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Charley McMaster

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DCIG 2017-18 Hyperconverged Infrastructure Appliance Buyer’s Guide Now Available

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The DCIG 2017-18 Hyperconverged Infrastructure Appliance Buyer’s Guide weights, scores and ranks more than 100 features of twenty-four (24) products from five (5) vendors that achieved rankings of Recommended or Excellent. Using ranking categories of Recommended and Excellent, this Buyer’s Guide offers much of the information an organization should need to make a highly-informed decision as to which hyperconverged appliance will suit their needs.

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DCIG 2016-17 Small/Midsize Enterprise Integrated Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide Now Available

By | Backup Appliance, Buyer's Guides | No Comments

DCIG is pleased to announce the availability of the DCIG 2016-17 Small/Midsize Enterprise Integrated Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide developed from DCIG’s backup appliance body of research. The DCIG 2016-17 Small/Midsize Enterprise Integrated Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide weights, scores and ranks more than 100 features of twenty-nine (29) products from seven (7) different providers. Using ranking categories of Recommended, Excellent and Good, this Buyer’s Guide offers much of the information an organization should need to make a highly informed decision as to which integrated backup appliance will suit their needs.

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DCIG 2016-17 Integrated Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide Now Available

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DCIG is pleased to announce the availability of the 2016-17 Integrated Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide developed from DCIG’s backup appliance body of research. The DCIG 2016-17 Integrated Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide ranks more than 100 features of thirty-three (33) products from ten (10) different providers. Using ranking categories of Recommended, Excellent and Good, this Buyer’s Guide offers much of the information an organization should need to make a highly informed decision as to which integrated backup appliance will suit their needs.

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Feature Consolidation on Backup Appliances Currently Under Way

By | Cloud, Data Protection, Deduplication, Virtualization | No Comments

Integrating backup software, cloud services support, deduplication, and virtualization into a single hardware appliance remains a moving target. Even as backup appliance providers merge these technologies into their respective appliances, the methodologies they employ to do so can differ significantly between them. This becomes very apparent when one looks at growing number of backup appliances from the providers in the market today.

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The Hot Topic of Deduplication

By | Data Protection, Data Reduction, Deduplication | No Comments

Rarely does a day go by at DCIG when deduplication is not mentioned in some context. Instead of storing every chunk of data, deduplication removes redundant data and stores unique recording data just once across the network. Offering up to 20x reductions in data, data deduplication directly equates to lower backup storage costs for almost any size data center as less hardware is needed for storage backup.

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DCIG 2014-15 Deduplicating Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide Now Available

By | Backup Appliance, Buyer's Guides, Data Protection, Data Reduction, Deduplication, Disk Based Backup | No Comments

DCIG is pleased to announce the availability of its DCIG 2014-15 Deduplicating Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide that weights, scores and ranks over 100 features on 47 different deduplicating backup appliances from 10 different providers. This Buyer’s Guide provides the critical information that all size organizations need when selecting deduplicating backup appliances to protect environments ranging from remote offices to enterprise data centers.

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Early Insights from the Forthcoming DCIG 2014-15 Deduplicating Backup Appliance Buyers Guide

By | Backup Appliance, Deduplication | No Comments

As DCIG readies its third release of the DCIG Deduplicating Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide, it always encounters certain trends and the emergence of new features in the products covered in each respective Guide. DCIG’s experience was no different in its preparations for this Guide. Virtual appliances and scale-out and scale-up architectures in particular caught our eye as DCIG prepares to release this Guide.

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When it Comes to Backup, the Smart Money is on Rapid Reliable Recovery; Interview with StorageCraft’s Chief Evangelist Matt Urmston, Part 3

By | Business Continuity, Data Protection, DCIG, Disaster Recovery, Interviews | No Comments

Matt Urmston, StorageCraft’s Chief Evangelist and Director of Product Management, has worked in a variety of roles in backup, archiving, data recovery and high availability. In this third blog entry of this interview series, Matt emphasizes that StorageCraft’s value is in the recovery process–getting systems back online quickly and efficiently, and having that work every time.

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StorageCraft Gets a Headstart on the Competition by Enabling Recovery in Minutes Instead of Hours; Interview with StorageCraft’s Chief Evangelist Matt Urmston, Part 2

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Companies all want more reliable backup and recovery, with short recovery times when things go awry. In part II of this interview series with StorageCraft’s Chief Evangelist Matt Urmstom, we expand on how StorageCraft uses StorageCraft ImageManager and StorageCraft Headstart Restore technology to provide a full DR solution that can offer recovery in as little as five minutes, and also how ShadowProtect performs equally well in physical and virtual environments.

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Eliminating the Dreaded Blue Screen of Death from the Recovery Process; Interview with StorageCraft’s Chief Evangelist Matt Urmston, Part 1

By | Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, Interviews | No Comments

The one screen that no system admin ever wants to see is the dreaded blue screen of death (BSOD), especially when doing a recovery. Yet when recovering an application on a different hardware platform, BSODs become a distinct possibility. In this first installment of DCIG’s executive interview with StorageCraft’s Chief Evangelist, Matt Urmston, he explains the features that ShadowProtect offers to minimize or even eliminate the possibility of users encountering BSODs when conducting a recovery.

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Insights from the Forthcoming DCIG 2014-15 Integrated Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide

By | DCIG | No Comments

The forthcoming DCIG 2014-15 Integrated Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide provides organizations the unique opportunity to review and evaluate the large number of backup appliances that represent more steps forward in the continuing effort to simplify backup in today’s real-world IT environments. By providers integrating the core components needed to deliver backup in a single box, more of these appliances come closer to achieving the “plug and play” ideal that enterprises seek.

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Integrated Backup Appliances that De-emphasize Cloud Connectivity

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The cloud seems to pervade every conversation around computing these days. However not all organizations are as enamored with the cloud as analysts and the press would lead us to believe. If anything, there is a sizable contingent of organizations that are fairly adamant about keeping their data out of the cloud and behind their corporate firewall. This is why, as DCIG prepares to release its forthcoming Buyer’s Guide on Integrated Backup Appliances, that it specifically de-emphasized cloud connectivity.

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Maturing Deduplicating Backup Appliances Still Offer Plenty of Features for Organizations to Evaluate

By | Data Protection, DCIG, Deduplication, Disk Based Backup | No Comments

As DCIG prepares to release a number of Buyer’s Guides on Midrange Deduplication Backup Appliances in the next few weeks, we thought we would share some of our observations that came out of our evaluation of these products. Like all Buyer’s Guides that DCIG prepares, it did a comprehensive review of available deduplicating backup appliances in anticipation of releasing these Guides. As it did so, it uncovered that deduplication itself has moved well beyond the breakthrough technology that it was a decade or so ago to provide an assortment of features there leaves plenty for organizations to consider when buying one of these appliances.

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