Book Review – Data Protection for Virtual Data Centers

Was excited to see one of the first reviews from my book – from Paul Schnackenburg, who many of you will know from various his System Center and Microsoft coverage in publications including ZDnet.AU, RedmondMag and  He also writes his own blog called Tell IT as IT is.  Paul was kind enough to read the book and here is what he said:Data Protection for Virtual Datacenters

I’ve just finished reading Data Protection for Virtual Data Centers by Jason Buffington, it was a very good read. This is a rather unique book in that it’s not a book about Data Protection Manager although you’ll learn a lot about what DPM can do for data protection. It’s also not a book about Systems Center Configuration Manager or Systems Center Operations Manager even though you’ll gain an overview of what those products can do.

What this book does is take a holistic approach to understanding data protection as it applies to small, medium and large organizations. Starting with an overview of what data protection is and the different technologies used to achieve it; the book then steps you through how to use business metrics and financial calculations to understand which option is most suitable. You’ll then learn how to achieve High Availability in modern versions of SQL Server, Exchange Server, File Services in Windows Server, Failover Clustering and Hyper-V Virtualization etc. It rounds of with Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery.

All in all this is a well written book, by an expert in the field who’s been doing data protection for many years, covering modern approaches to data protection in today’s IT world. Highly recommended for anyone wanting to understand the many layers and facets of data protection!

Paul – thanks for reading the book (and writing about it) !

Everyone else — As always, thanks for reading. 

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