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Colo or Cloud: Choosing the Right Backup and Archive Solution

September 19, 2017

It’s critical for enterprises to build in offsite redundancy as part of their disaster recovery plans, as data loss can cost businesses hundreds of thousandseven millionsof dollars. Enterprises have three main avenues for achieving offsite redundancy: using a datacenter in another location, public cloud, and colocation (colo). For enterprises looking to reduce their own offsite datacenter footprint, public cloud and colo both pose viable options.

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3 Questions to Ask to Decide What to Tier to Microsoft Azure

September 12, 2017

Microsoft Ignite, which will offer more than 700 sessions and deep dives into Microsoft products, is designed to educate new customers about the Microsoft platform, including Azure, and provide technical content to existing customers.

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Operational and Tactical Benefits of Igneous Hybrid Storage Cloud

August 29, 2017

When evaluating technology, it’s important to consider both the operational and tactical benefits of a product or service. On the Igneous website and in our datasheets, we talk a lot about the operational benefits of Igneous Hybrid Storage Cloud.

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3 Questions to Ask to Decide What to Tier to Cloud

July 18, 2017

Amazon Web Services launched in 2006, and the outlook has been “cloudy” and profitable ever since, with numerous household names realizing the financial and agility benefits of moving data to cloud.

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The Backup Window is an Outdated Concept

July 5, 2017

Backup windows for unstructured file data will go the way of the rotary phone. Why? Backup windows were designed when tape was the primary backup target, before the proliferation of unstructured data. Let’s explore how legacy backup software backed into the concept of backup windows and how a modern approach eliminates them.
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Data Storage and Public Cloud

June 20, 2017

Public cloud adoption is growing, as is the number of enterprises with a hybrid cloud strategy, with the percentage of enterprises adopting one increasing from 55 percent in 2016 to 58 percent in 2017, according to RightScale’s 2017 “State of the Cloud Report.”

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5 Reasons to Visit Igneous at Bio-IT World

May 19, 2017

Genomics research. Cardiovascular simulations. Antibody discovery. At Bio-IT World Conference and Expo, researchers and clinical practitioners meet at the intersection of medicine and computer science.

This year’s Bio-IT World, which is May 23-25 in Boston, will draw more than 3,000 attendees eager to discuss exciting and eclectic research. One consistent struggle? All of the data produced by that research, according to Allison Proffitt, Editorial Director of Bio-IT World & Clinical Informatics News.

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Protect Your Data from Ransomware Attacks

May 16, 2017

Even before the events of this past week, ransomware attacks worried many IT professionals. It’s been a hot topic since 2013, when CryptoLocker spread, encrypted files on infected users’ hard drives and network shares, and the attacker demanded that ransoms be paid via BitCoin to decrypt the files.

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Where are You on Your Journey to Cloud?

May 8, 2017

Today, the most prevalent IT journey is to cloud and Infrastructure as-a-Service (IaaS). And within IaaS, data protection accounts for the most common use case, according to Enterprise Strategy Group.  

In this blog post, I'll share how to chart your progress on your cloud journey with respect to data protection and how to overcome potential roadblocks.

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7 Reasons to Connect with Igneous at NAB Show

April 17, 2017

Hot trends. Cool tools. Compelling celebrities. Those are the big draws for the 100,000 people expected to attend the NAB Show April 22-27 in Las Vegas. Igneous Systems will be among the more than 1,800 exhibitors showcasing products and solutions for four days of the conference.

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Join 4/12 CrowdChat on “Overcoming Backup Challenges”

April 11, 2017

What are the biggest challenges you face with data backup? What are your strategies for solving these challenges? Our CrowdChat on "Overcoming Backup Challenges" — the fourth in a series of online conversations about data storage — will be at 9 a.m. PST on April 12.

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World Backup Day: How It Began and How to Celebrate It

March 31, 2017


What does Leeds, England resident Adam Jefferson have in common with California-based Pixar Animation Studios? A shared appreciation for that panic-inducing moment when you lose data. For Adam, that moment led to the creation of World Backup Day, which is March 31. 

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From Cave Walls to Billions of Files: The History of Data

March 30, 2017

Remember that old philosophical question: If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? A modern version of that question might be: If data exists but no one is able to find it again or make sense of it, does it have value?

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Cloud-Native Services—The Good, The Bad, The Best

November 8, 2016

In the early days of the company, one of our biggest debates was whether the core of our architecture should be a POSIX-compliant data tier or a modern key-value store. Back then (and for that matter, even today!) a vast majority of workflows depended on a legacy POSIX interface to storage.  

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Extensible Data Path Architecture — A Bright Future for Your Data

November 1, 2016

Previously, I presented the details of our underlying RatioPerfect™ architecture and how that allows us to deliver a platform for your data that is free of I/O bottlenecks and truly a fail-in-place model. Today, I’d like to talk about our software architecture, in particular how it allows for an extensible data path.

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A Fail-in-Place Platform—RatioPerfect™ Every Time

October 25, 2016

We have previously described our vision around Zero-Touch Infrastructure™, the first of two key architectural components that enable us to deliver on the promise of a True Cloud for Local Data.  In this article, I will expand on the second key architectural component which is on-premises appliances are truly able to be a fail-in-place platform.

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Cloud-Managed, On-Premises Data With Zero-Touch Infrastructure™

October 10, 2016

We coined the term Zero-Touch Infrastructure™ in the earliest days of the company. Looking back at my notes, the earliest mention of this term was in an internal blog I wrote on December 4, 2013, less than 40 days from when we got started.

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True Cloud for Local Data—Yes, You Can Have It All

October 10, 2016

Over the past couple of years, customer after customer told us what they really liked about the public cloud infrastructure and how much they desire its characteristics within their datacenters

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The Datacenter is Dead, Long Live the Datacenter

November 11, 2015

Google ‘The Data Center is Dead’ and you’ll find no shortage of pundits predicting just that. This guy, for example, first started predicting the death of enterprise data centers back in 2011. But is that really true? Are data centers going the way of the buggy whip?

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Why Software Defined Storage Matters

November 3, 2015

Everywhere you turn there are articles and blog posts about Software Defined everything: Networks, data centers, WANs and, more recently, storage. What is Software Defined Storage (SDS) and, more importantly, why do you care?

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Finding My Data

October 21, 2015

As anyone who knows me knows, I hate traffic. Which is why the Waze app caught my eye. The moving map is amazingly accurate regarding traffic congestion, accidents, and police locations.

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Why AWS Lambda is a Great Idea

October 13, 2015

Amazon introduced AWS Lambda last year at ReInvent. I believe Lambda is a game-changer, but it doesn’t go far enough. Let’s begin by reviewing what AWS Lambda is …

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Infographic: How did we get here?

October 1, 2015

Take a look back at information storage from its humble beginnings to the heights of current advanced computer technology and the future.

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The Trajectory of Technology is All About Reducing Friction

September 22, 2015

Just as a fish probably rarely thinks about water, we who work in technology rarely question the actual purpose of all this technology.

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Erasure Codes…the Igneous way.

September 2, 2015

Is RAID dead?  A quick Google search indicates it might be, at least for Big Storage.  Why?

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Rethinking How Vendors Engage with Customers

August 26, 2015

A few years ago, I read a Google-sponsored study about the B2B sales process. What jumped out was a stat that the typical B2B buyer is more than HALFway (57 percent) through their buying journey before they engage with vendors.

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Predicting the Future

August 11, 2015

Remember this viral video from 2007, (back when viral videos were still novel)? At the time, it was seen as a hilarious send-up of the excesses of tech in general and Silicon Valley in particular.

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Failure is the New Normal

August 4, 2015

Have you noticed how the approach to failure in computing has changed radically over the past few years? Good thing it has!

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Moving a Petabyte of Data

June 30, 2015

There is a saying that nothing beats the bandwidth of a FedEx truck. To this point, in 2007 Jonathan Schwartz (then CEO of Sun) claimed that moving a petabyte from San Francisco to Hong Kong would be faster via sailboat than via a network link.

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Where does storage go from here?

June 23, 2015

Trends are hard to spot. Sometimes it helps to step back and take a look from a distance at where we’ve been to get a better view to what is coming.

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What is Wrong with Today’s Storage Architectures?

June 16, 2015


In a recent post, I mentioned that VCs have been pumping more than a billion USD a year into the storage market for the past few years. That makes perfect sense to me. Almost nothing has changed for storage architectures in the past three decades.

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Storage Pricing is Insane

June 9, 2015


What is the number one issue customers have with storage pricing?  Here’s a hint: It is not the overall cost.

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Storage Is Cool

May 29, 2015


When you think of ‘cool’ tech market segments, which ones come to mind? Cloud, of course. Big data. The Internet of Things. But storage? For decades, storage has been a necessary, massive, but boring market.

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Cold Data

May 29, 2015


I just ran across an IDC forecast that predicted the human race would accumulate 8 zettabytes of data by 2015.  That got me thinking about storage.  First, how much is 8 ZB?  It is not an easy quantity to conceptualize, but let me try.

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What We Are Reading

Video: Public Cloud Tiering through Igneous Hybrid Storage Cloud

September 6, 2017

In this demo video, I walk through how to use Igneous Hybrid Storage Cloud to manage backup and restore of data to and from your NAS, and how to search for files across Igneous on-premises storage and public cloud.

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SearchDataBackup: Disk Rules the Enterprise Backup Roost

August 15, 2017

Capacity, scalability and ease of implementation top enterprises’ list of critical features they look for when investing in a backup hardware purchase, according to a just released TechTarget research survey.

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The Data Challenge of Body Cameras

August 2, 2017

More body cameras for law enforcement officers? Or data storage for previously collected cam footage? Body cameras and dash cameras increasingly play a vital role in law enforcement but agencies face tough choices as a result.

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Evolution of Data Backup

July 26, 2017

“Technology has come a long way.” That’s what I wrote in an Igneous blog post celebrating World Backup Day on March 31. But how’s that apply to data backup in particular?

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Reflections on Mary Meeker's 2017 Internet Trends Report

June 4, 2017

This past week, Mary Meeker presented her annual trends report. For those not familiar with the report, it’s intended to be read, not presented, and is full of facts and figures generally supporting several trends. In this post, I add my take to the ongoing discussion!

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Worthy Reads: 5 Must-Read Data Articles

May 26, 2017

Summer reads. Two words that pair nicely this time of year, like beach and chair or Caribbean and vacation. A Google search for “summer reads” results in 15.9 million hits.

You’ll find summer book recommendations in numerous magazines and online resources. But most focus on books and ignore all the compelling shorter form content out there. And many limit the recommendations to escapist fiction or general business reads, not data news.  

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Igneous Recognized as Gartner Cool Vendor

May 16, 2017

We're excited to be included in the "Gartner Cool Vendors in Storage Technologies, 2017" report this year! In this report, Gartner reviewed the underlying Igneous Storage architecture that forms the basis of our secondary storage platform, which is designed to backup and archive massive file systems.

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The End of Cloud Computing

January 11, 2017

"The end of cloud computing is right around the corner."   What? We were just getting started.  

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GitLab brings Storage In-House

November 15, 2016

GitLab's decision to move from the public cloud was covered well in their blog post "How We Knew It Was Time to Leave the Cloud."  We understand, and much of their actual experience was consistent with what we predicted when we started our company.

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BusinessWeek: Home Is Where The Data Is

November 4, 2016

 

The subtitle of this article summarizes the concept well, which is "For those with large troves," the cloud may not be ideal."

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Dropbox exits the Amazon Cloud

March 23, 2016

Few companies have the capabilities or talent to build their own at-scale cloud infrastructure.  Dropbox talks about their journey from the public cloud to their own infrastructure and how ridiculously difficult it was. 

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Why Data-First Applications Will Come To Rule Enterprise Software

February 4, 2016

The world is moving from workflow-first applications to data-first applications.

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Data caps, the day of PCs is passing, petabytes will dominate film storage

November 12, 2015

Everyone is talking Petabytes, Exabytes and Zettabytes. See what we've been reading this week in storage.

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Qualcomm in server CPU market, tips for finding signals in big data, evolution of a terabyte

October 21, 2015

Take a look at the news that we've been reading recently.

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Putting Virtual Reality in the Hands of Everyone

September 30, 2015

Are you ready to declare VR another leg of the 3rd platform movement? 

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What is the hidden cost of SDS products?

September 16, 2015

Have you ever stopped to consider the hidden cost of software-defined storage products?

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Issues with widely deploying open source software

September 3, 2015

What type of issues do you get when you deploy open source software to tens of thousands of machines?

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New class of memory?

August 19, 2015

Exciting new memory technology was recently introduced by Micron and Intel that could alter the separation of storage and the compute. Are we seeing the future that puts the fast side of storage even closer to the compute?

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New use cases require rethinking architecture to store data

August 19, 2015

Earlier we wrote about Storage is Cool and how new use cases are creating new architectures.

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PMR drives are done, welcome SMR

July 31, 2015

In a prior linked article we re-posted flash is not taking over the world. New disk technologies like SMR will continue to increase the densities and lower the cost point for capacity storage.

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ARIN creates waiting list for the few remaining IPv4 addresses in North America

July 21, 2015

The Register reports that North America is down to its last few thousand IPv4 addresses.

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New Docker containers are not just a toy

July 20, 2015

Imagine having a fully-functional Lego-sized data center on your desk. Sounds pretty cool?

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Flash is not taking over the world

July 6, 2015


Computerworld's Lucas Mearian reports that hard drives will remain the dominant mass storage device in laptops and desktops for years to come. 

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Teaspoon-sized DNA storage can fit all the world's data

June 22, 2015


The human species may face extinction someday but all of our data could live on in DNA storage. Scientists say all the world's data can fit on a DNA hard drive the size of a teaspoon.

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Nanterro emerges from stealth | RayOnStorage

June 5, 2015


Nanterro came out of stealth this week and announced it has been developing a new form of non-volatile RAM (NRAM) based on Carbon Nanotubes (CNT). 

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Cloud Resistance

June 4, 2015


The Cloud is facing resistance or failing in many organizations. John Mathon dissects the problems and suggests 5 steps to start using the Cloud today.

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What hard drive is best?

May 29, 2015


Backblaze put hard drives to ultimate test and, lucky you, they're sharing their latest reliability stats.

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Buying An Average HDD | Forbes

May 29, 2015


New types of disk drives are shaping up to handle new types of applications and workloads.

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What We Are Seeing

3 Data Facts About the 2017 Solar Eclipse

August 22, 2017

Gazing at the slowly disappearing sun through my protective eclipse glasses, I was filled with wonder during the total solar eclipse on August 21. The Great American Eclipse was a scientific marvel and an awe-inspiring sight.

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Scale-Out Architecture: What Scales, What Doesn’t & How to Tell the Difference

August 8, 2017

Bottleneck elimination. Seamless horizontal scalability. Cost predictability. Capacity without logical limits. Forklift upgrade avoidance. IT professionals offer different takes on the benefits of scale-out architecture.

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High-frequency Trading Firm Yields High-flying Results with Igneous Solutions

July 11, 2017

One less thing to worry about. That’s one of the most satisfying gifts you can give a busy IT manager, says Igneous Systems Field Product Engineer Andy Pernsteiner.

It’s a gift he’s been excited to offer one of our most longstanding customers – a New York City-based high-frequency trading company. While most of our customers make the Fortune 500, some smaller companies face similar infrastructure challenges and can benefit from an Igneous secondary storage solution.

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#LocalData: Six Months Later

June 27, 2017

Happy summer! It’s hard to believe that six months have passed since our first CrowdChat on #LocalData. Since we’re just as passionate about hybrid cloud as ever, we revisited old questions and asked new ones for last week’s CrowdChat.

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Themes from GeekWire’s Cloud Tech Summit

June 10, 2017

GeekWire’s inaugural Cloud Tech Summit was June 7. With headliners including Scott Guthrie of Microsoft Azure and Joe Beda of Heptio, the summit drew more than 600 attendees to Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Washington.

The summit showcased cloud trends and ideas, including the latest developments in containers, serverless computing, machine learning, microservices and DevOps.  We encourage you to head on over to GeekWire for full coverage of the day, including transcripts.

Steve Pao and I were lucky enough to spend the day absorbing information. I spent the afternoon at the Business track.  Here are a few recurring themes from the day.

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Are Data Backups Broken?

April 27, 2017

Multimedia data. Electronic health records. Cryo-electron microscope data. Machine images. Sensor data. Participants in the April 12 “Overcoming Backup Challenges” CrowdChat conversation say they deal with many different types of unstructured data. 

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3 Challenges of Storing Billions of Files Beyond Big Data

March 6, 2017

Big data? Make that massive data. 

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Addressing Storage Challenges with Scott Sinclair of ESG

December 30, 2016

Highlights from Webinar featuring Scott Sinclair, Senior Analyst with ESG, a leading IT analyst firm, on addressing storage challenges. Topics include the growth in data, modern data management strategies (including cloud, software-defined storage, and object storage), and the need for a new architecture.

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Our second Crowdchat #LocalData - Hybrid Clouds

December 14, 2016

Following up on our first Crowdchat #LocalData, we decided to hold another one, this time on Hybrid Clouds.


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Thoughts from AWS Re:Invent 2016

December 5, 2016

Perspectives on hybrid cloud for large, unstuctured data that we share with Amazon, plus some differences in opinion informed by our customers.
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Our first Crowdchat #LocalData

November 14, 2016

In the spirit of reaching out beyond our own posts, we held a Crowdchat featuring industry veterans from leading analyst firms, service providers, and practioners as they talked through what's behind #LocalData that can't or won't move to the public cloud.
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Thoughts from Gartner Symposium 2016

October 27, 2016

#GartnerSYMI attended Gartner Symposium the week after our company emerged from stealth. We spent three years focused on R&D and servicing our pre-launch customers, so we wanted to ensure that our focused mission was still resonating with broader discussions happening at the CIO and senior IT executive levels. The good news is that we believe our timing is even better now than it was three years ago when we started!

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