Jason Buffington

Principal Analyst

  • Blogs
    Feb 2, 2016

    The first thing to agree on in data protection modernization

    There truly is only one argument that really does require definitive alignment and consensus on when discussing data protection modernization: “what are we solving for?” But as it turns out, even that simple question is often in stark disagreement, depending on who you talk to in the organization between IT professionals responsible for data protection, IT professionals responsible for production workloads, and IT and corporate leadership executives.

  • briefs
    Feb 1, 2016

    Data Protection Considerations for Converged and Hyperconverged Systems

    “When you modernize production, you must modernize protection.” That claim is true in most IT transformational discussions. But it’s especially true when you’re trying to determine how your data protection strategies and methods should evolve as you embrace converged and hyperconverged (C/HC) systems.

  • video
    Jan 25, 2016

    ESG 360: ESG 2016 Predictions - Data Protection

    ESG VP of Research John McKnight and Principal Analyst Jason Buffington discuss Jason's 2016 predictions for the Data Protection segment.

  • Blogs
    Jan 21, 2016

    Data Protection Predictions for 2016

    'Tis the time of year to re-think how you did things before and what you might want to do differently in the future - in life, in IT and in Data Protection. To help you with those considerations, I'd like to share a short video on what we expect the more interesting trends will be in Data Protection in 2016.

  • briefs
    Jan 12, 2016

    Plan for Hybrid Data Protection Media

    Primary and secondary storage requirements are growing at around 40% year over year, which can make a “disk-only” protection strategy economically unfeasible these days. For that reason, just as you should plan for a hybrid approach to data protection that includes backup, archiving, snapshots, and replication—you should also plan for a hybrid data protection media strategy. 


  • Blogs
    Jan 12, 2016

    Plan for Hybrid Data Protection Media in 2016

    More and more folks are first protecting their data (backups, archives, etc.) to disk — for several good reasons, including SLAs for data retrieval/restoration/recovery, deduplication efficiencies, etc. But as definitively as disk is the preferred “protection storage” as a second tier, the third tier is far less defined.

  • Blogs
    Jan 5, 2016

    New Year’s Resolution – Talk to More People about Data Protection

    For 2016, one of my hopes for IT professionals is that you’ll talk with a wider variety of stakeholders within your organizations about data protection and the myriad methods for data retention and recovery that should be part of one holistic strategy in ensuring the protection and preservation of corporate data, regardless of where the data resides or who manages it.

  • Blogs
    Nov 17, 2015

    The Decentralization of Data Protection Continues

    For the past few years, we’ve continued to watch workload-administrators and IT Operations folks raise their influence in regard to which data protection product(s) are in use today. It’s actually quite reasonable: those IT professionals are responsible for the usability of their platforms and have unique understandings of how and which data should be protected – so their opinions matter!

  • Blogs
    Nov 2, 2015

    Wrap-up on Backup from VeeamON 2015 (Video)

    If your Director of IT came and told you that you needed to "Look for a backup/replication product that was built-for VMs," you’d obviously look at Veeam. But what if your Director of IT asked you for ‘more’...
  • News
    Oct 29, 2015

    Veeam Plans New Portal To Ease DRaaS Rollouts for Partners - Redmond Channel Partner

  • esg video capsules
    Oct 23, 2015

    ESG Video Capsule: Initial Takeaways from the Dell-EMC Merger - Data Protection

    In this ESG Video Capsule, ESG Senior Analyst Jason Buffington provides his initial impressions from the Dell-EMC merger, and its impact on the Data Protection segment.  

  • Blogs
    Oct 21, 2015

    More data protection thoughts on Dell and EMC [video]

    Last week, I blogged on the combined Data Protection portfolios of Dell and EMC.

  • Blogs
    Oct 19, 2015

    Your Data Is a Strategic Asset – Treat It That Way!

    Improving data backup and recovery was the second most commonly cited IT priority for 2015 among respondents surveyed by ESG for its 2015 IT spending intentions report.

  • Blogs
    Oct 15, 2015

    Wrap-up on Backup from NetApp Insight 2015 (Video)

    Candidly, whenever I spend a good bit of time looking closely at the breadth of NetApp data protection capabilities, I usually leave with the same two impressions...
  • Blogs
    Oct 12, 2015

    Data Protection in a Dell-plus-EMC World

    Earlier today, Dell announced it was acquiring EMC. While there is still much to be decided and most of this will not substantively occur until mid-2016, the scenario raises several interesting ramifications regarding data protection as each of the vendors already had an interesting road ahead into next year.

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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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