Real World SLAs Blog Series: Downtime and Data Loss Metrics

Since this is my introductory blog, what better topic than downtime and data loss! One can argue it is not the most joyous topic to cover, but it turns out to be more interesting than my bio and a fascinating subject with far-reaching business and IT consequences. ESG recently conducted extensive research in this space with findings that I will be sharing in this blog series. You can also expect a few briefs and a report on this topic as well on our portal.

Topics: Data Protection BC/DR (business continuity/disaster recovery) Downtime RPO RTO

Convergence of Technologies: Cloud and Data Protection at Dell Technologies World (Video)

With Dell Technologies World 2018 complete, there were several key takeaways from the event that apply to Dell Technologies overall, cloud platforms, and data protection. First, looking at Dell Technologies overall, what we are finally seeing is the convergence of the key product and technologies groups, coming together to solve real world customer problems. I discuss this in detail in the video at the end of this blog but what we are seeing are the fruits of the new organizational structure. We see this alignment more with technologies that were already aligned, most notably with the pervasive positioning of Pivotal across the cloud technologies, but we also saw the integration of HCI/CI solutions in the cloud platforms and the availability of Virtustream storage as an option across the data protection products. If the integration of technologies continues into 2019, I think customers will only benefit from this work.

Topics: Data Protection Cloud Platforms & Services Dell Technologies World

Cloud's Connection to Copy Data Management (Video)

In the world of data protection, the topic of data management & enablement (DM&E), also known as copy data management (CDM), has been on the minds of customers and vendors alike. DM&E/CDM has been driving customers to look to get further value from secondary data, either for data protection purposes, or increasingly for non-data protection purposes, such as data mining, DevOps testing and development, or sales tools.

Topics: Data Protection Copy Data Management Cloud Platforms & Services

Looking Ahead to Dell Technologies World (Video)

When spring arrives, so does the start of IT vendors show season. First up this year is one of the biggest and most important shows, Dell Technologies World, or DTW.

DTW is one of the key events of the year in our industry, not just in the depth of impact but the breadth of companies that are part of Dell Technologies, including Dell, Dell EMC, Pivotal, RSA, Secureworks, Virtustream, and VMware. With almost every company in the world touched by Dell Technologies, this is one show to keep an eye on. In this video blog, I touch just a little bit on some key ideas that I'm looking forward to at DTW.

Topics: Data Protection dell-emc Systems Management Cloud Platforms & Services Dell Technologies World

2018 Data Protection Predictions (Video)

With 2018 in full motion, I wanted to add my 2018 predictions for my new coverage area, Data Protection. I've posted a video with my predictions below but here are the key points that I talk about in the video.

  • There continues to be a movement of Data Protection features into other IT operations areas. We are seeing Data Protection included as part of many Systems Management solutions, showing how backing up, protecting, and restoring data should be part of a larger systems management experience. We are also seeing the shift from Data Protection to Data Management, as vendors recognize the value in understanding and helping manage the data they are protection.
Topics: Data Protection 2018 Predictions

Data Management Is Undeniably the Future of Data Protection

ESG has historically referred to "data protection" as a spectrum of activities that include backup, snapshots, and replication, as shown here:

Topics: Backup Data Protection Archiving Copy Data Management

Wrap-Up on Backup from Veritas Vision 2017

It would be easy to assume that because the Veritas name has been around for more than 20 years, its products are all legacy and no longer suitable to modern data centers or IT scenarios; you would be wrong. Veritas is “back” after its divestiture from Symantecwith a laser focus on data management that very effectively narrates a comprehensive portfolio to its customers and partners.

Topics: Backup Data Protection NetBackup Veritas

Data Protection Is (or Should Be) Increasingly Part of a Systems Management Strategy (Video)

Think about it. If I’m an IT Operations team member:

  • I provision new servers (usually VMs), but some physical and some cloud-based.
  • I patch and maintain those servers.
  • I provide or rescind access to the applications on those servers.
  • I monitor those servers for performance and uptime.
  • And when those servers go down, I am the first one who gets called.
Topics: Data Protection Jason Buffington Systems Management hyperconverged infrastructure Edwin Yuen

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

As 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!

Topics: Data Protection Jason Buffington Converged Infrastructure HCI hyperconverged infrastructure VMworld 2017

Wrap-up on Backup from VMworld US 2017

VMworld 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.

Topics: Data Protection VMworld VM-backup-recovery VMworld 2017