Last week, my article in Windows IT Pro on “Virtualize Everything” stimulated a rather wide range of banter:
· A few folks pointed out that some servers should not be virtualized, such as some DNS, Active Directory domain controllers and perhaps the management system that controls your hypervisor infrastructure. Those folks are correct – there […]
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 […]
VMware’s EVO RAIL is an architecture for a hyper-converged, software-defined data center in a single appliance form-factor … to be delivered by various hardware partners. But how do you protect that all-in-one solution?
For the next several weeks, ESG will be releasing a seven-part series of ESG Capsules, 2 minute video segments, where I’ll talk […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
“Backing up and recovering VMs” is not solved. There are lots of options in market, and the dynamics seem to shift by the day:
The unified (physical plus virtual) backup solutions are trying to take back share from the virtualization-specific folks, now that some of them are catching up (or passing) on VM protection methods […]
Maybe that is overly-simplified, but not by much. Virtualization makes servers (and their associated storage) portable, while Data Protection Services provide alternate locations and expertise that many organizations of all sizes have been desperate for.
In 2013, ESG published complete research reports on both of these topics:
Research Report: Trends in Protecting Highly Virtualized Environments
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 […]
As VMworld kicks off, I wanted to share some insights from ESG’s recently published "Trends in Protecting Highly Virtualized Environments" report. In a new research brief that ESG published this morning, we look at the ‘skills gap’ for data protection and virtualization. Click Here to check it out.
As IT organizations move from 20% to […]