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“To Say or Not to Say” in 2015

Heidi Biggar

Marketing and IT Consultant, Data Protection and Availability Division at EMC Corporation
I’m often asked how a political science major at Tufts wound up in the IT world, covering backup, storage, virtualization and cloud of all things. Truth is, it’s really a love for learning, a need to understand the “bigger picture” and a desire to share that view with others that’s steered my path over the past 20 years, from campaign manager to editor, analyst and marketer. After hours, you’ll find me hanging with family, running 10ks through Peachtree City’s 90 miles of cart paths, watching football or reading. I’m a New England transplant enjoying life in the South. In my previous life, I also blogged for ComputerWorld, Enterprise Strategy Group and Hitachi Data Systems, but The Backup Window is my baby. It's been great watching it evolve.

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“Go wash your mouth out with soap!”

Thankfully, those are words I never heard my parents say, although I suspect they came close on more than a couple of occasions. Nor have I been tempted (yet) to say them to my own children.

However, if you’re like me, there are a handful of words that while they don’t warrant an official “soap washing,” they may make you wish you had a Magic Eraser handy.

And for most of us, these words fall into two general categories: personal/home and career/work.

Yearly, SearchCIO asks it Twitter following (#CIOChat recap) which IT words it’s ready to retire or swear off using in the upcoming year. (more…)

How Will Your 2015 IT Budget Compare to Last Year’s?

Heidi Biggar

Marketing and IT Consultant, Data Protection and Availability Division at EMC Corporation
I’m often asked how a political science major at Tufts wound up in the IT world, covering backup, storage, virtualization and cloud of all things. Truth is, it’s really a love for learning, a need to understand the “bigger picture” and a desire to share that view with others that’s steered my path over the past 20 years, from campaign manager to editor, analyst and marketer. After hours, you’ll find me hanging with family, running 10ks through Peachtree City’s 90 miles of cart paths, watching football or reading. I’m a New England transplant enjoying life in the South. In my previous life, I also blogged for ComputerWorld, Enterprise Strategy Group and Hitachi Data Systems, but The Backup Window is my baby. It's been great watching it evolve.

503916615New year data is starting to trickle in, and it looks like, despite rising revenue and no shortage of IT initiatives ahead, many of us may find ourselves in a “do more with less” situation this year.

Spiceworks, whose professional network serves more than six million IT professionals, recently released its 2015 IT Budget Report, with some interesting findings. Of the 600 IT pros who responded to this Voice of IT survey:

  • More than 50% expect their revenue to increase in 2015.
  • 33% expect to see an increase in their IT budgets in 2015, down from 42% last year.
  • Just 25% expect their IT staff headcount to increase in 2015.

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Remove Your Data Center “Beer Goggles” to See the Real Cost of Your Storage

Heidi Biggar

Marketing and IT Consultant, Data Protection and Availability Division at EMC Corporation
I’m often asked how a political science major at Tufts wound up in the IT world, covering backup, storage, virtualization and cloud of all things. Truth is, it’s really a love for learning, a need to understand the “bigger picture” and a desire to share that view with others that’s steered my path over the past 20 years, from campaign manager to editor, analyst and marketer. After hours, you’ll find me hanging with family, running 10ks through Peachtree City’s 90 miles of cart paths, watching football or reading. I’m a New England transplant enjoying life in the South. In my previous life, I also blogged for ComputerWorld, Enterprise Strategy Group and Hitachi Data Systems, but The Backup Window is my baby. It's been great watching it evolve.

Storage Management Challenges

Virtualization has delivered on many promises: massive consolidation, huge cost savings, dynamic scheduling and live migrations of applications and storage. But, with all the simplifications from virtualization, comes the complications of end-to-end visibility and management of the storage infrastructure through the various layers of abstractions. And, according to leading industry analysts, the data managed by enterprises is expected to grow to over 40ZB by 2020. This rapid data growth combined with increased service level expectations introduces new management challenges or the equivalent of wearing data center “beer googles” to see the real cost of your storage.

In this third of a 3-part blog series, let’s take a look at how EMC ViPR SRM provides a comprehensive monitoring and reporting solution to help you visualize storage relationships, analyze configurations and capacity growth, and optimize today’s storage resources while providing a management framework that supports investments in software-defined storage.

End-to-End Data Path Visibility

ViPR SRM was built to manage the complexity of growing, heavily virtualized storage environments. With ViPR SRM, you obtain detailed relationship and topology views from the application, to the virtual or physical host, down to the LUN to identify service dependencies, even for EMC VPLEX and the storage arrays managed by VPLEX clusters. By leveraging the capabilities of ViPR SRM, you will gain new insights into their environment and understand the impact of storage utilization from the applications. With increased visibility, you will be able to optimize their storage utilization and understand where and how their capacity is consumed and when more will be needed. Configuration validation will improve service levels by avoiding outages due to setup errors.

Check out the new ViPR SRM whiteboard video for more information.

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Meet Your Data Protection SLAs for NAS Servers

Heidi Biggar

Marketing and IT Consultant, Data Protection and Availability Division at EMC Corporation
I’m often asked how a political science major at Tufts wound up in the IT world, covering backup, storage, virtualization and cloud of all things. Truth is, it’s really a love for learning, a need to understand the “bigger picture” and a desire to share that view with others that’s steered my path over the past 20 years, from campaign manager to editor, analyst and marketer. After hours, you’ll find me hanging with family, running 10ks through Peachtree City’s 90 miles of cart paths, watching football or reading. I’m a New England transplant enjoying life in the South. In my previous life, I also blogged for ComputerWorld, Enterprise Strategy Group and Hitachi Data Systems, but The Backup Window is my baby. It's been great watching it evolve.

A Network Attached Storage (NAS) server is a storage system connected to a network providing access to a variety of clients, and optimized for file-level access. It doesn’t seem that long ago when NAS systems were just a few Terabytes, and a traditional full backup could complete in a weekend. Well those days are long gone, as data growth continues exponentially and we now move into the Petabyte range. I could write an entire blog on why this continues to happen, but let’s just say that larger NAS systems with higher performance continue to be more affordable, and it just seems so easy to keep all that data … forever and ever. Only when budgets, floor space, power and cooling, and recovery issues are brought into question, does the IT team take an in-depth look at solving the challenges, especially related to meeting backup and recovery SLAs and archiving. (more…)

Get Out of the Dark Ages on Data Protection Provisioning

Heidi Biggar

Marketing and IT Consultant, Data Protection and Availability Division at EMC Corporation
I’m often asked how a political science major at Tufts wound up in the IT world, covering backup, storage, virtualization and cloud of all things. Truth is, it’s really a love for learning, a need to understand the “bigger picture” and a desire to share that view with others that’s steered my path over the past 20 years, from campaign manager to editor, analyst and marketer. After hours, you’ll find me hanging with family, running 10ks through Peachtree City’s 90 miles of cart paths, watching football or reading. I’m a New England transplant enjoying life in the South. In my previous life, I also blogged for ComputerWorld, Enterprise Strategy Group and Hitachi Data Systems, but The Backup Window is my baby. It's been great watching it evolve.

Data Protection Provisioning 2.0

Third platform applications are changing the way organizations manage, consume, deliver and protect storage. They are increasingly cloud-enabled, use sophisticated development frameworks, and are instantly available from any device. However, many existing applications are still in traditional and dedicated storage silos with restricted protection policies and provisioning has one basic purpose – connect well-known users to on-premise enterprise applications. Provisioning 1.0 operates with only an IT focus, with no business context and is in the dark ages. Provisioning 2.0 has emerged as a modern and agile way to fill the provisioning gap and is guided by a few key characteristics: business-driven, simple user experience, intuitive process, easy to deploy and maintain, and meets cloud and mobile demands. (more…)

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