Jason Buffington

Senior Analyst

  • research reports
    Aug 28, 2015

    Trends in Protecting Virtualized Environments

    Virtualization, more specifically server virtualization, was pioneered by VMware and is now also offered through Microsoft Hyper-V, as well as open source and other mechanisms. Virtualization has truly changed how server infrastructure is delivered in a modern IT environment. As with any other fundamental IT transformation, when production resources are modernized, protection mechanisms must also evolve. As such, it is not surprising that increasing server virtualization usage and improving data backup and recovery have consistently been among the top five IT priorities for midmarket and enterprise organizations over the last several years, including 2015.

    In order to get a more in-depth perspective on the strategies and technologies IT organizations are employing to protect their virtualized infrastructures, ESG gathered the data presented in this report as part of a broader research effort covering general data protection trends.

  • News
    Aug 14, 2015

    Infrascale wants to limit disasters to 15 minutes of pain - TechTarget

  • Blogs
    Aug 6, 2015

    What I Want to Talk About at VMworld 2015

    In 2015, the question is no longer “Can I get a reliable backup of a VM?” With vStorage APIs for data protection (VADP) now being mature since 5.5, through 5.8 and up and coming in 6.0, shame on any backup solution that cannot reliably back up VMs using host-based APIs. Shame on vendors who only back up VMware and not Hyper-V with parity--but that is for a different blog, after VMworld. Today, here are the questions that folks should be asking on the topic of “How agile can my restore of those VMs be?”

  • News
    Jul 16, 2015

    Seagate’s Hybrid Cloud Backup Tools Increase Backup Speeds by 400% - Cloud Wedge

  • Blogs
    Jul 6, 2015

    Why is There So Much Desire to Change Data Protection Solutions?

    In a recent ESG research survey, respondents were asked “If they could start from scratch, what would they do from a data protection solution perspective?” with less than half of respondents stating that they would use their existing vendor/solution.

  • Blogs
    Jun 9, 2015

    Data Protection Perspectives from HP Discover 2015

    My colleague Mark Peters and I attended HP Discover 2015 last week to get an updated view of the storage and data protection innovations being announced at the event. What was heartening for me was that one of HP’s core four pillars was “Protect” where the new Hewlett Packard Enterprise company talks about its converged approach to information security and data protection (backup), which includes backup and archival software, as well as the HP StoreOnce deduplication storage solutions.

  • Blogs
    Jun 8, 2015

    Vendors Need to Rethink Their Channel Programs

    In recent ESG research on data protection personas, methods, and channels, ESG looked at ‘who’ is affecting data protection, including IT operations, DBAs, vAdmins, file/storage admins, non-technical stakeholders, and channel partners. While data protection has historically been very channel-driven, or at least channel-accelerated, recent data shows that there are disconnects between how IT decision makers use channel partners and how vendors hope that channel partners are being used (e.g., pre-sales advocates of their products/services).

  • briefs
    Jun 5, 2015

    Data Protection and Channel Readiness

    Evaluating and acquiring data protection technologies has historically been a channel-driven (or at least channel-accelerated) activity and means to market. But recent ESG research on role diversification within IT organizations revealed lackluster involvement by VARs and SIs in regard to data protection—and diminished confidence among end-user organizations in the ability of their VARs and SIs to discuss data protection alternatives meaningfully. This brief explores those sentiments and offers initial guidance on how data protection vendors can help their channel partners be more profitable and differentiable.

  • Blogs
    May 28, 2015

    Data Protection Perspectives from Dell Analyst Conference 2015

    Is 'Backup' a four-letter word at Dell? Maybe, depending on who you talk to. If you watched my video summary from Dell’s Analyst Conference in 2014, I was initially excited about their four pillar story being around three platforms [Transform], [Connect], and [Inform] being underpinned by [Protect] that are expanded as Security and Data Protection. That is especially poignant considering ESG’s 2015 IT Spending Intentions' top two priorities for organizations of all sizes is Information Security and Improve Data Backup and Recovery.

  • Blogs
    May 27, 2015

    NetApp Announces Next Gen Cloud Gateway for Data Protection in AltaVault

    This morning, NetApp announced AltaVault—the next iteration of what was Riverbed SteelStore, which was acquired in 2014.

  • Blogs
    May 22, 2015

    Dell Continues to Enhance its DR Deduplication and DL Backup Appliances

    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.

  • Blogs
    May 20, 2015

    A ‘File Server in the Cloud’ is hard to find!

    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.

  • Blogs
    May 18, 2015

    Where ‘Data Protection’ Fits among 2015 IT Spending Priorities (Video)

    Each year, ESG publishes its annual IT Spending Intentions report – and each year, I look at the research from a “Data Protection Guy’s” perspective. I've already shared my 2015 Data Protection Predictions that were in part based on that research, but my friends in the ESG video studio let me share my data protection interpretations of the IT Spending Intentions research itself.
  • Blogs
    May 15, 2015

    Video Series on Data Protection Appliances – Part 4, Failover BC/DR Appliances

    The last installment in our four-Friday video series, based on the recent ESG research report on the Shift toward Data Protection Appliances,

  • News
    May 15, 2015

    Unitrends Free backup appliance revived, with limitations - TechTarget

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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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