The 5 Cs of data protection

Data management — not data protection — is the future.

We are already seeing the shift in many organizations where there are fewer dedicated ‘backup administrators’ and more diversified workload/platform owners (DBAs, vAdmins, File/Storage admins, IT operations, etc.) defining backup jobs or invoking restores, coupled with infrastructure that truly has data protection “built in.”

With so much revolution (not just evolution) happening in data protection, it is easy to imagine a future where folks care less about which repositories or data protection methods (backups, snapshots, replicas) are in use – and more about:

  1. How many copies do I need?
  2. How long do I need which versions?
  3. Where do they need to be to satisfy my SLAs?
Topics: Backup Snapshots Replication Data Protection BCDR CDM Copy Data Management

VMware DRaaS Announcements are a Good Thing!

Today, VMware announced enhancements to both its vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM) and vCloud Air Disaster Recovery. In both cases, VMware is essentially asking, “Why just BaaS when you can DRaaS?” 

Topics: Jason Buffington VMworld disaster recovery BCDR BC/DR (business continuity/disaster recovery) VMworld 2015

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

The 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.”

Topics: Data Protection PBBA DPA business continuity disaster recovery BCDR DRaaS BC/DR (business continuity/disaster recovery) High Availability data protection appliances backup-to-cloud

Hyperconverged Infrastructure for BC/DR using EVO Rail

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.

Topics: Data Protection VMware BCDR DRaaS BC/DR (business continuity/disaster recovery) backup & recovery

A Replication Feature is NOT a Disaster Recovery Plan

A few years ago, I blogged that “your-replication-is-not-my-disaster-recovery/index.html" target="_blank" title="Jason's previous blog post on "Replication vs. Disaster Recovery"">Your Replication is not my Disaster Recovery” where I lamented that real BC/DR is much more about people/process than it is about technology.

To be clear, I am not bashing replication technologies or the marketing folks at those vendors … because without your data, you don’t have BC/DR, you have people looking for jobs.

Topics: Data Protection JBuff Information and Risk Management Jason Buffington business continuity disaster recovery BCDR

vBlog: How to Ensure the Availability of the Modern Data Center

When you really boil down the core of IT -- it's to deliver the services and access to data that the business requires. That includes understanding the needs of the business, its dependencies on things like its data, and then ensuring the availability of that data.

Topics: Backup Snapshots Replication Data Protection JBuff VMware Information and Risk Management Jason Buffington Virtualization BCDR HyperV

New Math: Virtualization plus DPaaS = BC/DR!

Maybe that is overly-simplified, but not by much. Virtualization makes servers (and their associated storage) portable, while Data Protection Services provide alternate locations and expertise that many organizations of all sizes have been desperate for.

Topics: Data Protection Information and Risk Management Jason Buffington business continuity disaster recovery BCDR

The Spectrum of Data Protection

It is interesting to me how marketing folks and technical purists banter IT terms around in hopes of sounding fresh and compelling to their customers. While “backup” is often thought of as passé or the bane of IT operations, “data protection” is perceived as more strategic, with other lofty terms such as “business continuity” and “information management” being thrown around as adjuncts. And that doesn’t include some of the classic debates, such as snapshots-vs-backups-a-great-debate-no-longer/index.html" target="_blank">Snapshots versus Backups … or Disk vs. Tape.

A few years ago, I wrote the book “Data Protection for Virtual Data Centers,” where the first chapter described the Landscape of Data Protection, as a range of methods that could be categorized by RTO and implementation layer, with a key focus being the differentiation of solutions focused on Availability of data versus Protection of data:

Topics: Backup Replication Data Protection Information and Risk Management Jason Buffington business continuity disaster recovery BCDR

New Insights on the Trends for Protecting Highly Virtualized Environments

Easily one of the most revolutionary changes to IT over the past few years has been server virtualization.

Topics: Cloud Computing Backup IT Infrastructure Data Protection VMware Private Cloud Infrastructure Information and Risk Management Compute BCDR Hyper-V

vBlog: Regulatory Compliance vs Operational Readiness (part 4 of 4): Government CO-OP

This month, I am taking a look at the differences between ‘Regulatory Compliance’ and ‘Operational Readiness’ through a series of videos.

Regulatory Compliance

The efforts to check the boxes before audits – often mandated by an industry (e.g. HIPAA), corporate (SOX) or legal (DOD 5.015.2-STD).

Operational Readiness

The IT efforts to ensure that key IT systems and data are resilient through high availability (HA), disaster recovery (DR) or business continuity (BC) technologies and services.

vblog-regulatory-compliance-vs-operational-readiness-part-1-of-4/index.html" target="_blank">First, I did an overview of the dichotomy between regulatory compliance and operational readiness (BC/DR/HA).

Then, I looked at regulations that affect vblog-regulatory-compliance-vs-operational-readiness-part-2-of-4-for-public-companies-and-financial-institutions-through-sarbanes-oxley-sox/index.html" target="_blank">US financial institutions (SEC) and publicly-held companies (SOX).

Last week, we looked at vblog-regulatory-compliance-vs-operational-readiness-part-3-of-4-hipaa/index.html">healthcare organizations and their regulatory mandates in HIPAA.

This week, we'll finish the series by looking at Continuity of Operations (CO-OP) mandates for Government agencies.

Week 4: Government agencies and contractors

I hope that you enjoyed the series -- and found value in the information. What should my next series be?

Thanks for watching.

Topics: Data Protection Information and Risk Management Jason Buffington business continuity disaster recovery BCDR regulatory compliance