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Leveraging the Cloud for Data Protection Analytics

Tyler Stone

Dell EMC eCDM Product Marketing
Tyler is currently a software engineer in the Engineering Leadership Development Program at Dell EMC. He has spent the past three years at EMC across multiple roles in storage, IT, and data protection. Tyler has a love of technology and innovation, and something about data centers has always sparked his sense of wonder and amazement (as he says, maybe it’s the flashing lights). When his head isn’t up in the cloud, he is out travelling, taking pictures, or playing golf. Follow him on Twitter @tyler_stone_

 

data protection analytics

Trying to think of a New Years’ resolution? You could try that no-carb diet again, or head to the gym in preparation for the summer season. However, if you’re anything like me, those lifestyle-focused resolutions probably won’t last into the new month, let alone the New Year. So let’s think in terms of data protection: if your New Year’s resolution is focused on protecting your business, it should probably have something to do with reducing risk, reducing operating expenses, and/or reducing capital expenses. Especially if your business is a large, global enterprise, managing these three metrics pervade every aspect of your job.

You wouldn’t be alone – IT leaders in large enterprises are struggling to keep up. It is extremely difficult to supervise backup operations and predict the needs of protection infrastructure in data centers across multiple geographies. With potentially hundreds of production databases supporting every part of the business, how can IT management accurately determine that copies of these databases are meeting retention policies and SLAs? Without aggregated metrics, it is hard to determine whether or not data is being effectively protected in a given location. In addition, the distributed nature of the infrastructure makes it difficult to anticipate the capacity needs and performance bottlenecks within a business’s protection ecosystem.

If you want to work towards achieving your New Year’s resolution, you will need a simple and centralized way to view and analyze systems’ health across all data centers. The best way to meet those requirements is through a cloud analytics solution for data protection.

Cloud and analytics go together like icing and cake. The cloud offers infinitely scalable resources that are not limited to locations, installations, or hardware; these qualities make the cloud a perfect candidate for global-scope analytics applications. When these concepts are applied to data protection, something magical happens: IT leaders develop the ability to observe their protection systems’ health across all data centers and anticipate the needs of their global data protection infrastructure. With this ability, they are able to proactively address potentials risks and identify opportunities to increase efficiency to ultimately lower costs throughout their data protection environment.

How, you ask? Well, an ideal cloud analytics offering for data protection would provide global map views, health scores, and capacity analysis. These types of key features allow IT management to be able to effectively identify and address problems with their data management operations and protection infrastructure. Global map views would allow users to view every data center in their enterprise, with the ability to drill-down into each site for additional context into the exact infrastructure details. From there, users can see throughput bottlenecks, unprotected data copies, and deduplication ratios, among other metrics. (more…)

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…)

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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