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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 […]

How to Protect an EVO RAIL (video series)

VMware’s EVO RAIL is an architecture for a hyper-converged, software-defined data center in a single appliance form-factor … to be delivered by various hardware partners.  But how do you protect that all-in-one solution?

For the next several weeks, ESG will be releasing a seven-part series of ESG Capsules, 2 minute video segments, where I’ll talk […]

EMC RecoverPoint for VMs is another step forward in vAdmin enablement

This week, EMC released RecoverPoint for VMs (RP4VM). For storage administrators, RecoverPoint has long been seen as the seamless synchronous/asynchronous storage replication of choice for EMC storage, to deliver higher levels of resiliency for enterprise workloads. But for virtualization administrators, it was part of the “magic” that made the storage under the hypervisor surprisingly durable […]

EMC announces another step towards backupless-backups

Last week, in London, EMC made several announcements – many of which hinged on the VMAX3 platform – but the one of most interest to me was ProtectPoint, where those new VMAX machines will be able to send their backup data directly from production storage to protection storage (EMC Data Domain) without an intermediary backup […]

Workload-enabled Data Protection is the Future … and that is a good thing

When asked about “what is the future for datacenter data protection,” my most frequent answer is that DP becomes less about dedicated backup admins with dedicated backup infrastructure … and more about DP savvy being part of the production workload, co-managed by the DP and workload administrators.

In the last few years, we’ve seen a […]

vBlog: Wrap-Up on Backup from EMC World 2014 – part 2, strategy

Last week, I published a video summary of the data protection product news from EMC World 2014, with the help of some of my EMC Data Protection friends. To follow that up, I asked EMC’s Rob Emsley to knit the pieces together around the Data Protection strategy from EMC:

Essentially, what I call the […]

vBlog: Wrap-Up on Backup from EMC World 2014 – part 1, products

During EMC World 2014 in Las Vegas last month, I had the chance to visit with several EMC product managers on what was announced from a product perspective, as well as overall data protection strategy.  Enjoy the video:

For such a broad range of products within the EMC DP portfolio, it is […]

Video summary of Disk-Based Backup Target Systems

A few months ago, ESG completed its research on Disk-Based Backup Target Systems – the storage platforms that data protection solutions are often built upon.

The nice folks in ESG’s video team were kind enough to help me record some of our findings, as well as what made the research compelling.

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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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