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Going deeper on HP StoreOnce deduplication news

Today, I talk to Jay Livens, an expert on the topic of backup and data protection, about the latest news around HP StoreOnce deduplication software.  As always, there's more content on the blog post so I recommend you click on the title of this article or the "read more..." link below.  Here are the two power podcasts with Jay.




Part 2: Push the ball forward with Converged Infrastructure

Here's part two of my power podcast with Brad Parks taking about our March 1 HP Storage announcement.


HP StoreOnce - podcast with Evaluator Group

As HP Tech Forum winds down, I have one more StoreOnce podcast to share with you. I spoke with John Webster from the Evaluator Group about StoreOnce and the testing that they did on the D2D4312.

Customer feedback on disk-based backup for SMB


By Calvin Zito

My good friend Sal Simili is a jack of all trades at Compass Public Charter School in Meridian, Idaho just outside of Boise.  Sal has been the IT manager (initially as a volunteered when the school was first starting) and also teaches a technology class at Compass. 

He was an early adopter of our HP StorageWorks D2D Backup System. A couple of weeks ago, Sal and I were catching up over coffee at a local Moxie Java.  During the conversation, he mentioned to me that he had to restore a file from the D2D.  He told me that he has the D2D set up to do regular, nightly backups of his data using HP Data Protector Express.  This all happens automatically, which was the cool part of what he talked to me about.  It's all so automatic that he forgot the D2D was there.  He told me that he does a weekly full backup to a removable disk drive that he takes offsite so ait was easy to forget about the D2D.

I asked Sal to send me an email describing what happened and here's what he said: "I had to restore a file that was lost (for the first time in a long time).  I had almost forgot that the D2D was there because I rarely need to restore a file. I was able to get my file back with no problem. Then I decided to take a look at the web interface to see how the D2D machine was doing. It had been running for 378 days without a reboot. I checked through the logs and it had kept backing up our data every night without a glitch. That's kinda bad because I should check it more often but we really use it as a disaster recovery more than normal file recovery. I was very impressed that the machine had been running over a year without reboot and without errors! Tell your friends at StorageWorks that you guys are building some pretty awesome machines."

Here's a video that gives a good introduction to the D2D Backup System.

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I've been personally impacted by lost tapes


Hi Folks,

Yesterday I received a letter in the mail at home that started off:

Dear Sir or Madam,

We are writing to let you know that computer tapes containing some of your personal information were lost while being transported to an off-site storage facility by our archive services vendor. While we have no reason to believe that this information has been accessed or used inappropriately, we deeply regret that this incident occurred....

So the first question I have is how does an archive vendor lose tapes? How hard can it be to take the tapes from your customer put them in a secure truck and drive them to the storage facility? Isn't that your whole business model - you will pick up, transport and store these tapes safely and securely 100% of the time?

Now I understand that any activity with humans involved cannot be guaranteed to work 100% of the time. So what really happened? A bit more of an explanation would have been helpful, such as the truck was in an inadvertent accident and the contents of the truck were spilled into a river or all over the highway and could not all be recovered. Without more details I'm left wondering did someone make off with the tapes by accident or on purpose? Or was this just sloppy work by the company?

Anyway, I hope this is a call to action for this company to do at least two things to prevent such an incident in the future.

1. Look into tape encryption such as the LTO-4 offers. I would have been more much pleased if that second sentence read "While the tapes were physically lost, the data they contained cannot be accessed or read by anyone because the data on the tapes is securely encrypted with sophisticated technology requiring encryption keys to make the data readable. Our security policy ensures that these keys are always stored in or transported to physically separate locations from the computer tapes."

2. Consider the use of replication and electronic vaulting for moving data off-site for archiving. With new technologies such as deduplication and low-bandwidth replication, this company would perhaps be able to reduce the amount of data that is stored on tapes and physically transported to archive storage. Again, I don't know the specifics here, but as an example let's say this company had four sites that they were backing up to data to tape and transporting those tapes to off-site archives. With replication and electronic vaulting, they could replicate data from three of their sites to just one site for backup to tapes and then only have to move tapes from the one site to archive storage thereby reducing their risk exposure by 75%.

If you're worried about how a similar incident could impact your company and what risks are involved HP is here to help. We can work with you to significantly reduce your data security exposure from the desktop to your data center. On the storage side, we offer a FREE storage security risk assessment. For more details on HP's other data security options beyond storage please check HP's Security web page.


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