- Are We There Yet?
If there’s one thing about which industry experts seem to agree, it’s that when it comes to virtualization and its transformational effects on IT, “we ain’t seen nothing yet!” Consider the following data points from a recent ESG Research Report.* While 61% of the organizations ESG surveyed had deployed server virtualization in a production or ...Continue Reading »
- Using Data Domain with TSM: Making the Move
Once you have decided that your traditional tape infrastructure is not serving your business needs for backup and recovery particularly well, and that your TSM infrastructure requires some updating, what’s next? As I discussed last time out, having the ability to “fix” TSM by dramatically improving the daily schedule, free up TSM server cycles, and ...Continue Reading »
- VMworld 2011 Session Recap: Next Generation Backup and Storage for VMware (SPO3977)
This session was on the topic of what are the 2nd and 3rd order effects on backup and storage architectures that VMware is driving. I was frankly a little shocked at how many people came to the session (401) – hope you all found it interesting! It discussed both the near term (state of the ...Continue Reading »
- Welcome Virtual Geek!
We’re pleased that the inimitable Chad Sakac has climbed through The Backup Window; until now, our sitcom lacked a hyper-caffeinated neighbor. We recently posted Chad’s tech preview about the Avamar’s vCloud Protector. If you haven’t read it yet, I’ll wait. Ideally, I’d find a way to lambast Chad’s post, insult his ancestors, and mock his ...Continue Reading »
- Changed Block Tracking and You – It’s All About the Integration
In my last post, I walked through what VMware’s Changed Block Tracking (CBT) enables from a VM protection standpoint and how – at a high level – EMC Avamar takes advantage of the API. Now, let’s dig a little deeper and look at how backup software integrates with VMware’s vStorage API for Data Protection. Remember, ...Continue Reading »
- Rock, Scissors, Paper, Shoot: Why Data Protection Management Solutions Take Away the Guesswork
There’s an interesting phenomenon going on in IT environments today. The same virtualization initiatives that have saved us significant time, money and space across our data centers are now costing us confidence and sweat on the backup side of the house. Ensuring your vital business data is protected and available requires backup processes that ...Continue Reading »
- Improving IT and Business Response Times with Tape for Mainframe
The issue isn’t how fast your tape drives are, but how fast you can get to the data when you need it. Tape has always provided the most inexpensive, yet accessible, storage available for batch backups, disaster recovery, and long-term archives, but it has had its limitations (e.g., issues with mechanical components wearing down over ...Continue Reading »
- Red or White? What Your Wine Preference May Say about Your Environment
If your life is anything like mine, it’s a whirl of activity, and weekends are no exceptions. My Saturdays are consumed with yard and house-related chores, leaving Sundays to menu planning, food shopping and meal prepping (okay, to be fair, I don’t do as much “prepping” as I do “planning”). So, when I see the ...Continue Reading »
- Tech Preview: Avamar vCloud Protector
At VMworld 2011, session SPO3977 was called “Next-Generation Storage and Backup for Your Cloud”. We discussed the current state of the art around backup and recovery in the VMware context – which is about vCenter integration, the vStorage APIs for Data Protection for agentless backup and single step file level restore, use of Changed Block ...Continue Reading »
- Thinking Outside the Box to Protect Your Private Cloud
For a CIO and his/her implementation team on the journey to the private cloud, there is nothing more stress relieving (okay, except maybe for a week on a Caribbean island) than being able to meet or even exceed your SLAs without having to do all the heavy IT lifting yourself. No need for you to ...Continue Reading »
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Thoughts from Stephen Manley
The Right Architecture Is Priceless, Part I
Evolving data protection technology and expanding requirements have completely transformed the backup industry. Unfortunately, with such rapid change, many organizations have fallen into the chaos of an accidental architecture.