VPLEX Virtual Edition Is Software-Defined Coolness

Ashish Palekar
I have been around the storage market all throughout my career. It started with learning Fibre Channel and iSCSI from the ground up and contributing to the standards body. My next gig was building processors at Trebia Networks to mediate between converting from FC to iSCSI. From there, I joined EMC. At EMC, I have focused on storage virtualization in various roles – developer, dev manager and product manager. My primary passion these days is helping our customers, partners and engineers understand why the products we are building are game changing. Equally importantly, I am focused on helping us build a business around our products and staying ahead of the market. And that means looking a little beyond the next curve and dreaming about all that can be. And you know what, it is a lot of fun!

Data center infrastructure is undergoing a massive shift. Virtualization in the data center has had a profound impact on customer expectations of flexibility and agility. Especially as customers get to 70+% virtualized, they have the potential to realize tremendous operational savings by consolidating management in their virtualization framework.

In this state, customers typically do not want to deploy physical appliances and want everything handled from their virtualization context. Similar changes in networking and storage have meant that the basic infrastructure is now completely in software running on generic hardware. This is the software-defined data center, and VPLEX is no stranger to this conversation. Continue reading

Data Protection – From Good to Great

Gytis Barzdukas

Gytis Barzdukas

With over 20 years' experience in marketing, product planning and product management, you'd think I might have grown tired of talking about backup, storage and IT by now – but the market and the technology keeps evolving and it remains thrilling to be at the cutting edge of that. Looking after the product portfolio and roadmap for EMC's data protection cloud means that I'm working at the pointy end of the third platform revolution – which keeps me busy when I'm not rooting for my local soccer team or making the most of life in Seattle with my family.

One of the questions that I often ask when meeting with IT directors considering deploying a cloud backup solution for their business is “What does great data protection look like?” And the answers I get back are always different. Continue reading

Remove That Target On Your Back

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.

Backup administrators have traditionally been the go-to-person when something went wrong with a critical data backup or recovery process. And the primary person chasing them down during these unfortunate circumstances was their boss. One issue (hopefully!). One target. Problem (usually) solved. Well…..that’s no longer the case. Continue reading

Protection Storage in the Cloud – Separating Fact from Fiction

Caitlin Gordon

Caitlin Gordon

Data Domain Product Marketing, Data Protection and Availability Division
I have spent the past eight years focused on all things data protection, with a focus on backup and archive. Lucky for me, Data Domain Systems give me lots of good topics to discuss here. When I’m not blogging, I’m equal parts gadget geek and sports freak – always ready to chat about the latest IT rumor or celebrate/lament the latest Boston sports heartbreak/victory. You can also find me talking backup on Twitter and YouTube.

Over the past few years, I have been rather ‘cloud-shy’ despite being in marketing where some may believe we just throw around jargon whenever we can. For me, talking about Data Domain as ‘cloud-ready’ – the ideal platform for offering data protection as a service – is not something to be taken lightly.  However, recent developments have changed this and I’m now comfortable saying Data Domain systems are truly cloud-ready.  So I’m sure you’re dying to know, why now? Continue reading

VPLEX: Integrated Simplicity Worth Talking About

Jennifer Aspesi

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!

EMC VPLEX was the first true active-active storage virtualization product introduced to the industry in May 2010. Since then, cluster installations have surpassed 3000+ as of Q4, 2013 and trending at a clip of 200 installs per week, today Q1 of 2014 that number is rapidly approaching 4,000. Continue reading