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

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

vBlog: You Too Can be a Data Protection Super Hero

The awesome folks in the ESG Video team recently let me sit down and record a few podcasts that I will be releasing over the next few weeks. In this one, I started thinking about the challenges of midsized organizations and ensuring adequate data protection and recovery.

Topics: Backup Data Protection Information and Risk Management Jason Buffington Video

vBlog -- Using a Separate or Unified Solution for protecting VMs

As many in the IT industry are getting ready for VMworld, my mind always wanders back to what seems to be the perennial question – “Use a separate backup solution for protecting VMs … or a single solution for physical and virtual servers?”

It used to be that the Virtualization-specific solutions did an inarguably better job than the Unified players did, because they had done the extra effort to make up for insufficient backup APIs in the hypervisor(s). But those days are over. VMware vStorage APIs for data protection (VADP) and Microsoft Hyper-V’s Volume Shadow Copy Services (VSS) mechanisms ensure that every backup solution that wants to do a good job of protecting VMs can. That is NOT to say that all VM backup solutions are equal!! What it does mean is that “can I back up a VM?” is no longer the right question.

Topics: Microsoft IT Infrastructure Data Protection VMware Private Cloud Infrastructure Information and Risk Management Compute Jason Buffington Virtualization Video Backups Hyper-V