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Why Primary Deduplication Is A Different Animal From Backup Dedupe

A decade ago, storage admins took a chance on purpose-built backup appliances (PBBAs) (Insert link to Take a chance on me) and the magical technology that made them cost effective for data deduplication. It took a few years to convince the tape huggers (except maybe Jon Toigo) but the Society of Steely-Eyed Storage Professionals has acknowledged that deduplication is safe …

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On Calling Out and Being Called Out

It’s interesting how companies develop corporate personalities that extend not just to official communications but even to employees’ personal blogs. A few years ago, this was most apparent at NetApp and EMC. Today, the most visible example is how folks at Nutanix seem to take even the most tangential reference or minimal criticism as direct attacks that must be responded …

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Introducing JetTest

For a recent project, the DeepStorage team was tasked with testing a storage system using Microsoft Exchange Server Jetstress. Jetstress is a heavy-weight benchmark tool that leverages Microsoft Exchange’s JET database engine, which has historically been taxing on storage systems. Among the problems we regularly encounter while testing, three are especially prescient. The first is that tests are time-consuming, generally on the …

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Western Digital Goes back to the Future – Buys SanDisk

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In what is both a return to the company’s roots as a semiconductor vendor and a step into the solid state future of storage, Western Digital this morning announced that they’re buying flash vendor SanDisk for about $19 billion dollars.  The combined company will be a one stop shop for storage media from traditional hard drives to SSDs. The folks …

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Dell Buys EMC Creating Winners and Losers

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After a weekend of rumors Dell and EMC announced early Monday morning that Dell, with more than a little help from their friends at Silver Lake Partners, will acquire EMC for the princely sum of $67.1 billion dollars.  The deal is scheduled to close sometime before the end of October 2016. As in any big deal there are winners and …

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Vote No on VMUG Board

Today I once again received an email from the national VMUG asking me to “vote” for their hand selected slate of candidates. When I went to the website I was presented with the three names of people the VMUG nominations committee hand selected and the opportunity to vote yes or no on the slate as a whole. Ladies and gentlemen …

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I Miss the Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer or Speaking at The Flash Memory Summit and VMworld

Up until just a few years ago I would get a break from my usually hectic pace when summer rolled around. Event planners figured that with people taking their family road trips to WallyWorld, IT departments would be shorthanded, and therefore less likely to send their people to Vegas for EvilCorpWorld. Then VMworld, in the last week of August became …

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The Changing Storage Market

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As a longtime observer of, and participant in, the storage market, I’ve noticed that, over the past two or three years, the basic dynamics of the market have changed significantly. Startups are living longer, partially because they’re able to raise more venture money than ever before. At the same time, the formerly clean divisions between drive vendors and the companies …

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Hitting the Road with VVOLs and NexGen

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I’ve been vocal over the past few years that the LUN has outlived its welcome as the default unit of storage management, as this blog post over at NetworkComputing and this video from Storage Decisions will attest. Now that VMware has finally gotten their virtual volume (VVOL) technology out the door, I am hitting the road to spread the news …

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Viewing Clintonemail.com as Guerrilla IT

You would have to be living under a rock, or scrupulously avoiding the news by order of a psychiatrist, to have not heard the kerfuffle around Hillary Clinton’s use of a private domain, and email server, for official business while serving as Secretary of State.  While listening to the usual political pundits arguing about the political implications of using Mrs. …

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