VDP Advanced and EMC Backup – A Winning Combination

Chandra Jacobs
I love creative and challenging projects in the emerging technology product space. I have a background in tech, innovation, and product development, especially as applied to web and mobile apps in the entrepreneurship arena, but have recently moved into marketing. In my role as a product marketer, I have gravitated toward digital marketing as well as analytics/data mining. It fits well with my techie geek bent as well as my cloud angle on The Backup Window. (Be sure to catch my posts on Innovation Station too!) Outside of work at EMC, I enjoy exploring Boston’s culinary and jazz scene (often in combination), and travel as much as I can (35 countries and counting).

VMworld is taking place in Barcelona this year, which is famous for many things – fine art, fine tapas, fine sangria, and not least of all, the football (soccer) club FC Barcelona, affectionately known as Barça. What makes Barça so great? It’s not only the fact that the team wins (a lot) – but it’s the quality of play, and the way the team works together. If you’ve read this article on the two famous Barça strikers, Messi and Neymar, then you know what I’m talking about – the pair understand each other perfectly, assist and support each other accordingly, and the team benefits through their symbiotic relationship.

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The same goes for two star players on your backup and recovery team – EMC Avamar and EMC Data Domain, now both seamlessly integrated in VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced (VDP Advanced) 5.5, just announced (live at VMworld Barcelona no doubt). Avamar and Data Domain work together to provide increased scalability, reliability and disaster recovery for your VMware environment. Your backup and recovery team is the clear winner.

Winning Combo for VMware

And not only that, but our long-time star forward, Avamar, continues to go the distance – VDP Advanced 5.5 now provides new backup data replication to another VDP Advanced virtual appliance or to an EMC Avamar Data Store.

VDP Advanced with EMC Data Domain

Your team’s Disaster Recovery (DR) capability both on and off the field (onsite and offsite) is now extended to a flexible DR strategy – either to your own DR site or to a Cloud Service Provider that uses Avamar for Backup as a Service (BaaS) and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). For your Cloud Service Provider choice, check out this handy list of recruits that you can add to your roster depending on the exact skill-set you require. And, here are the new replication configurations available for you to play:

VDP Advanced Replication

No matter whether you’re playing at home or away (onsite or offsite), you’re sure to win with VDP Advanced 5.5 replication.

There are a number of other capabilities announced in VDP Advanced 5.5 that I encourage you to read about here, but the bottom line for your backup and recovery team is clear:

Like Messi and Neymar are a winning combination for Barça, Avamar and Data Domain are a winning combination for VMware.

What Not to Miss at VMworld Barcelona

Mark Galpin

Mark Galpin

EMEA Product Marketing, Data Protection and Availability Division
As a product marketing lead based in Guildford, Surrey, 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.

The computer is still not 60 years old, however, around 130 years ago, Gaudi started work on the Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona—we have just learnt that in 13 years time his work will *finally* be finished.  So if you are planning to visit VMworld in Europe next week and get some free time, a visit to this amazing building is not to be missed.

La Sagrada Familia

Back at VMworld, also not to be missed, is a visit to the fully finished EMC Booth (D201) located in the centre of the Solutions Exchange.

•Starting at 11am, Tuesday, 15th Aug we will be available to talk to you about how EMC Backup and Archive forms the basis of a healthy data protection architecture for software-defined data centers, mission critical applications, virtual desktop infrastructure, trusted IT and VSPEX Proven Infrastructure.

•For those who you who just keep your hands off the keyboard (you know who you are) we also have a “Hands on Lab” located at DD1 in the Solutions Exchange. Here you can put to test some of the backup solutions you will have learnt about.

Here is a quick summary of some of our other activities at the conference:

Sessions with EMC Backup and Archive Content

•You can also check out “BCO3424 – What’s New in vSphere Data Protection Advanced – VMware’s Backup and Recovery for vSphere  on Wed, Oct 15th from 2pm – 3pm.

•Also don’t miss “BCO5041 – vSphere Data Protection – What’s New and Technical Walkthrough“ on Thurs, Oct 17th from 9am – 10am.

Cross-Booth Activity

•You can hear yours truly (Mark Galpin) speak at the Cisco Booth D209 on Wed, Oct 16th at 5:30pm about how VMware Backup and Recovery helps in Cisco’s converged infrastructure architecture, namely Vblock

•And, of course you can’t forget VCE. I will also be presenting EMC Backup and Recovery for converged infrastructures, at their booth, P205.  You can catch me each day of the show at the following times: on Tue, Oct 15 at 12:15, Wed, Oct 16th, at 12:45pm and finally at 11:45am on the Thursday.

Meetups

•Go large with vSphere Data Protection Advanced and EMC Backup and Archive. Oct. 16 at 2pm at the EMC Booth D201.

•Get face to face with the VCE team to talk Vblock at the EMC Booth D201 on Oct. 17 at 11:30am.

Labs

•We also have some great VMware Hands on Labs (HOLs) in Booth DD1. Highlights include vCenter UI integration in both Avamar and NetWorker and VM Instant Access with Avamar. The labs are titled: Lab #5 – Lightning Fast VM Recovery with EMC Avamar Featuring VM Instant Access and Lab #12 – Lightning Fast VM Recovery with EMC Avamar Featuring VM Instant Access.

Finally VMworld would not be the same without a party! You will have to stop by the EMC Booth on Tuesday to get your ticket to the party on the Tuesday night.

We’ll be covering all of these events on social media so follow us on Twitter @EMCBackup for all the latest updates and news, and tweet to us and let us know how we’re doing!

Help! I’m Stuck in the Muck of My Job, Part I

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.

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I have no idea how sage writers churn out endless gems in books that help us better navigate our careers but they do. I’m not a voracious reader but I have stumbled on a few books that seem to parallel my thought process. My short list includes:

  • Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t (Collins)
  • The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t (Sutton)
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (Gladwell)
  • Our Iceberg Is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions (Kotter)

Now, I wouldn’t say I’ve had a playbook career, but my personal way of muddling through has worked out pretty well over the years and along the way, I have learned a few things that have helped me tremendously—my own gems, I guess you could say. Some I’ve gleaned from reading, but most are from my personal work experience, family and peers, as noted.

Recently, I’ve found myself on a few speaker tracks talking about some of these gems, so I figured it might be time to write them down and share them. Whether you’re navigating a career in business, medicine or IT, these gems apply. The list is different if you’re a manager or a non-manager, but reading both will benefit you short- and long-term—perhaps even broaden your perspective a bit.

Gems for non-managers:

  1. The only person who’s going to manage your career is you. If a manager is taking an interest in you and your career, take advantage of it.
  2. A job is a job and a career is a career. I spent nearly 14 years at the same company, albeit in different roles. When I left that company, I realized what I had was a job, not a career. Yep, I’d stayed 10 years too long!
  3. Keep an eye on your résumé. Every inch of your résumé counts. If you haven’t enhanced it recently, then it’s time for change. After all, a job is a job and a career is a career (see #2).
  4. Have a 3-5 year plan but be realistic that it will likely change. It’s good to dream and it’s fun to look back with friends and say “Did you ever imagine we would be here three years ago?”
  5. Being invaluable at a task will keep you employed but will likely stunt your career. What’s never said is managers want people who are good and stable in their roles. So, if you’re good, they’ll likely prefer you to carry on doing what you do best without any disruptions. If this is the case, you and they will inadvertently stunt your career.
  6. Being a selfless utility player will make your career rich and rewarding (Graham). Continuing the thread from #5, I was once challenged by a boss to learn a unique skill—something that would make me “invaluable.” He told me to document it, try it again, teach someone it and make myself redundant. THAT’s how you make yourself invaluable to a business. Incidentally, I was going about this in the polar opposite way, so this piece of advice was a massive help to me—and my career.
  7. If you figure something out, document it, try it again, teach someone, make yourself redundant (see #6) and raise your hand  for the next tough assignment. Remember every inch of your résumé counts.  Keep learning (see #11 below).
  8. Learn to like the crappy jobs (Dad). Try and find a successful executive who didn’t fight on the way up by taking the harder road!
  9. Figure out who you are and how you think. Are you a Tank or Plumber? Are you a Linear or Abstract Thinker?
  10. Figure out what you’re good at and, more importantly, what you aren’t good at. Most careers stall or slide when you don’t know these two things or are insecure in your ability and get ahead of your skis. If you do this, guess which part of your so-called skills will be critical in your next job? Be forewarned!
  11. Keep learning. Rinse and repeat is good for your hair but not your career. There is nothing worse than doing the same thing year after year.
  12. Try not to live where you work (Mick). A small commute can help you detox. Don’t take baggage home; it will stunt your career and hurt your home life.
  13. If you find yourself underwater with to-do’s, make a list (Edmundo). On Friday, write down every task you know you have to do (make a separate list for business and personal). From this list, identify your top 10 tasks for the upcoming week.  For an added cool factor, send a copy of your list to your boss. You’ll have a better weekend; you’ll figure out what really is important (see also Heidi’s post “Have You Taken the ‘Repeat Test’?”) and you’ll stay on course.
  14. Take all the advice you can but act on only what you see is correct (Uncle Richard). Translation: Two ears and one mouth.
  15. If you start a new project or idea, don’t let it creep too far (Andre). Most projects fail from never-ending creep. Lock your plan down and execute, and then adjust.
  16. Raise your hand. If your job doesn’t challenge you, and even scare you, at times, you’re not stretching far enough. Make sure people know you have extra capacity.

IT friends, are you stuck in the muck that’s become your jobs? What resonates from this list? Tweet me at @guychurchward or comment here.

IT and business leaders, my gems for you in my next post!

Is Archiving Part of Your Checklist?

Alyson Langon

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.

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While we do a lot of talking here on The Backup Window about backup and recovery, as we should, it is important to keep in mind that archiving is also a key component of a data protection strategy.

The good news is that with EMC Data Domain systems, completing your data protection strategy doesn’t have to be hard. In addition to providing efficient backup and disaster recovery, Data Domain is an ideal platform for archive data. All Data Domain systems inherently support archiving workloads without the need for additional software.

Why Data Domain for archive storage?

Here’s how Data Domain checks off key requirements to be a leading protection storage platform for archive data:

  • Compliance: With EMC Data Domain Retention Lock, Data Domain systems can simultaneously meet governance policies and compliance regulations for your archive data and provides secure data retention for file and email archive data that meets the strictest US and International standards including SEC 17a-4(f), ISO 15489, and MoReq2010.
  • Reliability: Protection storage is the storage of last resort.  It is the last place you go to access critical data when you can’t access it anywhere else.  So, when selecting an archive storage solution, it is imperative you find a solution you can trust to provide you access to your data when you need it.  The Data Domain Data Invulnerability Architecture instills such trust.  The Data Invulnerability Architecture is built into every Data Domain system and provides end-to-end data verification, continuous fault detection and self-healing.
  • Efficiency: Archiving data on a Data Domain system gives you the benefits of inline deduplication: by eliminating duplicate data segments, you can reduce your archive storage footprint by up to 5x and your consolidated backup and archive footprint by 10 to 30x.  This is the industry’s highest dedupe rate for archive data. In addition, the unique ability to consolidate backup and archive workloads onto a single Data Domain system eliminates silos of storage leading to administration savings and maximized storage efficiency.
  • Cost-savings: Specifically, Data Domain offers a savings of up to 82% lower cost per gigabyte compared to other archive storage solutions.  Furthermore, a recent study from IDC shows that customers who consolidate their backup and archive data onto Data Domain gain a payback on their investment in under 6 months!
  • Breadth of Our Ecosystem: Data Domain systems have a broad archive partner ecosystem as they are qualified with leading archiving applications, which enables them support a variety of archiving use cases, including file and email, database, content management, and storage tiering. For file/email and SharePoint archiving, Data Domain systems integrate with EMC SourceOne (which just announced some great new features) to provide a complete end-to-end EMC archiving solution.

Got questions? Shoot me a comment or a note to @A_Langon and check us out on-line at www.emc.com/backup-and-archive and www.emc.com/backupleader.

Business Execs Are from Mars, IT Execs Are from Venus

Heidi Biggar

Heidi Biggar

Marketing and IT Consultant, Data Protection and Availability Division
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.

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It’s a well-documented fact: men and women see things differently.

Indeed, the dissimilarities between the sexes have been the subject of countless self-help books over the years (perhaps most notably “Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus”) and remain key focus areas for the latest crop of psychologists and human behaviorists.

A quick Google search of “men + women + communication gap” yields tens of millions of results. Broaden the search to “men + women + communication” and the number increases another 30%.Yep, folks, we (still) have a communication gap!

Before you panic, no, The Backup Window hasn’t morphed into a relationship self-help site or I into “Dear Abby.” But relationship building—between men and women, business leader and IT leader, IT leader and IT administrators, and IT administrators and backup administrators—is as important to future business success as choosing the right technologies to deploy.

Yes, IT transformation is just as much about the people, process and priorities organizations set as it is the swapping out of old technologies for new ones. In fact, perhaps more than any time in history, business success is bounded by the strength of a company’s communication up, down, across, and within business and IT teams.

So, what do you do?

Identify the Gaps—Starting with Business and IT Leaders
No one ever said the road to “running IT like a business” (a.k.a., IT as a Service) would be without obstacles, and it hasn’t.In fact, according to a recent EMC- and VMware-commissioned survey conducted by IDG, while business and IT leaders agree running IT like a business is important, they don’t always see eye to eye on:

  • Benefits of ITaaS to the organization: IT leaders see cost-savings as the primary benefit, whereas business leaders point to productivity, efficiency and agility gains.

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  • Progress in delivering ITaaS: Eighty-one percent of IT leaders surveyed reported significant or moderate progress, compared to 64% of business leaders. Further, Twenty-seven percent of the IT leaders surveyed in the study said their IT operations ran like businesses today but only 18% of their business peers agreed.

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  • Areas for improvement: According to the survey, IT leaders think IT is doing a better job of understanding and meeting business objectives than business leaders think they’re doing. Specifically, business leaders cite the need for IT improvement in:

    • Understanding the services the business needs/wants
    • Packaging IT services to meet these needs
    • Communicating a plan for future services

Clearly, this isn’t a scenario where agreeing to disagree is an option, or at least a business-viable one. For IT to run optimally as a business, business and IT leaders need to be in lockstep, and this requires communication and trust.

I’ll end this post with one more graphic from the survey. This one looks at the “Roadblocks Faced by IT in Implementing ITaaS” (asked of IT leaders only) and the “Roadblocks to a More Effective IT/Business Partnership” (asked of business leaders only).

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Source: Big Picture Global Survey: Dual Perspectives of ITaaS. Conducted by IDG on behalf of EMC and VMWare, June 2103.

Except for agreeing that IT technical expertise is a problem area, the lists are very different. What do you think?  Is this an accurate picture of your environment? How’s your communication? How big is the gap? Do your own assessment and tweet @biggarhb with your results!

(Note: Graphics leveraged in this post were from the “Big Picture Global Survey: Dual Perspectives of ITaaS.” Conducted by IDG on behalf of EMC and VMWare, June 2103.)