Blog commenting

W. Curtis Preston the author of the Mr. Backup Blog recently voiced his frustration with certain bloggers censoring visitor comments. He was annoyed that some folks from EMC configured their blogs for comment moderation (all comments must be approved before they appear on the site) and used the power to delete certain responses. He contrasted […]

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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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Tradeshow perspectives

I spent last week at a tradeshow in New York. These events are interesting because of the various end user perspectives. Those of us in the industry often get embroiled in the minutiae of products and features, and so it is very useful to understand the views of the end users on the show floor. […]

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AboutRestore.com recognition

W. Curtis Preston the author of the Mr. Backup Blog recently posted an article about the blogs that he frequents. I was honored that he recognized AboutRestore.com along with blogs from other major vendors. Curtis mentioned his frustration with the comment filtering policies on some blogs and I wanted to clarify AboutRestore.com’s policy. (A synopsis […]

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Exchange deduplication ratio guarantee

Scott over at EMC recently posted his thoughts about deduplication ratios and how they vary widely. I agree with his assessment that compression ratios, change rates and retention are key ingredients in deduplication ratios. However, he makes a global statement, “If you don’t know those three things, you simply cannot state a deduplication ratio with […]

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The hidden cost of deduplicated replication

On the surface, the idea of deduplicated replication is compelling. By replicating deltas, the technology sends data across a WAN and dramaically reduces the required bandwidth. Many customers are looking to this technology to allow them to move to a tapeless environment in the future. However, there is a major challenge that most vendors gloss […]

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Data protection and natural disasters – Part 2

In part 1, I touched on four of the most common challenges with data restoration in a disaster scenario. In this post, I will review some other key considerations. These examples focus on the infrastructure required after a disaster has occurred.

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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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A little bit off topic – deduplication and primary storage

I am digressing slightly from my usual data protection focus, but I found a recent announcement from Riverbed very interesting. They are developing a deduplication solution for primary storage. As an employee of a vendor of deduplication solutions, I wanted to provide commentary. First some background, Riverbed makes a family of WAN acceleration appliances 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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