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Data Protection Everywhere – Why Is It So Important in Today’s Modern Data Center?

Meredith Soper

Marketing Manager, Dell EMC Data Protection Division
As a former college athlete who never lost her competitive edge, I continuously challenge myself to learn new things and become an expert on others. However, my focus is no longer basketball, but the world of data protection. My MBA and innate passion for technology led me to a career in product marketing at Dell EMC, where I aspire to add some pizazz to the already-exciting world of backup and recovery. Outside of the office, I’m a born and raised Bostonian who has trouble pronouncing her R’s (think “pahk the cah”). I love sports, shopping, and a good glass of red wine. Follow me on Twitter @Meredith_Soper and I promise to #followback!

We are entering into a new age. No, it’s not another ice age, so no need to grab your coat and boots. This age brings no snow, but yields an ever-increasing presence of clouds. Let me explain. I am referring to the age of the modern data center. Over the past 15 years, IT has worked in a relatively predictable manner. However, all of this has started to change. Disruptive forces such as cloud computing and the Internet of Things have transformed the way applications are built and utilized.

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The modern data center refers to the future of IT infrastructure. Companies must transform in order to deliver on their customers ever-growing expectations, and data is going to be the competitive differentiator for businesses over the next decade. Something of such importance should be kept safe and protected. This calls for a data protection strategy that acknowledges the current landscape because it is likely that customers will need to continue supporting their current environments, as well as transform for next generation infrastructure initiatives. (more…)

Education IT and the Cloud: 5 Parachutes to Pack as You Jump Into the Cloud

Lori Witzel

Product Marketing Manager, Spanning by EMC
Lori Witzel is a Salesforce MVP, has worked with and for SaaS companies since 2005, and has been sharing info with, listening to, and learning from tech users ever since. She is currently PMM for Spanning Backup for Salesforce, as well as PMM for Spanning Backup for Google Apps. Prior to Spanning Backup, Lori worked for various early-stage Cloud start-ups, mid-sized middleware providers, and ed tech firms, and she’s always eager to learn more. Lori's profile on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/loriwitzel

A growing number of K-12 and Higher Ed IT teams are adopting cloud and SaaS applications like Google Apps for Education or Microsoft Office 365 Education. The reasons are as varied as the school, district, or university – but in every case, these adoptions represent significant change within the organization.
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Some of the reasons that education IT is moving to the cloud are that the cloud:

  • Increases collaboration. Through cloud computing’s ease of cross-classroom, cross-department, and cross-institution collaboration, instructors, staff, and students can work together in new and creative ways. Since collaboration is a significant component of Common Core, there’s increased interest among K-12 districts in exploring ways to use SaaS and cloud.
  • Supports innovation. By using cloud-based applications and systems, it’s easier for Higher Ed to open their technology infrastructure to business and industry research partners, fostering collaboration towards innovation and research.
  • Helps resource management scale. Cloud computing can help K-12 and Higher Ed manage ever-growing resource demands. Cloud and SaaS vendors manage most aspects of the required infrastructure, an infrastructure that used to need management on-premises by the IT team. Those vendors’ infrastructure is at a scale that produces efficiencies for their customers, whose resources can be freed up for new IT projects.
  • Reduces on-premises infrastructure risk. Cloud vendors are multiply redundant, security-hardened, FERPA-ready, and provide robust security infrastructures that reduce the risk and the impact of hardware and infrastructure failure. On-premises systems can be similarly hardened, but require resources for infrastructure and risk management.

In short, the cloud offers education IT and the institutions they support powerful benefits. Whether your school is evaluating a move to the cloud, or has decided to move, there are five best practices every K-12 or Higher Ed IT team should be prepared to implement. (more…)

Road to Efficiency, Part 2

Vladimir Mandic

Chief Technology Officer & Distinguished Engineer Data Protection Cloud, Core Technologies Division, Dell EMC
Vladimir has been driving technical innovation and change within EMC for the past 10 years, first in the area of data protection software and, currently, in cloud technologies. Prior to that, he’s had rich industry experience as a solution integrator and in the service provider space. When not working on technology innovation, he may be difficult to locate due to his passion for world travel.

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As business look at cloud adoption, the question is, “What is the cloud good for?” Yes, the cloud can be efficient and elastic, but what would be its real use in complex environments?

A different way of looking at the road to the cloud is by considering where your data—both primary and secondary copies—resides.
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In a typical data center your primary file and application data would reside in on-premises storage arrays such as XtremIO, VMAX, VNX or Isilon. Second-level protection is offered via data protection solutions using secondary storage such as EMC Data Domain. As a last step, select data can be tiered to the cloud via products such as CloudBoost or CloudArray, to either private clouds built using ECS or public clouds. That means that data in the cloud is a 3rd tier of data. This is a good way to achieve efficiencies for specific use cases such as long-term retention, offsite copy of data, and data archiving while maintaining all primary processing within the data center.

Cloud as 2nd copy
A more direct way of using the cloud is by having data copied directly from primary storage to the cloud (that is, storage tiering) or protecting data directly to the cloud. This results in even higher efficiencies; however, this creates a much larger dependency on the cloud for operational recovery purposes as there is no second copy of data on premises.

Ideally, at this point we would look at direct-to-cloud tiering and protection with ability to maintain on-premises copies of active data for quick access.

Cloud as 1st copy
The last step in cloud adoption is where your primary data resides directly in the cloud, either with SaaS applications (such as Office 365, Salesforce, and Google Apps) or hosted applications running on cloud-based PaaS (such as developed using Pivotal’s Cloud Foundry platform) or IaaS (such as Amazon AWS or Microsoft Azure). In that case, the need for data protection still remains even if infrastructure resiliency responsibility has moved to the cloud solution provider. And to achieve efficiencies, data protection solution and resulting data copies also reside in the cloud itself. However, in that case you may need to export data back to on-premises either for safety, compliancy, or other reasons. (more…)

Why Healthcare Organizations Need HIPAA-compliant SaaS Data Protection Now More than Ever

Melanie Sommer

Director of Marketing, SaaS Data Protection at EMC
Melanie brings 20 years of marketing, sales and communications experience working as a leader in B2B marketing agencies, early-stage technology start-ups and some of the world’s largest technology companies, including Motorola, IBM/Tivoli, Sun Microsystems, and Compaq Computer. She is currently the Director of Marketing, SaaS Data Protection at EMC.

No matter how or where healthcare payers and providers are managing data, it has never been more critical to protect healthcare-related data and PHI (protected health information). Not only are health institutions under pressure to provide faster, better, and more accessible care by adopting new technologies (while complying with industry mandates like the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act ), but these organizations are also increasingly being targeted by hackers, malicious insiders, espionage groups, and other forms of cyber attack.

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Healthcare record hacking is up 11,000%. Are you prepared for a data breach?
According to a recent NBC news report, health record hacking increased by 11,000 percent in 2015, and all indicators point to a continuing upward trend. In just the last few months, several major health institutes have revealed data breaches affecting millions of patients and customers.

A data heist at a southern California hospital in February of 2016 shut down critical operations and resulted in hundreds of patients being diverted to nearby facilities. In the same month, health insurer Anthem Inc. was hit by a cyberattack that exposed the personal information of 78.8 million people. And Excellus, a health insurer in western New York, reported a similar incident in September of 2015, admitting that the data breach they experienced may have provided unauthorized access to more than 10 million personal records.

These records are prized and traded on the dark web because they include name, address, social security information, health history, and other data that can be used to steal an identity, gain access to free healthcare and prescription drugs, and file fraudulent tax returns.

In spite of the numbers, only half of healthcare organizations have a disaster recovery plan.
It’s now estimated that one-third of Americans have had their health care records compromised in the last year – and almost all of them are completely unaware. Adding to this, recent research by security company ESET and the Ponemon Institute indicates that healthcare organizations average about one cyber attack per month, with nearly 50% reporting incidents involving the loss or exposure of patient information during the last year. Yet surprisingly, only half the respondents reported having an incident response plan in place in case of an emergency or attack.

This leads security experts like Eric Cowperthwaite, ‎a vice president of advanced security and strategy at Core Security to pronounce, “Healthcare payers and providers both are simply not prepared for the level of bad guy they are now facing.” (more…)

What can SaaS do for you?

David Tye

Product Marketing Manager
As a recent graduate from Sacramento State University I am able to take what I have learned in school and apply it to the high tech industry and the problems companies are facing today. I am a California native, die hard Green Bay Packers fan, and an outdoor enthusiast.

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data protection for SaaSToday’s business owners face the constant challenge of reducing costs yet at the same time driving increases in revenue. One way a business can reduce capital expenditures is by utilizing SaaS applications. Not familiar with SaaS? Gartner defines software as a service (SaaS) “as software that is owned, delivered and managed remotely by one or more providers. The provider delivers software based on one set of common code and data definitions that is consumed in a one-to-many model by all contracted customers at anytime on a pay-for-use basis or as a subscription based on use metrics.”

You might be asking yourself, “What are a few examples of SaaS applications?” SaaS applications include but are not limited to, Google Apps, Twitter, and Salesforce. Because SaaS applications provide significant benefits, they are rapidly penetrating the IT market. Benefits include low cost, pay-as-you-go subscription model, and little to no maintenance for the business owner.

Cost savings is always top of mind for today’s business owners. SaaS applications can save businesses money on multiple fronts. The biggest cost savings come in the form of no additional capital expenditures. The SaaS provider supplies the appropriate software, storage and resources to get the customer up and running quickly. For example, when a business purchases a public cloud service to safeguard data on desktops and laptops, the software can be downloaded quickly, and in a relatively short time the business can be securely backing up important files.

The pay-as-you-go business model is simple yet efficient. Pay as you go gives your business the benefit of accurate budgeting practices as well as the ability to forecast costs as your business scales. Pay as you go also gives you the flexibility of not being tied down by lengthy contracts that can hinder your business operations.

An additional benefit of being a SaaS customer is that the service provider is responsible for making sure systems are up to date and that security is handled responsibly. This is a huge upside for the customer because, instead of worrying about security, the IT department can utilize its time and resources on business-critical priorities. Security is something that SaaS providers do not take lightly. For example, a SaaS backup service from EMC utilizes only world-class data centers, embracing the highest of security measures, including 24x7x365 onsite monitoring and security, temperature controls, backup power supplies, fire suppression systems, and biometric scanners.

The benefits of SaaS go far beyond what I’ve discussed in this post. SaaS applications provide numerous benefits across many different industries, making it one of the fastest growing technology sectors. If you’re not already taking advantage of SaaS applications, now is the time to be asking yourself, “What can SaaS do for me?”

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