Maximizing Business Value from Converged Infrastructures, Part I

Converged infrastructure, hyperconverged infrastructure, hyperscale converged Infrastructure….megaconverged infrastucture? Which of these terms did I just make up? (Answer below)

While it may feel like convergence is turning the world upside down, it really just reflects the constant evolution of technology. I recently sat down with fellow blogger Heidi Biggar to talk about converged infrastructure solutions. As per usual, I ran a little long, so we’ve broken the podcast into two parts.

Part I is all about the “what” —  What is convergence? What level is right for you?

Part II, which will post later this month, is all about the “why” — Why the growth? Why data protection? Why one feature versus another?

By the end of the second podcast, you’ll see that converged offerings – like cloud, big data, mobile, and other buzz-worthy topics – are  just useful tools to add to your tool box. But don’t fall for a “Megaconverged” offering – I made that one up! [Of course, by the time this podcast is posted, somebody will probably have launched Megaconvergence… ]

Happy listening.

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Stephen Manley

Stephen Manley

CTO, Data Protection and Availability Division
Over the past 15 years at both EMC and NetApp, I have traveled the world, helping solve backup and recovery challenges - one customer at a time (clearly, I need to optimize my travel arrangements!). My professional mission is to transform data protection so that it accelerates customers’ businesses. I have a passion for helping engineers pursue technical career path(without becoming managers), telling stories about life on the road and NDMP (yes, that’s NDMP).

It’s Good to be BLUE

VSPEX-BLUE-Beauty3-FR_DWNYou might know the song “I’ve Got the Blues” by the Rolling Stones. This song from the early 1970’s talks about losing a loved one. It’s a soulful, introspective song with each word carefully selected to deliver an important message, much like many songs from the Blues music genre. But the deep meaning of Blues music isn’t the impetus for this article – I prefer to discuss cheerful topics, like effectively protecting business data. But let’s stay on the topic of “The Blues”. Continue reading

Tom Giuliano

Tom Giuliano

Marketer and EMC Data Protection Advisor Expert
I love to listen to customers discuss their data protection challenges, their experiences and their needs, and I’ve had a lot of opportunity to do it. For the past 15 years, I’ve brought network and storage products to market through roles in sales, product management and marketing. When I’m not driving go-to-market initiatives, identifying unique and creative methods to build product awareness or launching products, you’ll likely find me cycling, skiing, boating or running. And, who knows, maybe you’ll hear some of my more interesting experiences in one of my posts from time to time.

A Strong VSPEX Foundation Is Built On Data Protection!

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!

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!

The Future Is Now for VSPEX with EMC Backup

We told you about it in July, and now it’s here.

Avamar 7 and the new midrange Data Domain systems that we announced with our Backup to the Future launch event are now part of VSPEX Proven Infrastructures.

VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP) Advanced, powered by Avamar, is also now part of VSPEX.  It’s the backup solution choice for 50 VM VSPEX Private Cloud, Exchange and SQL Server deployments when VMware is the hypervisor.

Why does all this matter?  Backup is broken.  Accidental architectures are spreading as application teams look for solutions, driving up cost and complexity. VSPEX with the new EMC (and VMware!) backup solutions offers a fast path to fix it all with simple, efficient and scalable backup.  It’s a perfect match and now available!

EMC Backup and Recovery Options for VSPEX Private Clouds

EMC Backup and Recovery Options for VSPEX End User Computing with Horizon View

EMC Backup and Recovery Options for VSPEX for Virtualized Microsoft SQL Server 2012

EMC Backup and Recovery Options for VSPEX for Virtualized Microsoft SharePoint 2013

EMC Backup and Recovery for VSPEX for Virtualized Microsoft Exchange 2013

EMC Backup and Recovery Options for VSPEX for Virtualized Oracle 11gR2

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Heidi Biggar

Heidi Biggar

Marketing and IT Consultant, Data Protection and Availability Division at EMC Corporation
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.

The Path to the Cloud Includes Backup

As VMworld 2013 nears to a close, your head is probably spinning with new knowledge about the cloud and cloud infrastructures. How could it not, right?

And, hopefully, you’ve had the opportunity to learn more about the EMC cloud story, the three paths we offer—build your own, VSPEX and VCE Vblock Systems— and why backup is vital to all three.

3 paths to the cloud

If you deploy cloud infrastructure without thinking about backup, you’ll face some unwanted challenges. Not only is traditional backup struggling under the pressures of data growth but virtualization is stressing it too.

Left unchanged, backup can have a domino effect with your organization: Data owners (e.g., the storage, VM and app owners), seeing the old backup ways are breaking down even faster than before, will find solutions on their own. Soon, you’ll have protection silos and an “accidental” backup architecture for your new cloud environment. That means cost, complexity and risk—and that’s just what you’re working to eliminate! Forget about business acceleration.

A better approach is to address protection at the start. Because backup is built into both Vblock Systems and  VSPEX, your organization gets the performance and visibility it needs IT-wide. This eliminates silos and accidental architectures, and it will allow you to scale efficiently and simply as you grow.

So as you consider your next cloud moves, don’t forget backup. If you go with one of EMC’s three paths, you won’t.  Best of all, with EMC you’ll be able to defy one of the most common conventions in IT today– broken backup.

Heidi Biggar

Heidi Biggar

Marketing and IT Consultant, Data Protection and Availability Division at EMC Corporation
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.