Does Big Data Have to Be Big?

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One of my hot button issues these days is Big Data.

By many media and vendor accounts, Big Data is simply that: big data. Large volumes of structured or unstructured data the likes of which are generally associated with companies in data-crunching industries like oil and gas, seismology, genomics and finance.

Even Wikipedia defines Big Data as “the collection of data sets so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process using on-hand database management tools or traditional data processing.” 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.

VPLEX: Integrated Simplicity Worth Talking About

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

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 Data Protection Suite: What’s New in NetWorker 8.2

It has not even been a year since we announced and delivered NetWorker 8.1 – an update jam-packed with new features built on the new architectural foundation laid by NetWorker 8.  And here we are again, with a release that continues to make advancements in:

  • Integration with primary and protection storage
  • Application owner empowerment
  • Industry-leading protection for enterprise applications

Let’s delve a little deeper into the highlights.
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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.

Data Domain OS 5.5 Rocks the IT World

You have likely already heard about EMC’s latest announcement that is rocking the data protection airwaves by redefining data protection for a software-defined world. Here on the Protection Continuum, I am going to dig a little deeper into the Data Domain piece of this announcement by sharing with you some of my favorite features included in the release. Continue reading

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.

EMC Data Protection Suite: What’s New in EMC Avamar 7.1

Last week, as part of our Redefining Data Protection webcast event, we introduced updates across the EMC Data Protection Suite. Lots of great new features to support your organization’s business and IT transformation. Here’s my list of the top 7 new features of EMC Avamar 7.1 as well as a few links to some great demos and whiteboard videos.

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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.