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    Feb 25, 2015

    What’s New in Data Protection from IBM Interconnect 2015

    Every time that I take a close look at IBM’s data protection portfolio, veiled under its storage solutions umbrella, I am happily surprised by the technology—and my guess is that you would be too.
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    Feb 13, 2015

    Why Copy Data Management Matters

    In ESG’s Archive & Backup Convergence research, we found that a majority of IT organizations are either using or looking at solutions that managed the “copy data” within their environment:
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    Feb 10, 2015

    The Challenges and Benefits of Virtualization Protection

    Last week, my article in Windows IT Pro on “Virtualize Everything” stimulated a rather wide range of banter:

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    Feb 5, 2015

    Data Protection Predictions for 2015

    Last month, I sat down with my colleague, John McKnight, in an ESG 360 video to share my predictions on how data protection will or should change in 2015 … in five minutes or less:

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    Jan 28, 2015

    Welcome Back, Veritas! The Truth Is Still the Truth

    Today, Symantec announced that the Information Management (Data Protection) side of Symantec will be called Veritas Technologies Corporation. Frankly, if they had chosen anything else, I would have been disappointed.
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    Jan 26, 2015

    You Can Prepare for Tomorrow's IT Disaster Today

    This week, many of my colleagues are preparing for Winter Storm Juno. One of my compatriots actually warned his friends on Facebook that he was going to run around supermarket aisles telling folks “We’re all going to die!!”
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    Dec 11, 2014

    SaaS Backup ... Hunger Games style

    There is a great scene in the first Hunger Games movie where the 24 combatants are just about to start fighting. In front of them is a small stash of weapons. Some of the combatants charge toward the weapons, knowing that if they get one, they will gain a huge advantage—but if they don’t, they will be prime targets for being immediately “defeated.” Other combatants choose to ignore the premade weapons and run for the forest, presuming that they will be able to forage and somehow make a weapon themselves.
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    Dec 9, 2014

    Why Change Control Matters: What Not To Do in E-mail Protection – part 2 of 5 (Tuesday)

    All this week, I am dissecting an IT horror story from a friend of mine, whose IT team turned on archaic archiving for their cloud-based mail service … and hopefully gleaning lessons from it.
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    Dec 8, 2014

    What Not To Do in E-mail Protection – part 1 of 5 (Monday)

    John (not his real name) logged in Monday morning to find that several of his mail folders had far less stuff in them. In fact, in very small font, he discovered his Outlook now showing “Global Retention Policy = 6 months” … and yes, everything older than six months was now in a very archaic e-mail archiving service that was long since presumed retired.

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    Nov 25, 2014

    Hyperconverged Infrastructure for BC/DR using EVO Rail

    Shortly after VMware announced its EVO Rail initiative, whereby hardware partners could start delivering a very dense compute, storage, and networking solution within a wholly-contained appliance – I started exploring the data protection aspects of an EVO Rail solution. The nice folks in ESG’s video studio have produced a whole series on this … in two-minute increments.
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    Oct 28, 2014

    EMC’s Data Protection Portfolio Now “Spans” Cloud-based Workloads

    Today, EMC announced its acquisition of one of the leading SaaS-backup products, Spanning Cloud. 

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    Oct 21, 2014

    Better Catalogs Make for Better Data Restores (video)

    It really is just that simple: backup products without robust catalogs are just that, backup products – not restore products.

    There are lots of reasons that just maintaining a browse-able file list is not enough today, including not only a lack of search-ability but also because the catalog is the key to really leveraging primary storage snapshots and replication capabilities with traditional backup for a modern recovery capability.

    Check out this video for more details.

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    Oct 13, 2014

    How to Protect an EVO RAIL (video series)

    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?

    For the next several weeks, ESG will be releasing a seven-part series of ESG Capsules, 2 minute video segments, where I’ll talk more about some of the protection possibilities and caveats in an EVO world.

    Here’s part 1 on ideas for protecting an EVO RAIL.  Check back here for updated hyperlinks … or follow @JBuff on twitter to see more of this series.

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    Oct 6, 2014

    Data Protection Appliances are better than PBBAs (video blog)

    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.

    So, let's reset the term to understand the market.

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    Oct 6, 2014

    Could VeeamON be the next MMS?

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

    As I listened to the side conversations and such, I was reminded of the special-ness of Microsoft Management Summit (MMS). Not MMS 2010+, when Microsoft started shoe-horning everything in the Server & Tools line-up, before eventually killing it and Tech-Ed behind it … but MMS 1995-2005, which was as much about "community" as it was "technology."

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    Sep 17, 2014

    Why Doesn't IT Back Up BYOD?!

    So, why doesn’t IT back up BYOD endpoints?! It isn’t a rhetorical question.

    I have always been confounded why IT, the custodian of corporate data, doesn’t feel obliged to protect that corporate data when it resides on an endpoint device, and more particularly when the corporate data resides on a BYOD endpoint device. I understand the excuses – it's hard to do well, the solutions are expensive, and it's difficult to quantify the business impact and therefore the ROI of the solution. In fact, in ESG’s Data Protection-as-a-service (DPaaS) Trends report, we saw several excuses (not reasons) to not back up endpoint devices.

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    Sep 16, 2014

    HDS bought Sepaton ... now what?

    Sepaton’s technology really is markedly different in a few aspects that do lend it to enterprise environments, but their challenge until now has been gaining penetration into those enterprise accounts – and defending against the other deduplication vendors in those enterprise accounts whose solution portfolio typically includes production storage systems (not just deduplication secondary systems) and other key aspects of the overall IT infrastructure, often with higher relationships and more flexibility in pricing due to the broader portfolio … and that is where this gets interesting for HDS.

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    Sep 15, 2014

    Backing up SaaS : an interview with Spanning

    As traditional workloads like file/collaboration and email move from on-premises servers to cloud services like Office365 and GoogleApps and SalesForce, there will likely emerge new dominant innovators that could put all of the legacy solutions on notice.  That dominance has historically been based on two things: 1) early brand awareness in the space and 2) their influence on the platform provider that the rest of the backup ecosystem will eventually depend on. 

    So, I recently took the opportunity to visit with Jeff Erramouspe, CEO of Spanning Cloud to hear his thoughts on SaaS backup.

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    Sep 9, 2014

    Riverbed Announces the End to Excuses in Trying D2D2C

    There are many that would benefit from a better data protection infrastructure – with deduplication and fast agility on-prem, but with a scalable and economic tertiary capability in the cloud. And for those folks (and you all know who you are), you may be out of excuses. Riverbed's offer for a free virtual appliance coupled with six months of free Amazon S3 storage may have singlehandedly removed the barrier to evaluation for D2D2C more than any single other announcement in 2014, thus far.

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    Sep 8, 2014

    ESG Recap of VMworld 2014

    The ESG analyst team headed into VMworld 2014 with a list of questions and was met with the high energy of the event the moment we all deplaned at SFO. This blog collects each of the individual analysts' key takeaways.


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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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