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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.

Midyear Check-in on Data Protection Initiatives in 2017 (Animated Infographic)

Posted: July 17, 2017   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Backup, Data Protection, BC/DR (business continuity/disaster recovery)

DP_Infographic.jpgAt the halfway point in 2017, it seems appropriate to revisit the continued momentum around investing in better, more agile, more reliable, likely cloud-enhanced data protection. Early each year, ESG publishes its IT Spending Intentions report, where we look at where organizations are intending to invest their budgets. 

In each of the six years that I have been at ESG, “Data Protection” in one or more forms is among the top of one or more priority lists. 

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Long Term Data Retention is Evolving – Are You? (Video)

Posted: July 10, 2017   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Data Protection, Data Management, Archiving, Copy Data Management, Long-Term Data Retention

JBuff_LTRS.jpgIt seems like every few months, a new regulation or mandate pops up to remind people to 1) keep their data longer and/or 2) delete it as soon as necessary. Those two edicts are not contrary to each other as long as you do them in that sequence; first, understand your retention requirements and then delete data beyond that retention date. But there is sooooo much more to it than that, since not all data has the same regulatory or operational retention benefits or requirements. 

If you haven’t seen it already, please check out my earlier vBlog on “The Good, Better, Best of Data Management

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WHAT Products or Services Might you Consider when Using Clouds Within your Data Protection Strategy – Part 4 in Series

Posted: June 28, 2017   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Data Protection, BaaS, DRaaS

cloud_in_hand.jpgEach Wednesday in June, I explored an aspect of utilizing cloud services as part of your data protection strategy through a series of videos and blogs – based on ESG’s Data Protection Cloud Strategies research report.

Part 1 – WHY use clouds as part of your data protection strategyJune 7

Part 2 – WHICH clouds to use within your data protection strategyJune 14  

Part 3 – HOW to ensure security when using clouds within your data protection strategyJune 21

Part 4 – WHAT products or services might you consider when using clouds within your data protection strategy … June 28

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HOW to Ensure Security when Using Clouds Within your Data Protection Strategy – Part 3 in Series (Video)

Posted: June 21, 2017   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Data Protection, DRaaS, Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS)

JBuff_Cloud_Data_Protection.jpgEach Wednesday in June, I’ll be exploring an aspect of this through a series of videos and blogs – based on ESG’s Data Protection Cloud Strategies research report

Part 1 – WHY use clouds as part of your data protection strategyJune 7 

Part 2 – WHICH clouds to use within your data protection strategyJune 14 

Part 3 – HOW to ensure security when using clouds within your data protection strategy … June 21

Part 4 – WHAT products or services might you consider when using clouds within your data protection strategy … June 28

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WHICH Clouds to Use Within your Data Protection Strategy – Part 2 in Series

Posted: June 14, 2017   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Data Protection, DRaaS, Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS)

JBuff_Cloud_Data_Protection.jpgEach Wednesday in June, I’ll be exploring an aspect of this through a series of videos and blogs – based on ESG’s Data Protection Cloud Strategies research report. 

Part 1 – WHY use clouds as part of your data protection strategyJune 7  

Part 2 – WHICH clouds to use within your data protection strategy … June 14

Part 3 – HOW to ensure security when using clouds within your data protection strategy … June 21

Part 4 – WHAT products or services might you consider when using clouds within your data protection strategy … June 28

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WHY Use Clouds as Part of your Data Protection Strategy – Part 1 in Series (Video)

Posted: June 07, 2017   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Data Protection, cloud storage, DRaaS, Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS)

IJBuff_Cloud_Data_Protection.jpgt’s impossible to have an IT-, business-, or digital-transformation discussion without considering cloud services as part of your strategy; and certainly that is true for data protection endeavors.  So each Wednesday in June, I’ll be exploring an aspect of this through a series of videos and blogs – based on ESG's Data Protection Cloud Strategies Research Report. 

Part 1 – WHY use clouds as part of your data protection strategy … June 7

Part 2 – WHICH clouds to use within your data protection strategy … June 14

Part 3 – HOW to ensure security when using clouds within your data protection strategy … June 21

Part 4 – WHAT products or services might you consider when using clouds within your data protection strategy … June 28

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Thank You, Analyst Relations

Posted: May 24, 2017   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Analyst Relations

analyst-relations.jpgI’ve had the honor to participate in three very different events in the last three weeks. Each gave me the opportunity to serve, share ideas, and hopefully contribute value to the attendees. If you’d like to read more about the events, check out these blog posts:

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Wrap-up on Backup from VeeamON 2017

Posted: May 22, 2017   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Data Protection, Veeam, High Availability, Copy Data Management, VeeamOn 2017

data-backup.jpgLast week, I sat down with the folks at The Cube at VeeamON 2017 to talk about a range of topics including Veeam, the evolutions in the broader data protection market, and more.
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Wrap-Up on Backup – from Dell EMC World 2017

Posted: May 16, 2017   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Data Domain, integrated infrastructure, data protection appliances, Dell EMC World

I had pre-blogged before this event about looking for the unified narrative that knits together a breadth of DP products in a more focused way via the newly (re)formed Data Protection Division within the Dell EMC institution.  

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Wrap-up on Backup – from Veritas Sales Conference FY18

Posted: May 04, 2017   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Veritas

This week, I had the privilege of being part of Veritas’ global Sales Conference (VSC), which Veritas themed as ‘Right Now FY18.’  Much of my early career was in pre-sales engineering and field enablement, so I always enjoy “internal” conferences, as much if not more than “external” trade shows, because:

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