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Modernized Data Protection for the SDDC

Deanna Hoover

Product Marketing Manager, Dell EMC
Deanna Hoover started her IT career over 30 years ago with a focus on software and hardware engineering. She has had the opportunity to work in a variety of different industries and has built a broad skillset ranging from writing machine code in a factory, migration of mainframe to client server, and storage architecture as well as systems and database administration. In August of 2004 Deanna made the move to EMC as a backup, recovery and archive presales SE. Since that time she has managed a Professional Services team and as of current is in marketing for Dell EMC with a focus on virtualization backup and recovery software. In her spare time Deanna enjoys the outdoors and participates in triathlons.

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VMworld 2016 was a huge success and set a new record of 23,000 attendees in the US alone. The theme was   ‘be_tomorrow’ with focus on the technology, trends and people who are shaping the future of the digital business.

I asked several attendees how data protection of their environments fits into the be_tomorrow theme.

My findings:  Software Defined Data Center  (SDDC) is in the forefront of planning for modernizing data centers.  Data protection is an integral part of the SDDC strategy. Key requirements I heard from VMworld attendees:

  • Automation
  • Self-service capabilities
  • Multiple tiers of data protection

The SDDC enables customers to scale by rapidly provisioning applications across clouds and devices.  A few benefits of the SDDC include improved compliance, faster time to market, boost capacity and lower costs.

The evolution of the SDDC reminds me of when Henry Ford installed the first moving assembly line in 1910. His innovation reduced the time it took to build a car from 16 hours to 8 hours. Many years later, a digital factory with robots was created.  The digital factory reduces human error and repetitive processes. Technology within the factory continues to progress; however, technology failures increase the cost to do business.

What is the relationship between the assembly line and the SDDC?   The assembly line started the revolution of automation while reducing manual labor. The SDDC is the evolution of an agile digital business in which all the infrastructure is virtualized and delivered “as-a-service. Both require protection against failures and outages.

Outages within a SDDC have the potential of causing data loss – increasing your cost to do business. While very important, data protection is not always included during the provisioning process. (more…)

Reflection on 2015 Resolutions – When a Triathlon Meets Data Protection

Deanna Hoover

Product Marketing Manager, Dell EMC
Deanna Hoover started her IT career over 30 years ago with a focus on software and hardware engineering. She has had the opportunity to work in a variety of different industries and has built a broad skillset ranging from writing machine code in a factory, migration of mainframe to client server, and storage architecture as well as systems and database administration. In August of 2004 Deanna made the move to EMC as a backup, recovery and archive presales SE. Since that time she has managed a Professional Services team and as of current is in marketing for Dell EMC with a focus on virtualization backup and recovery software. In her spare time Deanna enjoys the outdoors and participates in triathlons.

It’s that time of year to reflect back on 2015 and set new goals.  Are you one of the 45% who chose to set resolution goals?  If so, did you honestly stick to your goals? Congratulations if you did! Only 8% were successful in achieving resolution goals.

triathalon and data protectionI barely managed to meet my goal of improving my rankings as a triathlete. In a moment of insanity, I signed up for a half-ironman.  Several months and a few hundred hours of training later, I was race ready.  However, my race had a few glitches, and I wasn’t prepared for the unexpected.

A Triathlon involves swimming, biking and running – in this order.  Each triathlete is typically stronger at one of the 3 sports. For me it is biking.  It is beneficial to know the strengths of the other athletes before race day.   Let me give you an example of why.

The day before the race, we setup our transition areas, which includes, putting our running gear at the location where we dismount our bikes.  I strategically placed my gear to ensure I had a quick exit for my run. Despite that planning, another athlete had researched my previous race results, and learned biking was my strong sport and moved my running shoes.  I got off the bike in first place but it took me three minutes to find my hidden shoes! This gave her a competitive advantage. She finished a couple of minutes ahead of me and won the race.

I learned a couple of lessons in that race that we can apply to Data Protection.

  • I should have held the athlete accountable by turning her into the officials. Data Protection solution needs to be accountable, ensuring data is recoverable no matter what happens or where it lives.
  • One minor mishap affected the overall outcome of my race. A mishap in your Data Protection solution can be detrimental to your business. Reliable Data Protection is more than backup and recovery. It includes protection across the continuum, continuous data protection, and centralized analysis and monitoring.
  • The other athlete was committed to win, albeit unfairly. It is important that your Data Protection vendor be committed to your success for years to come.

Let me ask you, is your Data Protection solution prepared for whatever might happen? (more…)

You Can’t Count on Santa for Data Protection

Deanna Hoover

Product Marketing Manager, Dell EMC
Deanna Hoover started her IT career over 30 years ago with a focus on software and hardware engineering. She has had the opportunity to work in a variety of different industries and has built a broad skillset ranging from writing machine code in a factory, migration of mainframe to client server, and storage architecture as well as systems and database administration. In August of 2004 Deanna made the move to EMC as a backup, recovery and archive presales SE. Since that time she has managed a Professional Services team and as of current is in marketing for Dell EMC with a focus on virtualization backup and recovery software. In her spare time Deanna enjoys the outdoors and participates in triathlons.

The holidays and the New Year are right around the corner, which means your company is likely preparing for year-end processing of your mission critical applications.   Are you confident that your backup solution can meet the tight backup windows without negatively affecting your production systems?  Do you have the ability to analyze and report on your backup environment?  When was the last time you tested recoverability from your backups?  In a recent survey, 71% of the participants surveyed said they are not fully confident they can restore their systems/data.

Let us look at a couple of options for getting your VMWare data protection solution in order before year-end.

Santa Claus data protection

One option, you can add ‘safe and effective data protection’ to your holiday wish list.  However, I recommend you not count on Santa to deliver on time.  He is already frantic! Did you know that Santa must hit roughly 1,178 houses per second?

A better option is to follow in the footsteps of a financial service customer in the North East that replaced their overburdened backup software with Data Protection Suite for VMware.

This customer was running an aging Unitrend appliance for the backup and recovery of their applications.  The Unitrend solution did not scale to meet the demands of their growing VMware environment, and they were forced to dramatically change retention policies below acceptable levels. (more…)

Escape from Alcatraz is Like a Data Protection Plan Gone Bad

Deanna Hoover

Product Marketing Manager, Dell EMC
Deanna Hoover started her IT career over 30 years ago with a focus on software and hardware engineering. She has had the opportunity to work in a variety of different industries and has built a broad skillset ranging from writing machine code in a factory, migration of mainframe to client server, and storage architecture as well as systems and database administration. In August of 2004 Deanna made the move to EMC as a backup, recovery and archive presales SE. Since that time she has managed a Professional Services team and as of current is in marketing for Dell EMC with a focus on virtualization backup and recovery software. In her spare time Deanna enjoys the outdoors and participates in triathlons.

‘Ready for anVMworld blog-logoy’, the theme of VMworld 2015, points out that mission critical data is sitting in a variety of locations, including the cloud.  In addition, any application and device should have access to the data.  We all expect and need data to be available at our fingertips 7×24 365 days a year.

While at VMworld, I spoke with attendees about what the ‘ready for any’ theme means when combined with the expectations of data protection.  The question I posed:  “Would you say that inaccessible data is as costly as lost data?  Meaning, the data might not be lost but you do not have access to the data”

My findings:   Unavailable data costs money and “why” is a moot point.  My take away from these discussions confirmed what is often overlooked.  Your data protection plan needs to cover much more than just backup.

In my spare time after VMworld I swam in the San Francisco Bay. There was an added excitement to the swim because I was swimming in the waters meant to keep prisoners from escaping Alcatraz.  Alcatraz

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I Want It Now! The New Norm for Data Protection

Deanna Hoover

Product Marketing Manager, Dell EMC
Deanna Hoover started her IT career over 30 years ago with a focus on software and hardware engineering. She has had the opportunity to work in a variety of different industries and has built a broad skillset ranging from writing machine code in a factory, migration of mainframe to client server, and storage architecture as well as systems and database administration. In August of 2004 Deanna made the move to EMC as a backup, recovery and archive presales SE. Since that time she has managed a Professional Services team and as of current is in marketing for Dell EMC with a focus on virtualization backup and recovery software. In her spare time Deanna enjoys the outdoors and participates in triathlons.

Virtualization is enabling self-service application management and data protection. Who is driving this need for self-service data protection?  Is it the application owners who want to have end-to-end control of their applications, the backup admins who can no longer keep up with ever evolving business demands, or perhaps a combination of both?

The reason for self-service data protection varies by organization.  Regardless of why and who, those applications moving to virtualization are in need of a quick and easy self-service way to access and protect their applications.

Self-service data protection enables the application owners to take control of protecting and provisioning applications when they want.  This reminds me of the day when we were first introduced to self-service entertainment.  In 1975 Sony launched the Betamax video recording system, making on-demand home movie viewing possible but expensive for the first time, do you remember the days of $60 for a movie ?  In 1987 a new format, VHS, hit the market and won because “the whole product” did what people wanted at a price they were willing to pay. VHS

Like the introduction of VHS, the transformation to virtualization is allowing customers to have the application availability and services they want at a price that is more economical than the traditional physical infrastructure. (more…)

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