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Aaron Bairos

Product Marketing Manager, Dell EMC, Data Protection
Aaron is currently pursuing a master’s degree at Brandeis University and a Product Marketing Manager at Dell EMC. He’s been with Dell EMC/RSA for over 5 years now across multiple roles in security and data protection. When not working he enjoys being a tourist in new cities and spending time with family and friends. Follow him on Twitter: @AaronBairos

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Protecting Virtualized Environments
I remember being at Marist College a few years ago completing my last assignment as an undergrad student called “capping”. Capping was a required course that all students had to take in order to graduate. It’s designed to bring together everything you’ve learned throughout your time at Marist and bring them to life through real-life scenarios. Graduating with a Finance degree meant I had to come up with a financial business plan and then present to my panel of “sharks”. It consisted of sales forecasts, expense budgets and cash flow statements but before I bore you, I’ll stop there. It was a very tedious course and students all around campus cringe at the thought of having to take it.

As part of this course Adobe Acrobat and Photoshop were required and offered in our lab, however, PCs running the software were antiquated and slow. The university virtualized all essential applications, including Adobe Acrobat and Photoshop.  However, we had no guarantee that our projects were being backed up.  This meant that every student had to put their projects on thumb drives – and hope it was not left behind or in my case ….lost. After looking for days on end and realizing I’d never see that thumb drive again I wasn’t sure which direction to go in next. I had weeks of work I’d never be able to access again simply because of my data being unprotected. Using the thumb drive backup method to control the backup of any project was not ideal.  I’m sure you’ve run into similar constraints either at work or in your personal life.
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vAdmins and IT managers are struggling to meet their company’s requirements and traditional backup and recovery strategies just aren’t enough to deliver the recovery that businesses now need. In fact, 71% of those surveyed are not confident they could recover systems. (more…)

Why you should be as excited about DD VE as I am

Jason Buffington

Principal Analyst at ESG and Guest Blogger
Jason Buffington is the Principal Analyst at ESG focusing on all forms of data protection, preservation and availability. He has actively deployed or consulted on data protection and storage solutions for 27 years, via channel partners, data protection ISVs and Microsoft.

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Earlier this month, EMC announced Data Domain Virtual Edition (DD VE) – and there are several reasons why many will be interested in it and how it might impact their presence in the broader data protection market.  EMC is not the first deduplication vendor to offer a virtualized appliance, but for many, ‘Data Domain‘ is still synonymous with the concept of ‘deduplicated disk‘ for data protection and preservation scenarios.

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Here is why DD VE matters:

  • A virtual dedupe appliance opens up new opportunities for smaller organizations that might not want to justify a physical appliance, but still wanting better deduplication than some backup software alone can achieve. This includes not only SMB customers, but also broadly distributed remote office and branch office (ROBO) scenarios.
  • Because of the integrated replication mechanisms between Data Domain appliances, a DD VE ought to provide not only optimized local storage (for local/fast recovery), but also replication for data survivability scenarios such as BC/DR of ROBO data to a corporate headquarters. Managed Service Providers (MSPs) with significantly larger Data Domain systems could offer similar centralized-replication services to subscribing SMB customers that otherwise don’t have a second site to replicate to.
  • Another potential MSP or hyperscale cloud scenario is the reverse of DD VEs within ROBOs to a central MSP dedupe. Instead, some MSPs may wish to ‘spin up’ a DD VE per subscriber, as a completely isolated and client-managed target, for hybrid data protection.
  • Customers leveraging hyperconverged appliances may be excited to see a virtualized deduplication appliance, especially when paired with built-in hypervisor backup tools or virtualized backup servers, resulting in a completely autonomous infrastructure … with ROBO scenarios, especially those in particularly disconnected environments such as petroleum, ships, military, etc.

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Reflection on 2015 Resolutions – When a Triathlon Meets 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.

It’s that time of year to reflect back on 2015 and set new goals.  Are you one of the 45% who chose to set resolution goals?  If so, did you honestly stick to your goals? Congratulations if you did! Only 8% were successful in achieving resolution goals.

triathalon and data protectionI barely managed to meet my goal of improving my rankings as a triathlete. In a moment of insanity, I signed up for a half-ironman.  Several months and a few hundred hours of training later, I was race ready.  However, my race had a few glitches, and I wasn’t prepared for the unexpected.

A Triathlon involves swimming, biking and running – in this order.  Each triathlete is typically stronger at one of the 3 sports. For me it is biking.  It is beneficial to know the strengths of the other athletes before race day.   Let me give you an example of why.

The day before the race, we setup our transition areas, which includes, putting our running gear at the location where we dismount our bikes.  I strategically placed my gear to ensure I had a quick exit for my run. Despite that planning, another athlete had researched my previous race results, and learned biking was my strong sport and moved my running shoes.  I got off the bike in first place but it took me three minutes to find my hidden shoes! This gave her a competitive advantage. She finished a couple of minutes ahead of me and won the race.

I learned a couple of lessons in that race that we can apply to Data Protection.

  • I should have held the athlete accountable by turning her into the officials. Data Protection solution needs to be accountable, ensuring data is recoverable no matter what happens or where it lives.
  • One minor mishap affected the overall outcome of my race. A mishap in your Data Protection solution can be detrimental to your business. Reliable Data Protection is more than backup and recovery. It includes protection across the continuum, continuous data protection, and centralized analysis and monitoring.
  • The other athlete was committed to win, albeit unfairly. It is important that your Data Protection vendor be committed to your success for years to come.

Let me ask you, is your Data Protection solution prepared for whatever might happen? (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.

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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…)

Escape from Alcatraz is Like a Data Protection Plan Gone Bad

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.

‘Ready for anVMworld blog-logoy’, the theme of VMworld 2015, points out that mission critical data is sitting in a variety of locations, including the cloud.  In addition, any application and device should have access to the data.  We all expect and need data to be available at our fingertips 7×24 365 days a year.

While at VMworld, I spoke with attendees about what the ‘ready for any’ theme means when combined with the expectations of data protection.  The question I posed:  “Would you say that inaccessible data is as costly as lost data?  Meaning, the data might not be lost but you do not have access to the data”

My findings:   Unavailable data costs money and “why” is a moot point.  My take away from these discussions confirmed what is often overlooked.  Your data protection plan needs to cover much more than just backup.

In my spare time after VMworld I swam in the San Francisco Bay. There was an added excitement to the swim because I was swimming in the waters meant to keep prisoners from escaping Alcatraz.  Alcatraz

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