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Jason Buffington

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.

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: DRaaS, Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS), data protection

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: DRaaS, Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS), data protection

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: cloud storage, DRaaS, Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS), data protection

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: Veeam, Jason Buffington, 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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Looking Forward to Backing Up -- at Dell EMC World 2017

Posted: April 24, 2017   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: emc world, Copy Data Management, dell-emc, Dell EMC World, data protection

The Dell acquisition of EMC is complete.  Most of the leadership shifts and organizational realignments have happened.  The previously Dell Software data protection solution components have moved on under the Quest banner. In short, now that the dust has settled, Dell EMC’s data protection story is ready to move forward.

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The Good, Better, Best of Data Management (Video)

Posted: April 24, 2017   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Copy Data Management, data protection

 

Data Management, meaning the maturation of data protection and data preservation that adds contextual insight based on the data and the enablement of re-use of the data for other purposes, is a journey that all of us are on – whether we know it or not.

  • Maybe you’re just trying to get “good” data protection and retention.
  • Maybe you’ve got “good” but are looking for “better” (and smarter) data preservation.
  • Or maybe you’ve got or are working through “better” but want the “best” – whereby you are not only doing data protection and preservation, but are unlocking new business value and usage scenarios for your otherwise dormant data (BC/DR, reporting/analytics, DevOps enablement, etc.) through what many in the industry now call “Copy Data Management."

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Y Evolve Your Data Protection Strategy in 2017 (Video)

Posted: February 10, 2017   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Backup, data protection, BC/DR (business continuity/disaster recovery), High Availability, Copy Data Management, data mangement

Y2017.jpegToday’s message is brought to you by the letter “Y” and the numbers “1” and “7.”

Most data protection conversations are evolving from “backup” to “recovery” – and to do that, you need to evolve from simply using backup mechanisms to a combination of backups, snapshots, and replicas. And some vendors are there (YAY)!

But then, many vendors, and providers, and partners, and IT teams get stuck at a crossroads – where their data protection strategy must further evolve down one of two paths, with very few vendors able to offer journeys down both long and winding roads: Data Management & Data Availability.

Here is a short video on Y and how your data protection technologies must evolve.

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