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2017 Data Protection Predictions (Video)

Posted: January 10, 2017   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Backup, Data Protection, disaster recovery, Hybrid, tape, Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS)

predictions.jpgWe’re already into 2017, so here are three topics that really ought to be reconsidered and/or focused on in order to ensure that as you modernize production, your protection strategies are up to the tasks at hand:

Cloud – While many organizations continue to investigate where cloud will fit within their data protection strategy, it is NOT inevitable that all things go cloudy. In addition, there isn’t one kind of cloud service that applies to data protection, nor is there a defacto scenario that universally screams “use the cloud, dangit!” (other than endpoints).

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Cloud-Powered Data Protection — Definitions and Clarifications

Posted: February 10, 2016   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Data Protection, Information and Risk Management, SaaS, IaaS, disaster recovery, BaaS, cloud-backup, cloud storage, DRaaS, software-as-a-service (SaaS), Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS)

We continue to see a great amount of interest in combining “data protection” and “the cloud” – but also a great deal of confusion, in that there isn’t such thing as “the cloud.”

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VMware DRaaS Announcements are a Good Thing!

Posted: August 31, 2015   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Jason Buffington, VMworld, disaster recovery, BCDR, BC/DR (business continuity/disaster recovery), VMworld 2015

CloudBackupToday, 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?” 

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

Posted: May 15, 2015   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Data Protection, PBBA, DPA, business continuity, disaster recovery, BCDR, DRaaS, BC/DR (business continuity/disaster recovery), High Availability, data protection appliances, backup-to-cloud

Data_Protection_AppliancesThe 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.”

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CommVault’s Future Just Became ‘Cloudy’ – In a Good Way

Posted: May 13, 2015   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Data Protection, CommVault, disaster recovery, backup-to-cloud

cloud_in_handToday, CommVault announced four new offerings to take its Simpana platform to the clouds in two directions:

  • Backup to the Cloud – enhancing how the CommVault data protection platform can store data within public cloud storage from its Simpana software (via the new Cloud Replication option) or from a CommVault appliance (via the new Cloud Gateway add-on).
  • Leveraging the Cloud – enabling the VMs that have been protected to the cloud to be utilized for Disaster Recovery or Test/Dev purposes.
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Backup AND RECOVERY for the Little Guy

Posted: November 21, 2014   /   By: Mike Leone   /   Tags: Data Protection, Dell, disaster recovery, ESG Lab, backup & recovery

Let’s face it, tools for backing up your data have become ubiquitous. Everyone can do it. It provides peace of mind, especially for small businesses (think law or a doctor’s office) who don’t have IT pros on staff. “All my data is backed up somewhere so if something bad happens, I’m covered.” Unfortunately backup is only a piece of the data protection puzzle. How do you get the backed up data back into production if something goes wrong? How long will it take to get up and running again? And the killer question: How will it impact my small business if it takes a long time to recover? Recovery is just as important as backup, and probably MORE important.

Dell is concentrating on just that for small businesses. It’s not just about backup. It’s about guaranteeing application uptime through various recovery options. And replication for disaster recovery. And archiving to the cloud. And keeping costs down. And making it dead simple for anybody to set up and manage a data protection solution. The Dell DL1000 Backup and Recovery Appliance is designed for smaller organizations to address their data protection concerns. It has a compact, lightweight design, runs quietly, cools easily, and won’t consume lots of power. And it comes packaged with Dell AppAssure software, which provides protection for local servers through incremental snapshotting.


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A Replication Feature is NOT a Disaster Recovery Plan

Posted: July 29, 2014   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Data Protection, JBuff, Information and Risk Management, Jason Buffington, business continuity, disaster recovery, BCDR

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.

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Is Your Big Data Safe?

Posted: April 16, 2014   /   By: Nik Rouda   /   Tags: Big Data, Data Management & Analytics, Data Protection, Enterprise Software, disaster recovery

Nice data you have there. We wouldn’t want anything to happen to it now, would we?

Like many newer technologies, the initial focus of big data has been around the flashy bits: speed and capabilities. Vendors have been keen to show they are significantly better, faster, cheaper than traditional approaches, even “blue ocean,” if you like MBA terminology. Which is great for getting attention from a possibly complacent installed base, but can’t be the full story.

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New Math: Virtualization plus DPaaS = BC/DR!

Posted: December 06, 2013   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Data Protection, Information and Risk Management, Jason Buffington, business continuity, disaster recovery, BCDR

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.

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The Spectrum of Data Protection

Posted: August 06, 2013   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Backup, Replication, Data Protection, Information and Risk Management, Jason Buffington, business continuity, disaster recovery, BCDR

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:

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