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President, Storage Switzerland
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George Crump is president and founder of Storage Switzerland, an IT analyst firm focused on the storage and virtualization segments. With 25 years of experience designing storage solutions for datacenters across the US, he has seen the birth of such technologies as RAID, NAS, and SAN. Prior to founding Storage Switzerland, he was CTO at one the nationís largest storage integrators, where he was in charge of technology testing, integration, and product selection. George is responsible for the storage blog on InformationWeek's website and is a regular contributor to publications such as Byte and Switch, SearchStorage, eWeek, SearchServerVirtualizaiton, and SearchDataBackup.
Articles by George Crump

When Cloud Backup Fails

9/12/2013
Cloud backup providers need to face the realities of Internet bandwidth and give customers a way to perform bulk transfer of data for both backup and recovery.

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Fixing Storage Performance In Virtualized Environments

3/18/2011
In our last entry we identified just a few of the reasons why server virtualization projects cause storage performance problems. In the next few entries we will discuss ways to fix storage performance in virtualized environments. In general you have two options; get faster or get smarter. Depending on your environment one option will typically make sense over the other but eventually as the virtualizatio

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How Careful Do You Need To Be With Cloud Storage? - Bandwidth

1/28/2011
Cloud storage continues to get treated as this extra special project that you need to be more careful with than other projects you would undertake in the data center. Our belief is that you need to be no more careful with cloud storage than any other IT project and in some cases you can be a bit more risky. In this entry we will address some of the concerns surrounding bandwidth.

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Cloud Storage Appropriate Data

12/17/2010
As vendors continue to mature the cloud storage on-ramps we discussed previously, the use case for cloud storage is becoming more wide spread. What was once primarily backup and archive storage destination is now quickly becoming an option for primary data storage. As a result the data that you are going to involve in a cloud storage solution may be different than it was only a year ago.

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What Is A Cloud Data Center Anyway?

12/7/2010
The IT industry is using the term cloud pretty liberally these days. I'm sure you have seen the latest Microsoft "To The Cloud" commercials. I am not sure they are really helping people get this whole cloud thing. To that add the various cloud storage services as well as the cloud compute services and there is a lot of confusion when you let a CIO know that they can have a cloud right in their own data center.

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Indexing Cloud Storage

1/18/2010
Cloud storage may end up being the great storage repository in the sky. The destination that holds all our data and gets it off of our local storage. Whether you use this as a fourth tier of storage that your internal archive spills over too or as your sole archive, someday you are going to need to find data in it. Should we be indexing cloud storage to find the needle in the haystack?

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What Is Cloud Appropriate Data?

1/14/2010
As the use of cloud storage becomes more prevalent this year one of the key challenges is what data should go to cloud storage, when that data should be moved there and how should that data be moved there?

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Beware Of Cloud Transfer Costs

12/18/2009
When data center managers are looking at cloud storage solutions the primary focus is on the monthly cloud storage capacity cost. One of the hidden charges is the transfer or bandwidth costs. This is the cost essentially for the amount of data you access over the cloud. We have seen cases where this cost can be as much or more than the cost of the capacity!

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Cloud Storage Needs A Hybrid

8/4/2009
Cloud storage is ideal for small businesses to perform backups, archive important data and to share files when collaborating on a project. Small businesses are typically built on desktops and laptops making the cloud the ideal connection point. As the business grows and servers are added, applications become more critical and the cloud becomes the bottleneck. At this point to handle the needs of a growing business cloud storage needs a hybrid.

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Is Data In The Cloud Risky?

3/24/2009
With the recent report that the FTC is considering a request to shut down Google Apps, the question of Cloud Security has come up and with it the question of if data in the cloud is risky. Of course only the government could hold a two day hearing on whether or not data in the cloud is at risk.

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The Cloud And Primary Storage

3/10/2009
As cloud storage continues to evolve, clearly the two major initial uses are as backup and archive storage, but where does primary storage fit into this equation? Is primary storage going to be made extinct by the cloud?

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Why Cloud At All?

2/20/2009
In his recent blog, Bycast CTO David Silk provides some insight on how enterprises minimize the risk associated with adopting cloud storage. At the heart of the matter is why does cloud storage or, for that matter, cloud computing, exist at all?

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