NEC HydraStor is the coolest product you’ve never heard of. My interest in this product was renewed last week as I watched a dozen hard-core techies salivate when they heard it described, and almost swoon when they saw it demonstrated.
As I said in a previous blog, I spent two and a half days last week with a bunch of miscreants collected from around the globe (USA, Scotland, Australia, Nigeria, Holland, and — of all places — Ohio). We called it Seattle Tech Field Day, and it was organized by none other than my friend Stephen Foskett (and, of course, his right-hand, Claire Chaplais). For two exhausting days we experienced death-by-Powerpoint and listened to several vendor pitches, and we grilled said vendors about the strengths and weaknesses of their various approaches.
I was not paid to attend this event, but it did not cost me to attend it. I had more than one free meal and drink on these guys, and I got a few chotzkies, but I am under no obligation to blog about what I saw. So please consider the blogs I do write about this event to be products I found genuinely interesting. I want to reiterate that NEC is not paying me to write this blog, nor are they paying me for anything. (That last part was just for you Greg K.) 😉 I wanted to reiterate this, but goes I’m about to go all fan-boy on them. It’s not a perfect product, but it is one that is truly different and exciting.
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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.