A Car Without a Seatbelt

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.

Imagine you’re driving down the highway rocking out to Kelly Clarkson (don’t worry, I won’t tell) and all of a sudden the person in front of you hits their brakes and you quickly slam yours to try not to hit them.  Your heart is now racing, but unfortunately you weren’t able to brake fast enough and you end up getting into an accident.  Fortunately for you, you have a seatbelt on, so you didn’t lose anything more than your bumper.   The key point here is that you were protected because you bought a car with a seatbelt – but who wouldn’t?

Certainly your life is precious and needs to be protected, but isn’t your company’s data as well?  So just like you wouldn’t buy a car without a seatbelt, why would you buy protection storage without data integrity checking?  When something goes wrong with your primary data like a corrupted database (the equivalent of an accident on a highway), you want to ensure your data can be quickly and reliably recovered, right?

Unfortunately, since the standard backup and archive storage medium for decades was tape, your standards may be significantly lower than necessary.   The good news is they don’t have to be – protection storage should be built as the storage of last resort and put the integrity of your data above all else.  The bad news is that not all disk systems are created equal – just because its disk doesn’t mean it’s better than tape.  For example, standard NAS systems were built for primary storage – not for protection and do not ensure recovery.

So how can you tell your backup and archive storage is built for protection?  Ask how the storage platform verifies the integrity of data as it’s written to disk.  Ask how it will continuously ensure data stays correct and how it corrects errors before they become a problem.  Finally, ask how the system will ensure data that’s recovered is identical to the data that was originally stored.  To save you some time, we’ve done some of the homework for you. Check out this paper and video that explore how Data Domain systems meet these requirements with the Data Domain Data Invulnerability Architecture.

VPEX 2013 Preview: What You Don’t Want to Miss

Alex Almeida

Alex Almeida

Technology Evangelist, Data Protection and Availability Division
My passion for technology started at an early age and has never stopped. Today, I find myself immersed in data protection. Yep, I live, breathe and tweet backup, availability and archive. In fact, nothing short of fully understanding how things work will keep me from digging deeper. But when I’m not evangelizing on the benefits of backup or technology in general, I can be spotted at a New England Revolution game, behind the lens of a camera or listening to my favorite albums on vinyl. In addition to blogging for The Protection Continuum, you can find me on the EMC Community Network. Also, I'm a member of EMC Elect 2014, and I'm active in the New England VMware User Group (NEVMUG) and the Virtualization Technology User Group (VTUG). Let's get technical!

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.

T-Minus 2 hours, and Counting – VCE Mega Launch Is Here!

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).

Get your popcorn ready! Today is the day that VCE will be holding their virtual launch, and EMC Backup and Recovery is proud to form the foundation of the VCE’s Data Protection Suite.

The clock is winding down to the 11AM EST event, which you can still register to watch live here. I plan to watch it live from the web with some of the EMC CTO staff here in Hopkinton. What about you?

VCE will be announcing several exciting products. These new solutions all run on the EMC technology you know and love, and push VCE into the small and medium-sized business market, leveraging EMC’s VNXe small-business storage array.

The Data Protection Suite continues to be powered by EMC Avamar and EMC Data Domain, which are optimized for highly virtualized and converged environments. You can learn more about these solutions from our recent webcast, and also download the white paper written by expert industry senior analyst Jason Buffington from the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG).

Congratulations again to VCE! Having grown steadily for the past 3 years, the company has recently celebrated the following milestones:

  • $1 Billion Annual Run Rate
  • 1,000th Vblock System Sold
  • #1 Market Share – over 57% market share according to the Gartner Group.
I’m looking forward to more great VCE products and solutions in the future, and am excited to be part of the movement to IT convergence.

We Keep Getting Better

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.