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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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Data Protection Predictions for 2016

Posted: January 21, 2016   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Data Protection, Virtualization, DRaaS, BC/DR (business continuity/disaster recovery), tape, Archiving, backup-to-cloud, VM-backup-recovery


'Tis the time of year to re-think how you did things before and what you might want to do differently in the future — in life, in IT and in Data Protection. To help you with those considerations, I'd like to share a short video on what we expect the more interesting trends will be in Data Protection in 2016.

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NetApp Announces Next Gen Cloud Gateway for Data Protection in AltaVault

Posted: May 27, 2015   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Netapp, Riverbed, Cloud Gateway, cloud storage, backup-to-cloud

CloudBackupThis morning, NetApp announced AltaVault—the next iteration of what was Riverbed SteelStore, which was acquired in 2014.

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Video Series on Data Protection Appliances – Part 4, Failover BC/DR Appliances

Posted: May 15, 2015   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Data Protection, PBBA, DPA, business continuity, disaster recovery, BCDR, DRaaS, BC/DR (business continuity/disaster recovery), High Availability, data protection appliances, backup-to-cloud

Data_Protection_AppliancesThe last installment in our four-Friday video series, based on the recent ESG research report on the Shift toward Data Protection Appliances,   

Part four covers what might be the most interesting, albeit nascent category – failover or BC/DR appliances. While the other three categories are predominantly based on or designed for the same “backup/restore” type methodology, BC/DR failover appliances are more often designed around a replication-centric data mover coupled with some hypervisor or compute-cloud means of “resuming services” instead of “restoring data.”

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CommVault’s Future Just Became ‘Cloudy’ – In a Good Way

Posted: May 13, 2015   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Data Protection, CommVault, disaster recovery, backup-to-cloud

cloud_in_handToday, CommVault announced four new offerings to take its Simpana platform to the clouds in two directions:

  • Backup to the Cloud – enhancing how the CommVault data protection platform can store data within public cloud storage from its Simpana software (via the new Cloud Replication option) or from a CommVault appliance (via the new Cloud Gateway add-on).
  • Leveraging the Cloud – enabling the VMs that have been protected to the cloud to be utilized for Disaster Recovery or Test/Dev purposes.
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Video Series on Data Protection Appliances – Part 3, Cloud Gateway Appliances

Posted: May 08, 2015   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Hybrid Cloud Storage, Data Protection, PBBA, DPA, Cloud Gateway, cloud storage, backup-to-disk, data protection appliances, backup-to-cloud

Data_Protection_AppliancesContinuing our four-Friday video series, based on the recent ESG research report on the Shift toward Data Protection Appliances,   

This installment covers cloud gateway appliances that are designed to be part of a data protection strategy. Early DP cloud gateways have a similar value-proposition as mainstream deduplication storage appliances in that they can be added to existing (or new) backup and archival infrastructures and automagically and radically reduce storage consumption through optimized protection storage. Typically, these gateways utilize a combination of fast local storage for immediate restores that then offloads previous versions and older copies to cloud-storage. 

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