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    Aug 6, 2015

    What I Want to Talk About at VMworld 2015

    In 2015, the question is no longer “Can I get a reliable backup of a VM?” With vStorage APIs for data protection (VADP) now being mature since 5.5, through 5.8 and up and coming in 6.0, shame on any backup solution that cannot reliably back up VMs using host-based APIs. Shame on vendors who only back up VMware and not Hyper-V with parity--but that is for a different blog, after VMworld. Today, here are the questions that folks should be asking on the topic of “How agile can my restore of those VMs be?”

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    Jul 6, 2015

    Why is There So Much Desire to Change Data Protection Solutions?

    In a recent ESG research survey, respondents were asked “If they could start from scratch, what would they do from a data protection solution perspective?” with less than half of respondents stating that they would use their existing vendor/solution.

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    Jun 9, 2015

    Data Protection Perspectives from HP Discover 2015

    My colleague Mark Peters and I attended HP Discover 2015 last week to get an updated view of the storage and data protection innovations being announced at the event. What was heartening for me was that one of HP’s core four pillars was “Protect” where the new Hewlett Packard Enterprise company talks about its converged approach to information security and data protection (backup), which includes backup and archival software, as well as the HP StoreOnce deduplication storage solutions.

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    Jun 8, 2015

    Vendors Need to Rethink Their Channel Programs

    In recent ESG research on data protection personas, methods, and channels, ESG looked at ‘who’ is affecting data protection, including IT operations, DBAs, vAdmins, file/storage admins, non-technical stakeholders, and channel partners. While data protection has historically been very channel-driven, or at least channel-accelerated, recent data shows that there are disconnects between how IT decision makers use channel partners and how vendors hope that channel partners are being used (e.g., pre-sales advocates of their products/services).

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    May 28, 2015

    Data Protection Perspectives from Dell Analyst Conference 2015

    Is 'Backup' a four-letter word at Dell? Maybe, depending on who you talk to. If you watched my video summary from Dell’s Analyst Conference in 2014, I was initially excited about their four pillar story being around three platforms [Transform], [Connect], and [Inform] being underpinned by [Protect] that are expanded as Security and Data Protection. That is especially poignant considering ESG’s 2015 IT Spending Intentions' top two priorities for organizations of all sizes is Information Security and Improve Data Backup and Recovery.

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    May 27, 2015

    NetApp Announces Next Gen Cloud Gateway for Data Protection in AltaVault

    This morning, NetApp announced AltaVault—the next iteration of what was Riverbed SteelStore, which was acquired in 2014.

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    May 22, 2015

    Dell Continues to Enhance its DR Deduplication and DL Backup Appliances

    Earlier this month, Dell announced enhancements to its DR series of deduplication appliances. Deduplication appliances continue to be a common method of improving one’s overall data protection infrastructure since they can typically be added to whatever backup/archive software or method that you already have, while near immediately reducing the storage consumed in secondary copies.

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    May 20, 2015

    A ‘File Server in the Cloud’ is hard to find!

    This weekend, I decided to fully embrace the cloud by getting rid of my last "production IT resource" in my Dallas office—a file server. This is not complicated, right? It is currently a 2TB VM with less than a dozen file shares on it and serving 3-5 users with various permissions to the shares. That is a configuration that anyone who has ever spun up a copy of Windows Server OS could do in less than an hour—but can you do it in the cloud? Not as easily as you might think.

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    May 18, 2015

    Where ‘Data Protection’ Fits among 2015 IT Spending Priorities (Video)

    Each year, ESG publishes its annual IT Spending Intentions report – and each year, I look at the research from a “Data Protection Guy’s” perspective. I've already shared my 2015 Data Protection Predictions that were in part based on that research, but my friends in the ESG video studio let me share my data protection interpretations of the IT Spending Intentions research itself.
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    May 15, 2015

    Video Series on Data Protection Appliances – Part 4, Failover BC/DR Appliances

    The last installment in our four-Friday video series, based on the recent ESG research report on the Shift toward Data Protection Appliances,

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    May 14, 2015

    Your SaaS Application needs to be Backed Up!

    As I mentioned in my Data Protection Predictions for 2015 video, SaaS backup should be on the top of anyone's mind who is running for the clouds: namely Office 365, SalesForce, or GoogleApps. According to ESG’s 2015 IT Spending Intentions Survey's five-year outlook for SaaS, over half of IT organizations will move from on-premises Exchange servers and File/Collab platforms to cloud-based SaaS services, with many already on their way:

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    May 13, 2015

    CommVault’s Future Just Became ‘Cloudy’ – In a Good Way

    Today, CommVault announced four new offerings to take its Simpana platform to the clouds in two directions...
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    May 8, 2015

    Video Series on Data Protection Appliances – Part 3, Cloud Gateway Appliances

    Continuing our four-Friday video series, based on the recent ESG research report on the Shift toward Data Protection Appliances.
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    May 4, 2015

    What’s New in Data Protection from EMC World 2015 – and Why It Matters

    Today, at EMC World 2015, EMC announced a significant number of new offerings and updates; starting from their core technologies (storage) and then quite literally wrapping it with a layer of “Data Protection Everywhere.”

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    May 1, 2015

    Video Series on Data Protection Appliances – Part 2, Deduplication Appliances

    Continuing our four-Friday video series, based on the recent ESG research report on the Shift toward Data Protection Appliances. This installment covers deduplication storage appliances – those wonderful storage devices that drop in existing (or new) backup and archival infrastructures and automagically and radically reduce storage consumption through optimized protection storage.
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    Apr 24, 2015

    Video Series on Data Protection Appliances – Part 1, Backup Appliances

    In March 2015, ESG published its research report on the Shift toward Data Protection Appliances. In ESG’s taxonomy, there are four types of DPAs in market today. For the next four Fridays, I’ll be releasing videos (about 4 minutes long each), detailing why each type of DPA is interesting, current and anticipated usage trends, etc. Why Fridays? Because Fridays deserve something easy, and DPAs offer all kinds of easy.
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    Mar 31, 2015

    World Backup Day

    Every day should be Backup Day, just like every day should be Mothers’ Day. Yes, there is one day per year when we absolutely have to say “thank you” to our moms, but they’ve done so much for us that we really should be that thankful and sentimental with them every day. Similarly, while our data protection infrastructure yields a variety of benefits for us throughout the year, Backup Day is our one day to be especially mindful of it – though in reality, many of us don’t even think about the big picture around backups even once per year. We only think of backups when A) something breaks or B) something new comes in that the old backup solution won’t cover.

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    Mar 20, 2015

    Why Google Cloud Storage Nearline is Super Interesting for Data Protection

    You can’t have a conversation about IT transformation or data protection modernization that doesn’t include “the cloud” somewhere in it. And today, there are a wide range of cloud services that offer data protection capabilities...
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    Mar 6, 2015

    A Few of the Backup Appliances Examined by ESG Lab

    This week, I offered some perspectives on What Makes a Good Backup Appliance, and I'd like to offer some further perspective on these types of products.

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    Mar 5, 2015

    What Makes a Good Backup Appliance - Part 3 of 3

    In my earlier posts from this series, I discussed adoption rates and rationales for purpose-built backup appliances (PBBAs) over do-it-yourself (DIY) backup servers and then explored some top-level DIY vs PBBA determinants and non-determinants.


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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.

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