Is Your Business Set to Go the Distance?


stk149376rkeLast week, @guychurchward wrote a post here on The Protection Continuum that resonated with many readers, young, older and in-betweens.

The blog Walking with Millennials: 10 Things I’ve Learned That Your Business Can’t Ignore takes a close look at the up-and-coming generation of business leaders.

In joining in a game of Brigade, Guy learned first-hand what makes Gen-Yers tick, what motivates them, what drives them personally and professionally, what leadership means to them, and more.

For sure, there are big differences between the current generation of business leaders and those that are positioned to replace them. The question begs, how do you ensure a successful transition… get your organization ready to pass the proverbial baton, as Guy put it? 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.

Snap. Tap. Done. Redefining Banking


It wasn’t that long ago that a deposit or withdrawal from your bank account required a visit to a brick and mortar building to complete the transaction. Back then, banking was inconvenient and time consuming. Today, we have multiple options when it comes to bank transactions. Internet and mobile banking have become an increasingly popular way to monitor and manage money and communication with the bank. 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

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



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



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).

Join EMC at EDUCAUSE 2014


EDUCAUSE is the largest conference dedicated to the Higher Education market and EMC is excited to be participating at the event, held next week in Orlando, Florida. Higher Education IT is continuously searching for ways to address new data protection requirements created by virtualized, always-on, remote and decentralized environments and EMC is looking forward to being part of the solution conversation at hand. Many important discussions will be held next week; including challenges IT administrators face as well as their priorities and new data protection requirements. Use cases to be discussed include data protection in a virtual environment, active-active site configuration, empowering application owners, infrastructure consolidation and more. EMC will be on site at EDUCAUSE participating in following activities:

Hot Topic Panel - Tuesday, September 30th at 3:40 pm in Room W204

Don’t miss our panel “Redefining IT and Data Protection for Higher Education”. EMC’s CTO for Higher Education Breck DeWitt and CTO for Data Protection & Availability Jeff Ramby will team with Link Alander and Mark Stone, CIOs from Lone Star College and Texas A&M respectively, to discuss how they are redefining their IT departments to meet the requirements of a virtualized and decentralized campus. You can find more information here.

Community & Collaboration Lounge Wednesday, October 1st at 9:10 am in Room W207A/B

If you’re looking to continue the discussion with others, stop by the Community & Collaboration Lounge and participate in our breakfast roundtable discussion. Our theme, “Redefine – Higher Education IT, For Today’s Virtualized Campus”, will be hosted by Breck DeWitt and Jeff Ramby and will discuss protecting data on a virtualized campus. We will explore challenges, trends and solutions for data protection; it’s a session you don’t want to miss. Plus we invite you to use our lounge for meetings – either impromptu or by reserving time online.

Kiosk in SHI Booth – Tuesday, 9:30 AM-6:30 pm and Wednesday, 10 AM – 4:30 PM booth #874 & #770

To get a solution deep dive stop by the SHI booth. EMC data protection subject matter experts will be on–hand to engage in detailed conversations on data protection architecture, best practices and the newest EMC data protection solutions using Avamar, DD Boost, VPLEX, ProtectPoint and RecoverPoint for VMs. We would love to answer any questions you may have, so please stop by and say hello!

See you at EDUCAUSE 2014!

Freddy Harrell

Freddy Harrell

Freddy started in the IT industry over 25 years ago – time really flies when you’re having fun! Starting with Hewlett Packard, he later gained experience with a variety of leading technology companies including Hitachi Data Systems, Cisco Systems and Oracle Corporation. Freddy has been lucky to have both product marketing and product management roles, while gaining experience in vertical markets such as Telco, Video Streaming, Media & Entertainment, Enterprise Search and finally the Storage market. When not working, he enjoy blues music, good barbecue and sci-fi books.

Pushing the Boundaries

blogOne of the things I love about running is being able to see how I am performing in terms of pace, heart rate, distance and elevation. I have a running watch which gives me this information, although it was lacking in some of the latest features, so I decided it was for an upgrade.

There are numerous models in the market which vary in terms of cost and functionality. However what really attracted me to one brand was the management software. While the watch I chose was the best-of-breed in terms of features, it was the management software and how it integrates with the hand piece that got me over the line. For example, the management software stores all of my activity details online, including running maps and personal records. It also suggests training plans and new running tracks based on my fitness. And through social media, connects me with my friends and even professional athletes to compare performance. Continue reading

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!