Cherry picking

Juan Orlandini on Tuesday, June 19, 2012

You might recall that we’ve been hard at work on a managed backup service for our customers. To build that service, we took some hard-earned lessons (I call them scar tissue) and distilled them down to repeatable solutions.

So you want to change your backup tool?

Juan Orlandini on Friday, February 17, 2012

Our field engineers get asked some tough questions. A common one is: "how do I change my backup product from vendor X to vendor Y?" This is a surprisingly rich topic of discussion. It turns out that making this change is definitely possible, but it's not easy. There are a few reasons why...

Some really smart people

Juan Orlandini on Tuesday, December 13, 2011

If you've read this blog for a while, you'll no doubt have noticed that I'm a nerd thinly disguised as a semi-eloquent submitter of prose. Nothing should drive that point closer to home than the inspiration for this article.

Redundancy in dedupe

Juan Orlandini on Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Recently, Mike Spindler and I had a conversation, and he brought up an interesting point. When we design storage architectures, it's a foregone conclusion that we're going to build the SAN/NAS solution to be redundant across everything we can: dual HBAs, redundant fabrics, high-availability (HA) storage solutions, etc [...]

Storage assessments, really?

Juan Orlandini on Saturday, October 22, 2011

Recently, a customer asked me for further clarification on a proposed storage assessment. Wisely, they'd asked third parties to give them perspective on the value of a storage assessment. The third party, an industry analyst, came back with four major areas to address...

Five fingers of administration

Juan Orlandini on Tuesday, October 11, 2011

In a different life, I managed a team of professional services consultants. Part of my responsibility was recruiting these folks. For a while, I was moderately famous for my interview questionnaire, which featured stuff about megabytes this or tape speed that. I used this process to weed out resume packers. You [...]

Software or hardware dedupe?

Juan Orlandini on Tuesday, September 06, 2011

One of the questions we're asked all the time is whether customers should implement software or hardware dedupe in their data protection environments. It's a good question, and as with most good questions, the answer is simple: it depends.

Why is storage growth so high?

Juan Orlandini on Monday, June 27, 2011

We never seem to have enough space. I keep talking about the good old days when I did this or that, and it's starting to make me feel like an old codger. But, there're lessons to be learned in what we did before. So, let me tell you another story.

Five steps to optimizing data deduplication

Datalink on Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Data deduplication continues to be a hot topic with many of the IT shops I’ve been to as of late – especially when it comes to sorting through technology options and optimizing deduplication performance in production backup environments. Check out my related white paper, “Using Deduplication: Five Steps [...]

Lab Advocates / HNAS Testing

Datalink on Tuesday, June 07, 2011

My colleague Datalink Solutions Architect Joe Akerson is what we call a lab advocate, which means he's a Datalink technical person who has steroids-super-powers in our labs. Joe does much internal- and external-facing work on his own and in teams, and also mentors his peers to help them get their stuff done in labs. Today, we have about two dozen lab advocates across the country.

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