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 Howard Marks

Profile of Howard Marks

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Howard Marks is founder and chief scientist at Deepstorage LLC, a storage consultancy and independent test lab based in Santa Fe, N.M. and concentrating on storage and data center networking. In more than 25 years of consulting, Marks has designed and implemented storage systems, networks, management systems and Internet strategies at organizations including American Express, J.P. Morgan, Borden Foods, U.S. Tobacco, BBDO Worldwide, Foxwoods Resort Casino and the State University of New York at Purchase. The testing at DeepStorage Labs is informed by that real world experience.

He has been a frequent contributor to Network Computing and InformationWeek since 1999 and a speaker at industry conferences including Comnet, PC Expo, Interop and Microsoft's TechEd since 1990. He is the author of Networking Windows and co-author of Windows NT Unleashed (Sams).

He is co-host, with Ray Lucchesi of the monthly Greybeards on Storage podcast where the voices of experience discuss the latest issues in the storage world with industry leaders.  You can find the podcast at:

Articles by Howard Marks
posted in July 2008

Geeks 1, Rapist 0

It's not often that the geeks get to help put a bad guy in the slammer but as eWeek reports, the geeks at Seagate Recovery Services managed to recover the video of a rapist's confession that was badly burned in the transfer from the original camcorder tape. The poor DA didn't have the original tape and couldn't read the CD. Defense council claims the DVD has exculpatory evidence so

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Do Most Restores Really Fail?

Every once in a while I see some analyst, usually talking about some backup to disk product, say "X% of all attempts to restore from tape fail" where X is some ridiculous number like 62.7. While I've been involved in my share of restore disasters from OnStream tapes and no OnStream drive to "We found tapes 1-3 and 5-8 do we really need tape 4 of that set" 95% were due to stupidity of some sort. So tell me folks what percentage of your restores fail? Good restore war stories also welcome.

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Sony Bundles Spare Backup With New PCs

From the good news/bad news desk Sony has joined Packard-Bell (they still buy them in Europe) to bundle Spare Backup's agent and online backup service with every PC they sell. On the good news front this means more of the fashonistas that buy Sony PCs at retail will backup their data online.

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EMC Drops MozyPro Server Prices

In an e-mail to Mozy resellers, EMC this week announced that it was dropping the price for server backups via MozyPro from the $1.75 per GB per month level they reached in February (see Previous Blog Entry) to 50 cents per GB per month, curiously the same amount it was charging before the price hike earlier this year. Server coverage is still $6.95 a month for each protected server, up from the $3.95 pri

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DAT/DDS The Tape Format That Will Not Die

After an absence of five or six years, and two generations, DDS trademark owner Sony is rejoining HP in supporting the seventh generation of DDS/DAT drives, DAT320, targeted at the SMB market. DAT320, like HP's DAT160s, abandons the Digital Auto Tape cartridge, and its 4-mm-wide tape, using 8-mm tape in a two reel cartridge instead.

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SteelEye Replicates Xen Servers

Host-based data replication has long been key to disaster recovery planning in the midmarket. They just couldn't justify building the duplicate SAN at their DR site that array-based replication required. More recently, server virtualization has revolutionized how the midmarket plans and builds disaster recovery sites by letting them replace the DR site with 3 to 5 hot standby servers that they would have needed five years ago with a single virtual server host.

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New Retrospect-Mozy Bundle For Iomega -- Synergy For EMC?

When EMC bought consumer storage vendor Iomega a few months ago, I asked why in this blog. This week, the 800-pound gorilla of the storage industry answered my question, for users at least, by announcing new software bundles for owners of Iomega storage gear. The new bundles, free for new and current Iomega owners by download, include versions of Retrospect and Mozy which came to EMC, like Iomega, throug

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If Tape Is Dead, Why Did IBM And Sun Put 1 TB On A Cartridge?

Every once in awhile a vendor, or a fellow member of the brotherhood of storage industry bloggers, pundits, and blowhards, pronounces that disk-to-disk backup, data deduplication, the virtual tape library, or some other disk-based technology spells the death knell for tape in the data center. While I wouldn't go so far as Adam Osborne and claim that the tape-less data center is as likely as the paperless bathroom, I don't see tape disappearing altogether for a good little while. Apparently, Sun

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Atempo Archives To The Cloud With Nirvanix

Backup software vendor Atempo, now run out of the U.S. by CEO Neal Ater, formerly of Veritas but maintaining a bit of a French accent, entered the archiving market in February by acquiring Lighthouse Global Technologies. It has since released new versions of both the e-mail and file archiving solutions. Now, at the beginning of what I hope is a major trend, it has added the ability to use Nirvanix cloud storage SDN service as an archive repository for files with storage costs of just two bits pe

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300 Year Archival Life, 9 Bits/Pit, And Other Strange Optical Disk News

For some reason my desk today seems to be covered with press releases announcing cool breakthroughs in optical disk technology. In reality, it's covered with 4 disk drives, empty Chinese food containers, my daughter's sick laptop, beer bottles, cigar stubs, and the TARDIS USB hub, but I did see a bunch of optical disk news that ranged from "cool" to "and why would I buy that" to just unbelievable.

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Packard Bell Makes Backup Standard

I never thought I would be supporting a PC vendor for including more software on consumer PCs. For years, most retail computers have come with so much crapware pre-installed that geeks like me who support their friends and families have been reinstalling Windows fresh rather than trying to uninstall the WonderCalc-LE and Whahoo-Photo. Packard Bell -- yes, Packard Bell, which used to have real talent for making the worst computer using any given model processor you could find on the shelf -- i

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