NAS Protection Challenges

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200255412-001I was recently visiting a large law firm in Canada and one of their critical pieces of infrastructure was a document repository. With decades of completed cases and supporting materials, the firm wanted to be sure that their intellectual property was protected consistently and reliably and also instantly accessible for use in future litigation. As you can imagine their repository has grown rapidly and consumed about 25TB of NAS storage. 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.

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

Backups: How Many Do You Need?

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.

Clearing Your Clouded Mind

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!

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

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.