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Inline Deduplication: What Your Mother Never Told You

I was recently attending a show and enjoyed speaking with a variety of end users with different levels of interest and knowledge. One of the things that I found was that attendees were obsessed with the question of inline vs post process vs concurrent process deduplication. Literally, people would come up and say “Do you […]

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Data protection and natural disasters – Part 1

Hurricane Ike has been in the news lately and my sympathy goes out to all those affected. It is events like these that test IT resiliency. The damage can range from slight to severe and we invest in reliable and robust data protection processes to protect from disasters like this. The unfortunate reality is that, […]

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InformationWeek on NEC HYDRAstor

Howard Marks recently posted an interesting article about NEC’s HYDRAstor over on his blog at InformationWeek. He discusses the product and how the device is targeted at backup and archiving applications. He makes some interesting points and mentions SEPATON. I wanted to respond to some of the points he raised. …[the system starts with] a […]

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IBM Storage Announcement

As previously posted, I was confused about the muted launch of IBM’s XIV disk platform. Well, the formal launch finally occurred at IBM Storage Symposium in Montpelier, France. Congratulations to IBM, although I am still left scratching my head why they informally announced the product a month ago! Another part of the announcement was the […]

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Keeping it Factual

I periodically peruse the blogosphere looking for interesting articles on storage, data protection and deduplication. As you can imagine, blog content varies from highly product centric (usually from vendors) to product agnostic (usually from analysts). I recently ran across a post over at the Data Domain blog, Dedupe Matters. This is a corporate blog where […]

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Rube Goldberg reborn as a VTL

I have fond memories from my childhood of Rube Goldberg contraptions. I was always amazed at how he would creatively use common elements to implement these crazy machines. By using every day items for complicated contraptions, he made even the simplest process look incredibly complex and difficult. But that was the beauty of it, no […]

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DL3D Discussion

There is an interesting discussion on The Backup Blog related to deduplication and EMC’s DL3D. The conversation relates to performance and the two participants are W. Curtis Preston the author of the Mr. Backup Blog and the The Backup Blog’s author, Scott from EMC.  Here are some excerpts that I find particularly interesting with my […]

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6 Reasons not to Deduplicate Data

Deduplication is a hot buzzword these days. I previously posted about how important it is to understand your business problems before evaluating data protection solutions. Here are six reasons why you might not want to deduplicate data. 1. Your data is highly regulated and/or frequently subpoenaed The challenge with these types of data is the […]

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DeltaStor Deduplication, cont….

Scott from EMC and author of the backup blog responded to my previous post on DeltaStor. First, thank you for welcoming me to the world of blogdom. This blog is brand new and it is always interesting to engage in educated debate. I do not want this to go down a “mine is better than […]

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Deduplication, do I really need it?

I’m always puzzled when a customer tells me that they “need deduplication to run my backups better.” This drives me nuts. Deduplication in and of itself doesn’t make your backups run better. In fact some technologies make backups and restores take a lot longer. These customers aren’t really thinking about the root causes of their […]

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