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 August 2009

Interactive Data Management

Unstructured data continues to grow almost unabated. Applying policies and classifications to this data has proven to be a daunting task. For the most part, going back after the fact and identifying what data should go where, how long and...

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Cloud Insurance?

Cloud compute and cloud storage providers all have some form of SLA. We all hope they are buying quality back-end storage platforms to store their data on and that they are taking appropriate measures to protect that data, but how do we know? What's needed is a third party service that can make those assurances in a digital fashion.

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Cloud Storage as a Final Resting Place

For most IT professionals, the concern around keeping specific copies of data occurs when that data has particular value. The motivation to pay attention to this data comes from a government regulation, corporate governance or there is potential for a...

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Cloud Storage Stability

Every week or so one major internet service or another goes down for a moment, Amazon S3, Google Apps, Twitter etc... As a result I get a few emails using this as proof that the cloud is not reliable for business storage. While I agree that various providers have to improve their uptime, this does not mean that the whole cloud needs to be thrown out.

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Storage Applications vs. Storage Systems

The current, predominant configuration for SAN or NAS storage is a dual controller RAID system to which storage system manufacturers add software that allows the storage to do things you really want it to do, like thin provisioning, snapshots, replication...

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Tape Will Outlive Disk

I'm sure we have all been guilty of predicting the end of tape and saying that the whole world will be disk based in the future, myself included. Tape may indeed meet its demise, but it won't be at the hands of disk. Tape will outlive disk.

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The Cloud As An Extension

In my recent series of entries for Byte and Switch, I attempted to categorize cloud storage. Various companies are delivering sub-sections of cloud storage that when stacked together form the solution.

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What's Holding Deduplication Back?

Despite the recent jump in attention because of EMC's purchase of Data Domain, data deduplication is old news to the typical Byte and Switch reader. Interestingly though the overall penetration is not what you may think. Our research indicates less...

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