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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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    Mar 4, 2015

    What Makes a Good Backup Appliance - Part 2 of 3

    In my earlier post about the characteristics of good backup appliances, I discussed the increasing usage rates of purpose-built backup appliances (PBBAs) by those organizations that embrace them. But after listening to several sessions at IBM Interconnect last week, including discussing our upcoming research report on data protection appliances (DPAs), I started thinking about, what makes up a good backup appliance over simply installing backup software onto a physical server?

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    Mar 3, 2015

    What Makes a Good Backup Appliance - Part 1 of 3

    In general, I am a fan of data protection appliances (DPAs), noting that purpose-built backup appliances (PBBAs) are just one of four categories of DPAs that are in market today.

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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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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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