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Wrap-Up on Backup from Microsoft Ignite (with Video)

As ESG often tries to do, here is a short summary video of ESG’s impressions from a major industry event – Microsoft Ignite, held in Atlanta over September 26-29, 2016 – from a backup perspective.

In the video, I suggested that Microsoft is a leader in Windows data protection. Certainly, this is not to disparage […]

New Veritas = New Vision

This week, the newly unencumbered Veritas (from Symantec) relaunched its premier user event – Veritas Vision. There was a palpable energy that resonated around “we’re back and ready to resume our leadership mantle,” starting with an impressive day one from main stage:

Bill Coleman (CEO) started the event by making “information is everything” personal by […]

Is Your Data Protection Strategy Suffering a Civil War?

I am a huge fan of the Marvel movies. Each of the individual hero movies has done an awesome job contributing to the greater albeit fictional universe. Each of the heroes has their unique role to play within the Avengers team. And yet, in the latest movie that released on Blu-Ray today, it appears as […]

Why you still need backup … and beyond

The foundation of any data protection, preservation, and availability strategy is grounded in “backup,” period. Yes, a majority of organizations supplement backups with snapshots, or replicas, or archives, as shown in what ESG refers to as the Data Protection Spectrum:

And as much as some of those other colors (approaches to data protection) can […]

“Tape” is not a four-letter word

In the 25+ years that I have been in data protection, much of it has been spent hearing about “better” alternatives to tape as a medium. Certainly, in the earlier days, tape earned its reputation of slowness or unreliability. But nothing else in IT is the same as it was twenty years ago, so why […]

The gold standard for data protection keeps evolving

Yes, of course, data protection has to evolve to keep up with how production platforms are evolving, but I would offer that the presumptive ‘gold standard’ for what is the norm for those on the front lines of proactive data protection is evolving in at least three different directions at the same time.

Here is […]

A case study in how to #EpicFail at a product launch

Last week provided a case study in how to #EpicFail at a product launch. The vendor in question took a fresh look at the market and then created a completely new offering, built on a trusted brand, but stretching in a new and intriguing direction. And then, it completely failed in its first days in […]

Why BaaS when you can DRaaS?

The question isn’t as simple as it might seem:

There are lots of great reasons to embrace modern Backup as a Service (BaaS) solutions, including governance, extended data preservation, IT oversight of endpoint and ROBO backups, etc. There is also one overwhelmingly great reason to utilize Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) — enhanced availability […]

Wrap-up on backup from EMC World 2016 — day two keynote

There are a lot of things to like about EMC World this year, especially if data protection is important to you. Kudos on the day two general session with Jeremy Burton and Guy Churchward.

Some notes from the event:

It is hard to imagine doing an inside-an-appliance component-level tour from main stage, but the Fantastic […]

How to evolve from “data protection” to “data management”

To evolve from backup to data protection is to embrace complementary mechanisms that enable a much broader range of preservation of data, protection of data, and the assurance of productivity through enhanced availability initiatives, as seen in ESG’s Spectrum of Data Protection.

To evolve from data protection to data management is to get smarter […]

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