Big Data has become large and mysterious enough to compete with the Loch Ness monster. According to Wikipedia, “Big data is an all-encompassing term for any collection of data sets so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process them using traditional data processing applications.” Continue reading
Data Archiving in an Information Age
In today’s world, astronomic amounts of data can be found everywhere. Between the birth of the world and 2003, there was only 5 Exabytes of information created; now we create 5 Exabytes of data every two days. For the majority of the companies, on the one hand, they are facing the challenge of dealing with vast oceans of newly-generated data on a daily basis; on the other hand, they have the responsibilities of managing these data with appropriate methods to deal with compliance requirements and litigation readiness in a cost-effective and efficient way. Continue reading
Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound… Ok, this time I’m talking about Superman. But I think you see where I’m going with this. If you’re looking for superhero performance in your data protection, you should take a look at the latest and greatest numbers we have on a couple of the newest members to the Data Domain portfolio. Continue reading
The cloud vendor list is getting crowded and vibrant these days. EMC recently made a number of announcements including EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud and the acquisition of 3 cloud innovators Cloudscaling, Maginatics and Spanning. Now, Enterprise IT have the capability to build out its cloud blueprints and IT-as-a-Service consumption model with greater agility, efficiency, performance, security, control and choice. With the fast maturing cloud technologies and the promise of hybrid cloud services in enabling seamless management and provisioning of private and public cloud services, it is a sign and the coming of age of cloud computing for becoming one of the decade’s most disruptive technologies. Continue reading
As the year draws to a close, we will at the end of November look back possibly at the best year ever for customer attendance and interactions at one of our Data Protection User Groups (DPUG). I don’t want to make any predictions just yet, as we still have a number of events to run. But let’s say @ladybackup and myself are quietly confident for a record year. Continue reading
A storm is brewing in the legal world: Should we find ways to better manage our data, enabling us to get rid of data as soon as it has expired; or should we keep all data for as long as possible , relying on storage and search improvements to meet our operational and legal compliance requirements?
There are some good arguments on each side. Continue reading
One of my favorite activities is coaching youth soccer. As a head coach for multiple teams over the last six years, I’m currently responsible for a U8 (grade 2) and a U10 (grade 3-4) team. Last weekend, coaching a U8 game, I had a revelation about youth soccer and the lessons that IT can learn from these players.
Last week IDC previewed its 2015 CIO Predictions, and if you missed it and your business is, or will be, dependent on the data it’s generating or accumulating (so that means pretty much all of you), you’ll want to check out the findings.
Already, IDC’s prediction about the future of the CIO role is getting attention socially. Specifically, IDC predicts that 60% of CIOs will be supplanted by CDOs for the delivery of IT-enabled products and services by 2020.
Like Gil Press, gPress managing partner and author of a LinkedIn post on the topic, I find this data point a bit startling, especially when you consider the relative newness of the CDO role. And I wager that if you’re a CIO, you may feel similarly. Continue reading
PASS Summit 2014 kicks off today in Seattle, WA, a user forum with over 5,000 SQL Server DBAs and BI architects and professions attending from all over the globe. EMC is there in Booth #508 with experts representing our Data Protection and Availability and Flash Storage solutions – a perfect combination for high performing and well protected SQL Server environments from the industry leader in both markets. Unfortunately, most of us can’t be there. Therefore, I’m using this forum to give you some highlights of our messaging and solutions with some pointers where you can go for more information. Let’s call this an ‘Event in a Blog!’ Continue reading
EMC is pleased to announce the Avamar Virtual Edition (AVE) – deduplication backup software and virtual appliance designed for Microsoft Azure and Hyper-V environments. More and more companies are expanding their cloud initiatives to include public clouds. We see three use-models that are quickly being adopted: Backup to Azure, Replicate Backup Data to Azure for disaster recovery, and protect virtual machines running in Azure.
Objects used to be inanimate, and that was fine because it was easy to point the finger when things didn’t go according to plan. However, today there’s a seemingly endless capacity for equipping everyday household objects with technology that enables them to perform a jaw-dropping array of tasks – thereby allowing increasingly less runway for human-initiated mishaps. Continue reading
EMC has announced that it is delivering an Enterprise Hybrid Cloud solution which finally produces the outcome that customers want; a fully operational hybrid cloud, fast. And by fast I mean in as few as 28 days. That’s infrastructure-as-a-service, fully automated and self-service to enable app developers and sys admins to consume IT services. So why is that news? Well frankly, despite the promise of hybrid clouds, building one has not been that easy for many customers. So by taking the guesswork out of integration, testing, establishing infrastructure services and automation workflows, you can save a lot of time and money. And the faster you get to the outcome of an operational hybrid cloud, the faster you start accelerating the business. Continue reading
The more I talk to our customers, it’s clear that everyone has the same thing on their minds: the cloud. Private, public, or hybrid combinations of the two, customers are excited about the efficiency, cost savings, and flexibility that cloud offers. Whether for backup, archive, or to get more out of existing data protection investments, businesses want to get to the cloud. And quickly. Continue reading
The ultimate moment in any sport is the championship, and bringing home the trophy is the pinnacle of success! The World Series has begun and this year we have a matchup between two Wild Card teams. Baseball is a slightly unfamiliar sport to me. From what I understand, these two teams shouldn’t have made it this far. With that said, this matchup should provide us a suspenseful postseason and perhaps some magical moments. Continue reading
One of the greatest challenges facing companies today is how to continually derive business value out of the tremendous data they’re amassing.
One clear way, it appears, is to shift your company’s focus to one that is data-driven, which means adopting a business-led IT strategy. As I’ve mentioned, research shows that companies that are data-driven are more productive and perform better than those that aren’t.
If you compare data-driven companies to non-data-driven companies, you’ll also find that their IT organizations look very different. At data-driven companies, IT has become an integral part of the business team. They are actively involved in business planning and execution. They are seen as business-enablers not infrastructure managers. And their value is calculated in dollars generated, not just dollars saved. As such, they not only have a seat at the boardroom table but typically a voice as loud, if not louder, than some of their business counterparts. Continue reading
Does your organization keep old, stale and useless data? Most do. In our practice we find that about two-thirds of data on file shares has not been accessed in at least six months. While the lack of access does not necessarily identify data that has no business value, it’s a pretty good indicator. Continue reading
I feel like I was born with a computer in my hand; I embrace them both from a business and personal perspective.
But I am a Gen-Xer, so certain realities are true. I was not born with a computer in my hand, but rather a typewriter, record player, and an Atari game console. According to the folks who define the characteristics of each generation, I have different priorities, perspectives, and drivers than Millennials (a.k.a. Gen-Yers). But how different? Continue reading
It’s been 13 years since the world changed.
While there have been no shortage of tragedies since 9/11, including other acts of terrorism home and abroad, war, hurricanes, tsunamis, and massive tornados, no single event has matched the impact of that day thirteen years ago. The transformation of the world after that event has touched all our lives in ways big and small, the technology industry included.
No, people really don’t care more about data protection now than they did then. Nor did the event set disk-based backup or VPLEX in motion. But 9/11 did help redefine the role and expectation of data protection. That day began the journey to converge data protection and security. Continue reading