“You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct, and control your own environment.”
–Quote from Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich
Napoleon Hill is considered to be one of the greatest writers on success in history. And, while this quote is specifically related to one’s ability to achieve high levels of personal success, the sentiment behind it is also a basic premise for the new VMware support announced as part of the enhancements to the EMC Data Protection Suite.
To remain agile and flexible, data owners—in this case, VMware Administrators—have moved to their own processes and tools for protecting their environments. This has contributed to the ‘accidental architecture’ discussed in Stephen Manley’s blogs. This movement disenfranchises the backup team, making it impossible for them to ensure SLAs at a corporate level.
EMC recognizes this need and is addressing it through the Protection Storage Architecture. The Protection Storage Architecture enables an open and modular approach to data protection that, among other benefits, provides visibility and control for data owners, while also enabling IT to move closer to an ITaaS model. There is almost no better example of what we are delivering than the tight integration with VMware vCenter™ engineered into both Avamar 7 and NetWorker 8.1.
Effectively, through the enhancements to VMware protection in both solutions, VMware administrators have the ability to choose the policies, as set by IT, that best fits the vm’s or vm containers in their environment and apply them. Further, they are using their own native tool, the vSphere Web Client, for the administration. From the vSphere Web Client, via the EMC Backup and Recovery plug-in, they are also able to process image backup and recovery and run reports, among other activities. Alternatively, backup administrators set corporate policy from their native UI and have the visibility to monitor and report on the corporate infrastructure. Finally, the EMC Data Protection Restore Client web user interface enables any system administrator with privileges to run file level recoveries from the image backups.
You can see how the tight integration with VMware vCenter in NetWorker 8.1 and Avamar 7 offers a best-of-both-worlds scenario and enables each administrator to literally be the master of their environment. We invite you to watch the demo of how this works in NetWorker 8.1. Or, if you prefer to read about the capabilities, please take a look at the complete Solution Overview.
In the US, we do not tend to think much about data privacy in the workplace. We generally default to a belief that our employer owns the network and devices, so it has the legal right to store, process (and view) the content that we create – even email messages. But those rules are not the same in many other areas of the world, particularly in the European Union. And many organizations with operations outside of the US may soon find themselves in the middle of a clash of cultures.
In the EU, personal data – which is broadly defined — is subject to the EU’s data privacy directive. Personal data cannot be processed or transferred outside the EU area, such as to the US, without an “adequate safeguard”. In practice, this means that everyday IT operations such as archiving, backup and even transfers between data storage devices (such as tiering) must have an “adequate safeguard” if data is moving from the EU to the US.
Most organizations in this situation have relied on a relatively straightforward Safe Harbor self-certification to meet the “adequate safeguard” requirement. But recent developments, including news of the NSA’s surveillance operations, have put the Safe Harbor at risk, with some calling for its repeal. In addition, German data protection authorities are already limiting the Safe Harbor exception. These developments may require many organizations to find a new safeguard from limited options: either Model Contracts or Binding Corporate Rules, both of which are more complex and difficult to implement in practice.
Of course, many organizations have long relied upon a third option — the unofficial “head in the sand” exception where transfers are made without any recognized safeguard in place. Generally speaking, enforcement of the data privacy directive has been sporadic. But even that may be changing, with proposed changes to the privacy directive enabling fines of up to 2% of global revenue for violators. That threat could force many “head in the sand” users into strict compliance.
For now, the Safe Harbor remains in place. With the recent activity, it’s probably a good idea to run an internal audit to confirm your organization’s compliance. As the EU becomes even more aggressive in this area, many organizations will need to strike a better balance between the lax privacy requirements of the US and an increasingly strong privacy regime in the EU.
Our Backup to the Future launch event was awesome. More than 23,500 of you (and counting) have viewed the event since July 10, and many of you have asked questions of our experts.
And what’s great is that all the products we announced, including the new midrange Data Domain Systems and the updates to EMC Data Protection Suite (Avamar 7, NetWorker 8.1) will be available with VSPEX Proven Infrastructures this quarter.
Why is this important?
EMC backup supercharges the VSPEX value prop. You’ll be able to complete backups within windows (up to 90% less time required) and data will be recoverable (via our Data Invulnerability Architecture).
Without backup as a bottleneck (or worry), you’ll have the confidence to go full speed with virtualization – and do more. More virtualization… more app rollouts… more IT projects that drive revenue. And this means more free time for you. Win-win!
One last thing…
That’s real money that keeps accruing to the bottom line after just two quarters. It’s a backup future anyone can like.
I am fortunate to have two musical children who are both very talented at their respective instruments. When they play or practice alone they are able to control the tempo and volume of the piece independently. However put them with others in an orchestra and suddenly they need to coordinate not only their tempo, but with that of their section and other instruments. This would be impossible without the conductor.
The conductor has visibility to all the scores of music, they are able to bring in and fade out sections of instruments to achieve a perfect balance. Much the same as a backup administrator should be able to do. The backup admin perhaps does not have the individual skill to backup the Oracle Database, or the Exchange Database. Or perhaps does not have the precise tool to backup the virtual servers.
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