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Many of these blogs were originally posted elsewhere on public sites, but have been re-posted here with attributions to the original location -- strictly as a means of a centralized archive of my perspectives.

I do not do paid endorsements, so if I am appear to be a fan of something, it is based on my personal experience with it. If I am not talking about your stuff, it is either because I haven't worked with it enough or because my mom taught me "if you can't say something nice ... "

Trends in Virtualization Protection (video)

Easily one of the most discussed topics with me in 2012 is how virtualization is changing data protection strategies.

Virtualization solves so many problems for IT that it continues to become more mainstream every day. But the more that you virtualize, the more that your legacy backup methods will likely dissappoint you. So, here is […]

How do you back up Saas? I’d like to know

You can’t have an IT “modernization” discussion without bringing up the cloud. And in the realm of data protection, that comes in a few obvious flavors:

Backup as a Service (BaaS) – where your data is backed up either directly to a cloud provider or first to a local appliance and then to that provider. […]

Snapshots vs. Backup – a great debate, no longer

It wasn’t that many years ago that “snapshotting vs. backup” had the same kind of fervor in IT debates that some American political discussions have today, or religion, or any other media-infused divisive issue. Sidenote: my favorite of these incite-ful battlegrounds is still to enter a filled room and shout “Tape is Dead” (which it […]

VMworld 2012 Wrap-up on Backup

As much as I like virtualization, and systems management, and private cloud … most folks know that I am a backup guy, first and foremost. So, you should definitely look to some of the ESG peers for the other parts of the story, including a nice video from ESG’s Mr. Virtualization, Mark Bowker. In the […]

VMworld 2012 video on VMware backup

Had the chance to do an interview on ‘The Cube’ … on VDP, VMware backup and other stuff from VMworld.

Thanks for watching.

What IT Pros should look for in Virtualization Protection

Most folks know that if I wasn’t a backup-guy, I would be a virtualization-dude. So, when those two topics collide, I’m a happy IT guy who probably has an opinion or suggestion (or two).

Coming off of the Trends in Data Protection Modernization research report, we saw some interesting trends in how folks were and […]

HP announces StoreOnce Catalyst

This week at HP Discover 2012, HP announced StoreOnce Catalyst as a software accelerator (API toolset) that enables its HP StoreOnce backup appliances to achieve up to 100TB/hour in backups – and in restores, too! Along with support for HP’s own Data Protector 7 (also announced at Discover), the StoreOnce family supports Symantec NetBackup and […]

Sepaton announces 6.1 release

With an architecture that is designed to scale-up (compute) its storage and dedupe controllers, separate from how it scales-out (capacity) is storage nodes, Sepaton markets itself as the only data protection solution that is designed solely for large enterprises.

In its 6.1 release, Sepaton brings new options to Symantec owners, through its recent […]

Quest announces NetVault XA — and it is absolutely gorgeous

I confess to have been personally blown out of the water by this new UI, when I saw it a few weeks ago. Many backup companies talk about ‘policy-based’ solutions and ‘ease-of-use’ – but what has come out of Quest looks more like a UI from a science fiction movie like Minority Report or video […]

Video explaining Dedupe 2.0

[cross posted on ESG blog Technical Optimist .com]

Deduplication isn’t an “if”, it’s a “when” – and the “when” is now. 

Take a look at this 5m video to explain where the evolution is coming from, in a technology that everybody ought to be taking for granted.

As always, thanks for watching.

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