EMC RecoverPoint For VMs: Enabling a More Active Role in Data Protection for VM Admins

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Whether you are dealing with a natural disaster, or an Alpaca Stampede (as Stephen has apparently witnessed before) it is important that the IT team to not only deliver robust high-performing services to application teams, but to also enable trust. Being able to do this in the form of robust “use case optimized” data protection services, assures the business that its mission critical data is protected and resides in the optimal place, even during a major disaster scenario.  Continue reading

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!

What’s New in VDP Advanced 5.8

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VMware has just announced version 5.8 of VDP Advanced that incorporates many new features. Here are the highlights: Continue reading

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.

Whether You Know It Or Not, You Are In The Data Business

Our daily jaunt on the Internet has become second nature and our mobile devices have become our BFFs. We may not give it a second thought, but through this technology we are producing a steady stream of digital exhaust, resulting in a “Big Bang” on the data universe.

This very large data footprint we’re producing has created a new responsibility for every IT department; they are tasked with protecting any and all data for their company. Not only do they need to protect that data, they might also need to recover that data at a moments notice. IT professionals are challenged with increasingly stringent regulatory requirements and business initiatives that demand higher service levels, longer online retention times, and higher levels of data protection. No matter how savvy you are…it can be a daunting task to address these needs.

During my conversations with customers, I have found there are many companies that still struggle to optimize IT functions and arm employees with technology that drives productivity and innovation across the organization.

I recently read an IDC report titled ‘Worldwide CIO Agenda 2014 Top 10 Predictions’, this report paints a picture of the challenges CIOs will face in the next two to four years. It also discusses the opportunities that CIOs have to evolve in their primary role. One prediction caught my eye — “80% of the IT budget will be based on providing service integration for a broad portfolio of internally and externally sourced IT and business services”.

Organizations are looking outside the walls of their data center and embracing the cloud and external service providers.

Our next customer in the data protection podcast series, Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions (CBTS) provides a complete suite of end-to-end IT solutions, offering a wide range of information technology systems and services.

Bill Ehrman from CBTS discusses how CBTS got into the business of offering Infrastructure as a Service, Backup as a Service, Storage as a Service and many other services and how they built-out their infrastructure.

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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

VPLEX and RecoverPoint Integration with XtremIO: A Customer Case Study

It’s not a secret that one of my favorite products within EMC is VPLEX.  VPLEX is a product that means different things to different people.  Some look at it as a data migration solution while others look at it in its true flash and glory meaning – a distributed cache that is virtualizing your underlying storage and provides an active – active site topology.  For example, you can have Site A in NY distributed to Site B in a metro location (up to 10ms latency for VMware HA and vMotion) and have simultaneous read/write access to the same data across these two data centers. Continue reading

Ashish Palekar
I have been around the storage market all throughout my career. It started with learning Fibre Channel and iSCSI from the ground up and contributing to the standards body. My next gig was building processors at Trebia Networks to mediate between converting from FC to iSCSI. From there, I joined EMC. At EMC, I have focused on storage virtualization in various roles – developer, dev manager and product manager. My primary passion these days is helping our customers, partners and engineers understand why the products we are building are game changing. Equally importantly, I am focused on helping us build a business around our products and staying ahead of the market. And that means looking a little beyond the next curve and dreaming about all that can be. And you know what, it is a lot of fun!

Optimized Isilon Backup and Recovery … It’s a Snap!

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EMC Avamar NDMP Acceleration plus Isilon Fast Incremental

EMC’s new Fast Incremental technology revolutionizes backup and recovery for Isilon Scale-Out NAS. This new feature coupled with EMC Avamar NDMP client 7.1 performs backups up to 3x faster.

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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.