Even with something as simple as “Disk to Disk to Cloud” as a way to first recover locally from disk and then extend that protection to a cloud-repository, every answer just brings up more questions. In fact, even D2D2C has at least two configurations – similar to having one box of Legos and two instruction manuals; meaning different ways to assemble the same pieces and end up with (at least) two very different results.
Here is a video of some of the questions that you should be asking – and my suggested ideas for coming up with what will best fit you.
For all of the IT Pros who are now into the fray of 2014 and asking “What else should I be doing to ensure my organization’s recover-ability?” – this video includes eight suggestions to consider as part of your data protection strategy (including the ESG data that supports those suggestions).
“Backing up and recovering VMs” is not solved.
There are lots of options in market, and the dynamics seem to shift by the day. So, as IT organizations of all sizes continue their maturation from simply “consolidation” to the “private cloud” and the “software-defined-whatever,” 2014 promises to be even more interesting.
To celebrate that, here is a list of some of my virtualization protection posts, just from the 2nd half of 2013.
My first advise = virtualize everything. After that, you have lots of options.
At first glance, the services can be easily confused: a small consumer-like application, transparently sending data updates to a cloud-storage service.
Yes, it’s very easy to see how OFS and BaaS are similar:
To better explain the differences, and to really understand what is going on in both spaces, Terri McClure to join me to discuss the topic.
Maybe that is overly-simplified, but not by much. Virtualization makes servers (and their associated storage) portable, while Data Protection Services provide alternate locations and expertise that many organizations of all sizes have been desperate for. In 2013, ESG published complete research reports on both Virtualization and Data Protection as a Service. In each survey, we were careful to dig in for extra insights related to BC/DR.
Here is a new ESG Infographic discussing the latest BC/DR trends that are empowered through the intersection of two transformational IT mechanisms.
Maybe not “every” – but certainly more than “most” – data protection architecture should be “hybrid,” meaning that it should include disk-, cloud-, and yes tape-based recovery components. Why? Because each has a legitimate set of use-case scenarios and attributes that lend each medium type to different data protection goals.
Check out this 7m video to hear why I think so.
So, as we start thinking about how we will do things smarter and more effectively in 2014, here is a short (6m) video to hopefully get you thinking about what to plan for in your 2014 Data Protection Strategy. If your virtualization-protection solution already meets the four directives in this video of “what to look for” … then you have one more thing to be thankful for during this holiday season. If not, then your virtualization protection is not as good as it could/should be.
While enterprises often have experts that are ready to throw on their capes to save the day (or your data), midsized organizations IT heroics are often just in keeping things running without budgets, gear, or advanced specialty training. But you too can be a data protection “hero”:
Spectra's latest announcements could really shake up the long-term-inexpensive-persistent-storage world. Indeed, its RESTful approach could lead to lots of new activity! In addition to the high level written blog summary, there's a video blog included, with insights from my colleague Jason Buffington, commentary from Molly Rector of Spectra, and my overall key 'takeaway.'
BE AWARE that today’s laptop and mobile devices have one less recovery option than they used to.
And while it is obvious once it is said out loud, I hadn’t thought about it before – and perhaps you hadn’t either.
These days, you can’t have a discussion on modernizing your IT infrastructure without talking about “cloud” … but when it comes to data protection, there isn’t just one kind of data-protection-as-a-service (DPaaS). There are at least three:
BaaS, DRaaS, Tertiary
As IT organizations move from 20% to 50% to 80% virtualized, self-taught virtualization protection knowledge and assuming that one's data protection tools are protecting virtualized platforms effectively are no longer enough. With so much collaboration and shared-dependencies between IT administrators, today's data protection professionals must be more virtualization-savvy -- it's not enough to just know "how to back up hypervisors" but they must truly have some level of genuine virtualization knowledge on its own, so that they can partner with the full-time virtualization admins to ensure agile recoverability of their shared systems.
How will IT organizations fill their knowledge gap?
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?” This short video looks at data from ESG's "Trends in Protecting Higly Virtualized Environments" report and unpacks our findings and recommendations on:
A few months ago, ESG completed its research on Disk-Based Backup Target Systems – the storage platforms that data protection solutions are often built upon. This video discusses some of our findings, as well as what made the research compelling.
The new Xbox One will now be boasting a very powerful 8-way x86 processor -- so why not carve off a few of those cycles and run a thin hypervisor, and then host a small Windows Home Server v3 VM inside it?
· Xbox has clearly been positioned as the entertainment hub for the house, not only offering gaming, but access to video channels (NetFlix, HBO, ESPN, Cable-TV), music/video streaming, etc.
· Home Server’s vision was to consolidate file shares, photos, and whatever music you owned (outside of its music service), as well as iTunes streaming.
So, with an x86 architecture and CPU cycles to spare, is it that hard to imagine strapping some additional storage on the back and then truly making the Xbox the center of all of your home’s data?
As IT organizations struggle to deliver a broader range of recovery options, often with agility that can be measured in seconds, but with retention measured in years, it can be intimidating to sift through the buzz words that all seem synonymous with “data protection.” Instead, think of Data Protection as the umbrella term for the spectrum of activities and initiatives that enable organizations to be agile in their protection, preservation, and delivery of production data.
IT is all about your data – so how are you protecting it? Relentless data growth, virtualization deployments, cloud strategies, consolidation initiatives, and more aggressive service level agreements are just a few of the major trends affecting data protection environments. Data protection is likely to se increased spending in 2013 in the areas of new tools and technologies, particularly those focused on data backup and recovery, BC/DR and regulatory compliance.
There are some other interesting nuggets on Data Protection spending and priorities that have come from some recent ESG research reports, so the nice folks in the ESG production team built an infographic to help us understand what is going on in Data Protection.
Many people in the Data Protection field talk about “backups” like “insurance” – where you pay a little (cost and effort) so that you won’t have to pay a lot (lost data/productivity) when calamity strikes. If that is how backup/recovery works, then what if you paid for it like insurance? Insurance wouldn’t be affordable if you paid in advance for the worst calamity possible (regardless of whether it happened or not) – but that is how you pay for backups, regardless of how much data you need to recover (or not). What if you paid for backups and restores, like you pay for insurance? Check out this 5m video.
Easily one of the most revolutionary changes to IT over the past few years has been server virtualization. If I wasn’t a backup-dude (23 years), then I would be a virtualization-guy (10+) – so I was very excited to conduct a research project at ESG specifically around the Trends for Protecting Highly Virtualized and Private Cloud Environments.
Have recently been playing with a new unified storage platform, with CIFS-SMB3-iSCSI functionality, thin provisioning, deduplication, replication, and cloud-extensions. Now it is offering storage tiering by adding SSDs.