Kerry Dolan

Lab Analyst

  • lab reports
    Jan 16, 2015

    EMC Data Protection Suite for File Applications

    Flexible, Scalable Data Protection and Archiving for NAS Environments

    This ESG Lab Validation documents hands-on testing of the EMC Data Protection Suite for protecting NAS environments. Testing focused on the ability to streamline the backup and archiving processes using a suite of consolidated EMC tools including NetWorker, Avamar, Avamar NDMP Accelerator Node, SourceOne, and Data Domain systems.   

  • lab reports
    Nov 10, 2014

    ESG Lab Review: Protecting Virtual Environments with Symantec Backup Exec 2014

    This ESG Lab review documents hands-on testing of Symantec Backup Exec 2014, with a focus on ease of management and flexible recovery options for virtual machine backups.

  • lab reports
    Nov 4, 2014

    ESG Lab Review: ExaGrid-Veeam Accelerated Data Mover

    This ESG Lab review documents hands-on testing of the ExaGrid-Veeam Accelerated Data Mover, with particular focus on its ability to improve the performance and efficiency of both full and synthetic full backups.

  • Blogs
    Nov 4, 2014

    Why ExaGrid & Veeam are Rockin' VM Backup and Restore - and ROI

    Backup is the first line of defense, and if you’re like most organizations, you do some kind of backup daily, weekly, and monthly. To get the most out of your infrastructure and IT staff, you want to spend as little time and effort as possible on backup, but still be ready to restore fast.

  • lab reports
    Oct 6, 2014

    Next-generation IBM Storwize V7000 Disk System

    Extending Enterprise-class Services to Midrange Storage

    This report documents the results of ESG Lab hands-on testing of the IBM Storwize V7000 Midrange Disk System. It focuses on the powerful, enterprise-class features and functionality offered by the next-generation hardware platform including Real-time Compression with hardware acceleration, heterogeneous storage virtualization, tiering, capacity-efficient point-in-time snapshots, and unified storage capability.

  • lab reports
    Sep 3, 2014

    Symantec Backup Exec 3600 Appliance

    Evaluating the Out-of-the-box Experience

    This ESG Lab Validation report documents hands-on testing of the Symantec Backup Exec 3600 Appliance, which offers advanced data protection for virtual and physical environments. The report focuses on the out-of-the-box experience, ease of management, and cost effectiveness.

  • lab reports
    Jul 1, 2014

    ExaGrid with Veeam: Virtual Machine Backup without Compromise

    This ESG Lab review documents hands-on testing of the ExaGrid backup appliance using Veeam Backup & Replication software, and demonstrates the ability to execute Veeam Instant VM Recovery alongside ExaGrid’s capacity- and cost-saving deduplication.

  • lab reports
    Jun 2, 2014

    Symantec Backup Exec 2014

    Achieving Best Practices for Virtual Machine Backup and Recovery

    This ESG Lab Validation report documents hands-on testing of Symantec Backup Exec 2014. Testing focused on advanced virtual server data protection and how Backup Exec 2014 measures up against best practices in virtual data protection.

  • Blogs
    May 12, 2014

    EMC World 2014 – Initial ESG Analyst Impressions (Video)

    As usual ESG had a strong analyst representation at this year’s EMC World, held last week in Las Vegas. Watch this 6 minute video blog, to get a flavor of the event and to hear the key “takeaways” and initial high level insights from a broad spectrum of ESG experts – on the storage ‘beat,’ there’s Terri McClure and myself, for data protection there is Jason Buffington, and you can also see and hear from Kevin Rhone (channels/partners) and Kerry Dolan (ESG Lab).

  • lab reports
    May 12, 2014

    Enterprise-class Backup Performance with Dell DR6000

    This ESG Lab review documents hands-on testing and audits of Dell tests of the DR6000 purpose-built backup appliance. Testing was focused on the throughput performance and accelerated ingest.

  • lab reports
    May 8, 2014

    Fusion ioVDI and VMware Horizon View

    Reference Architecture for VDI

    This document outlines a tested reference architecture for ioVDI with VMware Horizon View desktop virtualization for organizations of all sizes. Included in this document are results of scalability, performance, and manageability tests that were validated by the ESG Lab.

  • lab reports
    Apr 11, 2014

    Fusion-io ioControl n5-SPX

    Optimizing SQL Server Clusters with End-to-end Flash Hybrid Storage

    This ESG Lab Validation report documents hands-on testing and validation of Fusion-io’s ioControl n5-SPX end-to-end flash hybrid storage solution. Testing was designed to confirm the ease of use, manageability, and performance benefits that can be achieved in a clustered Microsoft SQL Server environment with Fusion-io PCIe flash technology at both the storage array and server level.

  • lab reports
    Dec 9, 2013

    HP and Microsoft Serverquarium

    Private Cloud Solution for Virtualized Workloads

    Any organization interested in cloud computing expects to gain some kind of economic and agility benefits, but few truly understand the extent of what clouds can achieve. How many workloads can be consolidated on a single server? How complex can the workloads be?  How many VMs can run at the same time? How quickly can they expect to change direction? While there is plenty of hype, actual details are often fuzzy. At the 2013 Microsoft Management Summit (MMS), attendees had the chance to see a cloud deployment “in the flesh,” complete with real-time stats on its accomplishments.

  • lab reports
    Oct 17, 2013

    Lab Spotlight: DataStream 1000 from Coho Data

    Featuring Intel 910 Series PCIe SSDs

    This spotlight provides a brief overview of the recently announced DataStream 1000 based on a half day of remote ESG Lab analysis and testing via the Coho Data Sunnyvale, CA corporate facilities.

  • lab reports
    Oct 7, 2013

    Dell Integrated Data Protection: DR4100 with NetVault

    This ESG Lab Review documents hands-on testing of the Dell DR4100 disk-backup appliance with Dell NetVault Backup software. The paper details the end-user and business benefits that are realized when leveraging this combined solution, including the ease of use, performance, and capacity savings.

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Lab Analyst Kerry Dolan contributes to ESG’s independent, hands-on validations and analyses of emerging storage hardware and software products. Kerry brings more than 15 years of storage industry experience to her role. Prior to joining ESG, she spent 11 years as a technical marketing consultant in the storage industry, a natural offshoot from her years in product marketing at EMC Corporation. Kerry earned A.B. and Ed.M degrees from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. As an avid golfer, bird photographer, and classically trained soprano, Kerry has plenty to occupy her time outside of work.

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