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Hyperconverged Systems Don't Preclude the Need for Data Protection (Video)

Posted: September 08, 2017   /   By: Terri McClure   /   Tags: Data Protection, Jason Buffington, Converged Infrastructure, HCI, hyperconverged infrastructure, VMworld 2017

Terri_Jason_VMworld.jpgAs I said in my pre-VMworld blog - I have a love/hate relationship with the conference. It didn't disappoint - it was a wild and crazy few days and a veritable who's who of the tech industry. There were plenty of announcements from VMware (most notably its efforts with AWS and Google, as well as vSAN momentum), partners like Pivot3 (new partner programs and NVMe-based solutions), Dell EMC (new VxRack and Rail solutions), Lenovo (ThinkAgile VX Series and cloud reference architecture) - I think I could go on with this list for a very long time!

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Wrap-up on Backup from VMworld US 2017

Posted: September 05, 2017   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Data Protection, VMworld, VM-backup-recovery, VMworld 2017

vmworld-2017-vid-ss.jpgVMworld is still “the place to be” for discussing data center modernization—and that means that there were several data protection vendors in attendance, each with something to say.

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Looking towards Data Management and Enablement in 2018 (Video)

Posted: August 28, 2017   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Data Protection, Copy Data Management, CDM-DME, Data Management & Enablement

JasonBCDM.jpgCopy Data Management (CDM) and all the permutations of “Copy” “Data” “Management” with or without additional terms like “Active” “Enterprise” “Virtualization,” etc., seems to be the rage these days. A few years ago, there was only one visionary company talking about CDM. Today, we see a range of vendors now claiming to be CDM, even when they don’t deliver the breadth of capabilities that the industry may have presumed CDM to be; and others who have been quietly delivering those capabilities and more, without the terminology (a.k.a. they were CDM before CDM was cool).

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Do you still need a VM-specific backup solution?

Posted: August 22, 2017   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Data Protection, VMworld, VM-backup-recovery, VMworld 2017

unified-vs-vmspecific-Shot.jpgProbably not … but not for the reasons that you think. As most folks are getting ready for VMworld next week, ESG has published a brief, Is a VM-specific Approach to Backup & Recovery Still Necessary in 2017?

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Midyear Check-in on Data Protection Initiatives in 2017 (Animated Infographic)

Posted: July 17, 2017   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Backup, Data Protection, BC/DR (business continuity/disaster recovery)

DP_Infographic.jpgAt the halfway point in 2017, it seems appropriate to revisit the continued momentum around investing in better, more agile, more reliable, likely cloud-enhanced data protection. Early each year, ESG publishes its IT Spending Intentions report, where we look at where organizations are intending to invest their budgets. 

In each of the six years that I have been at ESG, “Data Protection” in one or more forms is among the top of one or more priority lists. 

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Long Term Data Retention is Evolving – Are You? (Video)

Posted: July 10, 2017   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Data Protection, Data Management, Archiving, Copy Data Management, Long-Term Data Retention

JBuff_LTRS.jpgIt seems like every few months, a new regulation or mandate pops up to remind people to 1) keep their data longer and/or 2) delete it as soon as necessary. Those two edicts are not contrary to each other as long as you do them in that sequence; first, understand your retention requirements and then delete data beyond that retention date. But there is sooooo much more to it than that, since not all data has the same regulatory or operational retention benefits or requirements. 

If you haven’t seen it already, please check out my earlier vBlog on “The Good, Better, Best of Data Management

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WHAT Products or Services Might you Consider when Using Clouds Within your Data Protection Strategy – Part 4 in Series

Posted: June 28, 2017   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Data Protection, BaaS, DRaaS

cloud_in_hand.jpgEach Wednesday in June, I explored an aspect of utilizing cloud services as part of your data protection strategy 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 strategyJune 21

Part 4 – WHAT products or services might you consider when using clouds within your data protection strategy … June 28

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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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