It was a week of HAM in the enterprise storage industry and angry arguments in the CloudCamp camp. But things looked up at the end with a productive discussion about backups. Google sent us a wave, but nobody was happy when GM threatened to collapse. Enterprise Storage HDS’ HAM-Fisted Announcement did not impress, with many wondering (So Long And Thanks For All The … [Read more...] about Back From The Pile: May 30, 2009
I've called myself a "vendor-independent storage consultant" for more than a decade now, but my good friend, Greg Schultz, recently challenged me on that statement. Sure, I haven't worked for a vendor of tin boxes and spinning rust, or the software that runs the stuff, but I'm firmly rooted in the supply side of things. As a provider of consulting services, I just happen to be … [Read more...] about Consulting Is A Perilous Business But Credibility Is What Matters
One of the great ironies of storage technology is the inverse relationship between efficiency and security: Adding performance or reducing storage requirements almost always results in reducing the confidentiality, integrity, or availability of a system. Many of the advances in capacity utilization put into production over the last few years rely on deduplication of data. … [Read more...] about Compression, Encryption, Deduplication, and Replication: Strange Bedfellows
In an article for Enterprise Storage Forum, Paul Shread comments on the positive reviews that various deduplication technologies got at Storage Decisions from analysts and end users. He suggests that less than 10% of attendees were using deduplication already, but that others were inspired by their experience and would be using it soon. Paul goes on to quote me, saying I … [Read more...] about Is Deduplication Ready for Prime Time?