Commvault Go 2018 Video Coverage

Commvault GO 2018 took place in Nashville early October. In this new ESG video, Vinny Choinski from ESG's Validation Lab team joins me in commenting on and analyzing the highlights and announcements of the event.

Topics: Data Protection

Commvault Announces New Offerings at Commvault GO 2018

Commvault GO 2018 started with a bang yesterday with some important portfolio and partnership announcements. Stay tuned for video coverage of this great event in Nashville, TN.  

The HPE Partnership expands with the full integration between Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery Software and HPE StoreOnce systems, including integration with HPE StoreOnce Catalyst. This joint solution allows Commvault to manage the full lifecycle of data management operations for HPE StoreOnce systems. StoreOnce Catalyst can be easily configured using the Commvault user interface with just a few clicks. Once enabled, Commvault manages the backups and the movement of data for HPE StoreOnce systems the same way it does for any other Commvault client. Based on the level of integration, no additional client configurations are required. Users can also move backup data natively, reliably, and cost-effectively to the public, private, or hybrid cloud. This capability is delivered by HPE Cloud Bank Storage, a feature that is scheduled to be supported by an upcoming HPE software release in November of this year.

Topics: Data Protection

Imanis Data Announces New Version

Hadoop and NoSQL workloads are pervasive in production environments and require enterprise-class data protection, yet few data protection solutions offer such capabilities. That’s the problem Imanis Data is zooming in on. Imanis Data is demonstrating that it is squarely focused on product execution and is putting its B-round of $13.5 million from earlier this year to good use. The recent announcement of v 4.0 introduces many new data protection features, including some innovative machine learning-based capabilities. More information in this ESG Brief, Imanis Data Launches Version 4.0 and Delivers Machine Learning-based RPO.

Topics: Data Protection Cybersecurity Data Management

HYCU Introduces BaaS for Google Cloud

Right on the heels of GoogleNext '18 (see ESG’s event coverage here), HYCU announced a new solution focused on protecting data assets in Google Cloud  (see HYCU's announcement here).

Topics: Data Protection Google Next

Thoughts from Google Next 2018

I was at Google Next last week in San Francisco and had the opportunity to attend a few sessions and meet with industry friends and some interesting companies. The event was packed like a major airport in a storm on the day before Thanksgiving! 

It was very clear that more than ever, Google has its sights on the enterprise market. It could be seen from many different perspectives, with its many offerings like the Chromebook enterprise product lines from multiple vendors, to sessions focused on AI in the Google cloud, cloud security, and many other topics.

Topics: Google Next Data Protection

Talking GDPR (ESG 360 Video Series)

This video series has already featured a discussion with Christophe Bertrand talking generally about the data protection market. In this video, part of ESG's 360 Video Series, Christophe focuses specifically on explaining the key points about one of the most significant contemporary DP issues - that is, the recently implemented European GDPR (or General Data Protection Regulation). He covers how it intersects with the topic of compliance, how its impact is essentially often global, and how it poses many questions in terms of execution and rigidity. He closes by speculating on the likely imminent increase in the number of Data Protection Officer roles - and explains why they would be needed.

Topics: Data Protection Storage GDPR

Is Ransomware on your Radar? Rubrik Can Help…

Earlier this week Rubrik announced the launch of a new addition to the Polaris SaaS platform: Polaris Radar. This new application focuses on the mitigation of data security incidents with ransomware squarely in its sights.  

In our 2018 IT Spending Intentions Survey, ESG identified that ransomware is on the rise and represents a concern for both business and IT leaders. Ransomware has become very pervasive and the majority of firms ESG surveyed reported experiencing ransomware last year, generating a high level of concern, with 81% of organizations reporting to be either concerned or highly concerned about ransomware.

Topics: Data Protection Cybersecurity

What's Next? Google Next!

Next week in San Francisco I will join a few thousand of my closest friends at Google Next 2018, which promises to be a fantastic event. I am very interested in learning more from Google Cloud’s data protection and compliance team and meeting with old and new industry friends. Many vendors will be at the event, and I look forward to meeting and/or catching up with a few of them, among them, in no particular order: Veritas, Actifio, Cohesity, Elastifile, SpinBackup, Spanning, NetApp, CloudLanes, Rubrik, CTERA, and more companies I look forward to discovering or re-discovering.  Stay tuned for ESG coverage of the event and post-event blog.
Topics: Data Protection Google Next

Talking Data Protection: ESG 360 Video Series

This conversation with Christophe Bertrand, part of ESG's 360 Video Series, is a reminder of the importance of data protection (DP) - especially the recovery element rather than 'just' the backup element. This may seem obvious; however, Christophe reminds us that the importance of DP is not to be measured so much as a only a necessary basic cost of doing business, BUT that - when optimized - it can actually return genuine value to the business. So, while the technologies and processes of DP's mechanics continue to improve, it is the resulting data-ROI opportunities of DP that should really be driving the business discussions and decisions in this area.

Topics: Data Protection Storage

Actifio Highlights the Value of Data at Data Driven 2018

I recently went to Actifio Data Driven 2018, Actifio's global user conference held at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. At Data Driven, Actifio's customers and partners showcased how and why they use Actifio solutions. I had a number of key takeaways from the conference.

Actifio clearly understands the value and importance of data. This was not just another data protection company adopting the term "Data Management" to frame themselves as more than just backup and recovery. Data Driven 2018 demonstrated that Actifio understands that the value comes from how customers use the data, not just that the data is made available. In session after session and customer meeting after customer meeting, I saw how customers and partners discussed the uses of the data made available by Actifio. I was impressed by the real-world benefits that were highlighted by everyone.

Topics: Data Protection Data Management Systems Management