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What I am looking for at VMworld 2014 … a Data Protection Perspective

For the past few years, the big data protection trend in virtual environments was simply to ensure reliable backups (and restores) of VMs. That alone hasn’t always been easy, but with the newer Data Protection APIs from VMware (VADP), that is becoming table-stakes – and the real differentiation coming from the agility to restore (speed […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Data Protection Impressions from the Dell Analyst Conference 2014

I recently had the opportunity to attend the Dell Annual Analyst Conference (DAAC), where Michael Dell and the senior leadership team gave updates on their businesses and cast a very clear strategy around four core pillars:

Transform — to the Cloud Connect — with mobility Inform — through Big Data Protect

Protect?! YAY!!  As 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 […]

vBlog: How to Ensure the Availability of the Modern Data Center

When you really boil down the core of IT — its to deliver the services and access to data that the business requires. That includes understanding the needs of the business, its dependencies on things like its data, and then ensuring the availability of that data.

"Availability" can be achieved in two ways = Resilience […]

How do you back up Big Data? Or SaaS? Who will be the next Veeam?

It seems that every time that a new major IT platform is delivered, backing it up is an afterthought – often exacerbated by the fact that the platform vendor didn’t create the APIs or plumbing to enable a backup ecosystem. Each time, there is a gap where the legacy folks aren’t able to adapt quickly […]

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