Why I tried – and rejected – the iPad

I’m a gadget freak.  i was [at least one of] the first on my block to have a DVD player, a Tivo, a smart phone (before they were called that), a mobile broadband device (Mi-Fi card), a bluetooth headset, a Drobo, and a Netgear Digital Media Receiver.  Every one of those devices has significantly changed the way I do things, although the first one (DVD player) was replaced by the last one (Netgear EVA 2000).  Non-ripped DVDs are SOOOO last year.

But the iPad let me wondering “Why?”  But after a while I decided to try one out.  What the heck, I figured.  I can always return it. 

Return it I did.  Want to know why?
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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.

Post-process vendors agree to publish dedupe speeds!

Last week I wrote a blog post about how I noticed that none of the post-process dedupe vendors had published their dedupe speeds.  They publish only their ingest speeds.  I’m happy to report that my bully pulpit worked and three of them have agreed to publish both speeds, and a fourth is considering it.
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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.

Why don't post-process vendors publish their dedupe rates?

I’m working on an update to my Mar 09 story on dedupe performance.  While there’s still the argument of global dedupe or not, the hardest problem I’m having is with post-process vendors not publishing their dedupe rates.
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----- Signature and Disclaimer -----

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.