Before you read this, check out Today’s Storage: Same As It Ever Was for a bit of background... For the past few decades, some of the best minds in computer science have been drawn to the question of storage. How can data be better protected, shared, and exploited? Given the price and performance profiles of various storage devices, how can we maximize benefit for a given … [Read more...] about Waves of Storage Innovation
I recently wrote about compression, deduplication, and single-instance storage over at the IBM Storage Community. When I talk about the various state-of-the-art capacity optimization solutions that are now appearing in the market, the same comment usually arises: "Isn't this the same as zip?" Or a long-tenured storage pro will remind me that, "Stacker died out a long time ago, … [Read more...] about Link: What’s the Difference Between Compression, Deduplication, and Single-Instance Storage?
The latest beta of the server version of Microsoft's forthcoming Windows 8 operating system includes a handy tool related to the new data deduplication feature. DDPEVAL will test a given dataset using the new deduplication and compression engine and report the savings to be expected. And it works even on non-Windows 8 systems! Windows Server 8 Data Deduplication Review For … [Read more...] about Microsoft Adds Data Deduplication Savings Evaluation Tool to Windows Server 8 Beta
Tomorrow, I will be in San Francisco for TechTarget's Storage Decisions conference. This show does a good job on the editorial side, suggesting timely topics and bringing in folks like Dennis Martin, Mark Staimer, and Jon Toigo. I will have two presentations on data reduction and storage virtualization in the main conference track - both are updated from my New York sessions. … [Read more...] about Storage Decisions San Francisco 2011: Optimization and Virtualization
I'm not a big fan of data reduction technology, yet I found myself talking compression and de-duplication all week. Between Storage Decisions and my recent posts over at SearchStorage and The Storage Community, I've had quite a bit to say on the subject. Funny enough, I'm not really a fan of data reduction technology for primary storage. Too often, data reduction is more … [Read more...] about Data Reduction: the Condensed Version