(With apologies to Julia Child, Jacques Pepin and my former culinary instructors.)
Kitchens in our homes are for one thing — preparing the food we eat. And IT centers do the same — they slice, dice, sort, store and manage the data that makes our businesses run and keeps customers happy. But what do they have in common in the way of equipment? I was pondering this as I sought to compare my beloved (battered) Cuisinart food processor with the Dell DR backup-to-disk appliances.
For many years, classically trained chefs, overworked kitchen prep staff and amateur gourmets used traditional manual methods involving knives, sieves, food mills and blenders to chop, puree and prep raw ingredients. The same can be said of IT managers. I’m old enough to remember the days of punched paper tapes, magnetic cards and reel-to-reel storage systems.
Things have advanced considerably in both the culinary world and the IT world since then. We now take for granted storage systems that can easily accommodate terabytes of data within a compact rack. Chefs and home cooks can also use the latest food processors and blenders to prep pâtés, pie doughs and smoothies that might have taken too much elbow grease (and patience) in the past.
However, one thing is still clear — use the best tool for the job. In the kitchen, that might mean using a trusty food processor with a shredding blade to quickly transform carrots into shreds for carrot cupcakes (YUM!). In the IT data center, that can mean purchasing a specially designed backup-to-disk appliance to make short work of the task of compressing, deduplicating and storing all those incremental and full backups that used to take hours to complete or meant spending valuable time monitoring a tape robot.
To learn more, read our helpful, thorough tech brief describing deduplication types, methods and processes.