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Wrap-up on Backup from VeeamON 2017

Posted: May 22, 2017   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Data Protection, Veeam, High Availability, Copy Data Management, VeeamOn 2017

data-backup.jpgLast week, I sat down with the folks at The Cube at VeeamON 2017 to talk about a range of topics including Veeam, the evolutions in the broader data protection market, and more.
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Y Evolve Your Data Protection Strategy in 2017 (Video)

Posted: February 10, 2017   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Backup, Data Protection, Data Management, BC/DR (business continuity/disaster recovery), High Availability, Copy Data Management

Y2017.jpegToday’s message is brought to you by the letter “Y” and the numbers “1” and “7.”

Most data protection conversations are evolving from “backup” to “recovery” – and to do that, you need to evolve from simply using backup mechanisms to a combination of backups, snapshots, and replicas. And some vendors are there (YAY)!

But then, many vendors, and providers, and partners, and IT teams get stuck at a crossroads – where their data protection strategy must further evolve down one of two paths, with very few vendors able to offer journeys down both long and winding roads: Data Management & Data Availability.

Here is a short video on Y and how your data protection technologies must evolve.

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The Newest Member of the ESG Lab Analyst Team

Posted: September 26, 2016   /   By: ESG   /   Tags: ESG Lab, High Availability

Greetings Blogosphere,

I’m Evan Marcus, the latest addition to ESG’s Lab Analyst team.
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Although I am new to ESG, I am certainly not new to the industry. I have worked for a variety of tech companies over the years, including Veritas Software, Sun Microsystems, Riverbed, and VMware from here in the Metro New York area.

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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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vBlog: Regulatory Compliance vs Operational Readiness (part 2 of 4): SEC & SOX

Posted: April 17, 2013   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Data Protection, Information and Risk Management, Jason Buffington, business continuity, disaster recovery, BCDR, regulatory compliance, High Availability

This month, I am taking a look at the differences between ‘Regulatory Compliance’ and ‘Operational Readiness’ through a series of videos.

Regulatory Compliance

The efforts to check the boxes before audits – often mandated by an industry (e.g. HIPAA), corporate (SOX) or legal (DOD 5.015.2-STD).

Operational Readiness

The IT efforts to ensure that key IT systems and data are resilient through high availability (HA), disaster recovery (DR) or business continuity (BC) technologies and services.

vblog-regulatory-compliance-vs-operational-readiness-part-1-of-4/index.html" target="_blank">Last week, I did an overview of the dichotomy between regulatory compliance and operational readiness (BC/DR/HA). For the next few weeks, I will take closer looks at specific segments of companies and their respective regulations.

This week, let’s take a look at the regulations that affect US financial institutions (SEC) and publicly-held companies (SOX).

Week 2: Publicly-held Companies and Financial Institutions

Next week, we’ll look closer at what IT professionals delivering data protection in healthcare organizations should know about HIPAA.

Thanks for watching.

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Cool High Availability Video from Symantec

Posted: October 03, 2012   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: IT Infrastructure, Data Protection, Jason Buffington, Symantec, High Availability

Every IT guy has had a day when they wanted to take a sledgehammer to a server or maybe drop a whole rack from a tall building. Admit it, we’ve all thought about it – but then, you’d have to rebuild everything and in the meantime, deal with the outage and all of the disgruntled users, and … and … and …

Speaking of frustration, have you ever wondered why your boss or coworker always seem to get to do cooler stuff than you do?

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