Jason Buffington

Senior Analyst

  • Blogs
    Apr 24, 2015

    Video Series on Data Protection Appliances – Part 1, Backup Appliances

    In March 2015, ESG published its research report on the Shift toward Data Protection Appliances. In ESG’s taxonomy, there are four types of DPAs in market today. For the next four Fridays, I’ll be releasing videos (about 4 minutes long each), detailing why each type of DPA is interesting, current and anticipated usage trends, etc. Why Fridays? Because Fridays deserve something easy, and DPAs offer all kinds of easy.
  • News
    Apr 16, 2015

    Crossroads Systems boosts StrongBox DR failover to tape - TechTarget

  • research reports
    Mar 31, 2015

    The Shift Toward Data Protection Appliances

    In order to accurately assess organizations’ preferences toward data protection appliances—those devices (physical or virtual) that were specifically designed to deliver or enhance data protection scenarios—ESG surveyed 299 IT professionals representing midmarket organizations (defined as organizations with 100 to 999 employees) and enterprise-class organizations (defined as organizations with 1,000 or more employees) in North America. All respondents were responsible for data protection technology purchase decisions at their organizations.

  • Blogs
    Mar 31, 2015

    World Backup Day

    Every day should be Backup Day, just like every day should be Mothers’ Day. Yes, there is one day per year when we absolutely have to say “thank you” to our moms, but they’ve done so much for us that we really should be that thankful and sentimental with them every day. Similarly, while our data protection infrastructure yields a variety of benefits for us throughout the year, Backup Day is our one day to be especially mindful of it – though in reality, many of us don’t even think about the big picture around backups even once per year. We only think of backups when A) something breaks or B) something new comes in that the old backup solution won’t cover.

  • briefs
    Mar 25, 2015

    You Must Modernize Protection When You Modernize Production

    Two particularly interesting data points from ESG’s 2015 IT Spending Intentions Survey tell a story that is grounded in two important realities related to what is driving data protection modernization.

  • News
    Mar 25, 2015

    Acronis Introduces Disaster Recovery as a Service - Cloudwards

  • Blogs
    Mar 20, 2015

    Why Google Cloud Storage Nearline is Super Interesting for Data Protection

    You can’t have a conversation about IT transformation or data protection modernization that doesn’t include “the cloud” somewhere in it. And today, there are a wide range of cloud services that offer data protection capabilities...
  • Blogs
    Mar 6, 2015

    A Few of the Backup Appliances Examined by ESG Lab

    This week, I offered some perspectives on What Makes a Good Backup Appliance, and I'd like to offer some further perspective on these types of products.

  • Blogs
    Mar 5, 2015

    What Makes a Good Backup Appliance - Part 3 of 3

    In my earlier posts from this series, I discussed adoption rates and rationales for purpose-built backup appliances (PBBAs) over do-it-yourself (DIY) backup servers and then explored some top-level DIY vs PBBA determinants and non-determinants.

  • Blogs
    Mar 4, 2015

    What Makes a Good Backup Appliance - Part 2 of 3

    In my earlier post about the characteristics of good backup appliances, I discussed the increasing usage rates of purpose-built backup appliances (PBBAs) by those organizations that embrace them. But after listening to several sessions at IBM Interconnect last week, including discussing our upcoming research report on data protection appliances (DPAs), I started thinking about, what makes up a good backup appliance over simply installing backup software onto a physical server?

  • Blogs
    Mar 3, 2015

    What Makes a Good Backup Appliance - Part 1 of 3

    In general, I am a fan of data protection appliances (DPAs), noting that purpose-built backup appliances (PBBAs) are just one of four categories of DPAs that are in market today.

  • Blogs
    Feb 25, 2015

    What’s New in Data Protection from IBM Interconnect 2015

    Every time that I take a close look at IBM’s data protection portfolio, veiled under its storage solutions umbrella, I am happily surprised by the technology—and my guess is that you would be too.
  • research reports
    Feb 23, 2015

    Data Protection Personas and Methods

    In order to gauge “who is choosing what and how?” when it comes to modern data protection tools, ESG surveyed 305 IT professionals responsible for and/or familiar with their organization’s data protection infrastructure, processes, and strategy, representing large midmarket organizations (defined as organizations with 500 to 999 employees) and enterprise-class (defined as organizations with 1,000 employees or more) organizations in North America. All respondents were required to have purchase decision authority or influence. The goal of the research was to explore the business and IT requirements driving modern data protection strategies, the influencers and stakeholders within their organizations, and the implementation details of their existing and preferred data protection strategies.

  • Blogs
    Feb 13, 2015

    Why Copy Data Management Matters

    In ESG’s Archive & Backup Convergence research, we found that a majority of IT organizations are either using or looking at solutions that managed the “copy data” within their environment:
  • Blogs
    Feb 10, 2015

    The Challenges and Benefits of Virtualization Protection

    Last week, my article in Windows IT Pro on “Virtualize Everything” stimulated a rather wide range of banter:

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Jason Buffington focuses primarily on data protection, along with Windows Server infrastructure, management and virtualization. He has concentrated on data protection and availability technologies since 1989 and has been a Certified Business Continuity Planner (CBCP), a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and Trainer (MSCE/MCT), and a Microsoft MVP in file system and storage solutions.

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