Data storage has always been one of the most conservative areas of enterprise IT. There is little tolerance for risk, and rightly so: Storage is persistent, long-lived, and must be absolutely reliable. Lose a server or network switch and there is the potential for service disruption or transient data corruption, but lose a storage array (and thus the data on it) and there can … [Read more...] about Today’s Storage: Same As It Ever Was
I'm not a fan of heavy-duty installs and bloatware, but it seems inevitable these days that any product worth having requires hours of setup time. This is especially true when it comes to client server applications like backup software: it's so difficult to go from nothing to something. This is why people love simple applications like Time Machine. When Druva announced that … [Read more...] about You Really Can Have a Complete Backup System Up and Running in 10 Minutes!
Apple is readying the next major release of their Mac OS X operating system. Dubbed "Lion", Mac OS X 10.7 is widely expected to hit Apple stores in the Summer of 2011, and brings many exciting new features along for the ride. This series of articles introduces the storage and data protection features of Lion as they are revealed. Many operating systems include a backup … [Read more...] about Local Snapshots in Mac OS X Lion Time Machine: Is It A Good Idea?
My friend W. Curtis Preston kicked off his Backup Central Live! event series earlier this year, and I was pleased to be able to attend in Santa Clara. Curtis has spent years educating IT pros about data protection, and let me tell you, although I've seen him present dozens of times, Curtis was really in his element here. He held the packed room enthralled, and the vendor … [Read more...] about W. Curtis Preston Announces More Backup Central Live!
A few months ago, DCIG released their Virtual Server Backup Software Buyer's Guide. Although some were critical of the process and results of this guide, I appreciate the effort involved in pulling together the data. Personally, I would rather have a single source for data, even if I didn't agree with the recommendations! Now I have been asked to write an article for … [Read more...] about How To Select a Virtual Server Backup Product?