Mike’s Rant

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OK, so I’m “borrowing” Steve Duplessie’s (old?) title (which I just noticed looks like it’s changed) for this blog post, but I felt it fit perfectly with my thoughts. So, thanks Steve! I’m a techie type that knows enough to get most things working but, sometimes I change one too many configurations and everything gets screwed up.  In this case however, it’s not me…it’s them! I’m talking about my last…

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Email hygiene is no excuse!

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For the first time in probably a dozen years, I’m not at SNW this week.  Part of me is ecstatic to be home for once and part of me feels like I’m missing the reunion with the gang!  My wife’s business travel plans collided with mine for this week giving me the opportunity to stay at home with the kids.  I can see some gourmet meals happening this week! While…

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Deduplication and Encryption

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I spend a lot of my time talking with Permabit customers and more and more recently I have heard questions on proper use of encryption in their storage environments. Lost customer data is a huge risk to businesses, and risk often directly translates to cost, either from legal penalties or in cleanup. For example, companies which handle credit card data have been scrambling to comply with the PCI Data Security…

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And the winner is…DDUP, NTAP or EMC?

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Finally, there’s a winner in the battle for DDUP! It’s EMC, right? Well, maybe, but maybe not. Of the three participants in the battle for DDUP, I would rank the winners in this order: #1 Data Domain management and shareholders. Outstanding execution, superb market timing and an unmitigated homerun. #2 NetApp CEO Dan Warmenhoven and shareholders. He made a rational decision and dodged a dilutive bullet. #3 EMC salesforce. You…

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Dedupe 1.0 Requiem

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As a follow on to my initial post on the pending Data Domain acquisition (by someone!), here are some additional thoughts (take 2!) For NetApp, they were basically left at the alter acknowledging to the world their product technology/portfolio shortcomings. They opted for the “buy” vs. “build” strategy. EMC has now one-upped them with an offer they basically can’t counter with cash. We’ll see if the latest NetApp counter of…

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The squeeze continues…

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Over the last few weeks, there have been various announcements in the storage world that continue to echo the point Tom made in his February blog post titled “The Squeeze is On.” We’ve seen both EMC and IBM make announcements that they will be adding SSD technology to their storage arrays.  Permabit announced yesterday the continued partnership and certification with BlueArc and their Titan solution. And I’m sure there will…

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All Deduplication is Not the Same

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In a short few years deduplication technologies have become commonplace, and in not too much longer will become a requirement for any new storage purchase. When everyone offers deduplication, are they all the same? Definitely not! Most of the deduplication technologies out there only perform in very specific use cases like backup, and cannot handle general purpose data storage.

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The Giant Sucking Sound and the Emergence of the Value Tier

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I’m just back from SNW in Orlando where storage people get together a couple of times per year to compare industry news and trends. This year I was struck by a big theme that reinforces what we are hearing from analysts and customers. A massive shift is occurring in storage – a move to what some are calling “Value Tier Storage.” Basically there are two types of companies: those who…

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We’re Cool

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Last week Gartner released a new round of Cool Vendor reports. One of them was focused on Cool Vendors in Archiving, which I am pleased to say Permabit was included in as the only hardware vendor highlighted. Click here if you would like to read the full report. It’s nice to see that the industry, especially during these tough economic times, really is starting to see the value of archiving…

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The ‘Flight to Efficiency’

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I recently read an interesting report from Doug Reid, Equity Analyst for Computer Systems and Storage at Wall Street firm, Thomas Weisel Partners. Doug pointed to market share gains made by up and coming public storage vendors – Compellent, 3Par and Data Domain. He contrasted their growth with quarterly declines reported by Net App and EMC. “The robust rate of data growth and associated storage cost appears to be driving…

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