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HDS bought Sepaton – now what?

Have you ever known two people that seemed to tell the same stories and have the same ideas, but just weren’t that in to each other? And then one day, BAM, they are besties.

Sepaton was (and is) a deduplication appliance vendor that has always marketed to “the largest of enterprises.” From Sepaton’s perspective, the […]

CommVault announces “You Can Have It Your Way”

There is a famous hamburger chain that used to tout, “You can have it your way,” whereby instead of getting your burger fully-loaded (with all the fixin’s), you can choose whether you wanted pickles, tomatoes, or anything else.

For the last two decades, CommVault has been offering a fully-loaded data protection solution that encompassed backup, […]

A Look at the Amazon AWS Storage Gateway

Yesterday, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the availability of its AWS Storage Gateway, which acts as an iSCSI target, delivered as a virtual appliance. On-premise servers can connect to the iSCSI device and store their data locally, with snapshots being stored in the Amazon S3 cloud-storage environment.

This announcement coincides with the publishing of ESG’s […]

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 […]

Microsoft Ups its Backup Game in System Center 2012

[Cross-posted from my ESG blog – Technical Optimist .com]

Data protection processes and technologies are vital to ensuring an organization’s operational, regulatory, and financial health. As a result, data protection infrastructure is included in every IT budget and is top of mind for data center staff. However, due to the complexity and often high cost […]

Windows 8 – ISO and VHD support!

Am not sure whether to shout “Woo Hoo” or “Finally" … but am going with “Woooo Hooo”.

ISO and VHD files are a wonderful container for files, until you actually need just one.  

Prior to Windows 8, you could risk downloading shareware (with and without malware) to mount ISOs, which was really risky because […]

AVIcode 5.7 now available !

Tweet YES !!!   It is here !!

And not just the bits, but also the details on how SMSE / SMSD customers can get it !

Last month, I caught up with my friend Gordon McKenna – CEO of Inframon and Microsoft MVP at TechEd 2010 Europe.   He has been bringing AVIcode technologies […]

Microsoft acquires AVIcode, Inc.

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Today, Microsoft announced its acquisition of AVIcode, Inc.  Read the official blog here.

We hope that the rest of the Operations Manager community is as excited as we are about the enhanced capabilities that the AVIcode technologies bring to Systems Monitoring, including not only .Net application monitoring, as well as rich performance […]

DPM 2010 Licensing Info

With DPM 2010 now on the Microsoft price list, I wanted to take the opportunity to clarify some changes in the licensing between DPM 2007 and DPM 2010. Please note, I am not a certified licensing specialist, nor am I staring at a SKU chart.  The best official resources are on the DPM licensing and […]

New Partner Guide to System Center

 

My friends at Redmond Channel Partner have recently produced a "Microsoft Partners’ Guide to System Center” paper.

It covers some interviews related to SCE 2010 and DPM 2010 from me, David Mills (@dmills_ms) and one of our general managers, Zane Adam.

Having grown up in this industry as a […]

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