do?

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Cloud Storage Arms Race

The reason that cloud storage and cloud compute are confusing terms is that they are broad in what they could mean. In the last two entries I have tried to define some of the sub categories that cloud storage contains. In this last installment we will discuss the arms merchants, the companies that will supply the infrastructure's next wave of providers.

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Cloud Storage Infrastructure's Next Wave

Cloud infrastructures are the back-end to the cloud. They are what the providers of the customer facing cloud service will eventually host their applications or services on, store their data on and they are what local applications like backup and archive software will augment as an additional tier of storage.

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The Exponential Growth of the Cloud

Unlike many I don't think that we will see a downturn or consolidation in cloud related services for years and in fact I expect that the cloud will expand exponentially over that timeframe.

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NetApp's Next Move

Well, possibly the long dance is finally over, it looks like NetApp is taking its break up fee of $57 million and leaving the party. EMC for its part is paying over $2 billion for the privilege of staying. So now what is NetApp's next move?

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What EMC Really Wants with Data Domain

The news of EMC's announcement of raising the stakes in the bidding war has the Data Domain stock holders smiling. What does EMC really want from Data Domain? It could be exactly what they say it is or it could be they have another motive; the destruction of their biggest competitor, NetApp.

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Primary Storage and The Cloud

A fellow Byte and Switch Blogger recently wrote about Emulex's new Cloud Adapter and I think correctly nailed it as essentially a write splitter. While I as hung up on whether or not they get to call this a Cloud...

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Green Active Primary Storage

How do you make primary active storage green? If you followed the advice of archiving old data as we discussed in Archiving Basics and have moved all that old data from primary storage to a less expensive tier of storage, you should be left with a much smaller but very active data set.

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