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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.

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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2017 Data Protection Predictions (Video)

Posted: January 10, 2017   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Backup, data protection, disaster recovery, Hybrid, tape, Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS)

predictions.jpgWe’re already into 2017, so here are three topics that really ought to be reconsidered and/or focused on in order to ensure that as you modernize production, your protection strategies are up to the tasks at hand:

Cloud – While many organizations continue to investigate where cloud will fit within their data protection strategy, it is NOT inevitable that all things go cloudy. In addition, there isn’t one kind of cloud service that applies to data protection, nor is there a defacto scenario that universally screams “use the cloud, dangit!” (other than endpoints).

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New Blog on Fiduciary Class Data Recovery

Posted: November 03, 2016   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: data protection, fiduciary class data recovery, backup and recovery

data recovery.jpgCheck out this new blog post that I co-wrote with Mark Peters in which we lay out our ideas about a new data protection requirement: fiduciary class data recovery.

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Wrap-Up on Backup from Microsoft Ignite (with Video)

Posted: September 30, 2016   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Microsoft, Backup, Windows, Microsoft Ignite

data_backup.jpgAs ESG often tries to do, here is a short summary video of ESG’s impressions from a major industry event – Microsoft Ignite, held in Atlanta over September 26-29, 2016 – from a backup perspective.

In the video, I suggested that Microsoft is a leader in Windows data protection. Certainly, this is not to disparage the many Microsoft partners that have built whole companies and product lines around data protection. And from a revenue perspective, their backup offerings wouldn’t register at all.  But …

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New Veritas = New Vision

Posted: September 15, 2016   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: data protection, Veritas, data mangement, information governance

Veritas-Vision-Bands.jpgThis week, the newly unencumbered Veritas (from Symantec) relaunched its premier user event – Veritas Vision. There was a palpable energy that resonated around “we’re back and ready to resume our leadership mantle,” starting with an impressive day one from main stage:

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Is Your Data Protection Strategy Suffering a Civil War?

Posted: September 13, 2016   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: data protection

I am a huge fan of the Marvel movies. Each of the individual hero movies has done an awesome job contributing to the greater albeit fictional universe. Each of the heroes has their unique role to play within the Avengers team. And yet, in the latest movie that released on Blu-Ray today, it appears as if this colorful array of heroes is divided.  They have similar goals, but what seems to be opposing methods that put them at odds with each other. Data protection can have similar contradictions.

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Why you still need backup … and beyond

Posted: August 12, 2016   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Backup, data protection, CommVault

The foundation of any data protection, preservation, and availability strategy is grounded in “backup,” period. Yes, a majority of organizations supplement backups with snapshots, or replicas, or archives, as shown in what ESG refers to as the Data Protection Spectrum:


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The gold standard for data protection keeps evolving

Posted: July 20, 2016   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Snapshots, Replication, data protection, SaaS, Virtualization, backup-to-cloud, backup-to-tape

gold standardYes, of course, data protection has to evolve to keep up with how production platforms are evolving, but I would offer that the presumptive ‘gold standard’ for what is the norm for those on the front lines of proactive data protection is evolving in at least three different directions at the same time. 

Here is a 3-minute video on what we are seeing and what you should be thinking about as the evolutions continue.

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