Of COURSE We Need 35 TB Tapes

Dear Ms. Ahmogul,
IBM recently announced that it created a 35 TB tape that will be commercially available in five years. Since then I have read articles asking good questions, like ‘Do we need 35 TB tapes?’ Read More


Four out-of-the-box reasons to dedupe: notes from the road

January is a tough way to start a year.  I have taken my Christmas decorations down, the Browns didn’t make the Super Bowl again this year, its cold, and the days are still too short.  It isn’t all bad though, as I’ve just returned from a 2-week hiatus of regional sales meetings across the USA. I’ve presented to and heard from Spectra sales reps in Washington D.C., San Antonio, Denver and Orlando.  I have always enjoyed going to regional meetings, especially the afterhours part of it.  I don’t just mean hitting a bar, but often the informal conversations with the Sales Reps and Systems Engineers can be great.   Between the insight I’ve gained from the field and the recent press coverage on various deduplication offerings, it felt like the right time to get into blogging gear and summarize a few out-of the box reasons why you should dedupe.  By now, we all understand deduplication, data reduction and its typical associated benefits and savings.   1.=&0=&. Said another way, everybody’s doing it. Of course, Mom always asked about everybody jumping off bridges, but let’s not go there.  Dedupe isn’t new and scary anymore. It is now widely adopted across all major vertical industries, in big and small corporations, private organizations, etc. It’s become so embraced, your mom may actually be deduping. (Is she running Windows Home Server?) Ask her.   2.=&1=&. This is tightly integrated with #1. Dedupe has been around long enough and integrated in every kind of environment imaginable. IT JUST WORKS.   3.=&2=& Dedupe isn’t just spending less than traditional disk when you buy it.  Operational savings last its whole life, and we have seen how OpEx can affect business during a bad economy.  Dedupe can help with space, support as well as power and cooling costs.   4.=&3=&

Data Management and the Runaway Horse

I’ve recently returned from the 2010 Storage Visions Conference in Las Vegas and wanted to share a few observations. The highlight of my week in Vegas was the honor of accepting a product of the year award for our TFinity product for Media & Entertainment (M&E) Storage. This is Spectra Logic’s enterprise tape library that stores up to 45PB in a single tape library, and is uniquely suited to broadcast customers with large archive and storage requirements due to high availability, ease of use and scalability. This award marks the first honor for our newest tape library. Read More


On the eleventh day…

The end is almost here.  We are so close that it once I finish writing this, I am on the road to New Mexico! There aren’t too many rivers or a lot of woods, but I will go over the mountains and through the pass to my parent’s house.      The winter storm will make the 500 mile drive all the more fun, but I have done it many times before.     I doubt I am the only one that is taking the same Christmas trip they have taken before this week. We do a lot of things over and over again:    Workout (once the New Year hits)     pay bills     do laundry     and run backups.    Deduplication reduces the cost and space of doing multiple backups. It is having a big (or small depending on how you look at it) impact for data protection.  Being able to store 10, 20 or even more backups in the space of a one on disk is hard to ignore.  I wish I could dedupe other things, like the 500 miles I am about to drive.

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:

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On the tenth day…

Containers for stuff are unbelievably handy. Think how difficult it would be to bring home a dozen eggs if you didn’t have an egg carton in which to carry them? Backpacks for books make getting to and from school a lot easier – even if the books are never removed from the backpack! (There’s probably a lump of coal waiting for that kid.) What about jolly ol’ Santa’s ability to make worldwide delivery without his trusty, fur-lined red bag and sleigh? I don’t think the reindeer will be delivering toys to all the girls and boys one at a time, do you? Read More


On the ninth day

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The big day is getting closer, and I am really busy.I even multitask lunch, doing a little gift shopping around noon.  It is amazing how many other people had the same idea.Today I went out and got my parents an external hard drive.(If you know my parents, please don’t tell them.)Like everyone else, digital pictures and other media are becoming important to them, and I want to make sure they have a backup they can take out of the house.(In this case to some one else’s home)While it might not be the most fun gift, it should be very practical, and if their 5 year old computer crashes, they will be able to get the important stuff back.(you can guess what I will be setting up over the weekend). Read More