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Welcome Back, Veritas! The Truth Is Still the Truth

Posted: January 28, 2015   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Data Protection, Symantec, NetBackup, Backup Exec, backup & recovery, Veritas

Today, Symantec announced that the Information Management (Data Protection) side of Symantec will be called Veritas Technologies Corporation (press release). Frankly, if they had chosen anything else, I would have been disappointed.

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Why Change Control Matters: What Not To Do in E-mail Protection – part 2 of 5 (Tuesday)

Posted: December 09, 2014   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Data Protection, Archiving, backup & recovery

All this week, I am dissecting an IT horror story from a friend of mine, whose IT team turned on archaic archiving for their cloud-based mail service … and hopefully gleaning lessons from it.

Change control” is a very lofty term that makes most IT folks roll their eyes:

  • Some think about how change control slows down the IT changes that they want to make.
  • Others recall when someone didn’t do change control—and that person and the organization paid for it.
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What Not To Do in E-mail Protection – part 1 of 5 (Monday)

Posted: December 08, 2014   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Data Protection, Archiving, backup & recovery

John (not his real name) logged in Monday morning to find that several of his mail folders had far less stuff in them. In fact, in very small font, he discovered his Outlook now showing “Global Retention Policy = 6 months” … and yes, everything older than six months was now in a very archaic e-mail archiving service that was long since presumed retired.

To be clear, I am a fan of archiving, when done properly—and am against any IT process that isn’t.

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Hyperconverged Infrastructure for BC/DR using EVO Rail

Posted: November 25, 2014   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Data Protection, VMware, BCDR, DRaaS, BC/DR (business continuity/disaster recovery), backup & recovery

Shortly after VMware announced its EVO Rail initiative, whereby hardware partners could start delivering a very dense compute, storage, and networking solution within a wholly-contained appliance – I started exploring the data protection aspects of an EVO Rail solution.  The nice folks in ESG’s video studio have produced a whole series on this … in two-minute increments.

In the earlier video capsules, we looked at the protection of EVO Rail systems in production.  For part 6 in the series, let’s look at EVO RAIL as perhaps the ideal BC/DR infrastructure.

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Backup AND RECOVERY for the Little Guy

Posted: November 21, 2014   /   By: Mike Leone   /   Tags: Data Protection, Dell, disaster recovery, ESG Lab, backup & recovery

Let’s face it, tools for backing up your data have become ubiquitous. Everyone can do it. It provides peace of mind, especially for small businesses (think law or a doctor’s office) who don’t have IT pros on staff. “All my data is backed up somewhere so if something bad happens, I’m covered.” Unfortunately backup is only a piece of the data protection puzzle. How do you get the backed up data back into production if something goes wrong? How long will it take to get up and running again? And the killer question: How will it impact my small business if it takes a long time to recover? Recovery is just as important as backup, and probably MORE important.

Dell is concentrating on just that for small businesses. It’s not just about backup. It’s about guaranteeing application uptime through various recovery options. And replication for disaster recovery. And archiving to the cloud. And keeping costs down. And making it dead simple for anybody to set up and manage a data protection solution. The Dell DL1000 Backup and Recovery Appliance is designed for smaller organizations to address their data protection concerns. It has a compact, lightweight design, runs quietly, cools easily, and won’t consume lots of power. And it comes packaged with Dell AppAssure software, which provides protection for local servers through incremental snapshotting.

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