Choosing a Data Protection Solution in a Down Economy

I hate to turn on the TV these days because it is full of bad news. There always seems to be some pundit talking about troubles in the housing market, credit markets, automotive industry, consumer confidence and so many other areas. It does not take a rocket scientist to recognize that the economy is in […]

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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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Deduplication, Restore Performance and the A-Team

I have posted in the past about the challenges of restoring data from a reverse referenced deduplication solution. In short, the impact can be substantial. You might wonder whether I am the only one pointing out this issue, and what the impact really is. An EMC blogger recently posted on this topic and provided insights […]

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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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NetApp Dedupe: The Worst of Inline and Post-process Deduplication

NetApp finally entered the world of deduplication in data protection. While they have supported a flavor of the technology in their filers since May 2007, they have never launched the technology for their VTL. Why? Because their VTL does not use any of the core filer IP. It relies on an entirely separate software architecture […]

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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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Tradeshow giveaway gone bad: the video

Tradeshow marketers spend hours trying to scheme up new and unique programs to drive booth traffic and these often include free giveaways. Ironically, the simplest things such as t-shirts or bags can be good traffic generators, and it is amazing that people can get so excited about tchotchkes that cost $2 or less. One common […]

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HIFN – Commoditizing hash-based deduplication?

HIFN recently announced a card that accelerates hash-based deduplication. For those unfamiliar with HIFN, they provide infrastructure components that accelerate CPU intensive processes such as compression, encryption and now deduplication. The products are primarily embedded inside appliances, and you may be using one of their products today. The interesting thing about the HIFN card is […]

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How a lack of innovation put Overland under water

I wanted to post a quick commentary on Overland Data. I recently ran across this post over at The Register that discusses the fact that Overland Data is at risk of being delisted from the NASDAQ due to a stock price below $1. (Ticker: OVRL, currently $.45) In a past life, I sold Overland products […]

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