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Recently there was an interesting blog post by Scott Raymond entitled “Where Are the Affordable Enterprise Online Backups?” I made a comment to it – to the effect that bandwidth and RTO (Recovery Time Objective) are incompatible.  That caused some other comments to be made.  I decided to write a bit longer post concerning the entire phenomenon on this blog. First of all, the term “enterprise online backup” is a bit misleading.  What the author of the post was complaining about was that there are no unlimited storage options with associated flat-rate pricing of the sort in the consumer space.  The reason tends to be that pesky term “enterprise” and what it means to people.  There’s an old joke that when someone mentions “enterprise” that means “hold on to your wallets.”  It’s actually a bit more complex than that. The characteristics of enterprise-level online backup... (more)

3PAR, HP, Dell, Private Clouds, and Disaster Recovery

Imagine you’ve won the lottery.  The next morning you wake up and find that you won again.  That’s how the investors and executives at 3PAR are feeling these days.  The dueling takeover offers from HP and Dell for the relatively obscure 3PAR left many in the investment community – and for that matter in the storage industry – scratching their heads. The heart of this bid – beyond the obviously testerone-fueled frenzy culminating with a bid with sky-high multiples – was a weakness that HP reportedly began attempting to resolve 9 months ago.  HP resells HDS (Hitachi Data Systems) ... (more)

VAR Rejects Higher Priced Deduplication One Trick Ponies

Unitrends, a provider of integrated and scalable backup solutions, today announced that its successful partnership with nexusSTOR has created a strong competitive advantage for the reseller. Kyle King, owner of nexusSTOR, extensively examined the other competitors Exagrid, Overland Storage and FalconStor to find “they are typically 30 percent more expensive and still have to rely on third party backup software.” “Deduplication has evolved beyond the ‘one trick pony’ stage; the smartest VARs and buyers have realized that they need affordable all-in-one backup appliances that can b... (more)

SAN Backup, Broken Legs, Football, and Stupidity

After the SAN backup fiasco in Virgina, I started thinking about how how far we’ve gotten from the concept of what backup is really all about. Imagine the following scenario from a college football game this weekend: [In the middle of a nationally televised football game a linebacker blitzes and catches the quarterback on the blind side; the quarterback's leg snapping is audible to the sideline microphones.] Trainer: Coach, your first-string quarterback, Tom, has a broken leg.  You need to get your backup in there. Coach: Okay.  Let’t get Tom in there. Trainer: I don’t think that... (more)

InformationWeek: “Appliances Are Game Changers”

“I’m betting that they’re [appliances] are game changers, because the whole premise of these machines goes far, far beyond the no-value concept of simply taking two five-pound bags of concrete and combining them into one 10-pound bag, and calling that innovation.” [Bob Evans, InformationWeek] The cover of InformationWeek on September 27, 2010, pictured a towering rack and the headline “Rise of the Appliance.” While all of the examples from the article came from massive companies like Oracle and IBM, the truth is that almost everything discussed in the article is directly applica... (more)