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 2010

What Storage System? It Depends.

When at a storage event or even responding to comments, every so often a specific question comes up about which protocol, drive type, backup application should a user implement for their specific environment. The answer that should come back most often is "it depends" because that's the truth.The reality is that for most situations, you can get almost anything to work. Its a matter of how hard you have to work at it.

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SSD Failure Rates

Ever since SSD drives began their slow march to mainstream storage, there has been a constant chorus over concerns about SSD failure rates and questions on if the technology was ready for the enterprise. Most of the concern lies around how many writes a SSD drive can sustain. Vendors of enterprise SSD drives have gone to great lengths to make sure that today's SSD drives used in the data center will not have premature write issues. With the improvements in the quality of the NAND and the capabil

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Dell's Into Primary Dedupe, Who's Next?

Dell, with their announced acquisition of Ocarina Networks, put themselves squarely in the deduplication market joining both NetApp, Oracle (SUN) and EMC as storage system companies offering some form of primary storage deduplication. While it remains to be seen what Dell does with the Ocarina technology, it clearly sends a signal to other storage system vendors that primary deduplication is going to be a required capability just like snapshots are today.

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How To Avoid #fail In Storage

In the odd world that is Twitter, #fail is a tag you put on your tweet when something goes wrong in your life, at your job or when flying your least favorite airline. What do you do to avoid #fail in your storage infrastructure? The most important thing you can do when dealing with storage failure is to make sure you are prepared for something to go wrong before it ever happens.

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Understanding Competitive Barriers: Intellectual Property

It is important to understand how suppliers can gain sustainable competitive advantages. IT professionals need to know this so they can better understand how to assess the companies they do business with, and suppliers need to understand this to know where they stand in the market. Any businesses' goal is to gain a competitive advantage that is defendable. To do this, they need to build barriers. For the technology company, those barriers are the intellectual property that makes up the product,

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Cloud Update: Suppliers

Cloud storage suppliers are the arms merchants for cloud storage. These are the guys that provide the equipment that cloud storage providers use to store user data. This layer of cloud storage, similar to Cloud Providers and Cloud ISVs, has also matured quite a bit in the last year.

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When Lawsuits Replace Innovation, Customers Lose

There has been a growing surge of legal action in the storage and networking supplier community over the last few weeks, and no matter who the winner is, the IT professionals who use these technologies are going to be the real losers. I'm all for technology companies protecting their intellectual property, and when a patent is directly infringed on, they should do everything they can to protect themselves. At some point, though, you have to accept that in technology, people are going to try to a

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Does Primary Storage Deduplication Kill Archive And Backup?

As we begin to test primary storage deduplication technology, our initial findings are that the latency it introduces may be a non-issue for many data centers and applications. It may soon be a non-issue for all data centers and applications. If you can get deduplication on primary storage for "free" from a performance perspective, what is the impact of primary storage on the other tiers of storage? Does primary storage deduplication kill archive and backup?

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