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What’s New in Data Protection from IBM Interconnect 2015

Every time that I take a close look at IBM’s data protection portfolio, veiled under its Storage solutions umbrella, I am happy surprised by the technology – and my guess is that you would be too.

Among the announcements and reveals of the week were a few important data protection nuggets:

A convergence of IBM’s […]

HDS bought Sepaton – now what?

Have you ever known two people that seemed to tell the same stories and have the same ideas, but just weren’t that in to each other? And then one day, BAM, they are besties.

Sepaton was (and is) a deduplication appliance vendor that has always marketed to “the largest of enterprises.” From Sepaton’s perspective, the […]

vBlog: Everyone Should Archive (period)

Even if you aren’t in a highly regulated industry. Even if you aren’t a Fortune 500 enterprise. Even if you don’t keep data over five years.

Everyone should archive, as a means of data management – because storage (both primary and secondary) are growing faster than storage budgets, so you can’t keep doing what […]

Riverbed Announces the End to Excuses in Trying D2D2C

For several months, I’ve been talking about the inevitability of D2D2C (meaning that data is goes from primary/production storage to secondary protection storage and then to a tertiary cloud). In fact, I blogged a few months ago that iit s seems hard to imagine organizations of any size meeting their recovery SLAs with a straight-to-cloud […]

EMC RecoverPoint for VMs is another step forward in vAdmin enablement

This week, EMC released RecoverPoint for VMs (RP4VM). For storage administrators, RecoverPoint has long been seen as the seamless synchronous/asynchronous storage replication of choice for EMC storage, to deliver higher levels of resiliency for enterprise workloads. But for virtualization administrators, it was part of the “magic” that made the storage under the hypervisor surprisingly durable […]

What if Cloud-Backup-Storage was Free?

Not Backup-as-a-Service, but just cloud-storage that could be used to supplement a backup. Sure, there are a lot of STaaS (storage-as-a-service) folks that will give you a small amount of capacity to try their platform, knowing full well that you are going to want more and be willing to pay for it.

But there used […]

EMC announces another step towards backupless-backups

Last week, in London, EMC made several announcements – many of which hinged on the VMAX3 platform – but the one of most interest to me was ProtectPoint, where those new VMAX machines will be able to send their backup data directly from production storage to protection storage (EMC Data Domain) without an intermediary backup […]

Workload-enabled Data Protection is the Future … and that is a good thing

When asked about “what is the future for datacenter data protection,” my most frequent answer is that DP becomes less about dedicated backup admins with dedicated backup infrastructure … and more about DP savvy being part of the production workload, co-managed by the DP and workload administrators.

In the last few years, we’ve seen a […]

OFS and BaaS – why you need both

At first glance, the services can be easily confused:

A small application is installed on your endpoint device, perhaps from a consumer “app-store” Behind the scenes, there is a cloud-based storage service; typically billed on capacity used Your changes to local files seem to be magically updated, with no effort at all

Yes, it’s very […]

Need Help with WinSvr 2012 Storage Spaces

Howdy MS friends,

I used to be a fan of Windows Server 2012’s Storage Spaces:

http://blog.jasonbuffington.com/index.php/2013/06/checking-out-my-newest-storage-appliance-for-under-2000/

And for those that don’t know, I used to work at MS … on Windows storage features.  But I am totally stuck – and needing help.

Two of my five drives in a Storage Space failed.  So, like I […]

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