EMC RecoverPoint For VMs: Enabling a More Active Role in Data Protection for VM Admins

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Whether you are dealing with a natural disaster, or an Alpaca Stampede (as Stephen has apparently witnessed before) it is important that the IT team to not only deliver robust high-performing services to application teams, but to also enable trust. Being able to do this in the form of robust “use case optimized” data protection services, assures the business that its mission critical data is protected and resides in the optimal place, even during a major disaster scenario.  Continue reading

Alex Almeida

Alex Almeida

Technology Evangelist, Data Protection and Availability Division
My passion for technology started at an early age and has never stopped. Today, I find myself immersed in data protection. Yep, I live, breathe and tweet backup, availability and archive. In fact, nothing short of fully understanding how things work will keep me from digging deeper. But when I’m not evangelizing on the benefits of backup or technology in general, I can be spotted at a New England Revolution game, behind the lens of a camera or listening to my favorite albums on vinyl. In addition to blogging for The Protection Continuum, you can find me on the EMC Community Network. Also, I'm a member of EMC Elect 2014, and I'm active in the New England VMware User Group (NEVMUG) and the Virtualization Technology User Group (VTUG). Let's get technical!

Say “No” to “Rogue”: Three Steps to Transform Technology into Trusted Infrastructure

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482219197For many organizations, information infrastructure has become a leading corporate concern because of the expense of managing the legacy environment, poor responsiveness to business needs, and the potential for significant risk of data loss. Other than that, they’re happy.

What happens when business teams don’t get their needs met? They go rogue and bypass IT in search of better services. Despite the disruptive shifts in technology and the way IT is consumed (i.e., consumption models), IT can not only regain the confidence of the business but also position itself as trusted advisor. It’s all about trust.

What Is Trusted IT – And How Do I Make It Happen?

Trust is the contract that binds IT to the business.

When things go wrong (failure, cyber-attack, natural disaster, or stampeding alpacas), the business looks to IT. When there are issues with application performance and availability, the business looks to IT. When information accessibility is locked into one vendor, the business looks to IT. Continue reading

Stephen Manley

Stephen Manley

CTO, Data Protection and Availability Division
Over the past 15 years at both EMC and NetApp, I have traveled the world, helping solve backup and recovery challenges - one customer at a time (clearly, I need to optimize my travel arrangements!). My professional mission is to transform data protection so that it accelerates customers’ businesses. I have a passion for helping engineers pursue technical career path(without becoming managers), telling stories about life on the road and NDMP (yes, that’s NDMP).

What’s New in VDP Advanced 5.8

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VMware has just announced version 5.8 of VDP Advanced that incorporates many new features. Here are the highlights: Continue reading

Phil George

Phil George

Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Data Protection and Availability Division at EMC
Working with customers and partners (like VMware) to develop leading backup solutions makes every day very interesting; helping them optimize their backup architectures for virtualized environments is what really energizes me. Over the past 25 years, I’ve held senior engineering, marketing and sales roles within the technical software industry. This gives me a good vantage point to recognize technical challenges, see emerging trends and propose new solutions. I hold a BSEE from Cornell University and a Masters in Computer Engineering from Boston University. I currently reside with my wife and two children in Massachusetts.

Destination: Born in the Cloud

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Untitled“No one understands the cloud. It’s a [BLEEP] mystery.” —Jason Segel

Perhaps more than a few of us got a kick out of the trailer from one of this summer’s blockbuster movies. In this clip, the cloud is the villain.

If your family is like mine, meaning not that tech savvy, so their only exposure to the cloud is limited to what’s available on their favorite Apple device, then, yes, the cloud may seem as vaporous as its heavenly counterpart.

But if you’re a tech-savvy CEO, CIO, application or data protection administrator, or business line manager, understanding the cloud and its potential value to your business has become critical. In fact, not understanding the cloud won’t be an option moving forward, which will hold true whether you’re in the IT business (like me) or a different industry altogether. We’re all on a journey, and the cloud will play a part in everything we do.

Let me explain.

To read the full post, please go to our sister site Reflections.

Guy Churchward

Guy Churchward

President, Data Protection and Availability Division
I'm an enterprise infrastructure hack. Really, if you think of my career as a building, I’ve spent it underneath in the sewer lines and the electric plumbing, making sure things work. Invariably, my businesses end up being called boring. But that’s okay. It means they’re doing exactly what they’re supposed to do, which means their customers can do what they need to do. I come to EMC by way of BEA Systems, NetApp and most recently LogLogic, and my mission is to lead EMC Data Protection and Availability Division's efforts to deliver a protection storage architecture that leaves us all in better shape for the next guy, or gig, that comes along. Oh, and make no mistake about it, I want everyone to know who’s number one in backup, and why.

Who Else Will Find Value in Your Data?

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“When someone steals another’s clothes, we call them a thief.
Should we not give the same name to one who could clothe the naked and does not?
The bread in your cupboard belongs to the hungry;
the coat unused in your closet belongs to the one who needs it;
the shoes rotting in your closet belong to the one who has no shoes;
the money you hoard up belongs to the poor.”
– Basil the Great

Mark Stempeck’s latest Harvard Business Review (HBR) Blog Sharing Data Is a Form of Corporate Philanthropy got me thinking about data in yet another dimension.

For the past year or so, Guy Churchward, Stephen Manley and I have been focused on helping businesses change the way they think about data — the value they assign to it; the processes they use to better manage, access and protect it; the way they leverage it to support and develop lines of business, etc.

And I think we’ve done a pretty good job, painting the business and technology picture today as well as 10 years out. But one thing we haven’t talked much about is sharing data – that is, in the altruistic sense of the word. Continue reading

Heidi Biggar

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.

ROBOCop — 80’s Sci-fi Flick or IT Reality

RoboCop – a sci-fi movie – is set in 2028 Detroit, a good cop is critically injured in the line of duty, and a multinational conglomerate, OmniCorp, sees an opportunity for a part-man, part-robot police officer.  Continue reading

Lisa Matzdorff

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

What’cha Reading? Three Must-Buys for Every Organization

457877853It’s that time of year again.

The kids are back in school – well, at least they are here in the South – and we all have our sights set on Labor Day, and the last hurrah of summer. (If only Atlanta weather would acknowledge this day, and temperatures would miraculously drop on September 2.)

So, how was your summer? How did you do on your reading list?

While I did better than last year, I still didn’t make a dent in my list. I read 3 “for fun” books and 2 “for work” books (with 1 more in progress). And that’s without a trip to the beach. Six books in essentially six weeks… not too shabby (for me).

However, like this summer’s lineup of lackluster movies, the “for fun” books I read didn’t come close to living up to their reviews either. Continue reading

Heidi Biggar

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.