Why HP will prevail over Dell in the 3Par bidding war

The Twittersphere and storage industry are abuzz with the ongoing bidding for 3Par.  HP and Dell are aggressively pursuing the company and have a vested interest in 3Par technology. I believe that HP is more motivated to acquire 3Par and will prevail. Both Dell and HP believe that a 3Par acquisition will generate additional business value, and […]

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The challenge of data growth

One of the biggest challenges with data protection is managing growth.  Some of the common factors that drive increasing capacity requirements include: Intrinsic growth – Growth inherent in the environment as users create new data. New applications – Companies implement new applications to meet changing business requirements.  These solutions could replace existing technologies or could be net new additions.  […]

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Deduplication Strategy and Dell/Ocarina

This week, Dell acquired Ocarina, a provider of primary storage deduplication.  The acquisition provides technology that they can integrate with existing storage platforms such as EqualLogic.  However, Dell also sells deduplication technology from EMC/Data Domain, CommVault and Symantec.  Dave West at CommVault suggests that these technologies are complementary, and I agree. However, the announcement raises […]

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Will dedicated VMware protection solutions go the way of CDP?

I previously posted a survey highlighting the different methods of protecting VMware environments.  The responses suggested that host-based backup is the predominant approach.  The least popular choice was “Dedicated VMware backup application (Veeam, Vizioncore, etc..)”.  These solutions exclusively protect virtual environments and they remind me of continuous data protection (CDP) technologies from the past. Three […]

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Storage pools and why they matter

Today SEPATON announced the addition of Storage Pools to our data protection platform.  The technology marks a major step in the path to data protection lifecycle management, and I am excited about the new functionality and wanted share some brief thoughts. To summarize, storage pooling allows data to be segmented into discrete pools that do […]

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The future of physical tape

Chris Mellor over at The Register posted an article discussing Santa Clara Consulting Group’s (SCCG) recent forecast of the physical tape market.  In summary, SCCG’s latest analysis indicates that physical tape sales (both media and drives) decreased 25% in 2009 and 7% in 2008.  Some may suggest that this accelerating decline is a sign that […]

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Agent-based VMware Backups

My last blog post contained a poll asking visitors about their primary VMware backup methodology.  The survey listed the common approaches to protecting virtualized environments including traditional agent-based,  VCB/VADP, dedicated VMware backup application, snapshots and doing nothing.  The results suggest that that the agent-based approach is most commonly used.  I anticipate that end users will […]

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Poll: VMware backup methodology

Server virtualization is a very powerful technology that can improve the economics of the datacenter.  However, it also creates new challenges for data protection.  VMware’s Vsphere API for Data Protection (VADP) improves the situation, but there still are multiple backup and recovery options.  Which do you use?  

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Boost vendor lock-in

A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about the benefits of Symantec’s Open Storage Technology (OST). The technology enables accelerated disk-to-disk backups (D2D) primarily over IP connections and additional value-added features. Last week, EMC responded with their announcement of BOOST for NetWorker. Insiders have told me that the BOOST architecture is essentially the same as OST […]

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Data protection storage and business value

George Crump posted an article over on Network Computing discussing why storage is different for data protection. He makes a number of points regarding the benefits of using a storage appliance approach versus a software-only model, and for the most part, I agree with his analysis. However, there is an important point missing. The software-only […]

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