Thoughts on IBM Think[ing] 2019- includes video

IBM’s Think 2019 event was made to do just that – make you think. Unlike many vendors, whose events can be like giant market stalls, Think was more more like a visit to your old college; and that's  not a pejorative, it’s a compliment.

Sure, it could get a tad calculated or even over-earnest at times, but overall it was a refreshing take – stopping and thinking...though in San Francisco last week it was advisable to undertake your contemplations inside the Moscone Center, as it poured with rain on the main mid-week days! Weather aside, the move from Vegas to San Francisco was a good one.

Topics: Storage Cybersecurity Data Protection

Carbonite Buys Webroot – Why You Should Care

Cloud data protection player Carbonite just agreed to acquire cloud endpoint security player Webroot for $618M in cash.

My first immediate concern is that I’ve seen this before. Symantec bought Veritas – same logic: marry endpoint security with data protection – because that makes sense – except it didn’t work. It failed spectacularly.

Having said that, times are different, so I won’t immediately write it off. But I do have big concerns.

Topics: Cybersecurity Data Protection

From Backup to Intelligent Data - Introducing a New Maturity Model (Video)

The world of data protection is changing rapidly. After many years witnessing these changes as a vendor, and now as an analyst, I have developed a maturity model: the backup data transformation model. This model will help both end-users and vendors evaluate their current position and their journey from data backup to autonomous data intelligence and whether they can cross the data management chasm. Did I get your attention? Please read on.

Topics: Data Protection

Data Protection Conversation with HYCU (Video)

In our most recent edition of Data Protection Conversations, I spoke with Simon Taylor, CEO of HYCU. HYCU has a very unique profile with many years of expertise in backup and recovery and a unique strategy to address some of the newest challenges in modern data protection and multi-cloud workloads. Don't miss this edition and stay tuned for our next Data Protection Conversation.

Topics: Data Protection data protection conversations

More Data Protection Conversations

In my most recent data protection conversations, I had the pleasure of meeting with a few industry leaders in the space of Data Protection working in very different companies and market segments. 

Topics: Data Protection data protection conversations

Salesforce Backup and Recovery Secrets Revealed...

There is a fundamental misunderstanding in the market that SaaS providers will take care of backup and recovery, archiving, and compliance for you. While there are some exceptions…they pretty much won’t. It’s your problem as an end-user. You are in charge of your data but you are not in control. Someone used the term “Russian roulette” to describe this situation…it may be exaggerated, but you get the idea!

Topics: Data Protection

Data Protection Conversations:  David Safaii, CEO of Trilio (Video)

The data protection market is going through many transitions and has never been more active. As customers face new challenges every day and look for solutions, I thought it'd be great to get perspectives from the vendors who help create these solutions. That's how this vlog was born. It consists of short interviews of executives from the vendor community in which they share their views on the market. 

In this edition of Data Protection Conversations, I speak with David Safaii, CEO of Trilio.   

Topics: Data Protection data protection conversations

Data Protection Landscape 2018 - Major Disrupting Trends (Video)

We recently conducted our 2018 Data Protection Landscape Survey and uncovered some very interesting trends. In our series of video blogs on the research, we will cover several facets of the ever-changing landscape of data protection. We surveyed over 300 respondents in various market segments based on company size, allowing us to delve deeper into midmarket or enterprise trends, for example, or by company revenue bracket. We also identified not only the age of the organization, but the age of respondents. These demographic data points can be useful in further understanding the market. If you are a subscriber to ESG data protection research, please check out the 2018 Data Protection Landscape Master Survey Results.

Topics: Data Protection

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