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My blog posts and tweets are my own, and do not necessarily represent the views of my current employer, my previous employers or any other party.

Many of these blogs were originally posted elsewhere on public sites, but have been re-posted here with attributions to the original location -- strictly as a means of a centralized archive of my perspectives.

I do not do paid endorsements, so if I am appear to be a fan of something, it is based on my personal experience with it. If I am not talking about your stuff, it is either because I haven't worked with it enough or because my mom taught me "if you can't say something nice ... "

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 […]

VIDEO: What to plan for in a Data Protection Spectrum

Continuing on the theme that we started last year that “Data Protection” is the umbrella theme that encompasses a broad range (spectrum) of IT behaviors, including “Backup, Snapshots, Replication, etc.”:

    

Here is a video that gives some color to those ideas (pun intended):

    

1. Start with a fresh understanding of your […]

JBuff on the Cube at IBM Pulse 2014

While at IBM Pulse 2014, I was invited to sit in at ‘the Cube’ to talk about what’s new in Data Protection.

We had the chance to talk about:

Virtualization Protection Endpoint Protection How the Cloud is changing Data Protection Options And how IBM is evolving its data protection offerings to meet those […]

D2D2C is like 1 box of Legos and 2 manuals

Last year, I blogged that a modern “Data Protection Strategy” is more than just backup – instead including also snapshots, replication, archiving, etc.  (see also bit.ly/jbSpectrum1)

And while some would then call this a hybrid architecture, others prefer to think about “hybrid” as being disk plus tape or cloud.  If we dig into where those […]

8 Suggestions that Every Data Protection Strategy should have

As a “data protection dude”, I have the best job in the world – I have the opportunity to talk to hundreds of IT Pro’s on what they are doing (or are thinking about doing) in data protection, and then survey thousands more on the same ideas. 

So, for all of the IT Pro’s […]

I watched a DataCenter get hit by a Hurricane … and recover

I don’t often re-post vendor marketing content – but since they let me be a small part of simulating a hurricane/flood of a datacenter …

Symantec rented out a 6-story hurricane (100mph) simulator in South Carolina … and then flooded a working datacenter server-stack with 35,000 gallons of water:

Most folks know me […]

vBlog: Every Data Protection Architecture should be "Hybrid"

Maybe not “every” – but certainly more than “most” – data protection architecture should be “hybrid,” meaning that it should include disk-, cloud-, and yes tape-based recovery components. Why? Because each has a legitimate set of use-case scenarios and attributes that lend each medium type to different data protection goals.

I previously blogged that every […]

vBlog: What to look for in Virtualization Protection in 2014

I spend a lot of time talking about protecting highly virtualized environments because so many people still struggle with it. In fact, ESG published a whole report on it earlier in 2013:

ESG Report: Trends in Protecting Highly Virtualized Environments

Server virtualization solves a lot of challenges for IT. And if I wasn’t a “backup […]

vBlog: You Too Can be a Data Protection Super Hero

The awesome folks in the ESG Video team recently let me sit down and record a few podcasts that I will be releasing over the next few weeks. In this one, I started thinking about the challenges of midsized organizations and ensuring adequate data protection and recovery.

While enterprises often have experts that are ready […]

Video: Separate VM backups or Unified Protection?

As many in the IT industry are getting ready for VMworld, my mind always wanders back to what seems to be the perennial question – “Use a separate backup solution for protecting VMs … or a single solution for physical and virtual servers?”

It used to be that the Virtualization-specific solutions did an inarguably better […]

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