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Briefing Note: Why buy a Backup Appliance from a Disk Drive Vendor?

Seagate CSS (Cloud Systems and Solutions), a division of this long-time disk drive manufacturer, was put together to develop storage infrastructure solutions for the hyper-scale cloud provider and OEM markets, among others. More than just a component manufacturer ‘moving up

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EMC World 2015 – From PBBA to Protection Storage

While the basic backup process will probably always be the foundational component of data protection, IT professionals are demanding more from the data protection process, functions like replication, archive, snapshot management and application availability. Purpose Built Backup Appliances (PBBA) need

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A refresh needed for Disk Backup Appliances

Backup has seen a lot change over the years. Disk has became the primary backup target instead of tape because of its speed and simplicity. And when vendors added deduplication it became even more cost effective. More recently, we’ve seen

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Is Dedupe Overrated?

Advanced data reduction technologies are central to the purpose built backup appliance (PBBA) market segment. They shrink the amount of data that’s actually committed to storage and help make these relatively fixed capacity devices feasible. But data reduction only provides

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StorageSwiss Take on the HDS Acquisition of Sepaton

Yesterday, Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) announced they had acquired Massachusetts-based Sepaton, an established manufacturer of purpose built backup appliances (PBBAs) that use advanced de-duplication to shorten backup times and minimize backup appliance “sprawl”. The company will become a wholly-owned subsidiary

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Data Protection In The Cloud Age

What does the record turntable and a mainframe computer have in common? Plenty, according to Guy Churchward, President of EMC’s Data Protection and Availability Division. During EMC World 2014, Guy made an interesting comparison about how both the music industry

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Top Backup Takeaways from 2013

As we usher in 2014, industry prognosticators are publishing their predictions about what will be the hot trends in the New Year. While backup technology may not be towards the top of this list, there were some interesting developments that

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How Tape Can Fix The Unstructured Backup Problem

The fastest growing data set in just about every organization today, and typically the largest, is unstructured data. This is data that’s outside of a database; essentially file data, stored on file servers or Network Attached Storage (NAS) systems. The

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A Tiered Approach To Data Protection

Think your data is protected? Think again. True data protection is more than just enterprise backup, snapshots and replication; it’s a combination of all of these technologies. Understanding how to leverage each type of data protection is key towards enabling the rapid recovery of mission critical business information while not overspending on data protection insurance. In this article, lead analyst George Crump, outlines the specific role each type of data protection technology serves in the data center and how organizations can tier their data protection strategy for the maximum cost/benefit. 

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Sepaton v7.0 Product Analysis

Enterprise data centers environments are continuously faced with ever growing volumes of backup data. Many organizations have embraced purposed built backup appliances (PBBAs) utilizing deduplication (dedupe) to help drive operational efficiencies and reduce reliance on tape as a primary backup

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