How to REALLY analyze dedupe ratios and their impact on cost savings

I’m surprised that Dipesh Patel of CommVault joined the “dedupe ratio doesn’t matter” chorus with his blog post “How to analyze dedupe ratios and its impact on cost savings.”  I’ve met him and know him to be an intelligent person, so I’ll post this and hope for the best.
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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.

Veeam continues to innovate

In a recent blog post, I praised Veeam and others for having a work-around for VMware’s limited VSS implementation.  They’re still on a very short list.  But now they’ve really out-done themselves.  The VRanger guys better watch out or they’ll be looking at Veeam’s taillights pretty soon. 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.

Major updates in a "minor" release of TSM 6.2

A press release went out today about IBM’s TSM 6.2.  Among other things, it says that TSM now has source dedupe!  As big as that news is, there’s another piece of news that is even bigger.
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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.

VMware backup follow-up

Last month I wrote a blog post about how I thought that Hyper-V was ahead of VMware in the backup race.  If you haven’t read, you should read it before reading this follow-up.  Before you read that post, however, you should probably know about what’s in this post that explains Windows VSS and why you should care.

Now that we’re all caught up, let’s summarize, shall we?  Although the vStorage API fixes most of the problems with VCB, it still has one gaping hole to be fixed.  It does not fully leverage Windows VSS to the point that it is not possible to get an application-consistent backup of Windows 2008 guests without putting some kind of agent in the VM.  You can get app-consistent backups of Windows 2003 apps, but the apps won’t know you backed them up because VMware uses VSS_COPY and not VSS_FULL_BACKUP when it creates the snapshot. And that’s why we’re here.
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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.