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StorCentric Acquires Retrospect – Comprehensive Primary through Secondary Storage Capabilities

The lines between primary and secondary storage infrastructures are blurring. Today’s typical backup and disaster recovery workloads require faster performance while production workloads demand growing amounts of capacity. IT requires as consolidated a storage infrastructure as possible for simplicity. At

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Storage news and insight update 3-21 – Podcast

George Crump joins me to talk about some of the latest in storage news and insight for the week of March 21, 2015. Links to the articles in this podcast: Qumulo delivers Next Generation, Data-Aware Scale-out NAS Physical Servers Matter

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Briefing Note: Drobo doubles down on SMB Data Centers

It’s been almost two years since Connected Data, the makers of the Transporter, acquired Drobo. In that time there has been some concern over the future of the Drobo product family. For the most part those concerns were ill founded.

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Storage Q&A: “The New Requirements of Backup Hardware” with Drobo and StorageSwiss

Backup, backup, backup: it’s what everyone’s talking about these days. You have to save all those files, for one reason or the other, and probably because someone is telling you that you have to save those files. I recently sat

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Virtualized Hybrid Disk Backup for Veeam

Disk based backup has become a staple in many data center environments. But now thanks to advanced recovery capabilities from virtualized backup applications like Veeam, Unitrend’s PHD Virtual and Dell’s vRanger, more is being asked of disk backup systems. For

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Overcoming the Recovery-In-Place challenge

The advanced capabilities of virtualization-specific backup applications, such as Veeam, have brought new flexibility to the protection and recovery of virtual servers. In fact, these improvements, plus better availability, may be justification enough to virtualize a workload. Two of the

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The perfect Disk Backup for Virtualized Backups?

Disk Backup Appliance Designed for VMware?
With its support for SSD, the Drobo B1200i could be one of the most viable platforms for supporting random I/O generating changed block backups and data in-place recoveries, the capability to execute a VM directly from the backup target. In this product analysis, StorageSwiss examines the Drobo B1200i to see how it handles the new requirements of VM disk backup and recovery.

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Four NEW requirements for backup – Podcast

Storage Switzerland and Drobo held a webinar on Wednesday, July 11th on four new requirements for backup. Joe Disher from Drobo and George Crump from Storage Switzerland join me to talk about the webinar. Click here to view the webinar on

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ChalkTalk Video – How disk backup breaks Recovery in Place

Recovery in Place, offered by companies like Veeam, Dell’s AppAssure and PHD Virtual, is a powerful and valuable feature. It allows for virtual machines (VMs) to be recovered and executed directly from the backup device instead of having to transfer

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ChalkTalk Video – The Veeam Backup Challenge

Veeam and other virtualization specific backup products have solved many of the data protection problems that slowed down initial server virtualization deployments. These solutions, and now even some traditional enterprise backup applications, offer the ability to cut the amount of

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