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Eric Slack


October 25, 2010  10:21 AM

LTO-5 enables simple backup, DR and the cloud



Posted by: Eric Slack
Eric Slack, LTFS, LTO-5, Storage Channel, tape

LTO-5 came out earlier...

October 18, 2010  9:30 AM

Beyond backup/restore: Business continuity systems



Posted by: Eric Slack
Business continuity, Disaster recovery, Eric Slack, Storage Channel

In case there hasn’t been enough political messaging in your area, I’ll bring back an oldie: “It’s the economy, silly.” OK, so I’m paraphrasing, but living in Colorado these past few months has left me a little tired of the...


October 11, 2010  11:45 AM

Trial-and-error storage monitoring and management results in cost explosion



Posted by: Eric Slack
Data storage management, Eric Slack, Storage Channel, storage resource management (SRM)

My father was in artillery in the Marine Corps, and as a kid I was fascinated by how they shot howitzers. Essentially, it’s a huge trial-and-error exercise -- at least it was during the...


October 4, 2010  10:33 AM

Primary deduplication’s effect on data integrity, performance



Posted by: Eric Slack
Data deduplication, Eric Slack, primary storage, Storage Channel

Dedupe has been with us for the better part of 10 years. Because of the percentage of duplicated data in the backup space, it was deployed there first. But risk also played a part in its appearance...


September 27, 2010  1:03 PM

Optical storage solutions alternative: Software-only WORM



Posted by: Eric Slack
Eric Slack, Optical storage, Storage Channel, WORM

For years, companies have used optical...

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September 20, 2010  10:17 AM

Transparent Interconnection of Lots of Links (TRILL): IP networking’s future



Posted by: Eric Slack
Eric Slack, FCoE, Storage Channel, Storage networking, TRILL

Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) was...


September 13, 2010  10:30 AM

Backup alternative: Arkeia Network Backup



Posted by: Eric Slack
backup, Eric Slack, Storage Channel

In the last post, I talked about a couple of interesting storage alternatives for VARs who maybe weren’t thrilled with their existing disk vendors. As a VAR, having alternatives to show is your stock...


September 7, 2010  11:24 AM

Alternatives for VARs that feel unloved by their current storage vendors



Posted by: Eric Slack
Eric Slack, Storage Channel, Storage vendors, vendor partner business issues

I was talking with a storage VAR at VMworld last week and realized how little has changed even in the midst of so much change. First the change: Technology marches on, and that march is...


August 23, 2010  10:52 AM

SSD arrays skip the disk form-factor package



Posted by: Eric Slack
Eric Slack, SSD, Storage Channel

The term “SSD” has usually been a mnemonic for “solid-state disk” drives, as in flash memory modules that are put into traditional disk drive form-factor packages. This format is perhaps the...


August 16, 2010  11:25 AM

Metadata management: A free NAS performance upgrade



Posted by: Eric Slack
Eric Slack, NAS performance, Storage Channel

In the ongoing effort to improve application performance, tiered storage -- especially using SSDs -- is a tool vendors often use. The concept is simple: Move the files supporting these applications to...


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