2017 Data Protection Predictions (Video)

We’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).

Topics: Backup Data Protection disaster recovery Hybrid tape Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS)

In 2016, Enterprise Storage will be defined by the cloud

As we move into 2016, it is time to take stock of the events that occurred in the storage industry in 2015 and forecast the New Year. Historically when making annual predictions, technology trends dominate forecasts. For 2016, it would be very easy to repeat that trend. With expected increases in adoption for solid-state storage, software-defined storage, object storage, and even hyperconverged; much of the dialogue for this blog could focus on the storage technology shift that the industry is experiencing. Doing only that, however, would ignore the most significant trend in enterprise storage, “The Game of Clouds.”

Topics: Storage cloud Hybrid

vBlog: Every Data Protection Architecture should be "Hybrid"

Maybe not “every” – but certainly more than “most” – data protection architecture should be “hybrid,” meaning that it should include disk-, cloud-, and yes tape-based recovery components. Why? Because each has a legitimate set of use-case scenarios and attributes that lend each medium type to different data protection goals.

I previously blogged that every the-spectrum-of-data-protection/index.html" target="_blank">Data Protection Spectrum (strategy) should include a full range of colors (Backup, Snapshots, Archive, Replication, etc.), because each individual “color” has different and complementary recovery/retention characteristics.

Topics: Data Protection Information and Risk Management Jason Buffington Hybrid Backups