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My blog posts and tweets are my own, and do not necessarily represent the views of my current employer, my previous employers or any other party.

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 ... "

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.

Cool EMC Networker 8 video

While I was taking some time off last month, EMC announced NetWorker 8 – and one of the things that I caught up on was a neat video celebrating the legacy of NetWorker from 1988 through 2012.

Other than the fact that it highlights the evolution of NetWorker, including just about every feature that a […]

Video on EMC DataBridge from EMC World 2012

Most of you know me as a “backup guy” (and I am) … but my last gig at Microsoft not only included MS backup products but also monitoring and reporting technologies such as System Center Operations Manager.

So, when I had the chance to take a deep look at EMC’s upcoming DataBridge solution, which aggregates […]

Introducing EMC DataBridge

While most folks know me as a data protection guy, a few might recall that I was also the senior product manager for some of the “systems monitoring” technologies at Microsoft, including the recently released System Center Operations Manager 2012. So, it’s been a special thrill to take an early look at EMC’s DataBridge Enterprise […]

Mozy announces Stash beta

Mozy has announced the public beta of its new Stash offering.  The public beta is available to existing Mozy Backup customers, as an add-on capability that takes advantage of customers’ existing accounts, subscribed storage capacity, etc. In other words, it’s a great example of the convergence between backup-as-a-service (BaaS) and Online-File-Storage (OLFS).

ESG recently published […]

DPM 2007 in the heterogeneous enterprise

One question that I hear frequently is “I love what Microsoft is doing for backup of my Windows servers.  But what about my non-Windows servers?”  Similarly, one might ask “What about heterogeneous environments?“

A different question that is often confused with these is “Is DPM enterprise-ready?” 

To separate these questions, let me address the latter […]

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