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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

OFS and BaaS – why you need both

At first glance, the services can be easily confused:

A small application is installed on your endpoint device, perhaps from a consumer “app-store” Behind the scenes, there is a cloud-based storage service; typically billed on capacity used Your changes to local files seem to be magically updated, with no effort at all

Yes, it’s very […]

You have one less way to recover your data – and you probably didn’t realize it

BE AWARE that today’s laptop and mobile devices have one less recovery option than they used to. 

This particular customer service announcement is targeted mostly at business executives and the IT professionals who support them.

  -  Those folks presume that device theft never happens and that they are too responsible to ever leave […]

New ESG Research on BaaS, DRaaS and Tertiary

These days, you can’t have a discussion on modernizing your IT infrastructure without talking about “cloud” … but when it comes to Data Protection, there isn’t just one kind of Data Protection as a Service (DPaaS).

In fact, most folks are considering up to three different DPaaS capability sets, including:

  -  BaaS – […]

The Spectrum of Data Protection

It is interesting to me how marketing folks and technical purists banter IT terms around, in hopes of sounding fresh and compelling to their customers. While “backup” is often thought of as passé or the bane of IT operations, “data protection” is perceived as more strategic, with other lofty terms such as “business continuity” and […]

My newest Storage Appliance for under $2,000

After 22+ years in backup, I have become something of a storage geek on the side (or at least pretend to be one).

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been playing with a new storage solution in my Dallas lab:

The device has two gigabit NICs in it – one offering CIFS/SMB 3.0 shares and […]

Snapshots vs. Backup – a great debate, no longer

It wasn’t that many years ago that “snapshotting vs. backup” had the same kind of fervor in IT debates that some American political discussions have today, or religion, or any other media-infused divisive issue. Sidenote: my favorite of these incite-ful battlegrounds is still to enter a filled room and shout “Tape is Dead” (which it […]

HP announces StoreOnce Catalyst

This week at HP Discover 2012, HP announced StoreOnce Catalyst as a software accelerator (API toolset) that enables its HP StoreOnce backup appliances to achieve up to 100TB/hour in backups – and in restores, too! Along with support for HP’s own Data Protector 7 (also announced at Discover), the StoreOnce family supports Symantec NetBackup and […]

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