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.
At least four different kinds of data protection appliances (DPAs) exist, with even more “flavor” categories still on the horizon. Some DPAs are meant to be turnkey solutions for providing business and recovery agility. Others are meant to radically improve the efficiency of protection processes that an organization already has in place. All four types have relevance in today’s IT landscape … but there’s an art to figuring out which type is going to be best-suited to satisfying a particular organization’s protection goals.
ESG surveyed 375 North American IT professionals representing midmarket (100 to 999 employees) and enterprise- class (1,000 employees or more) organizations in order 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. All respondents were responsible for and/or familiar with their organization’s data protection infrastructure, processes, and strategy, and were required to have purchase decision authority or influence.
It's taken me a while to catch up after VMworld, but I did want to share some observations on what was interesting at the show from a data protection perspective. Thankfully, nearly gone are the days of asking “How do I get a good backup of my VMs?”
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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