Peter Eicher is Senior Product Specialist for Data Protection at Syncsort Incorporated. He draws on his 15+ years of experience in the computer software industry to provide practical advice and insights on data backup and recovery, disaster recovery events and readiness, and storage in the era of virtualization and Big Data.
This is a weblog of Peter Eicher. The opinions expressed are those of Peter Eicher and may not represent those of Computerworld.
Believe it or not, your IT department is probably full of squirrels. No, not those cute fuzzy critters that climb trees, but data consumers that hide data away with the same relentless fortitude as their bushy tailed namesakes hide acorns.
There’s a very old IT problem that’s gaining renewed attention lately: the problem of keeping too many copies of data. The analyst firm IDC has quantified the problem and come up with some rather startling statistics. For example, they say that more than 60% of all enterprise disk capacity worldwide is filled with copy data
Reducing data at the source is the smart way to do backup. That is the conclusion I came to in my last post, If files were bricks, you'd change your backup strategy. But I also left off by saying that there are different ways to do this. Let’s take a look at those now.
If somebody asked you to do the exact same work over and over again, would you think that was a smart thing to do? Of course not. But that’s exactly what many of us are doing in our backup environments.
Is flash the answer for the storage needs of the future?
A few months ago the folks at Wikibon published a survey around a number of different IT topics. One of the questions centered around the biggest IT challenges that organizations were facing. The top three challenges were data growth, budget constraints and data protection / disaster recovery.
For those readers growing up in the 1970s, you are probably familiar with the commercials for Fram oil filters. For those who don’t know, they featured a grease covered mechanic talking about how changing your oil filter for a few dollars would prevent far more costly car repairs later on. The tag line was a very convincing: “You can pay me now, or pay me later.”
Last time out I wrote about how snapshots have a visibility problem, meaning it’s difficult if not impossible to tell what’s inside them without having to look into each one. Yet snapshots are a very effective way of capturing data quickly and often, especially for large data sets, so the use of snapshots continues to expand even while lack of visibility limits their effectiveness.
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Our civilization doesn't rest in the hands of hedge fund traders and currency speculators, nor the hands of a Bill Gates or a Steve Jobs or other famous technocrats. Our civilization rests in the hands of the anonymous man wearing awkward rubber gloves who got up in a bucket truck on a cold Sunday night in November to fix the overly fragile wiring system we depend on.