Inoculate Your Data From Disruption and Disasters

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Inoculate_your_dataAfter reading the blog 4 Things IT Can Learn From Massachusetts Record Snowfall, I began to think about natural disasters and other types of scenarios that could disrupt IT and for that matter companies as a whole. Every second of every day, volumes of irreplaceable data is updated.

Can your business afford its data to take sick leave? My guess is NO.

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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

It’s SNOW TIME! Does Your IT Get a Snow Day?

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Snow-DaySo far this winter season Boston has made history with a new snowfall record. Winter storms have slammed Northern New England, causing record-breaking snowfall, high winds with coastal flooding, and school cancellations causing major delays across the region. While city and town workers worked all hours of the night clearing the streets and sidewalks, schools getting a snow day, IT workers kept a close eye on making sure businesses didn’t run into any unplanned downtime causing disruption to any service level agreements.  Continue reading

Amy McCue

Amy McCue

I dreamed about a career in Marketing for a renowned company throughout college and I’m finally living it! I graduated from UMASS Amherst with a communications major and never thought I’d be marketing backup and storage let alone focusing on Data Domain systems. Ambition and patience is key, a need to succeed, and a desire to learn and educate others. My happy hour consists of spending time with my family, trying to complete one of many house projects, and enjoying the company of family and friends. I’m a proud New Englander who enjoys the fall foliage, winter snow, and summer sun! You can also find me talking backup on Twitter.

Woof, There It Is! Data Protection Suite Wins “Best in Show”

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If you don’t know who I’m talking about when I say “Miss P,” then I will assume you are not a dog lover like myself. This past week, the four year old beagle took the crown for “Best in Show” at the 2015 Westminster Kennel Club Show. Head judge, David Merriam, identified her as the champion of the night in a best-of-seven final ring full of favorites.

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Meredith Soper

Meredith Soper

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 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!

Don’t just focus on the hardware

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Reading this week that the folks from Raspberry Pi have shipped their 5 millionth unit  made me think about the true cost of hardware. Here we have a basic computer that ships for less than $30 and now with version 2 shipping runs a vast number OS’s including Windows 10.

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Mark Galpin

Mark Galpin

EMEA Product Marketing, Core Technologies
As a product marketing lead based in London, UK. I'm often seen presenting to EMC’s partners and end users at various events across Europe. I have over 20 years experience in the storage market, largely gained in the financial and legal sectors, including PaineWebber, part of UBS, and Clifford Chance, the international legal practice, where I was the storage manager for a number of years. But I've also held had product marketing stints at Quantum and previously at EMC. I'm married with two children and live in Guildford, Surrey.

Chinese New Year – Year of the Goat

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Year-of-the-goatPlans are well underway in Asia and around the world to celebrate Chinese New Year which begins on February 19.  Here are 8 fun facts about CNY and corresponding tips to help guide your Data Protection strategy in the Lunar New Year.

 

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Shane Moore
I have been in the IT industry for close to 20 years and started my career as an Officer in the Australian Air Force. For my first posting, I had a choice to either manage a national network of servers or run a warehouse (the physical kind). Thankfully, I chose the former and subsequently managed infrastructure in a number of public and private organizations. Later, I started selling and then marketing IT solutions for Computer Associates and now EMC. I have a passion for technology and I am excited by the way it continues to transform our lives. In my current role, I work across Asia promoting EMC’s data protection solutions, spending time with analysts and writing articles for traditional and social media. In my spare time, I provide IT support for my family and enjoy the outdoors. For the record, Top Gun is my favorite movie of all time!

4 Things IT Can Learn From Massachusett’s Record Snowfall

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155402646While, we are used to snow to in New England, the amount and frequency of snowfall in the last month is unprecedented. Since the first of the year, Boston schools have had eight snow days and we have received 61 inches of snow (a record) over the last 30 days and guess what? More is on the way! Continue reading

Jay Livens

Jay Livens

My passion is technology and I think it started when I was a child and used to take apart flashlights and not remember how to put them back together. You can imagine how that turned out especially when power outages occurred. However, I persisted and charted a course through life that included stops in financial services, sales and event promotion. After receiving an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, my path turned towards to storage and I had stints with a storage reseller, a storage startup and a couple of big storage companies. After serving in multiple roles, I settled on marketing as my future career-path; however, I am not your typical marketer. All things technology intrigue me and I like to know how things work, not just the marketing stuff, but how it really works. At EMC, I run marketing for the Data Protection and Availability group in the Americas and look forward to sharing my perspectives on my division, my products and life in general.

“To Say or Not to Say” in 2015

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“Go wash your mouth out with soap!”

Thankfully, those are words I never heard my parents say, although I suspect they came close on more than a couple of occasions. Nor have I been tempted (yet) to say them to my own children.

However, if you’re like me, there are a handful of words that while they don’t warrant an official “soap washing,” they may make you wish you had a Magic Eraser handy.

And for most of us, these words fall into two general categories: personal/home and career/work.

Yearly, SearchCIO asks it Twitter following (#CIOChat recap) which IT words it’s ready to retire or swear off using in the upcoming year. Continue reading

Lauren Simpson

Lauren Simpson

Making Big Sense Out of Tomorrow

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“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.” – Lyndon B. Johnson

Crystal BallGoodbye crystal ball, farewell 8-ball and hello fact-based predictive decision-making. As mere mortals, our gut instinct carries a fair amount of clout in determining tomorrow’s actions. However, it’s time to engage in a more insightful, less gut-wrenching method of predicting the future. Continue reading

Lesley MacDonald

Lesley MacDonald

Category Marketing Manager at EMC
My blogger persona salivates at the prospect of the “next big thing" and the new trends and opportunities that unfold through EMC’s market strategy and positioning. Prior to joining the Core Technologies category marketing team, my focus was on elevating the voice of brands, ranging from Unix operating systems to bagged lettuce and a motley collection of cross-industry products and services.

Announcing NetWorker 8.2 SP1 – Not Your Mother’s Service Pack!

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blog1NetWorker 8.2 was announced in April 2014 with many exciting new features focused on EMC’s commitment to delivering a data protection solution that includes a central catalog for various protection modes, end user self-service and critical support for protecting virtual environments. Highlights included centralized management of NAS snapshots, VMware Instant Access from Data Domain, and enhanced visibility and control for both Hyper-V System Admins and SQL DBAs. Continue reading

Sherry Davenport
I started in the IT industry over 30 years ago — it sure doesn’t feel like that long! I worked my way through the ranks starting at the old Digital Equipment Corporation in software sales support, sales training, channel training, product management and, ultimately, marketing. My background includes digital imaging, team productivity software, Alta Vista (remember that?), storage management, storage networking and most recently backup and recovery software. While I love my job, I love cooking and wine appreciation even more.

Backups: How Many Do You Need?

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It’s not a new story and one you would have heard many times before. We just cannot stop creating new data. Data growth along with diversification of storage methods is not helping either. The volume of data we store is doubling every two to three years. It would appear also that the number of different methods of protecting data also increases ever year. Continue reading

Mark Galpin

Mark Galpin

EMEA Product Marketing, Core Technologies
As a product marketing lead based in London, UK. I'm often seen presenting to EMC’s partners and end users at various events across Europe. I have over 20 years experience in the storage market, largely gained in the financial and legal sectors, including PaineWebber, part of UBS, and Clifford Chance, the international legal practice, where I was the storage manager for a number of years. But I've also held had product marketing stints at Quantum and previously at EMC. I'm married with two children and live in Guildford, Surrey.

It’s Good to be BLUE

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VSPEX-BLUE-Beauty3-FR_DWNYou might know the song “I’ve Got the Blues” by the Rolling Stones. This song from the early 1970’s talks about losing a loved one. It’s a soulful, introspective song with each word carefully selected to deliver an important message, much like many songs from the Blues music genre. But the deep meaning of Blues music isn’t the impetus for this article – I prefer to discuss cheerful topics, like effectively protecting business data. But let’s stay on the topic of “The Blues”. Continue reading

Tom Giuliano

Tom Giuliano

Marketer and EMC Data Protection Advisor Expert
I love to listen to customers discuss their data protection challenges, their experiences and their needs, and I’ve had a lot of opportunity to do it. For the past 15 years, I’ve brought network and storage products to market through roles in sales, product management and marketing. When I’m not driving go-to-market initiatives, identifying unique and creative methods to build product awareness or launching products, you’ll likely find me cycling, skiing, boating or running. And, who knows, maybe you’ll hear some of my more interesting experiences in one of my posts from time to time.

Clearing Your Clouded Mind

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blog1Feeling like your brain is clouded? No, I don’t mean that your ability to think is disabled or that you’re having trouble finding clarity in your thoughts. I mean THE CLOUD- is it on your mind? Continue reading

Meredith Soper

Meredith Soper

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 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!

How Will Your 2015 IT Budget Compare to Last Year’s?

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503916615New year data is starting to trickle in, and it looks like, despite rising revenue and no shortage of IT initiatives ahead, many of us may find ourselves in a “do more with less” situation this year.

Spiceworks, whose professional network serves more than six million IT professionals, recently released its 2015 IT Budget Report, with some interesting findings. Of the 600 IT pros who responded to this Voice of IT survey:

  • More than 50% expect their revenue to increase in 2015.
  • 33% expect to see an increase in their IT budgets in 2015, down from 42% last year.
  • Just 25% expect their IT staff headcount to increase in 2015.

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Lauren Simpson

Lauren Simpson

Remove Your Data Center “Beer Goggles” to See the Real Cost of Your Storage

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Storage Management Challenges

Virtualization has delivered on many promises: massive consolidation, huge cost savings, dynamic scheduling and live migrations of applications and storage. But, with all the simplifications from virtualization, comes the complications of end-to-end visibility and management of the storage infrastructure through the various layers of abstractions. And, according to leading industry analysts, the data managed by enterprises is expected to grow to over 40ZB by 2020. This rapid data growth combined with increased service level expectations introduces new management challenges or the equivalent of wearing data center “beer googles” to see the real cost of your storage.

In this third of a 3-part blog series, let’s take a look at how EMC ViPR SRM provides a comprehensive monitoring and reporting solution to help you visualize storage relationships, analyze configurations and capacity growth, and optimize today’s storage resources while providing a management framework that supports investments in software-defined storage.

End-to-End Data Path Visibility

ViPR SRM was built to manage the complexity of growing, heavily virtualized storage environments. With ViPR SRM, you obtain detailed relationship and topology views from the application, to the virtual or physical host, down to the LUN to identify service dependencies, even for EMC VPLEX and the storage arrays managed by VPLEX clusters. By leveraging the capabilities of ViPR SRM, you will gain new insights into their environment and understand the impact of storage utilization from the applications. With increased visibility, you will be able to optimize their storage utilization and understand where and how their capacity is consumed and when more will be needed. Configuration validation will improve service levels by avoiding outages due to setup errors.

Check out the new ViPR SRM whiteboard video for more information.

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Capacity and Performance Reporting and Trend Analysis

ViPR SRM can help users make the most efficient, cost-effective use of Flash-based storage, such as XtremIO or VMAX3.  Performance trends and performance alerts (greatly enhanced in ViPR SRM 3.6) can help identify, remediate, and even head-off performance problems, by assisting the user in making data placement decisions that take advantage of Flash.

ViPR SRM can result in up to a 99% reduction in generating reporting costs. When troubleshooting an issue it takes 88% less time to discover problems with ViPR SRM. Testing showed the manual process required 4 minutes and 28 seconds to log into all the elements, give a cursory review of each, and export the data for review. With ViPR SRM, it took only 31 seconds to view and export the same data.

Read about these cost savings and more in the new test report from Principled Technologies.

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Automating Chargeback and Show Back Reporting

Additionally, ViPR SRM automates service-level discovery and provides chargeback reports, in order to align the cost of service delivery with business requirements.   And new support in ViPR SRM 3.6 extends automated service-level discovery and chargeback reporting to VMAX3 service-level objectives (SLOs).

 Data Protection Integrations

ViPR SRM 3.6 has enhanced integration with EMC Data Protection Advisor.  ViPR SRM 3.6 adds reporting on compliance with backup policies for EMC Avamar and Symantec NetBackup.  ViPR SRM backup reporting includes a summary of backup and restore success rates, and presents unified information about the associated backup environment, which enables users to remain aware of current and potential issues.  It also displays the number of files that have been backed up and restored, including views by server and policy over time.

The EMC RecoverPoint Solution Pack for ViPR SRM reports on lag time, WAN/LAN bandwidth, storage capacity consumption trends, system health and consistency groups. These detailed reports for VPLEX, RecoverPoint, Avamar and Data Protection Advisor provide you with greater insights for better, faster decision making.

If you missed the first two blogs, you can read them here and here. To learn more, please visit the ViPR SRM, XtremIO, VMAX3, and Data Protection product pages on www.emc.com.

 

 

 

 

Lauren Simpson

Lauren Simpson

Opportunity Is Knocking. What’s Your Story?

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There’s no turning back, January 2015 has come and almost gone! I have been reading other blogs with New Year’s resolutions and reflections from 2014 and I felt inclined to look back at some of the customers we highlighted in 2014.  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

Meet Your Data Protection SLAs for NAS Servers

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A Network Attached Storage (NAS) server is a storage system connected to a network providing access to a variety of clients, and optimized for file-level access. It doesn’t seem that long ago when NAS systems were just a few Terabytes, and a traditional full backup could complete in a weekend. Well those days are long gone, as data growth continues exponentially and we now move into the Petabyte range. I could write an entire blog on why this continues to happen, but let’s just say that larger NAS systems with higher performance continue to be more affordable, and it just seems so easy to keep all that data … forever and ever. Only when budgets, floor space, power and cooling, and recovery issues are brought into question, does the IT team take an in-depth look at solving the challenges, especially related to meeting backup and recovery SLAs and archiving. Continue reading

Lauren Simpson

Lauren Simpson

Get Out of the Dark Ages on Data Protection Provisioning

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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. Continue reading

Lauren Simpson

Lauren Simpson

Beating the Odds of App Fatigue for Enterprise IT

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Sebastian Yiang

Sebastian Yiang

I started out in the IT industry almost 20 years ago as a systems analyst in a large telco within its Internet Service Provider BU to drive product and business development of consumer and enterprise Internet services. I then had the opportunity to do business development and product marketing for connected consumer electronics, web hosting and data center services, and storage solutions before I joined EMC. My current role in EMC is product marketing for Data Protection and Availability Division for Asia Pacific and Japan region. I am based in sunny Singapore and enjoy traveling with my family.

Need Help Archiving Your Big Data?

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The impact that exponential data growth is having on the eDiscovery process has been dramatic in recent years. This increase in data has cancelled out the amount of time and money companies once could save by utilizing just standard archiving technologies. This calls for an archiving technology that can provide a scalable and sustainable solution with optimized searchability. Continue reading

Jennifer Zhou

Jennifer Zhou

Product Marketing Manager, Core Technologies Division
I tell stories about how awesome EMC SourceOne archiving and Data Protection Search are! Prior to joining EMC in June 2014, I spent 2 years in the MBA program at University of Washington studying finance, marketing and entrepreneurship. I have worked in a few companies including F5 Networks, Microsoft, VMware and Blue Nile. Spare time activities include reading, yoga, hiking and playing with my cat Max. Follow me @JenniferZS1PMM

IT Down Under: What’s Trending in 2015 – And What It Means for the Rest of Us

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In my last post of 2014, I shared some findings from the EMC Global Data Protection Index survey, including some new stats on data protection maturity.

I also included a link to the full report, which provides more detailed information about data protection practices on a global level as well as on a country-by-country basis. Very interesting stuff even to the non-data-protection-minded reader.

Not surprisingly, organizations worldwide aren’t as mature, or ahead of the curve, as one might expect given the world in which we live. It always amazes me how forward-minded we can be in some areas (think self-driving automobiles) and not so much in others (think data protection). Perhaps it’s just a “cool factor”? Continue reading

Lauren Simpson

Lauren Simpson

Eliminate the Quagmires in Your Data Protection Strategy

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Are You on Solid Ground?

According to a recent survey by Vanson Bourne to over 3300 IT decision makers globally, 87% of businesses are behind the curve for data protection maturity and 71% of businesses are not fully confident of restoring their data and applications.  Collectively, these enterprises are losing $1.7 trillion through data loss and unplanned downtime. The more data protection vendors they throw at their problems, the more data loss they experienced and the cost of downtime exploded to 5X the level of using just one vendor. Sounds like the ground is swampy to me.  Continue reading

Alyson Langon
A couple years ago, fresh out of Business School at Boston College, I started at EMC and dove head first into all things backup and archive, focusing on Data Domain systems. I love the challenge of communicating complicated technologies in innovative and engaging ways and there is certainly no shortage of inspiration at EMC’s Data Protection and Availability Division. Outside of the tech world, I am an artist, animal lover and sufferer of wanderlust. You can also find me on Twitter achieving the perfect balance of data protection and cat gifs.

Get Back To Where You Once Belonged

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In December, EMC launched the Global Data Protection Index (GDPI) which was a survey that interviewed 3,300 end users across the globe. There were many interesting findings, and I encourage you to visit the study’s microsite to learn more.  Continue reading

Jay Livens

Jay Livens

My passion is technology and I think it started when I was a child and used to take apart flashlights and not remember how to put them back together. You can imagine how that turned out especially when power outages occurred. However, I persisted and charted a course through life that included stops in financial services, sales and event promotion. After receiving an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, my path turned towards to storage and I had stints with a storage reseller, a storage startup and a couple of big storage companies. After serving in multiple roles, I settled on marketing as my future career-path; however, I am not your typical marketer. All things technology intrigue me and I like to know how things work, not just the marketing stuff, but how it really works. At EMC, I run marketing for the Data Protection and Availability group in the Americas and look forward to sharing my perspectives on my division, my products and life in general.

Improve the Health of Your Business – 3 Resolutions for 2015

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It’s human nature to look at the New Year as a new opportunity.

It’s a new start. A time to look at what we accomplished last year and what we aspire to accomplish this year. Resolutions often fall into categories to improve our well being – to lose that 10 pounds, exercise more, drink less…

But do you create resolutions that focus on the health of your business? Continue reading

Jim Clancy

Jim Clancy

Vice President, Global Sales, Core Technologies Division
As Vice President, Global Sales for EMC’s Data Protection Solutions, Jim has a long history in the data protection market. Over the past 10 years he has held numerous sales leadership positions for EMC’s data protection divisions. Jim also contributes to fostering future business leaders through mentorship and supports diversity programs such as the EMC Women’s Leadership Forum. Outside of EMC, Jim is active in his community by donating his time to organizations such as the Boston Food Bank and numerous youth athletic programs in the area.

Legal & IT – Hello, My Name Is…….

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Jim Shook

Jim Shook

Director, eDiscovery and Compliance Field Practice, Data Protection and Availability Division
I am a long-time “lawyer/technlogist”, having learned assembly language on a TRS-80 at age 12 and later a degree in Computer Science. But the law always fascinated me, and after being a litigator and general counsel for over 10 years, the challenges that technology brought to the law and compliance let me combine my favorite pursuits. I spend my days helping EMC’s customers understand their legal and compliance obligations, and then how to apply technology and best practices to meet them.

Is Your Organization Headed in the Right Direction?

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As I prepared to write this post, my last one for 2014, I reflected on the collection of posts (see complete list at end) I put together this year and wondered: How are you doing?

Did you make a resolution to find your center of gravity? And, if so, were you successful in keeping it? Has your strategy shifted downstream to customers? Or, like many of your peers or competitors, are you still laboring upstream with product-focused business plans and technology-led IT strategies?

If the findings from the recent EMC Global Data Protection Index survey are any indication – and I think they are – you’re probably heading in the right direction but have a lot of work still to do. As a barometer of sorts, 87% of the companies surveyed for the Index were behind the curve in terms of data protection maturity. Only 2.4% were considered “leaders” and just 11.3% “adopters.”

If you haven’t taken a look at the full survey results, I encourage you to do so. As the center of business activity moves downstream, capturing, analyzing and protecting customer data becomes critical, as does moving along the maturity curve. Evolution is essential.

While many of my colleagues on The Protection Continuum spent the year sharing detailed information about the important technology advances shaping the future of data protection, my focus was on the bigger business picture.

My collection of posts took a look at where we’re going, how we’ll get there and why it’s important for your business, and IT organizations, to tilt.

Here’s a recap. Enjoy – and happy holidays!

Lauren Simpson

Lauren Simpson

Backup Should Not Be A Mystery

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MysteryWhile reading the Sherlock Holms short story, A Scandal in Bohemia, I had an ah-ha moment that resonated with me. I imagine this quote below might also resonate with companies, when they are faced with decisions based on data-driven facts. 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

Don’t Be a Dr. No in 2015

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dv1492011At the New Year, some people struggle to identify a bad habit that they want to end. Their co-workers, of course, instantly produce a long list of irritating behaviors. Similarly, every IT team’s business partners have a 2015 New Year’s Resolution for them – “Stop Being Dr. No.”

Lines of business complain that when they ask their IT for anything new, the answer is always “No.” Sometimes the rejection is instantaneous, with laments about reduced budgets, complex regulations, and distributed operations. Other times the refusal takes the form of “we’ll look at it,” and nothing ever happens. Lines of business don’t aspire to set up rogue IT environments; they feel like they have no alternatives. 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).

The Quest for Solid Ground: How Global Enterprises Are Grappling with New Data Protection Demands

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According to the EMC Global Data Protection Index, which surveyed 3,300 IT decision makers from mid-size to enterprise-class businesses across 24 countries, common data protection practices have left global businesses exposed to data loss and downtime to the tune of $1.7 trillion annually. For the sake of comparison, that’s about the same as the world’s total military spend in a single year. A startling statistic by any account! And this is only a glimpse of what’s to come if attitudes and practices toward data protection are left unchanged. Continue reading

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.

Taking Out the Digital Trash

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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

Jim Shook

Jim Shook

Director, eDiscovery and Compliance Field Practice, Data Protection and Availability Division
I am a long-time “lawyer/technlogist”, having learned assembly language on a TRS-80 at age 12 and later a degree in Computer Science. But the law always fascinated me, and after being a litigator and general counsel for over 10 years, the challenges that technology brought to the law and compliance let me combine my favorite pursuits. I spend my days helping EMC’s customers understand their legal and compliance obligations, and then how to apply technology and best practices to meet them.

Walking with Millennials: 10 Things I’ve Learned That Your Business Can’t Ignore

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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

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.

How 9/11 Changed the Trajectory of Data Protection and Security

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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

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).