About 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.

Death, Taxes and Data Growth

Michael Wilke

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.

What happens when your backup solution can’t keep up with data growth? Don’t let your organizations find out.

Every Picture Tells a Story

Michael Wilke

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.

By Michael Wilke, Director, Marketing, EMC Backup Recovery Systems

I had the opportunity this week to attend the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) convention in Chicago. Now, you might think this is an odd place for EMC – much less a backup guy – to show up at, and, well, in some respects it is.

However, when you consider the rapid growth rate of healthcare data, my being there doesn’t just make sense, it makes a great deal of sense. In North America alone, data volumes are projected to increase at a CAGR of more than 35% over the next 4 years, to nearly 14 exabytes, or 14 billion billion (!) bytes.* That’s a whole lot of data that will need to be stored, managed and, yes, protected.

While most of us know that radiology is the science of creating  images of the human body for diagnosis and treatment  and a radiologist is a physician who is tasked with interpreting these images, few of us think about the critical solutions that are back-ending these tools.

And so, over the years RSNA has become an interesting blend of users and vendors – the medical professionals who use the radiological tools and the technology companies that provide the PACS imaging solutions, the applications, the storage, etc, that really enable the full benefits of these images to be realized from both a patient and business perspective. (By the way, this was the 97th RNSA show. The first x-ray device was actually discovered in 1895… I looked it up. Who knew? ).

While the medical advantages are obvious, healthcare is still a business and there are significant pressures to show favorable cost benefits for this imaging technology. The right underlying infrastructure can help optimize both.    

Clinical value and cost efficiency increase when radiological images can be shared easily and broadly from diagnosis to therapy, and stored over the long term. And protecting this information is becoming more critical as well. As data growth accelerates and infrastructures continue to shift to virtual, next-generation backup and recovery solutions will be required to ensure recovery objectives are met, costs are contained and backup can transform along with the organization.

Also, as more and more healthcare data is moved into the “cloud” and is subjected to “big data practices” (the scope and collaborative nature of healthcare data make it an ideal “big data” candidate), healthcare organizations will need to look to companies that can help them build the overarching infrastructure.  Backup and recovery may not be the first thing that may jump to your mind, but it will be one of the first areas that successful healthcare providers will want to consider.

So, it turns out, RSNA presents a very interesting picture of both the advances in imaging and the infrastructure needed to support it.

*Source: ESG Research Report 2011 – North American Health Care Provider Market Size and Forecast.

Cloud Getting Clearer, Big Data Getting Nearer

Michael Wilke

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.

By Michael Wilke, Director, Marketing, EMC Backup Recovery Systems

I had the opportunity to sit in on Joe Tucci and Pat Gelsinger’s keynote at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco. Now, I was fully expecting to hear a continuation of the Cloud and Big Data messages Joe and Pat have been delivering for the past year, and I did. But what I wasn’t expecting was the response of the crowd. It was, well, different. There was a definite sense in the room that the technology trends of which Joe and Pat spoke weren’t just ideas spouted by a vendor, but had become part of mainstream IT consciousness. Why do I say that? Well, for several reasons.

First, coming into the show I had been seeing more and more real-life examples of cloud implementations (all flavors) delivering tangible benefits to customers of all sizes and types. Take for example the tire company that EMC highlighted in a recent press release, deploying a virtualized private cloud infrastructure. This is not a high-tech company eating its own dog food; this is a very mainstream retailer adopting cloud to gain business advantages. At OpenWorld, we got more insight into the real-world potential of the journey to the cloud. Everything from the agility that can be possible with “IT as a Service” to the simplification of some of the more mundane IT processes like database provisioning, as Chad Sakac demo’d during Pat’s segment yesterday.

Big Data is becoming more than something we associate only with cutting-edge research, in areas like genomics and geophysics. Chad had a humorous take on the impact of Big Data in a more common encounter with every-day life. Okay, his example of how big data could be used to change the way auto insurance companies quote premiums, was a little out there, but not too far. Cloud and Big Data are now clearly in the “rubber hitting the road” stage. 

And if EMC’s presentations were not convincing enough, you only needed to look around the show to see where Oracle is placing its bet.

So, when Joe talks about Cloud + Big Data = Massive Change + Massive Opportunity, he’s right. But what is becoming more obvious to me is that this wave of change is moving quickly. Now’s the time to paddle out and catch it because it’s going to be an awesome ride!