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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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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