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Your Personal Health Is Like IT: What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You

Tom Giuliano

Principal Product Marketing Manager, Data Protection Management Software Solutions
For 17 years, Tom has brought storage, data protection, security and wireless products to market through roles in product marketing, product management and sales. He loves to speak with customers and prospects about their business goals and challenges, their experiences and their needs, and has had a lot of opportunity to do it. Backed with a master’s degree in Engineering and an MBA, Tom is equally comfortable digging into the details with technical personnel as well as translating and delivering the business value story. But honestly – TELLING STORIES is SO much more FUN for him! Tom's current role in product marketing focuses on data protection management solutions and management strategy. He gets to spend his days thinking about how to help you simplify and enhance your experience achieving your data protection objectives. When not driving go-to-market initiatives, identifying unique and creative methods to build product awareness or launching new and innovative offerings, you’ll likely find him cycling, skiing, boating or running. And, who knows, maybe you’ll hear some of more of his interesting experiences in a future post from time to time.

Having been former athletes, my wife and I truly believed we were healthy and in great shape.  We still average at least 6 or 7 hours per week running, cycling, playing soccer, teaching Zumba or TRX or lifting weights.  We’ve worn heart rate monitoring straps for years to enhance performance but the chest-based straps were a pain (literally).  So this year we invested in wrist-based heart rate activity bands.  We still get fairly accurate HR tracking to quantify intensity.  But we also gained additional features, including floors climbed, distance, sleep monitoring, etc.  And we learned a few things in the process….things that required changes to our lifestyle.
healthwearableblogThe same can be said about protecting IT environments.  Administrators generally have access to some details about system health, but often not all components at once, or in real time.  And, much like personal health, what you don’t know CAN hurt you.

Think about it for a moment.  I’ll bet your IT environment is not constructed of a single product from a single vendor.  You probably have dozens or hundreds (maybe thousands!) of components and solutions from multiple vendors, and each product type has its own monitoring software.  It’s virtually impossible to monitor each and every component in real time, let alone have visibility into all of them to understand overall status of the environment.  If you’re not proactively monitoring your environment you’re already in trouble.  Being reactive to issues is counterproductive and you’ll end up fighting fires every time a problem occurs.  You simply can’t get an accurate picture of IT health this way!

So the question remains:  what was the most important thing we learned with our HR activity bands?  Simply that we weren’t getting enough sleep.  Well, actually, we were getting enough QUANTITY. We made every attempt to get a minimum of 7 hours of sleep per night.  Rather, it was the QUALITY of sleep that was suffering.  Out of the 7 hours of sleep per night, less than 1.5 hours of that was in a deep or REM sleep, which is the type of sleep vital to overall health, daytime alertness, muscle recovery, and much more.  Sleep is your personal health protector, just like your IT infrastructure is the protector of your business data. (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…)

Clearing Up Your Cloud (y) Crystal Ball

Tom Giuliano

Principal Product Marketing Manager, Data Protection Management Software Solutions
For 17 years, Tom has brought storage, data protection, security and wireless products to market through roles in product marketing, product management and sales. He loves to speak with customers and prospects about their business goals and challenges, their experiences and their needs, and has had a lot of opportunity to do it. Backed with a master’s degree in Engineering and an MBA, Tom is equally comfortable digging into the details with technical personnel as well as translating and delivering the business value story. But honestly – TELLING STORIES is SO much more FUN for him! Tom's current role in product marketing focuses on data protection management solutions and management strategy. He gets to spend his days thinking about how to help you simplify and enhance your experience achieving your data protection objectives. When not driving go-to-market initiatives, identifying unique and creative methods to build product awareness or launching new and innovative offerings, you’ll likely find him cycling, skiing, boating or running. And, who knows, maybe you’ll hear some of more of his interesting experiences in a future post from time to time.

A colleague of mine recently mentioned that an increasing number of her conversations with customers included discussions on how to optimize and increase the efficiency of their data protection environments.  I faked a yawn since we engage in these conversations every day, but she wasn’t done with her story.

In this case, their concerns included the growing diversity of data protection options, along with multi-site and multi-user solutions, their growing interest in cloud models and the number of stakeholders.  As her backstory neared the end, she asked me the question I now expected:  where did I think MANAGEMENT of data protection is going.  I thought this was a great question.

If we look at what’s been occurring in the industry, the first thing we see is that crucial IT workloads are rapidly shifting from on-premise to cloud-based.  Increasingly, this equates to a hybrid cloud model including private cloud and on-premise components, along with a public cloud component.  We love this model:  Greater flexibility; More IT deployment options;  And, hopefully, lower costs.ThinkstockPhotos-467248618

With cloud IT environments we’re talking about cloud-based services, and orchestration between the private and public components.  Existing best-of-breed data protection management solutions support diverse, heterogeneous on-premise and private cloud environments, and offer role-based access for multiple users, though the IT Administrator is often the power user.  However, effectively managing hybrid cloud-based services requires taking management to the next level.     (more…)

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