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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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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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Why BaaS when you can DRaaS?

Posted: May 24, 2016   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Data Protection, BaaS, DRaaS, BC/DR (business continuity/disaster recovery), Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS)

baas or draasThe question isn’t as simple as it might seem:

  • There are lots of great reasons to embrace modern Backup as a Service (BaaS) solutions, including governance, extended data preservation, IT oversight of endpoint and ROBO backups, etc.
  • There is also one overwhelmingly great reason to utilize Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) — enhanced availability of servers.

So, the question really is, can you gain a DRaaS outcome from a BaaS solution? And honestly, it isn’t just a cloud-consideration. You could just as easily ask, can you get BC/DR agility from a backup tool?

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Cloud-Powered Data Protection — Definitions and Clarifications

Posted: February 10, 2016   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Data Protection, Information and Risk Management, SaaS, IaaS, disaster recovery, BaaS, cloud-backup, cloud storage, DRaaS, software-as-a-service (SaaS), Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS)

We continue to see a great amount of interest in combining “data protection” and “the cloud” – but also a great deal of confusion, in that there isn’t such thing as “the cloud.”

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The first thing to agree on in data protection modernization

Posted: February 02, 2016   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Snapshots, Data Protection, Backups, Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS)

data protection debatesThere are many fundamental debates in data protection:

  • Disk vs. tape vs. cloud
  • Backups vs. snapshots vs. replication
  • Centralized backup of ROBO’s vs. autonomous backups vs. cloud-BaaS solutions
  • Unified data protection vs. workload-specific (e.g. VM/database) methods

On any given day, I could argue on either side of any one of them (for fun) in which I adamantly insist that these choices are not mutually exclusive nor definitively decidable with a unilateral best choice. Candidly, every one of those choices is best resolved somewhere with, “it depends”, and usually the right answer is, “and, not or.”

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Plan for Hybrid Data Protection Media in 2016

Posted: January 12, 2016   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: cloud, Data Protection, Jason Buffington, tape, Archiving, Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS)

hybrid data protection mediaMore and more folks are first protecting their data (backups, archives, etc.) to disk — for several good reasons, including SLAs for data retrieval/restoration/recovery, deduplication efficiencies, etc. But as definitively as disk is the preferred “protection storage” as a second tier, the third tier is far less defined.

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Your SaaS Application needs to be Backed Up!

Posted: May 14, 2015   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: SaaS, software-as-a-service (SaaS), Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS)

As I mentioned in my Data Protection Predictions for 2015 video, SaaS backup should be on the top of anyone's mind who is running for the clouds: namely Office 365, SalesForce, or GoogleApps. According to ESG’s 2015 IT Spending Intentions Survey's five-year outlook for SaaS, over half of IT organizations will move from on-premises Exchange servers and File/Collab platforms to cloud-based SaaS services, with many already on their way:

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