I’m Happy…Because Disaster Recovery Can’t Bring Me Down

Lisa Matzdorff

Lisa Matzdorff

Voice of Customer, Data Protection and Availability Division
I have a passion for listening, more specifically, listening to customers share their IT stories, their experiences, their successes! Over the past 7 years in the role of customer reference manager and customer advocacy manager, I’ve had the pleasure of listen to amazing stories and meeting some very interesting people. The one thing that makes my job even better…I get to share those stories. When I’m not working, I’m volunteering with foster children, running 5K fun runs, playing fashion consultant “What Not To Wear” style, traveling, and watching reality t.v

Graduation is the end of a college education but it’s also the beginning of a new career or post-graduate opportunity. It’s time to celebrate endings and new beginnings, as the school year draws to a close and summer makes its tantalizing approach (yes, even for storm-battered U.S. east coasters).  This seasonal shift makes us happy… and apparently life as a student at Brown University in historic Providence, Rhode Island is a happy place too. Continue reading

Data Protection – From Good to Great

Gytis Barzdukas

Gytis Barzdukas

With over 20 years' experience in marketing, product planning and product management, you'd think I might have grown tired of talking about backup, storage and IT by now – but the market and the technology keeps evolving and it remains thrilling to be at the cutting edge of that. Looking after the product portfolio and roadmap for EMC's data protection cloud means that I'm working at the pointy end of the third platform revolution – which keeps me busy when I'm not rooting for my local soccer team or making the most of life in Seattle with my family.

One of the questions that I often ask when meeting with IT directors considering deploying a cloud backup solution for their business is “What does great data protection look like?” And the answers I get back are always different. Continue reading

Does Big Data Have to Be Big?

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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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

A Strong VSPEX Foundation Is Built On Data Protection!

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!

Readers of my blogs probably know that I am guilty of spending the odd hour or three in a video game. My latest gaming quest is to work my way up the score ladder on the newly launched “VSPEX: The Simple Way To Deploy Your Cloud” game. As of this posting, I am at 20,000 points and aiming for the leader at 35,000! I will have to make some headway during my flights out to VMware PEX. :)

When first finding out about the game and launching it, I found the scoring mechanics interesting. The points you gain correlate with acquiring components to build a VSPEX solution! If you didn’t notice, the first component required for building a VSPEX in the game is Backup.

As I discuss in the video embedded at the top of this post, Backup is often tossed to the wayside when discussing private cloud deployments. This puts your business at a disadvantage before implementation even starts, and at a greater risk of data loss when not planning data protection proactively. We’ll certainly be elaborating more on this topic with VMware PEX attendees next week in San Francisco.

For those of you that will be heading out to VMware PEX you can take a look at a great preview put together by fellow blogger Phil George here.  If you are specifically interested in our boot camp happening on Monday the 10th, you can also get a detailed agenda on Chad Sakac’s PEX Bootcamp Preview post. As Chad mentions, this boot camp will be epic and will include topics like EMC VSPEX, EMC Data Protection, and other incredible technology that EMC is working on in the coming quarters.

Once you are at the show stop by Booth #401 to see where you land on the top score list! We will have the game live in the booth, and I look forward at attempting to beat the high scores!

Sneak Peek at VMware Partner Exchange 2014

Phil George

Phil George

Avamar/VMware Guru, Data Protection and Availability Division
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.

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Lead the Transformation to Master the New Reality

VMware Partner Exchange, “PEX” as partners affectionately call it, kicks off at the Moscone Center in San Francisco on February 10. What is it? Only the premier partner event of the year … when it comes to “everything virtualization.” VMware brings together its technology and business partners for a 4-day exchange of information, and it all begins with Boot Camps.   These daylong intensive sessions enable VMware and its technology partners to share their roadmap, hottest technologies, and solutions, so the business partners can provide the best solutions to their customers. EMC’s Boot Camp (Boot camp ID# 3579-SPO) runs on Monday February 10th from 8:30 – 4:30pm.  For a peek at our agenda, see Chad’s Blog. Be sure to register.

The EMC Data Protection and Availability Division will have a strong presence at PEX, where you can learn about backup and recovery, continuous data protection, and application/data mobility and availability.  EMC provides the most comprehensive data protection continuum for VMware environments of any scale.  Visit us in booth #401 to learn more about Avamar, Data Domain systems, RecoverPoint and VPLEX, and how these solutions are optimized for VMware, VCE Vblock and VSPEX.

Additionally, we will be highlighting the tight integration of VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP) Advanced and Data Domain systems. Click on this screenshot to watch the demo:

Figure 1: Fast and easy to setup backup with VDP Advanced and Data Domain Systems

We’ll also be discussing EMC VSPEX – The market leader in Integrated Reference Architecture Systems. VSPEX are proven by EMC, packaged and delivered exclusively by our partners. VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced (VDP Advanced) with EMC Data Domain are now built into VSPEX Private Cloud with VMware vSphere for up to 300 Virtual Machines, and VSPEX Virtualized Solutions for Microsoft SharePoint, Exchange, and SQL Server. Stop by and see how to size and transform your backups with VSPEX & VDP Advanced. A key differentiator for VSPEX is the certified and tightly integrated EMC Data Protection and Availability solutions.

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There are many more exciting topics, but these are just a few to whet your appetite.

See you at PEX …