Welcome!

Rapid Recovery: Integrated, Simple. Elegant.

Mark Campbell

Subscribe to Mark Campbell: eMailAlertsEmail Alerts
Get Mark Campbell via: homepageHomepage mobileMobile rssRSS facebookFacebook twitterTwitter linkedinLinkedIn


Top Stories by Mark Campbell

SAN backup, or the lack of SAN backup, is in the news.  The failure of the EMC DMX-3 SAN for the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has made not only the technology press but the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and others. No wonder.  The lack of a SAN backup strategy left 26 of 83 of Virginia's state agencies down. From Sam Nixon, Virginia's Chief Information Officer A piece of equipment went down that is meant to never go down, went down. [...] The recovery time has been unacceptable. From 2001: A Space Oddessey Interviewer: HAL, you have an enormous responsibility on this mission, in many ways perhaps the greatest responsibility of any single mission element. You're the brain, and central nervous system of the ship, and your responsibilities include watching over the men in hibernation. Does this ever cause you any lack of confidence? HAL: Let me put it... (more)

Enterprise Online Backup and Losing a Lady Gaga MP3

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 co... (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)