The first thing to agree on in data protection modernization

There 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.”

Topics: Snapshots Data Protection Backups Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS)

vBlog: Every Data Protection Architecture should be "Hybrid"

Maybe not “every” – but certainly more than “most” – data protection architecture should be “hybrid,” meaning that it should include disk-, cloud-, and yes tape-based recovery components. Why? Because each has a legitimate set of use-case scenarios and attributes that lend each medium type to different data protection goals.

I previously blogged that every the-spectrum-of-data-protection/index.html" target="_blank">Data Protection Spectrum (strategy) should include a full range of colors (Backup, Snapshots, Archive, Replication, etc.), because each individual “color” has different and complementary recovery/retention characteristics.

Topics: Data Protection Information and Risk Management Jason Buffington Hybrid Backups

vBlog -- Using a Separate or Unified Solution for protecting VMs

As many in the IT industry are getting ready for VMworld, my mind always wanders back to what seems to be the perennial question – “Use a separate backup solution for protecting VMs … or a single solution for physical and virtual servers?”

It used to be that the Virtualization-specific solutions did an inarguably better job than the Unified players did, because they had done the extra effort to make up for insufficient backup APIs in the hypervisor(s). But those days are over. VMware vStorage APIs for data protection (VADP) and Microsoft Hyper-V’s Volume Shadow Copy Services (VSS) mechanisms ensure that every backup solution that wants to do a good job of protecting VMs can. That is NOT to say that all VM backup solutions are equal!! What it does mean is that “can I back up a VM?” is no longer the right question.

Topics: Microsoft IT Infrastructure Data Protection VMware Private Cloud Infrastructure Information and Risk Management Compute Jason Buffington Virtualization Video Backups Hyper-V