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How to Protect an EVO RAIL (video series)

Posted: October 13, 2014   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: EMC, EVO, IT Infrastructure, Data Protection, JBuff, VMware, Private Cloud Infrastructure, Information and Risk Management, HP, Dell

VMware’s EVO RAIL is an architecture for a hyper-converged, software-defined data center in a single appliance form-factor … to be delivered by various hardware partners. But how do you protect that all-in-one solution?

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Data Protection Appliances are better than PBBAs (video)

Posted: October 06, 2014   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Data Protection, JBuff, PBBA, Information and Risk Management, DPA

Too many folks categorize every blinky-light box that can be part of a data protection solution as a "Purpose Built Backup Appliance" or PBBA. But the market isn't just a bunch of apples with an orange or two mixed in, data protection appliances (DPAs) can be apples, oranges, bananas, or cherries -- but if you lump them all together, all you have is a fruit salad.

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Could VeeamON be the next MMS?

Posted: October 06, 2014   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Data Protection, JBuff, Information and Risk Management, Veeam

This week is the first VeeamON, Availability for the Modern Data Center, conference in Las Vegas.

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Why Doesn't IT Back Up BYOD?!

Posted: September 17, 2014   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Backup, Data Protection, JBuff, Information and Risk Management, endpoint, BYOD

ESG recently started offering TechTruths... single nuggets of data and the analyst perspectives of why they matter. Check out all of them via the link above, but here is my favorite so far on BYOD data protection:

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HDS bought Sepaton ... now what?

Posted: September 16, 2014   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Storage, IT Infrastructure, Data Protection, JBuff, Information and Risk Management, HDS, Sepaton, deduplication

Have you ever known two people that seemed to tell the same stories and have the same ideas, but just weren’t that into each other? And then one day, BAM, they are besties.

Sepaton was (and is) a deduplication appliance vendor that has always marketed to “the largest of enterprises.” From Sepaton’s perspective, the deduplication market might be segmented into three categories:

  • Small deduplication vendors and software-based deduplication … for midsized companies.
  • Full product-line deduplication vendors, offering a variety of in-line deduplication, single-controller scale-up (but not always with scale-out) appliances from companies that typically produce a wide variety of other IT appliances and solution components … for midsized to large organizations.
  • Sepaton, offering enterprise deduplication efficiency and performance to truly enterprise-scale organizations, particularly when those organizations have outgrown the commodity approach to dedupe.
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Riverbed Announces the End to Excuses in Trying D2D2C

Posted: September 09, 2014   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Storage, Data Protection, JBuff, Networking, Information and Risk Management, Riverbed, Amazon, Jason Buffington

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.
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vBlog on Data Protection Economics -- Why IT Continues to Invest in Better Backups

Posted: September 02, 2014   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Data Protection, JBuff, Information and Risk Management

Organizations of all sizes continue to seek better ways to protect their data. It's not just because their existing backup solutions are broken (some are broken, some are antiquated/cumbersome, and others just aren’t scaling as their production systems evolve) – but that’s not all of them. In many cases, folks are just trying to improve what they are doing, often based on economics, not technical features. People are spending money on Improving Data Backups, as seen in ESG’s IT Spending Intentions for 2014, where backup is the #3 planned priority overall and the #1 priority for midsized organizations in 2014. Actually, “backup” has been the number one priority for midsized organizations for the past three years running. Why is that?

Here’s a video to discuss some of the perhaps less-obvious reasons that IT organizations continue to invest in better data protection solutions (spoiler alert: It isn’t typically for “features”) – and what IT vendors and IT decision makers should be thinking about.

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Backup Alone Just Isn't Enough! (vBlog)

Posted: August 18, 2014   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Storage, Backup, Snapshots, Replication, Data Protection, JBuff, Information and Risk Management

If you haven’t already checked them out, ESG recently started delivering ESG “Video Capsules” – video wisdom in 140 seconds or less – www.esg-global.com/esg-video-capsules.

One of the more recent ESG Video Capsules, “Backup Is No Longer Enough,” discusses the fact that IT organizations of all sizes struggle to achieve the SLAs that their business units require, if their only recovery solution is a traditional backup solution. In fact, when looking at core platforms like server virtualization systems (VMware & Hyper-V), less than 10% of folks are only protecting their VMs with backups; the rest are using a combination of snapshots and replication to supplement their backup mechanisms – a strategy which is consistent with the Data Protection Spectrum that I often discuss.

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vBlog: Everyone Should Archive (period)

Posted: August 13, 2014   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Storage, Data Protection, JBuff, Information and Risk Management, Data Management, Jason Buffington, Content Management, Search, Video, Archiving

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.

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What If Cloud-Backup-Storage was Free?

Posted: August 12, 2014   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Data Protection, JBuff, Information and Risk Management, Jason Buffington, STaaS, Quantum, Symform

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.

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