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 2010

Tablets And Desktop Virtualization

Last month, I discussed how solid state storage's biggest area for growth may have nothing to do with enterprise storage, it may be the emerging tablet/slate market, based largely on the success of the Apple iPad. In that entry, I promised to cover what I think is going to be an even bigger winner if tablet adoption continues: desktop virtualization.

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Dealing With The Vendor End-Around

In his recent blog, Mike Workman, CEO of Pillar Data Systems, offers an example of what is commonly called the "end-around." This is when a larger vendor will leverage a relationship at the VP or CxO level to stop a lower level person from selecting a more innovative product from a new and smaller vendor. Instead of getting stung by this tactic, there are steps that you can take as the IT Manager, project manager or even the evaluator to keep it from happening.

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Which Large Company Is The Most Innovative?

The recent frenzy caused by the HP-Dell-3Par bidding war was really all about innovation. The company being sought after, 3Par, was being bought at a premium because of their innovative storage products. One of the challenges that faces large IT manufacturers is can they keep innovating as they become larger or are they destined to buy smaller companies that are innovative? A question that was posed to me last month was, which large company is the most innovative?

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Primary Storage Deduplication: NetApp

One of the first entrants into primary storage deduplication market was NetApp, with their Advanced Single Instance Storage (A-SIS, commonly known as NetApp deduplication). To my knowledge, NetApp was first to provide deduplication of active storage as opposed to data that had been previously stored. NetApp deduplication has certainly gained traction within the NetApp customer base, recently claiming that more than 87,000 deduped storage systems have been deployed with about 12,000 customers ben

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Are The Networking Leaders Ready For A Shakeup?

Being the market leader has its advantages. You set the agenda, for instance, but every so often the agenda is driven by outside forces. In technology, this happens when a new standard is going to become widely adopted, and at that point there is a chance for one of the third or forth-place companies to become the new leader. We saw this when storage area networking came to prominence, and we may be seeing it again as we potentially reach the end of spanning tree protocol (STP).

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Lessons Learned From 3Par & Data Domain

In the past two years, we have been privy to two exciting bidding wars that ended in two-billion dollar payouts for both 3Par and Data Domain. Despite the fact that they were in two different ends of the storage market, there is a lot to be learned from both of these companies. The key factor is that both companies focused on the task at hand. They essentially did one thing really well. In the case of 3Par, it was simplifying block storage in the enterprise, and in the case of Data Domain, it wa

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Dealing With VMware's I/O Challenges

One of the key themes at VMworld this week is dealing with the I/O challenges that a physical host loaded up with a dozen or more virtual machines places on the storage and the storage infrastructure. This is caused by consolidating hundreds of I/O friendly stand alone systems into a few dozen hosts. While virtualization reduces the number of physical servers, it now makes every server an I/O nightmare.

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