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What’s New in Data Protection from IBM Interconnect 2015

Every time that I take a close look at IBM’s data protection portfolio, veiled under its Storage solutions umbrella, I am happy surprised by the technology – and my guess is that you would be too.

Among the announcements and reveals of the week were a few important data protection nuggets:

A convergence of IBM’s […]

The Challenges and Benefits of Virtualization-Protection

Last week, my article in Windows IT Pro on “Virtualize Everything” stimulated a rather wide range of banter:

· A few folks pointed out that some servers should not be virtualized, such as some DNS, Active Directory domain controllers and perhaps the management system that controls your hypervisor infrastructure. Those folks are correct – there […]

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 […]

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 […]

Better Catalogs Make for Better Data Restores (video)

It really is just that simple: backup products without robust catalogs are just that, backup products – not restore products.

There are lots of reasons that just maintaining a browse-able file list is not enough today, including not only a lack of search-ability but also because the catalog is the key to really leveraging primary […]

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 […]

Data Protection Appliances are better than PBBAs

Too many folks categorize every blinky-light box that can be part of a data protection solution as a "Purpose Built Backup Appliance" or PBBA.

But the market isn’t just a bunch of apples with an orange or two mixed in, data protection appliances (DPAs) can be apples, oranges, bananas and cherries — but if […]

Why Doesn’t IT back up BYOD!?

ESG recently started offering TechTruths … single nuggets of data and the analyst perspectives of why they matter. Check out all of them via the link above, but here is my favorite so far on BYOD data protection:

So, why doesn’t IT back up BYOD endpoints?! It isn’t a rhetorical question.

I have always […]

vBlog: Everyone Should Archive (period)

Even if you aren’t in a highly regulated industry. Even if you aren’t a Fortune 500 enterprise. Even if you don’t keep data over five years.

Everyone should archive, as a means of data management – because storage (both primary and secondary) are growing faster than storage budgets, so you can’t keep doing what […]

Backup Alone Just Isn’t Enough! (vBlog)

If you haven’t already checked them out, ESG recently started delivering ESG “Video Capsules” – video wisdom in 140 seconds or less – www.esg-global.com/esg-video-capsules.

One of the more recent ESG Video Capsules, “Backup Is No Longer Enough,” discusses that IT organizations of all sizes struggle to achieve the SLAs that their business units require, […]

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