"in the bullet points it is stated that Litespeed can back up 2TB in under an hour, yet the figures below, also from Imceda, state that customers have found it takes 2 hours to back up 1TB."
- The 2TB statistic is based on the latest version.
"You would have done yourself and Imceda more justice by giving a realistic third party assessment of their main claims for the product i.e. Speed, compression and encryption. I just didn't get the impression that you had actually tested the product in a real world situation - most of the facts and figures are from Imceda themselves."
- I can assure you that VERY little of the content in my review came from Imceda (please feel free to check their product information or contact them yourself) and ALL screen shots are original from my test server (just look, you'll see). Unfortunately, my test server is somewhat of a dog (Pentium III, 551MHz, 256MB RAM, IDE hard drive). Hence, the 3.7 seconds was quite wonderful for Northwind. Regretfully, I didn't do this particular review at work. I have a mini lab at home. I would like to have tested it on our Customer DB at work. Unfortunately, I'm still fairly new there so I didn't want to push any buttons when it came to testing any products on their SQL servers.
As for this review, I trust my fellow sqlservercentral.com colleagues'/columnists' judgement on this product. As you will find, I have been a valued member of the sqlservercentral.com community for quite some time. I made some great friends along the way and have written many articles for sqlservercentral.com. You would do well to make friends here as well. Anyway, I used a lot of their testing and reviews for reference. I, like you, rely on my fellow experts. Wesley Brown did a helluva job testing Litespeed and other products in his 12/2004 article. I also used numerous other references besides sqlservercentral.com and opinions to formulate my review. As for resources concerning Litespeed on sqlservercentral.com, go here and type "litespeed" in the search:
I invite you try this product again. I may not have tested it on a monster database (mainly 'cause my home server is a bow wow), but I can assure you, you will be HIGHLY impressed the minute you load this software and try it out. I stand by all the remarks/comments I made in my review because I have the facts to prove the comments. I based my analysis on my personal experience with this product (i.e, the tests I personally performed on speed, compression and encryption - see original screen shots) as well as MANY other reliable resources that I researched for the review. You really should read the sqlservercentral.com article by Wesley Brown called "Four of a Kind - Backup Software Shootout", http://www.sqlservercentral.com/columnists/wbrown/fourofakindbackupsoftwareshootout.asp. That should help resolve your concerns.
By the way, I understand that you work for dbGhost with Mark Baekdal. Boy, do I know somebody that wants to compete with you! Sorry, I can not disclose... Hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil.