Backup software is broken

In an age of de-duping VTLs we’re stuck with tape-based software

Why does backup software still have its obsession with tape? The backup applications are riven through with the assumption that the ultimate end-target is tape, however much they nod to disk-to-disk (D2D) or virtual tape libraries (VTL).

With organisations that have abandoned tape or used it for their last-tier backup, the backup applications make a dreadful hash of managing D2D and VTL targets, especially with de-duplication. A backup application cannot write a de-duped file to tape and has to expand it before it can do so. But it is a nonsense for the same approach to be taken by a backup application when directing a de-duped storage device to move its data to a remote de-duped storage device. That negates all the bandwidth reduction benefits of de-dupe.

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It ain’t over till the fat lady sings

But who is the fat lady; Rambus or Micron?

What is a reasonable person to think? Rambus implies that DRAM manufacturers are ripping off its intellectual property (IP) and should be paying it license fees. Hynix, Micron and other manufacturers say that Rambus is unfairly demanding license fees after indulging in anti-trust practices. Micron also asserts than the Rambus patents are invalid.

That’s a stretch. You don’t own the patents in the first place and you shouldn’t be able to enforce them if you do. How on earth did it come to this bitter pass?

Once upon a time, in the 1990s and in a land called JEDEC (Joint Electron Device Engineering Council) interested parties sat down and hammered out various standards pertaining to DRAM manufacture. Hynix, Micron and Nanya were there because they manufactured DRAM using IP. Rambus was there because it invented IP to be licensed for said manufacturing.

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Dust not settling

Atrato’s arrival

Arriving with a satisfying thud, Atrato’s Velocity1000 leaves a lot of detailed questions unanswered but also poses a re-evaluation suggestion to supplier chief technology officers. Is spindle multiplication the way to go to get performance increases and reduced RAID rebuild times?

Seagate has been putting the spindle increase view about but drive array manufacturers haven’t yet responded. Perhaps Atrato is the first sign of a changeover wave to 2.5-inch technology, a drive format downsizing move.

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Industry viewpoint: RFID technology vs. the challenges of data security

Resolving the inadequacy of current practices

This is an Imation-supplied opinion piece, written by Nigel Clarke, national sales manager at Imation.

Rarely does a week go by without another story appearing in the national press about the mishandling of critical stored data. It’s nothing new to hear about CDs with names and addresses of members of the public getting lost in the post, or laptops containing top secret military data being stolen from cars or left in public places. Naturally, these incidents generate disparaging comment in the media, and provoke damning response from industry and enterprise on what seems to be going wrong with regard to the management of sensitive information. Clearly, despite the constraints imposed on data managers by legislation such as the Data Protection Act, the issue of securing stored data is not being taken seriously enough by the people at the heart of the matter. Nigel Clarke, National Sales Manager for Imation, examines the issues involved in effective data handling and storage, and asks if there is anything that technology can do – and should be doing – to help resolve the inadequacy of current practices.

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Western Digital doing well

Best Western according to iSuppli

This is a view from iSuppli which describes the contents of a report it has for sale. The details of that are below.

Western Digital Corp.’s (WDC’s) share price recently hit a 10-year high—but is its stock-market success the product of Wall Street spin—or Main Street demand for the company’s Hard Disk Drives (HDDs)?

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Recession coming in the storage market?

Potential winners and losers if buyers strike

Recession; the dread ‘R’ word. It seems clear that the USA is entering a recession with financial institutions being battered; Bear Sterns has just been rescued from a financial meltdown.

If consumers batten down their spending hatches then businesses that sell to them will face lower orders, will want to conserve cash, and won’t be able to buy so much storage gear; products or services. Who will be the likely winners and losers if this scenario comes to pass?

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WAN Performance – Here Today, Gone Tomorrow???

SilverPeak’s VP Prod Mkt’g on Riverbed and AutoCAD

Jeff Aaron, Silver Peak’s VP for product marketing, writes to express his opinion of the Riverbed and AutoCAD issue. What follows is his text:-

“I have previously discussed how there are two schools of thought with respect to WAN optimization. Recent news surrounding Riverbed’s lack of support for the latest version of AutoCAD (ver 2008) has prompted me to re-address that topic….

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Storage in a recession

The thing to do is to save money – now

The USA is in a recession with other countries likely to be affected. What does it mean for storage customers and storage suppliers?

We storage customers are affected by two broad pressures now: we have more data to store; and we have less money to store it. What we want from suppliers is a response to that: here is how you can store more data for less money; and here is how using this will lessen your total storage bill now, right now.

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Build the Foundations for Compliance

Steve Tongish, Marketing Director EMEA at archiving solutions specialist, Plasmon

Written by Steve Tongish, Plasmon’s EMEA Marketing Director.

Globally there are hundreds of regulations governing the preservation and legal admissibility of digital data. Many European countries are not far behind the United States in defining and enforcing data regulations and there is growing potential for EU wide legislation. Understanding exactly which regulations apply to your own company can be very complex. This may seem like an insurmountable challenge but it is possible to deploy a foundation for compliance, without complete knowledge of regulatory obligations, which will support your compliance needs into the future and provide substantial business benefits.

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