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 September 2009

The Truth About Shelf Based SSDs

Shelf based SSDs are SSDs designed to be installed into storage system manufacturers' current drive expansion shelves that they currently use for mechanical hard disk drives. It seems like a good strategy and a quick path to an SSD offering for storage manufacturers. The truth is, however, that either manufacturers or the storage manager need to be aware of the ramifications of loading up a shelf of SSD technology.

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The Value Of Agents

Agents are those little pieces of application code that need to be installed as a component of a larger application. There is the fear that installing an agent, or more accurately "yet another" agent on an application workload, is going to bring the whole server crashing to its knees. When a vendor begins to proclaim they are agentless and that anything with an agent is instantly evil and should be avoided, the truth is, as always, somewhere in the middle.

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The Need for Card Based QoS

With server virtualization hitting full stride a key theme of phase two of these projects is increasing virtual machine density. There are many aspects of increasing virtual machine density but one that is often over looked is card (network or storage) based QoS.

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Live from VMworld

This week I will be at VMworld and will be giving ongoing reports of what we see there. Overall, the show seems as busy as last year. The facility is a little smaller and attendance may be a little lighter but they are expecting between 10,000 and 12,000 people. Look for quick updates, in reverse order, throughout the week. Updates will also appear at the top of the page.

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