Earlier this month, Dell announced enhancements to its DR series of deduplication appliances. Deduplication appliances continue to be a common method of improving one’s overall data protection infrastructure since they can typically be added to whatever backup/archive software or method that you already have, while near immediately reducing the storage consumed in secondary copies.
This weekend, I decided to fully embrace the cloud by getting rid of my last "production IT resource" in my Dallas office—a file server. This is not complicated, right? It is currently a 2TB VM with less than a dozen file shares on it and serving 3-5 users with various permissions to the shares. That is a configuration that anyone who has ever spun up a copy of Windows Server OS could do in less than an hour—but can you do it in the cloud? Not as easily as you might think.
The last installment in our four-Friday video series, based on the recent ESG research report on the Shift toward Data Protection Appliances,
As I mentioned in my Data Protection Predictions for 2015 video, SaaS backup should be on the top of anyone's mind who is running for the clouds: namely Office 365, SalesForce, or GoogleApps. According to ESG’s 2015 IT Spending Intentions Survey's five-year outlook for SaaS, over half of IT organizations will move from on-premises Exchange servers and File/Collab platforms to cloud-based SaaS services, with many already on their way:
Today, at EMC World 2015, EMC announced a significant number of new offerings and updates; starting from their core technologies (storage) and then quite literally wrapping it with a layer of “Data Protection Everywhere.”
These days, stakeholders other than traditional backup admins influence (or even dictate) data protection decisions and operations. Often, the situation arises because “general-purpose IT pros” actually do the lion’s share of day-to-day data protection work. Clearly, therefore, communication and collaboration within the IT organization should be getting more attention. And IT vendors selling protection technologies should be expanding their outreach efforts beyond pitching their products to backup admins alone.
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.
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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