I'd like to say that I am not knocking Retrospect in the very least. 
This discussion on compression started by a feature suggestion. 
Retrospect is the best backup software on the market.  I say that 
without hesitation because our department has tried at least 2 others 
and they quite frankly suck in comparison.

My suggestion was _not_ to add software compression and get rid of no 
compression, 2:1, or hardware compression options.

My suggestion was to add a feature that allowed greater compression 
at the cost of speed, but allow people to have a choice.

I am very familiar with how modem compression, network compression, 
and file compression works.  When I was going through school, one of 
our projects was to write a compression algorythem and compress a 
file (yes, it was a text file) the best we could.  With my limited 
math background, I was only able to achieve compression down to 64% 
of the original size of that file.  Another person in the class was 
able to get 48% on the same file.  That was 16 years ago!

The reason I brought up modem and network compression is that those 
two are streaming compressions.  They take small chunks of data and 
compress them.  Achieving at best 4:1 compression, but more like 2:1 
on average.  While this is not an ideal compression scheme for 
backups, it is something to build on.  At the same time, I just don't 
think that Dantz needs to put that much effort into it when there are 
companies out there that already do compression.

I am surprised at the number of "Don't change the product at all" 
message this is generating.   I mean, why not have the option? 
Putting a 4 cylinder engine in that car will save gas, but I lose the 
speed of the V6.  Let's not give people the option of putting a 4 
cylinder engine in there.


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