By Sherry Davenport, Sr. Technical Marketing Manager, EMC Backup Recovery Systems
Isn’t it funny how when you are prepping to go to a conference, it’s the prospect of the live entertainment that is many times what gets you jazzed? Well, maybe it’s just me? … And, as you may already know, MAROON 5 is scheduled to play Wednesday night during the upcoming #EMCWorld! How cool is THAT???
Well, we are looking to create some exciting buzz for you around all the other great opportunities you will have related to EMC Backup and Recovery while attending this year’s conference. As a result, we will hopefully see you ‘moving like Jagger’ in the hallways of The Venetian toward all the great sessions and activities planned around the EMC Backup and Recovery portfolio.
We will be very social at EMCWorld, and are encouraging you all to be so as well. So, for those among us that love to socialize, there will be tweeting, blogging, buzzing, and gaming! Join us for BJ Jenkins’ Keynote on Monday from 2:30 – 3:30 and his Buzz Session on Tuesday from 5:00 – 5:30 PM where he will be discussing and answering questions on newly announced backup and recovery products. Meet us during showroom hours in the EMC Backup Freedom booth (#761) and talk with EMC experts regarding your data protection challenges. In addition, there will be a ‘BOF: Ask the Execs’ offered staffed with an EMC Backup and Recovery Executive Panel on Tuesday at 1:30 PM and ‘ESG on Backup Redesign’ on Wednesday also at 1:30 PM.
Now, let’s discuss the sessions you should be planning for—please, bear with me and go get a pen and paper right now ‘cause there is a lot of ground to cover!
Start the event off with a bang and get up early on Monday (I know, it’s VEGAS, man!)… you won’t be sorry that you did! At 8:30 AM will be a session on ‘What’s New in EMC NetWorker?’ We’ll get you up to speed about all things ‘NetWorker’ since last EMCWorld. This session will be repeated on Wednesday at 4:15 PM for those of you with other things to do first thing Monday morning. Additionally, not to be missed are the ‘What’s New’ sessions for EMC Avamar on Monday at 10:00 AM and Tuesday at 4:15 PM, and EMC Data Domain on Monday at 4:00 PM and Tuesday at 11:30 AM.
If you are managing the protection of Microsoft applications such as Exchange, SQL, and SharePoint, you should plan around the session entitled ‘EMC Backup—Strategies for Backup and Recovery of Microsoft Applications’ on Monday at 10:00 AM or, alternatively, on Tuesday at 4:15 PM.
NAS – now there’s a challenge when you start talking ‘backup and restore.’ Come to the ‘EMC Backup: Protecting Unstructured Data on VNX and VNXe’ session and learn how EMC solutions can help to dramatically reduce the amount of data that you will need to backup. This session is offered on Monday at 4:00 PM and Wednesday at 8:30 AM.
Do you have the need to better understand how the two industry-leading backup appliances – EMC Avamar and EMC Data Domain – are integrated to provide you with a high performing, yet simple and efficient, deduplication backup solution for a broad range of applications? Then ‘EMC Avamar and EMC Data Domain – Integrated Backup Systems Take Application Performance to the Next Level’ will walk you through the use cases and benefits for this dynamic-duo. This session will be offered Monday at 8:30 AM and again on Tuesday at 10:00 AM.
Do you have enterprise software and database applications you lay awake at night worrying about protecting? Then the session entitled ‘EMC Backup: Planning for Oracle, SAP and Sybase Backup and Recovery’ is for you and scheduled for Tuesday at 10:00 AM and again on Thursday at 11:30 AM.
Speaking of database applications–are you an Oracle DBA? You absolutely need to find out how Data Domain Boost for RMAN can provide faster Time-to-DR and catalog awareness for effective disaster recovery by Oracle and Data Domain experts. Join in for ‘EMC Data Domain Best Practices for Oracle (including RMAN Incremental Update)’ on Tuesday at 2:45 PM and Wednesday at 10:00 AM.
We cannot forget about virtualization! Have you heard that NetWorker + Data Domain = DYNAMITE?!! Come and learn what you need to know about using this winning combination to protect your VMware or Hyper-V environments in the session called ‘EMC NetWorker with Data Domain: Best Practices for VMware and Hyper-V Backup’ on either Wednesday at 2:45 PM or Thursday at 10:00 AM.
Are you using VMware and VCE Vblock in your virtualized environment? Then you absolutely must make time in your busy week to attend ‘EMC Avamar: Backup Built for VMware and VCE Vblock (including vCloud Director).’ It is being offered Tuesday at 11:30 AM and again on Wednesday at 4:15 PM and will outline for you the level of integration between Avamar and VMware for faster and very efficient VMware guest and image backups.
What?! EMC supports IBM i? Yes, it’s true–bringing the value of deduplication into the homes of IBM i operators. ‘EMC Data Domain and IBM i – Backup and Recovery for VIOS and IBM Power System Environments’ should be considered a requirement. Don’t believe our spin? Hear it straight from Steve Hall from Arcadia Group. Offered Monday at 4:00 PM and Thursday at 8:30 AM (come on, you won’t be out THAT late rocking to Maroon 5! … will you???).
For those of you who have BIG problems trying to protect BIG DATA, the session ‘EMC Backup Meets Big Data—Strategies to Protect Greenplum, Isilon and Teradata Systems with Data Domain and NetWorker’ was developed especially for you–Wednesday at 11:30 AM and Thursday at 10:00 AM.
Maybe your largest concern of the moment is how best to archive your data while meeting government regulations and enabling fast and reliable recovery? If you are particularly concerned about your Exchange 2010 data store, you will want to ensure you pen in the session entitled ‘EMC SourceOne Fundamentals: Archiving and Information Governance in a “Microsoft 2010” World’ being offered Monday at 10:00 AM and again on Thursday at 1:00 PM. ‘EMC Data Domain: Deduplication Storage for Long-Term Retention of Backup and Archive Data’ will discuss new, cost-effective long-term retention solutions using Data Domain. It’s available Wednesday at 11:30 AM and Thursday at 8:30 AM.
Learn how Data Domain can easily integrate with TSM environments and the benefits of doing so based on a variety of use cases in the session ‘EMC Data Domain – TSM Best Practices.’ It is offered Wednesday at 8:30 AM and Thursday at 1:00 PM.
If the mainframe is your cup of tea, there will be a room dedicated to EMC’s mainframe portfolio for the entire show. BRS will present five sessions throughout the week. Learn about the latest advancements, listen to customers who have successfully implemented our technology and even talk to the developers to see where it is all headed.
Ending this line-up of sessions is ‘EMC Data Domain Performance Optimization with Data Domain Boost’ running on Monday at 8:30 AM and again on Thursday at 11:30 AM. You will learn the key Data Domain integration points and their correlation to performance and ease of management.
Seeing is believing… if demos are of most interest to you, then you will be in heaven (albeit quickly J) in the session entitled ‘EMC Backup—20 Demos in 60 Minutes—A Technical Tour for the Attention Span Challenged’ on Tuesday at 2:45 PM and again on Wednesday at 10:00 AM.
And fear not, for those of you who actually have to touch, along with see, to believe… you will have the opportunity to sit in the driver’s seat for an hour in the Hands-On Labs. Hands-On Labs have proven to be extremely popular in past years and, for some, the entire reason why they attend… Due to their popularity, they are open at 7:30 AM each morning and run most of the day, every day of the show.
Be sure to follow #EMCWorld for updates and @EMCBackup for Backup and Recovery News and Updates. We are looking forward to following you all as well, so please tweet and blog your thoughts!
And, speaking of that… @EMCBackup: The evolution of #NetWorker: ACCLR8… Stay tuned!… On THAT note… join the conversation on the NetWorker Community at www.emc.com/networkeronline. We’d love to hear from you!