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Better Catalogs Make for Better Data Restores (video)

It really is just that simple: backup products without robust catalogs are just that, backup products – not restore products.

There are lots of reasons that just maintaining a browse-able file list is not enough today, including not only a lack of search-ability but also because the catalog is the key to really leveraging primary […]

Data Protection Appliances are better than PBBAs

Too many folks categorize every blinky-light box that can be part of a data protection solution as a "Purpose Built Backup Appliance" or PBBA.

But the market isn’t just a bunch of apples with an orange or two mixed in, data protection appliances (DPAs) can be apples, oranges, bananas and cherries — but if […]

vBlog: How to Ensure the Availability of the Modern Data Center

When you really boil down the core of IT — its to deliver the services and access to data that the business requires. That includes understanding the needs of the business, its dependencies on things like its data, and then ensuring the availability of that data.

"Availability" can be achieved in two ways = Resilience […]

D2D2C is like 1 box of Legos and 2 manuals

Last year, I blogged that a modern “Data Protection Strategy” is more than just backup – instead including also snapshots, replication, archiving, etc.  (see also bit.ly/jbSpectrum1)

And while some would then call this a hybrid architecture, others prefer to think about “hybrid” as being disk plus tape or cloud.  If we dig into where those […]

vBlog: Every Data Protection Architecture should be "Hybrid"

Maybe not “every” – but certainly more than “most” – data protection architecture should be “hybrid,” meaning that it should include disk-, cloud-, and yes tape-based recovery components. Why? Because each has a legitimate set of use-case scenarios and attributes that lend each medium type to different data protection goals.

I previously blogged that every […]

vBlog: What to look for in Virtualization Protection in 2014

I spend a lot of time talking about protecting highly virtualized environments because so many people still struggle with it. In fact, ESG published a whole report on it earlier in 2013:

ESG Report: Trends in Protecting Highly Virtualized Environments

Server virtualization solves a lot of challenges for IT. And if I wasn’t a “backup […]

vBlog: You Too Can be a Data Protection Super Hero

The awesome folks in the ESG Video team recently let me sit down and record a few podcasts that I will be releasing over the next few weeks. In this one, I started thinking about the challenges of midsized organizations and ensuring adequate data protection and recovery.

While enterprises often have experts that are ready […]

The Spectrum of Data Protection

It is interesting to me how marketing folks and technical purists banter IT terms around, in hopes of sounding fresh and compelling to their customers. While “backup” is often thought of as passé or the bane of IT operations, “data protection” is perceived as more strategic, with other lofty terms such as “business continuity” and […]

The term PBBA is overused and often incorrect

There are some who would refer to optimized disk-based target devices that are optimized for as Purpose-Built Backup Appliances (PBBAs), but that term is actually misleading.

When one refers to a “backup server,” the implication is that the server performs backups—and in fact, those servers do perform backups.

When one refers to a “storage controller,” […]

From EMC World 2013: Backup/Archive (video)

This week, I sat down to do a short video for TechTarget on what I was finding interesting at EMC World 2013:

EMC’s Data Protection Suite, as a new way to acquire and consume the range of EMC backup software The differences between Backup and Archiving, and what EMC’s solutions are doing about it

And […]

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