What's Next? Google Next!

Next week in San Francisco I will join a few thousand of my closest friends at Google Next 2018, which promises to be a fantastic event. I am very interested in learning more from Google Cloud’s data protection and compliance team and meeting with old and new industry friends. Many vendors will be at the event, and I look forward to meeting and/or catching up with a few of them, among them, in no particular order: Veritas, Actifio, Cohesity, Elastifile, SpinBackup, Spanning, NetApp, CloudLanes, Rubrik, CTERA, and more companies I look forward to discovering or re-discovering.  Stay tuned for ESG coverage of the event and post-event blog.
Topics: Data Protection Google Next

Talking Data Protection: ESG 360 Video Series

This conversation with Christophe Bertrand, part of ESG's 360 Video Series, is a reminder of the importance of data protection (DP) - especially the recovery element rather than 'just' the backup element. This may seem obvious; however, Christophe reminds us that the importance of DP is not to be measured so much as a only a necessary basic cost of doing business, BUT that - when optimized - it can actually return genuine value to the business. So, while the technologies and processes of DP's mechanics continue to improve, it is the resulting data-ROI opportunities of DP that should really be driving the business discussions and decisions in this area.

Topics: Storage Data Protection backup and recovery ESG 360 Video Series

Actifio Highlights the Value of Data at Data Driven 2018

I recently went to Actifio Data Driven 2018, Actifio's global user conference held at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. At Data Driven, Actifio's customers and partners showcased how and why they use Actifio solutions. I had a number of key takeaways from the conference.

Actifio clearly understands the value and importance of data. This was not just another data protection company adopting the term "Data Management" to frame themselves as more than just backup and recovery. Data Driven 2018 demonstrated that Actifio understands that the value comes from how customers use the data, not just that the data is made available. In session after session and customer meeting after customer meeting, I saw how customers and partners discussed the uses of the data made available by Actifio. I was impressed by the real-world benefits that were highlighted by everyone.

Topics: Data Protection Data Management Actifio Systems Management

Discovering Odaseva Data Management-as-a-service: Salesforce Backup, Archive, and GDPR

Salesforce has become pervasive as the cloud-based CRM solution of choice in many enterprises, yet its backup, restoration, archiving, and management of data in general can be complex and expensive. We recently met with a very interesting player in this space: Odaseva. The company offers a Salesforce-only third-party solution that builds on the Salesforce APIs to deliver more predictable and robust SLAs for data-management-as-a-service, including some new capabilities focused on meeting the GDPR challenges.  

Topics: Backup Data Protection Data Management Salesforce software-as-a-service (SaaS) GDPR

Rubrik Doubles Down on Hybrid Support with Alta 4.2 Release

Rubrik delivers a platform to manage and protect data in the cloud, at the edge, and on-premises. Providing a unified user experience for data protection stemming from multiple sources for the enterprise space with an API-first strategy, the company recently released version 4.2 of its Alta management platform, adding key capabilities to further its ability to support hybrid cloud environments.

Topics: Data Protection hybrid cloud

What Does GDPR Mean for Data Protection? (Video)

Check out this new video interview I did with Dave Littman from TruthinIT. This week, Dave and I discussed data protection and GDPR. Every week, we will cover a new topic on the Data Protection Channel of ThruthinIT.

Topics: Data Protection GDPR

A Quick Look at HYCU, Backup and Recovery for Nutanix Environments

There isn’t a day without a new comment or report from industry observers about the tremendous adoption and growth of hyperconverged infrastructures (HCI). Recent ESG research indicates that, for end-users, HCI is about efficiency, operational excellence, and cost and that HCI is delivering on its promise to help drive operational excellence. Production workloads are increasingly running on HCIs anchored by Nutanix software. Specifically, our research points to 1 in 3 organizations running at least 30% of their production applications on HCI.

Topics: Data Protection nutanix backup and recovery hyperconverged infrastructure

Real World SLAs Blog Series #3: Downtime and Data Loss Business Impact

In the last blog, we covered the increasing role of cloud in building a resilient IT infrastructure to prevent or negate application downtime or data loss. I would like to place the focus back on the business side of things and share some great research points from our recent Real World SLAs and Availability Requirements Research Master Survey Results set. Spoiler alert:  they are not pretty and should scare you!  

Topics: Data Protection

Druva Acquires CloudRanger

Congrats to the Druva and CloudRanger teams for the acquisition announced on June 5th. With this acquisition, Druva adds native AWS workload data protection and management capabilities to their on-premises solution. ESG's 2018 IT Spending Intentions Research Report indicates that 46% of the organizations we surveyed use cloud infrastructure to run business applications. Clearly, the ability to protect these workloads has become very important to IT, and Druva is one of the vendors positioning themselves to take advantage of this trend. Native/aaS/In-cloud data protection is a space that ESG is watching closely – stay tuned!

Topics: Data Protection Amazon AWS

Real World SLAs Blog Series #2: The IT Resiliency Equation

In the last blog, I discussed how ESG’s research has identified that the vast majority of organizations have little to no tolerance for downtime. As they are looking to improve SLAs, many technology questions or tradeoffs will naturally come up. What technologies are you using today and what do you need to consider moving forward to meet the requirements? Should it be a software, or cloud-based, or a hardware-based solution that gets you there as an end-user?

Topics: Data Protection