HPE Targets One of DT’s Biggest Pain Points
Oct04

HPE Targets One of DT’s Biggest Pain Points

HPE’s enterprise storage credentials are impressive – sitting second (17.3%) behind Dell (19.1%) [although it’s growth in the last quarter was an anemic 1.9% versus 26.6% for Dell and 21.3% for the overall market] — but this week’s backup, or secondary storage, announcements are intended to redress an area where the company has been relegated to the ‘niche’ category. IDC’s numbers were for the second quarter,...

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…Tracking and Thwarting Evolving Cyber Threat

Enterprise IT likely feels more than a little whipsawed these days. Not only do organizations continue to create data at unprecedented rates, but IT staff and management are continually asked to accommodate and adapt to unfamiliar, sometimes chancy on- and off-prem technologies that often conflict with or outright ignore conventional IT guidelines and SLAs. At the same time, cyber threats and their creators aren’t going away. In fact,...

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Data Protection: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Jun29

Data Protection: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

’The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’ was Clint Eastwood’ last and best spaghetti western, and it’s also a very popular description of the cybersecurity industry, to which I will now shamelessly expropriate to describe the findings from EMC’s new global enterprise backup survey, ‘Are You Protected?’. Similar to virtually every other security study I see, the survey reports improvements in some areas, some problems in other areas, and the...

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Designing Backup to Replace Primary Storage

Users and application owners expect that the systems they use will never go down, and if they do they will be returned to operation quickly with little data loss. In our article “Designing Primary Storage to Ease the Backup Burden” we discussed how to architect a primary storage infrastructure that is able to help meet these challenges. We call this design Protected Primary Storage. But this design can be expensive, especially if it...

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Why Virtualized Backup Design Matters

VM specific backup solutions like Veeam are increasingly being used to protect virtualized environments instead of more traditional enterprise backup systems. They provide a seamless way to non-disruptively and efficiently backup virtual machine data plus they include a number of advanced features like change block tracking (CBT) of VMs, replication and the ability to perform recoveries directly off disk backup resources. Most disk...

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