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

Do we still need VM-specific backup tools? [video]

This is one of the big questions in 2016 (and each of the past few years as well). 

Have the “traditional” unified data protection solutions caught up in reliability and agility to the degree that the need for “point products” that only protect VMs are no longer necessary? To help answer the question, I've recorded a short video:

Topics: Data Protection VMware Information and Risk Management Jason Buffington Video openstack Hyper-V Server Virtualization VM-backup-recovery

Plan for Hybrid Data Protection Media in 2016

More and more folks are first protecting their data (backups, archives, etc.) to disk — for several good reasons, including SLAs for data retrieval/restoration/recovery, deduplication efficiencies, etc. But as definitively as disk is the preferred “protection storage” as a second tier, the third tier is far less defined.

Topics: cloud Data Protection Jason Buffington tape Archiving Infrastructure-as-a-Service Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS)

New Year’s Resolution – Talk to More People about Data Protection

For 2016, one of my hopes for IT professionals is that you’ll talk with a wider variety of stakeholders within your organizations about data protection and the myriad methods for data retention and recovery that should be part of one holistic strategy in ensuring the protection and preservation of corporate data, regardless of where the data resides or who manages it.

Topics: Data Protection Jason Buffington

VMware DRaaS Announcements are a Good Thing!

Today, 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?” 

Topics: Jason Buffington VMworld disaster recovery BCDR BC/DR (business continuity/disaster recovery) VMworld 2015

Riverbed Announces the End to Excuses in Trying D2D2C

For several months, I’ve been talking about the inevitability of D2D2C (meaning that data goes from primary/production storage to secondary protection storage and then to a tertiary cloud). In fact, I blogged a few months ago that it seems hard to imagine organizations of any size meeting their recovery SLAs with a straight-to-cloud solution. Instead, the intermediary backup server or appliance provides a fast and flexible local restore capability, while the cloud provides longer-term retention.

But even D2D2C has several permutations, including:

  • Backup-as-a-service intermediary caching devices before the BaaS service itself.
  • Traditional backup servers/appliances writing to a cloud tertiary storage tier.
  • Traditional backup servers/appliances replicating to a cloud-hosted copy of the backup engine.
  • Traditional backup storage/dedupe platforms replicating to a cloud-hosed appliance.
Topics: Storage Data Protection JBuff Networking Information and Risk Management Riverbed Amazon Jason Buffington

vBlog: Everyone Should Archive (period)

Everyone should archive, as a means of data management – because storage (both primary and secondary) are growing faster than storage budgets, so you can’t keep doing what you have been doing. Here is a video on the simple math of archiving/grooming your data.

Topics: Storage Data Protection JBuff Information and Risk Management Data Management Jason Buffington Content Management Search Video Archiving

What If Cloud-Backup-Storage was Free?

Not backup-as-a-service, but just cloud storage that could be used to supplement a backup. Sure, there are a lot of STaaS (storage-as-a-service) folks that will give you a small amount of capacity to try their platform, knowing full well that you are going to want more and be willing to pay for it.

Topics: Data Protection JBuff Information and Risk Management Jason Buffington STaaS Quantum Symform

What I Am Looking for at VMworld 2014 … a Data Protection Perspective

For the past few years, the big data protection trend in virtual environments was simply to ensure reliable backups (and restores) of VMs. That alone hasn’t always been easy, but with the newer Data Protection APIs from VMware (VADP), that is becoming table-stakes – and the real differentiation coming from the agility to restore (speed and granularity), as well as manageability and integration.

And while there is certainly still a lot of room for many vendors to improve in those areas, the industry overall needs to move past the original question of “Can I back up your VM?” and even past “How quick can I restore your VM?

Topics: Backup Data Protection VMware Private Cloud Infrastructure Information and Risk Management Compute Jason Buffington Virtualization