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JBuff’s Data Protection Predictions for 2015

Last month, I sat down with my colleague, John McKnight, to give my predictions on how Data Protection will or should change in 2015 … in five minutes or less:

My top areas of interest for this year include:

Protecting SaaS applications, such as Office365, GoogleApps and SalesForce Protecting corporate data on endpoint devices […]

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 […]

A Replication Feature is not a Disaster Recovery Plan

A few years ago, I blogged that “Your Replication is not my Disaster Recovery” where I lamented that real BC/DR is much more about people/process than it is about technology.

To be clear, I am not bashing replication technologies or the marketing folks at those vendors … because without your data, you don’t have BC/DR, […]

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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I watched a DataCenter get hit by a Hurricane … and recover

I don’t often re-post vendor marketing content – but since they let me be a small part of simulating a hurricane/flood of a datacenter …

Symantec rented out a 6-story hurricane (100mph) simulator in South Carolina … and then flooded a working datacenter server-stack with 35,000 gallons of water:

Most folks know me […]

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 – […]

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 […]

vBlog: Regulatory Compliance vs Operational Readiness (3 of 4): HIPAA

This month, I am taking a look at the differences between ‘Regulatory Compliance’ and ‘Operational Readiness’ through a series of videos.

Regulatory Compliance

The efforts to check the boxes before audits – often mandated by an industry (e.g. HIPAA), corporate (SOX) or legal (DOD 5.015.2-STD).

Operational Readiness

The IT efforts to […]

vBlog: Regulatory Compliance vs Operational Readiness (2 of 4): SEC and SOX

This month, I am taking a look at the differences between ‘Regulatory Compliance’ and ‘Operational Readiness’ through a series of videos.

Regulatory Compliance

The efforts to check the boxes before audits – often mandated by an industry (e.g. HIPAA), corporate (SOX) or legal (DOD 5.015.2-STD).

Operational Readiness

The IT efforts to […]

vBlog: Regulatory Compliance vs Operational Readiness (1 of 4)

This month, I am taking a look at the differences between ‘Regulatory Compliance’ and ‘Operational Readiness’ through a series of videos.

Regulatory Compliance

The efforts to check the boxes before audits – often mandated by an industry (e.g. HIPAA), corporate (SOX) or legal (DOD 5.015.2-STD).

Operational Readiness

The IT efforts […]

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