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You can prepare for tomorrow’s disaster today

This week, many of my colleagues are preparing for Winter Storm Juno. One of my compatriots actually warned his friends on Facebook that he was going to run around supermarket aisles telling folks “We’re all going to die!!”

But seriously, it wasn’t that many years ago that IT folks would shrug their shoulders with the […]

Backing up SaaS : an interview with Spanning

One of the more frequent topics that I get asked about is “How do you back up production workloads, after they go to the cloud?”

A few months ago, I blogged on that – essentially saying that history is repeating itself (again). As new platforms usurp the old way of doing things (NetWare to Windows […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

New Math: Virtualization plus DPaaS = BC/DR!

Maybe that is overly-simplified, but not by much. Virtualization makes servers (and their associated storage) portable, while Data Protection Services provide alternate locations and expertise that many organizations of all sizes have been desperate for.

In 2013, ESG published complete research reports on both of these topics:

Research Report: Trends in Protecting Highly Virtualized Environments

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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 […]

You have one less way to recover your data – and you probably didn’t realize it

BE AWARE that today’s laptop and mobile devices have one less recovery option than they used to. 

This particular customer service announcement is targeted mostly at business executives and the IT professionals who support them.

  -  Those folks presume that device theft never happens and that they are too responsible to ever leave […]

New ESG Research on BaaS, DRaaS and Tertiary

These days, you can’t have a discussion on modernizing your IT infrastructure without talking about “cloud” … but when it comes to Data Protection, there isn’t just one kind of Data Protection as a Service (DPaaS).

In fact, most folks are considering up to three different DPaaS capability sets, including:

  -  BaaS – […]

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