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Data Management Is Undeniably the Future of Data Protection

ESG has historically referred to “data protection” as a spectrum of activities that include backup, snapshots, and replication, as shown here:

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Wrap-Up on Backup from Veritas Vision 2017

veritas-vid.jpgIt would be easy to assume that because the Veritas name has been around for more than 20 years, its products are all legacy and no longer suitable to modern data centers or IT scenarios; you would be wrong. Veritas is “back” after its divestiture from Symantecwith a laser focus on data management that very effectively narrates a comprehensive portfolio to its customers and partners.

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Data Protection Is (or Should Be) Increasingly Part of a Systems Management Strategy (Video)

Buffington_VMworld.jpegThink about it. If I’m an IT Operations team member:

  • I provision new servers (usually VMs), but some physical and some cloud-based.
  • I patch and maintain those servers.
  • I provide or rescind access to the applications on those servers.
  • I monitor those servers for performance and uptime.
  • And when those servers go down, I am the first one who gets called.

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Hyperconverged Systems Don’t Preclude the Need for Data Protection (Video)

Terri_Jason_VMworld.jpgDuring VMworld US, I had the chance to visit with my colleague Terri McClure, who covers HyperConverged and Converged Infrastructure (HCI).  Many HCI offerings boast “built-in” data protection capabilities, which prompted her and I to talk about the broader strategies of data protection within these all-in-one solution stacks.  In fact, “Integrated Data Protection” was on the top of the list for many IT professionals who are considering HCI solutions.

Is there a place for third-party backup when everything else is within one stack? YES!!!

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Wrap-up on Backup from VMworld US 2017

vmworld-2017-vid-ss.jpgVMworld is still “the place to be” for discussing data center modernization—and that means that there were several data protection vendors in attendance, each with something to say.

But what was most interesting is the general shift in VMware’s tone from a hypervisor or data center-centric vision to a cloud-first vision, particularly with its announcements around running VMware on AWS. As ESG often states, “When you modernize production, you must modernize protection”—because changes to production infrastructure (physical, virtual, or cloud-powered) will often require changes in data protect strategy and tools. Continue reading Wrap-up on Backup from VMworld US 2017

Looking towards Data Management and Enablement in 2018 (Video)

JasonBCDM.jpgCopy Data Management (CDM) and all the permutations of “Copy” “Data” “Management” with or without additional terms like “Active” “Enterprise” “Virtualization,” etc., seems to be the rage these days. A few years ago, there was only one visionary company talking about CDM. Today, we see a range of vendors now claiming to be CDM, even when they don’t deliver the breadth of capabilities that the industry may have presumed CDM to be; and others who have been quietly delivering those capabilities and more, without the terminology (a.k.a. they were CDM before CDM was cool).

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Do you still need a VM-specific backup solution?

Probably not … but not for the reasons that you think. As most folks are getting ready for VMworld next week, ESG has published a brief, Is a VM-specific Approach to Backup & Recovery Still Necessary in 2017?

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Midyear Check-in on Data Protection Initiatives in 2017 (Animated Infographic)

At the halfway point in 2017, it seems appropriate to revisit the continued momentum around investing in better, more agile, more reliable, likely cloud-enhanced data protection. Early each year, ESG publishes its IT Spending Intentions report, where we look at where organizations are intending to invest their budgets.

In each of the six years that I have been at ESG, “Data Protection” in one or more forms is among the top of one or more priority lists.  Continue reading Midyear Check-in on Data Protection Initiatives in 2017 (Animated Infographic)

Long Term Data Retention is Evolving – Are You? (Video)

It seems like every few months, a new regulation or mandate pops up to remind people to 1) keep their data longer and/or 2) delete it as soon as necessary. Those two edicts are not contrary to each other as long as you do them in that sequence; first, understand your retention requirements and then delete data beyond that retention date. But there is sooooo much more to it than that, since not all data has the same regulatory or operational retention benefits or requirements.

If you haven’t seen it already, please check out my earlier vBlog on “The Good, Better, Best of Data Management

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WHAT Products or Services Might you Consider when Using Clouds Within your Data Protection Strategy – Part 4 in Series

cloud_in_hand.jpgEach Wednesday in June, I explored an aspect of utilizing cloud services as part of your data protection strategy through a series of videos and blogs – based on ESG’s Data Protection Cloud Strategies research report.

Part 1 – WHY use clouds as part of your data protection strategyJune 7

Part 2 – WHICH clouds to use within your data protection strategyJune 14  

Part 3 – HOW to ensure security when using clouds within your data protection strategyJune 21

Part 4 – WHAT products or services might you consider when using clouds within your data protection strategy … June 28

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