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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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Why BaaS when you can DRaaS?

Posted: May 24, 2016   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Data Protection, BaaS, DRaaS, BC/DR (business continuity/disaster recovery), Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS)

baas or draasThe question isn’t as simple as it might seem:

  • There are lots of great reasons to embrace modern Backup as a Service (BaaS) solutions, including governance, extended data preservation, IT oversight of endpoint and ROBO backups, etc.
  • There is also one overwhelmingly great reason to utilize Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) — enhanced availability of servers.

So, the question really is, can you gain a DRaaS outcome from a BaaS solution? And honestly, it isn’t just a cloud-consideration. You could just as easily ask, can you get BC/DR agility from a backup tool?

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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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Data Protection Predictions for 2016

Posted: January 21, 2016   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Data Protection, Virtualization, DRaaS, BC/DR (business continuity/disaster recovery), tape, Archiving, backup-to-cloud, VM-backup-recovery


'Tis the time of year to re-think how you did things before and what you might want to do differently in the future — in life, in IT and in Data Protection. To help you with those considerations, I'd like to share a short video on what we expect the more interesting trends will be in Data Protection in 2016.

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Data Protection Perspectives from HP Discover 2015

Posted: June 09, 2015   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Hewlett-Packard, HP, DRaaS, Veritas, HP Discover

backup_data_storageMy colleague Mark Peters and I attended HP Discover 2015 last week to get an updated view of the storage and data protection innovations being announced at the event. What was heartening for me was that one of HP’s core four pillars was “Protect” where the new Hewlett Packard Enterprise company talks about its converged approach to information security and data protection (backup), which includes backup and archival software, as well as the HP StoreOnce deduplication storage solutions.

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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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You Can Prepare for Tomorrow's IT Disaster Today

Posted: January 26, 2015   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Data Protection, DRaaS, BC/DR (business continuity/disaster recovery)

This week, many of my colleagues are preparing for Winter Storm Juno. One of my compatriots actually warned his friends on Facebook that he was going to run around supermarket aisles telling folks “We’re all going to die!!

But seriously, it wasn’t that many years ago that IT folks would shrug their shoulders with the acknowledgement that “If you haven’t prepared for this months ago, there is no hope for you now.” And in every crowd, there would be some IT folks that quietly acknowledged that they never got around to preparing for a regional crisis or any other significant IT disruption. Those folks promised themselves that as soon as this weather pattern (or other pending calamity) was over, they would do better. And then the crisis passed and those IT folks spent the first few days afterward catching up on what slowed down during the storm, and then naively continued on without ever really changing their DR preparedness.

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