Is dedupe to tape crazy?

Dedupe to tape is definitely crazy.  But is it crazy good or crazy bad?  I spent two days in (lovely?) Oceanport, New Jersey surrounded by a bunch of CommVault Kool-Aid drinking, Frank Slootman hated, but seriously technical people that knew their product very well.  Over those two days, I had every question I had about CommVault answered, and one of the questions was: “Why the heck would you want to dedupe to tape?”

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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.

ZL files lawsuit against Gartner

Email archiving software vendor ZL (who, by the way, I never heard of until this lawsuit) is suing Gartner for saying that they’re a “niche player.”   According to the lawsuit they bring this action “in its individual capacity and on behalf of the general public,” as Gartners actions have harmed “the creative forces of American innovation, and, consequently, the long-term competitiveness of the American economy.”

While I appreciate ZL’s attempt to look out for me (as a member of the general public) and its concern for the economy that ultimately keeps me employed, I’ve got to say that IT IS MY OPINION (you saw that, right, ZL lawyers?) that their lawsuit has no real merit but will serve its purpose nonetheless, and this blog post will actually help accomplish their goal.

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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.

I'm in love with my Drobo

This weekend I really fell in love with my Drobo, so I thought I’d tell you about it.  If you’re not familiar with what makes them so cool, read on.  I think you’ll be impressed, too.

Disclaimer: My Drobo was a gift from the folks at Drobo, but I still think it’s one of the coolest pieces of tech in my house.

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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.

Updated my "Friends & Family" Post

I updated my post on my computer advice to friends and family to reflect my recent move to Mac and CrashPlan.
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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.

New solutions for using replicated backup data

There have been some interesting options that have recently presented themselves for using deduplicated, replicated backups on a regular basis.  If you’re not familiar with the challenges of using these backups without some help, I’ll explain those first, and then go into the solutions to these problems that are showing up.

Update: I’m talking about backups from a regular backup software product that are going to a VTL or IDT (intelligent disk target).  I know there are all kinds of other backups out there that use replcation.  In this blog post, I’m talking about regular ol’ backups.
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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.

Two weeks into Mac land

it’s been just over two weeks since I’ve made my switch.  I thought I’d share some thoughts.
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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.