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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 […]

New Insights on the Trends for Protecting Highly Virtualized Environments

Easily one of the most revolutionary changes to IT over the past few years has been server virtualization.

If I wasn’t a backup-dude (23 years), then I would be a virtualization-guy (10+) – so I was very excited to conduct a research project at ESG specifically around the Trends for Protecting Highly Virtualized and […]

Discussing Data Protection with IBM

Last week, I had the opportunity to sit down with Tom Hughes and Todd Watson from IBM. We talked about three IT trends that are disrupting traditional data protection strategies and legacy approaches:

Highly Virtualized / Private Cloud Infrastructures Cloud-based Solutions for backup & storage Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) for endpoint protection

Here is […]

Trends in Virtualization Protection (video)

Easily one of the most discussed topics with me in 2012 is how virtualization is changing data protection strategies.

Virtualization solves so many problems for IT that it continues to become more mainstream every day. But the more that you virtualize, the more that your legacy backup methods will likely dissappoint you. So, here is […]

Checking out vSphere Data Protection 5.1

A few weeks ago, at VMworld 2012 US, VMware announced vSphere Data Protection – a virtual appliance backup solution for vSphere 5.1 that is based on EMC Avamar technology.

Read more about VDP on my blog : VMworld 2012 announces vSphere Data Protection (VDP)

And coming off of VMworld, I’ve received lots of kind feedback […]

VMworld 2012 video on VMware backup

Had the chance to do an interview on ‘The Cube’ … on VDP, VMware backup and other stuff from VMworld.

Thanks for watching.

VMworld 2012 – What I am looking for this week

For the next four days, I will be living and breathing four letters – VADP.

Starting in vStorage 4 … and now on the cusp of vStorage 5.1 … the VMware-parts of my brain revolve around the VMware API’s for Data Protection (VADP). VADP is a big part of what enables Vmware configurations to be […]

What IT Pros should look for in Virtualization Protection

Most folks know that if I wasn’t a backup-guy, I would be a virtualization-dude. So, when those two topics collide, I’m a happy IT guy who probably has an opinion or suggestion (or two).

Coming off of the Trends in Data Protection Modernization research report, we saw some interesting trends in how folks were and […]

HP VS3 announced at MMS 2012

Today, HP announced the newest offering in its VirtualSystem for Microsoft solutions family – the VS3, leveraging HP hardware that has been assembled and optimized to deliver the entire Microsoft Private Cloud stack, including:

HP Proliant “generation 8” BladeSystem servers HP 3PAR storage HP Insight Control management tools Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V Microsoft […]

Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track at MMS 2012

The Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track program puts the best practices and private cloud experience of Microsoft into an IT architecture that provides consistency and flexibility in the Microsoft stack, while still enabling its hardware partners to bring their own expertise and differentiated components together for customers benefit.

While at MMS 2012, I had the […]

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