RIP: SysAdmin Magazine

SysAdmin magazine was the first magazine to publish an article of mine, and they have closed their doors.  (They've even notified their subscribers that they can get a refund on their 5-year subscriptions.) Continue reading

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Written by W. Curtis Preston (@wcpreston). For those of you unfamiliar with my work, I've specialized in backup & recovery since 1993. I've written the O'Reilly books on backup and have worked with a number of native and commercial tools. I am now Chief Technical Architect at Druva, the leading provider of cloud-based data protection and data management tools for endpoints, infrastructure, and cloud applications. These posts reflect my own opinion and are not necessarily the opinion of my employer.

In-line or post-process de-duplication? (updated 6-08)

In-line and post-process de-duplication are features — not benefits. And I think that arguing about which one is better is like trying to argue which is better: synchronous or asynchronous replication. The both have benefits and drawbacks. What matters is whether or not the one you buy meets your requirements, right? I’ll try my best to present both sides of the argument, and dispel a lot of what I believe to be misconceptions about this issue.

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Written by W. Curtis Preston (@wcpreston). For those of you unfamiliar with my work, I've specialized in backup & recovery since 1993. I've written the O'Reilly books on backup and have worked with a number of native and commercial tools. I am now Chief Technical Architect at Druva, the leading provider of cloud-based data protection and data management tools for endpoints, infrastructure, and cloud applications. These posts reflect my own opinion and are not necessarily the opinion of my employer.

10 Gigabit Ethernet is a LIE! (Updated twice)

They need to stop calling it that.  No one installing 10 GbE is getting 10 GbE performance, so why should they be allowed to call it that? Continue reading

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Written by W. Curtis Preston (@wcpreston). For those of you unfamiliar with my work, I've specialized in backup & recovery since 1993. I've written the O'Reilly books on backup and have worked with a number of native and commercial tools. I am now Chief Technical Architect at Druva, the leading provider of cloud-based data protection and data management tools for endpoints, infrastructure, and cloud applications. These posts reflect my own opinion and are not necessarily the opinion of my employer.

Backups all in one night

I know it may sound like an obvious statement, but I think all your backups should fit in one night.  Not just 24 hours, but 12 hours or less.  Besides the obvious RTO/RPO problems, it just messes up so many parts other parts of the design when backups go over 24 hours.  A related issue is that I think it's a bad idea to push all your full backups to the weekend.
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Written by W. Curtis Preston (@wcpreston). For those of you unfamiliar with my work, I've specialized in backup & recovery since 1993. I've written the O'Reilly books on backup and have worked with a number of native and commercial tools. I am now Chief Technical Architect at Druva, the leading provider of cloud-based data protection and data management tools for endpoints, infrastructure, and cloud applications. These posts reflect my own opinion and are not necessarily the opinion of my employer.