Availability – The Philosophy of an IT Hero

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HeraclitusGreek philosopher Heraclitus, heralded for his doctrine citing change being central to the universe, famously observed, “Everything changes and nothing remains still and no man ever steps in the same river twice”. It’s taken about 2,500 years for the depth of Heraclitus’ insight to influence businesses. 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

VPLEX Metro & Cluster Witness – Pivotal to Business Continuity

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In previous posts, I have talked about how robust EMC VPLEX Metro implementations have been over the past 3 years and how they rapidly continue to grow. VPLEX Metro can provide absolute business continuity with the proper placement of VPLEX Witness and a strong adherence to required SAN, Array and Server connectivity and ease of mobility throughout the core environment.  In the VPLEX install base, the majority of implementations are VPLEX Metro yet some implementations do not have the ‘Witness’ installed to provide the continuous availability that the product achieves and what customers would expect from its foundational purpose. Continue reading

Jennifer Aspesi
I recently transitioned to the EMC VPLEX and RecoverPoint product team after being with EMC's Enterprise storage platforms for many years, and it's been an amazing adventure so. I love what I do and, more importantly, I love to enlighten users to the value of what our products do. My job is to help you optimize your business through best practices. As the lead of an awesome group of pre-sales corporate system engineers, you'll likely hear snippets of some of the conversations I have with this team in my posts. Also, I am a big fan of beta testing and I love to talk about it. Ask me, and I will tell you how to get your hands on code before it hits the streets. Oh, and I am a native New Englander, a virtual storage evangelist, dissolving distance proponent, breaking the speed of light enthusiast, ocean-loving star gazer, and working mama of an awesome little boy, Let's chat!

With the right protection strategy, the Data Lake is not as scary

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locnessBig 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

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.

EMC SourceOne Archiving

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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

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’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… Data Domain!

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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.

Cloud Thinkering: Boon or Bane for IT Pros?

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Sebastian BlogThe 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

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.

Keep those Data Protection questions coming!

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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

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.

Big Data or Little Data: Do We Have To Choose?

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A storm is brewing injim shook 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

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.

What IT Can Learn from Second Grade Soccer

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Soccer1One 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.

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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.

Digital Transformation, Role of the CDO, and More: IDC’s 2015 CIO Predictions Are Out

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186936810Last 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

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.

A Win-Win for SQL DBAs and IT

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Pass Summit 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

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.

It May Be Even “Cloudier” … But it’s all Clear Azure Skies with the new Avamar Virtual Edition

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HyperV 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.

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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.

Things That Think … So You Don’t Have To

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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

Lesley MacDonald
Data protection is my new gig, and I’m digging it! Prior to joining EMC’s DPAD marketing team, my past life was focused on elevating the voice of brands, ranging from Unix operating systems to bagged lettuce and a motley collection of cross-industry products and services. Now inspired by EMC’s vision and thought leadership, my blogger persona is salivating at the prospect of the “next big thing,” and the opportunity to watch things unfold through EMC’s market strategy and positioning.

A Well Run Hybrid Cloud is a Protected Cloud

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Enterprise-hybrid-cloud-blackEMC 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

Michael Wilke
Ok, this is the part where I tell you about my years of experience in backup and recovery. Let’s just say when I got into this business tape was relevant. I guess historical perspective can have some advantages. Today, I’m riding a second wave of relevancy with the emergence of backup and recovery as a true business enabler. Really, backup is back! Just check out Backup Game Day; it explains it all. If I wasn’t fortunate enough to have this amazing gig, I’d probably be trying to make it in a band playing my guitar or perhaps coaching youth sports or devoting more time to several sports I have been trying to get good at for the last 30 years, like golf, surfing and wine tasting.

Backup Goes To Bat For Louisville Slugger

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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

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

There’s No “IT” in Team?

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469753683One 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

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.

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).