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.
“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.
ESG VP of Research John McKnight and Principal Analyst Jason Buffington discuss Jason's 2016 predictions for the Data Protection segment.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Last week, I blogged on the combined Data Protection portfolios of Dell and EMC.
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.
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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