- Choices Matter – The Final Chapter
No series of blog posts, regardless of wittiness, insight and general brilliance, can provide a prescriptive answer about how to protect your VMs. (Of course, if you do find some blog posts with wittiness, insight, and brilliance, please send them; I’d love to see how it’s done. Except for Chad’s posts. Don’t send those.) The ...Continue Reading »
- In the Words of Customers – Customer Story #3 – Hybrid of Versioned Replication and Traditional Backup
During World War I, Will Rogers, noted American humorist, was asked by a young reporter how he would stop the U-boat attacks on ships, to which Rogers responded, “Boil the ocean.” But when pressed for how he would do that, Rogers quickly replied, “I’m just the idea man here. Get someone else to work out ...Continue Reading »
- Official Unofficial VMware Storage Survey Results!!!
Wow. There are surprisingly few good “big studies” of VMware and storage. Most tend to be very general (the big analysts) or very specific (and connected to a vendor in some way). For fun, every year – I run a Virtual Geek study. I’m always amazed that ANYONE would respond, but respond they do (thank ...Continue Reading »
- How the Grinch Stole Tapes
Every Moo Down in Moo-ville Liked tape backups a lot… But the Grinch, Who lived just north of Moo-ville, Did NOT! The Grinch hated tape backups! He considered it treason! Now, some might ask why. But there’s not just one reason. It could be that he hated working all through the night. It could be, ...Continue Reading »
- To Manage or How to Manage, That Is the Question
In the last few weeks, I’ve been in the process of moving my lab and as my environment gets bigger, it gets increasingly difficult for me to stay on top of it. In talking with customers, many of you share the same problem and are looking for tools to make managing your environment easier and ...Continue Reading »
- Innovating for Innovation’s Sake? Thoughts from Gartner Data Center 2012
If you were following us (@EMCBackup) on Twitter last week, you know we were at Gartner’s annual Data Center Conference in Vegas. It was my first time attending this particular event and my first non-vendor-sponsored event of the year. A nice change of pace for sure! As I’ve mentioned, as a former analyst, one of ...Continue Reading »
- In the Words of Customers – Customer Story #2 – Brute Force Versioned Replication for Backup and DR
“Just because I’m not a huge enterprise company, doesn’t mean my data is any less important to my business than theirs is to them.” – Midsize enterprise customer While many companies deploy traditional storage-based replication for critical applications and data, the disaster recovery (DR) “solution” for much of their data is still “putting tape in ...Continue Reading »
- Why Ignorance Isn’t Bliss… Not Even for Backup
You don’t know what you don’t know… I’d like to say that in the world of backup and recovery ignorance is bliss, but it’s not. What we don’t know about our backup environments today will – just as we can’t avoid the tax man – come back to bite us down the road. The problem ...Continue Reading »
- Every Picture Tells a Story
I had the opportunity this week to attend the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) convention in Chicago. Now, you might think this is an odd place for EMC – much less a backup guy – to show up at, and, well, in some respects it is. However, when you consider the rapid growth rate ...Continue Reading »
- How Well Are You Sleeping at Night?
I am sleeping much better lately, but that’s because I recently purchased a new mattress. We all know a good night’s sleep is critical for good health and a productive mind. But, as much as I would like to believe that getting a new mattress will solve all your sleeping woes, the reality is unless ...Continue Reading »
- CTO Connection
Thoughts from Stephen Manley
Transforming Backup Into a Business Accelerator
Backup has transformed from "low-value, high-cost insurance policy" to "business accelerator." Unfortunately, most organizations struggle with the complexity and cost of a jumble of disconnected backup technologies.