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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 […]

Now’s the time to virtualize backup deduplication

With so much great work being done in converged infrastructure and hyper-converged appliances, many users are getting to the point that the only boxes with blinky lights that they want to see on their floor are those converged infrastructure (CI)/hyper-converged appliance (HC) platforms, since everything else is running inside those bundles.

But one of the […]

Do we still need VM-specific backup tools? [video]

This is one of the big questions in 2016 (and each of the past few years as well).

Have the “traditional” unified data protection solutions caught up in reliability and agility to the degree that the need for “point products” that only protect VMs are no longer necessary? To help answer the question, I’ve recorded […]

Data Protection Predictions for 2016

‘Tis the time of year to re-think how you did things before and what you might want to do differently in the future — in life, in IT and in Data Protection. To help you with those considerations, I’d like to share a short video on what we expect the more interesting trends will be […]

Backing up virtual machines doesn’t have to hurt

Backing up virtual servers was a serious challenge for a number of years. Even today, many shops use traditional, agent-based backup to protect virtual servers. But it’s a classic example of something working well until it doesn’t. Virtual server backup has a threshold of sorts. If you just need to protect a few, or even […]

VMworld 2015 Had Some Great Marketing

There was some great marketing execution at VMworld 2015.

As a sequel to my blog last year that “Event Marketing Doesn’t Get Enough Credit,” here is my tip of the hat to some of the unsung heroes of tradeshows: the events planners and marketing leaders that ensure that the technology experts and sales folks have […]

Wrapup on Backup from VMworld 2015

It’s taken me a while to catch up after VMworld, but I did want to share some observations on what was interesting at the show from a data protection perspective. Thankfully, nearly gone are the days of asking “How do I get a good backup of my VMs?”

With the prevalent usage of VMware’s vSphere […]

VMware DRaaS Announcements are a Good Thing!

Today, VMware announced enhancements to both its vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM) and vCloud Air Disaster Recovery. In both cases, VMware is essentially asking, “Why just BaaS when you can DRaaS?”

Over the past three VMworld events:

In 2013, VMware was talking about vSphere Data Protection (VDP/VDPA). In 2014, VMware discussed maturations and enhancements in […]

What I Want to Talk About at VMworld 2015

In 2015, the question is no longer “Can I get a reliable backup of a VM?”

With vStorage APIs for data protection (VADP) now being mature since 5.5, through 5.8 and up and coming in 6.0, shame on any backup solution that cannot reliably back up VMs using host-based APIs. Shame on vendors who only […]

Hyperconverged Infrastructure for BCDR using EVO RAIL

Shortly after VMware announced its EVO Rail initiative, whereby hardware partners could start delivering a very dense compute, storage, and networking solution within a wholly-contained appliance – I started exploring the data protection aspects of an EVO Rail solution.  The nice folks in ESG’s video studio have produced a whole series on this … in […]

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