Posts Tagged ‘business continuity’

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…)

VPLEX Metro & Cluster Witness – Pivotal to Business Continuity

Jennifer Aspesi

Director, Corporate Systems and Performance Engineering
I recently transitioned to the EMC VPLEX and RecoverPoint product team after being with EMC's Enterprise storage platforms for many years, and it's been an amazing adventure so. I love what I do and, more importantly, I love to enlighten users to the value of what our products do. My job is to help you optimize your business through best practices. As the lead of an awesome group of pre-sales corporate system engineers, you'll likely hear snippets of some of the conversations I have with this team in my posts. Also, I am a big fan of beta testing and I love to talk about it. Ask me, and I will tell you how to get your hands on code before it hits the streets. Oh, and I am a native New Englander, a virtual storage evangelist, dissolving distance proponent, breaking the speed of light enthusiast, ocean-loving star gazer, and working mama of an awesome little boy, Let's chat!

In previous posts, I have talked about how robust EMC VPLEX Metro implementations have been over the past 3 years and how they rapidly continue to grow. VPLEX Metro can provide absolute business continuity with the proper placement of VPLEX Witness and a strong adherence to required SAN, Array and Server connectivity and ease of mobility throughout the core environment.  In the VPLEX install base, the majority of implementations are VPLEX Metro yet some implementations do not have the ‘Witness’ installed to provide the continuous availability that the product achieves and what customers would expect from its foundational purpose. (more…)

Whether You Know It Or Not, You Are In The Data Business

Lisa Matzdorff

Voice of Customer, Data Protection and Availability Division
I have a passion for listening, more specifically, listening to customers share their IT stories, their experiences, their successes! Over the past 7 years in the role of customer reference manager and customer advocacy manager, I’ve had the pleasure of listen to amazing stories and meeting some very interesting people. The one thing that makes my job even better…I get to share those stories. When I’m not working, I’m volunteering with foster children, running 5K fun runs, playing fashion consultant “What Not To Wear” style, traveling, and watching reality t.v

Our daily jaunt on the Internet has become second nature and our mobile devices have become our BFFs. We may not give it a second thought, but through this technology we are producing a steady stream of digital exhaust, resulting in a “Big Bang” on the data universe.

This very large data footprint we’re producing has created a new responsibility for every IT department; they are tasked with protecting any and all data for their company. Not only do they need to protect that data, they might also need to recover that data at a moments notice. IT professionals are challenged with increasingly stringent regulatory requirements and business initiatives that demand higher service levels, longer online retention times, and higher levels of data protection. No matter how savvy you are…it can be a daunting task to address these needs.

During my conversations with customers, I have found there are many companies that still struggle to optimize IT functions and arm employees with technology that drives productivity and innovation across the organization.

I recently read an IDC report titled ‘Worldwide CIO Agenda 2014 Top 10 Predictions’, this report paints a picture of the challenges CIOs will face in the next two to four years. It also discusses the opportunities that CIOs have to evolve in their primary role. One prediction caught my eye — “80% of the IT budget will be based on providing service integration for a broad portfolio of internally and externally sourced IT and business services”.

Organizations are looking outside the walls of their data center and embracing the cloud and external service providers.

Our next customer in the data protection podcast series, Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions (CBTS) provides a complete suite of end-to-end IT solutions, offering a wide range of information technology systems and services.

Bill Ehrman from CBTS discusses how CBTS got into the business of offering Infrastructure as a Service, Backup as a Service, Storage as a Service and many other services and how they built-out their infrastructure.

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