Jason Buffington

Jason Buffington

Jason Buffington focuses primarily on data protection, along with Windows Server infrastructure, management and virtualization. He has concentrated on data protection and availability technologies since 1989 and has been a Certified Business Continuity Planner (CBCP), a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and Trainer (MSCE/MCT), and a Microsoft MVP in file system and storage solutions.

Recent Posts by Jason Buffington:

ESG Brief: Reliable Virtualization Protection Continues to Elude Many Organizations

Abstract:

Protecting and recovering VMs can be daunting, especially when trying to meet stringent service level agreements for availability/uptime. Backup and recovery software is supposed to make the job easier, but it often doesn’t. At least the root of the problem is apparent—unreliable virtualization protection boils down to a failure by IT departments to modernize their IT protection environments when they modernize their IT production environments.

Topics: Data Protection Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Brief: Is a VM-specific Approach to Backup and Recovery Still Necessary in 2017?

Abstract:

For the past several years, ESG has monitored the trend of adopting VM-specific technologies for backup and recovery versus a “unified” solution that protects both physical and virtual servers. This recap of recent ESG research examines the question of whether today’s organizations are using a unified solution or a VM-specific solution for their virtual environments—and what those organizations expect to do moving forward.

Topics: Cloud Computing Data Protection Virtualization Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Brief: What Should an Archival Solution Look Like in 2017?

Abstract:

Gone are the days when “archive must equal tape” (and vice versa); also gone is the noisy confusion between “archive” and “backup.” This brief offers a deeper look at the considerations and subsequent requirements driving archiving solution strategies and outcomes.

Topics: Data Protection

ESG Brief: Long-term Data Retention Drivers and Trends

Abstract:

There are many reasons to archive data. For too many organizations, “archiving” is immediately presumed to be a cumbersome, unattainable, legacy process that IT had previously deprioritized, while erroneously believing that a “backup copy” held for an extended period of time was a sufficient alternative. Every aspect of that presumption is incorrect—modern archiving is a critical and compelling aspect of nearly every IT organization’s forward-looking strategy.

Topics: Data Protection

ESG Research Report: Data Protection Cloud Strategies

Abstract:

ESG surveyed 370 North American IT professionals representing midmarket (100 to 999 employees) and enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations in order to explore their perspectives on and preferences for the various uses of cloud-based services as part of data protection strategies. All respondents were IT professionals familiar with and/or responsible for data protection technology decisions for their organization, specifically around those data protection and production technologies that may leverage cloud services as part of the solution.

Topics: Data Protection

ESG Brief: The Five 'Cs' of Data Protection

Abstract:

Sometimes in IT, innovations arise that, in hindsight, aren’t all that innovative. A new capability will often receive attention and consideration for a while before a competing vendor inevitably claims its product “has been providing that same capability for years.” In some cases, features that initially appeared to be true technology differentiators eventually devolve into commodity-level expectations.

Topics: Data Protection

ESG Research Report: The Evolving Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Landscape

Abstract:

ESG surveyed 391 North American IT professionals representing midmarket (100 to 999 employees) and enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations in order to explore the trends and preferences involving business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) strategies, implementations, and methodologies. All respondents were IT professionals familiar with and/or responsible for data protection technology decisions for their organization, specifically around technologies and processes to facilitate BC/DR.

Topics: Data Protection

ESG Brief: Why You Still Need Backup

Abstract:

It’s important for organizations to appreciate the differences between “backup” and processes such as file sync and share or deriving copies via storage-based snapshots and replicas. It’s also important to know that even if a midsized organization is leveraging software-as-a-service (SaaS), it still must ensure proper preservation. This research brief describes the distinctive elements of three data protection scenarios, including covering how restoration and recovery fit into the picture.

Topics: Data Protection

ESG Brief: Disaster Recovery-as-a-service Usage Trends

Abstract:

One of the most exciting intersections between data protection and the cloud is disaster recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS). These services enable organizations of all sizes to not only leverage cloud-based storage capacity for data survivability, but also actually restart servers and services from a cloud provider when they need it, while not having to manage a second set of infrastructure when they don’t. This brief looks at recent DRaaS usage and perceptions based on ESG research conducted on business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) trends in 2016.

Topics: Data Protection

ESG Brief: Data Protection Considerations for Converged and Hyperconverged Systems

Abstract:

“When you modernize production, you must modernize protection.” That claim is true in most IT transformational discussions. But it’s especially true when you’re trying to determine how your data protection strategies and methods should evolve as you embrace converged and hyperconverged (C/HC) systems.

Topics: Cybersecurity