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The Cloud, Company Size and Data Protection

StorageMojo recently wrote a blog post discussing the results of a study by twinstrata comparing the costs and availability of Google apps and Microsoft Office/Exchange. The study showed that the Google apps were cheaper than MS Office/Exchange for a 20 person firm and the options were similar for a 50 person company. The challenge in […]

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War Stories: Diligent

As I have posted before, IBM/Diligent requires Fibre Channel drives due to the highly I/O intensive nature of their deduplication algorithm. I recently came across a situation that provides an interesting lesson and an important data point for anyone considering IBM/Diligent technology. A customer was backing up about 25 TB nightly and was searching for […]

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SEPATON Versus Data Domain

One of the questions I often get asked is “how do your products compare to Data Domain’s?” In my opinion, we really don’t compare because we play in different market segments. Data Domain’s strength is in the low-end of the market, think SMB/SME while SEPATON plays in the enterprise segment. These two segments have very […]

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W. Curtis Preston on physical tape

W. Curtis Preston recently wrote an article on the state of physical tape for SearchDataBackup. He talks about the technologies that backup software vendors have created technology to more effectively stream tape drives. As I posted before, if you cannot stream your tape drives, their performance will decline dramatically. In enterprise environments, performance is the […]

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SEPATON Performance — Again

Scott from EMC has challenged SEPATON’s advertised performance for backup, deduplication, and restore. As industry analyst, W. Curtis Preston so succinctly put it, “do you really want to start a ‘we have better performance than you’ blog war with one of the products that has clustered dedupe?” However, I wanted to clarify the situation in […]

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SEPATON Performance Revisited

In this post, I highlighted SEPATON’s S2100-ES2 performance both with and without deduplication enabled. In a comment, I had also indicated that we would be adding additional performance information to our website and collateral and  am happy to report that the update is complete.  You can find our deduplication performance numbers on multiple different locations […]

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SEPATON S2100-ES2 Performance

The SEPATON S2100-ES2 was designed for speed. Our solution is based around the concept of a unified appliance which provides one GUI for managing and monitoring all embedded hardware. We also automate the disk provisioning and configuration to provide consistent scalability and performance. The result is an appliance that can easily be managed by an […]

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The Fallacy of Faster Tape

I often talk about disk-based backup and virtual tape libraries (VTL) and wanted to discuss physical tape. While VTLs are popular these days, tape is still in widespread use. LTO tape, the market share leader, continues to highlight increased density and performance. Do not be fooled with these claims. In the real world faster tape […]

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Trials and Tribble-lations of Deduplication

One of my favorite episodes from Star Trek was “Trouble with Tribbles.” In the episode, Uhura adopted a creature called a tribble only to find that it immediately started to reproduce uncontrollably, resulting in an infestation in the Enterprise’s critical business err spaceship systems. You can read a synopsis of the episode here or even […]

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Deduplication: It’s About Performance

I have recently been thinking about the real benefits of deduplication. Although the technology is all about capacity, when you analyze the cost and benefits in the real world, the thing that jumps out at you is performance. Performance is the key driver in sizing and assessing the number of units required. That means it […]

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