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Four Best Practices for Implementing Next Gen Backup and Recovery; Interview with Dell Software’s General Manager, Data Protection, Brett Roscoe, Part III

By | Cloud, Continuous Data Protection, DCIG Sponsored Analysis, Deduplication, Disaster Recovery, Interviews | One Comment

There are so many options available in today’s next generation of backup and recovery tools that sometimes it can be tough to prioritize which features to implement. In this third installment of my interview series with Dell Software’s General Manager, Data Protection, Brett Roscoe, we discuss four (4) best practices that organizations should prioritize as they implement next generation backup and recovery tools.

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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

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

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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The Inner Workings of a VTL Gateway Appliance: Interview with BridgeSTOR CEO John Matze, Part II

By | Cloud Storage, DCIG, Interviews, Virtual Tape Libraries | No Comments

NAS gateway appliances that connect to backend public storage clouds are still not a “dime a dozen” but they are definitely more prevalent than they were even a few years ago. However a new class of gateway appliances that provides a virtual tape library (VTL) is now available from BridgeSTOR. In this second part of my interview series with BridgeSTOR’s CEO John Matze, we discuss the inner workings of its VTL interface that it is making available this month on its cloud gateway appliance.

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Corporate Ramifications of Implementing Mobile Data Management (MDM) Software for BYODs; Interview with Amtel CEO Pankaj Gupta Part III

By | DCIG, Information Management, Interviews | No Comments

Depending upon its size, a company looking to offer their employees the opportunity to bring their own device (BYOD) to work may be faced with choices, such as: How much data to allow on the device? How to manage the data accessed? Whose platform to use? Organizations like Amtel, Inc. have specialized in developing Mobile Data Management (MDM) for such companies. In this third installment of my interview series with Amtel’s CEO, Pankaj Gupta, we discuss hybrid vs. cloud and what it looks like for a company to use MDM for bring your own devices (BYODs).

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Security, Fast Deployment and Managed Services – the Benefits of Using the Cloud for MDM; Interview with Amtel CEO Pankaj Gupta Part II

By | Cloud, DCIG, Interviews | No Comments

In the arena of mobile data storage a business has a few options. In choosing which solution is best a company may ask itself, “Is keeping data on premises or putting it in the cloud more cost-effective?” and “Do we feel comfortable using the cloud for our storage needs?” During my first installment with Amtel, Inc. CEO, Pankaj Gupta, we chatted about how companies can adopt an open attitude in the corporate world of bring your own device (BYOD). Now, in my second segment with Amtel’s CEO, we discuss the benefits of storing data in the cloud, how secure cloud storage really is, and how accepting midmarket companies and larger enterprises are of putting their data in the cloud.

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The Benefits of Using ZFS as a Virtual Storage Platform; Interview with Tegile Systems VP Rob Commins Part IV

By | DCIG, Interviews, Storage Systems | No Comments

The ZFS file system and volume manager is quickly becoming a preferred operating system (OS) among providers in the competitive arena of virtual storage. Lending to its popularity, ZFS is flexible, functional and consistently high performing but can occasionally cause minor troubles for inexperienced users. In this fourth and final installment of my interview series with Rob Commins, VP of Marketing at Tegile Systems, we discuss how Tegile’s use of ZFS provides the fully integrated and supported storage platform that organizations want while keeping application availability and performance levels high.

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How Companies Can Adopt an Open Attitude in the Corporate World of BYOD: Interview with Amtel, Inc. CEO Pankaj Gupta, Part I

By | DCIG, Information Management, Interviews | No Comments

Not long ago, organizations did not even dream about the need to geo-fence within their business nor did they ponder the security risk involved in managing the company data on mobile devices. But times they are a changin’. Corporate America is seeing a massive shift in favor of users/employees bringing their own devices (BYOD) to work. Does this prove a benefit or a deficit for the company? In this first installment of my interview series with Pankaj Gupta, CEO of Amtel, Inc., we discuss the upside for a company allowing BYOD and how Amtel is set to support a company’s move toward this popular trend.

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SMBs Get Control Over Their Virtualized Environments; Interview with Scale Computing Part V

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Companies of all sizes are implementing virtualization. But as they do, small and midsized businesses (SMBs) are in particular finding they are ill-equipped to deal with the levels of complexity it introduces. In this fifth and final part of my interview series with Scale Computing’s Global Solution Architect, Alan Conboy, and its EVP and GM, Patrick Conte, Alan discusses what Scale Computing has done to its HC3 simple for SMBs to introduce and manage virtualization at all layers in their environment.

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Hybrid Storage Makes Storage Tiering in the Virtualized World Irrelevant; Interview with Tegile Systems VP Rob Commins Part III

By | DCIG, Flash Memory, Interviews, Storage Systems, Virtualization | No Comments

In the fast-paced, ever-changing world of virtualization, the ability for a storage array to deliver performance at exactly the right time is essential. Unfortunately, most tiered storage systems are poorly equipped to respond to these new dynamics. This is where hybrid storage arrays come into play. In this third installment of my interview series with Rob Commins, VP of Marketing at Tegile Systems, we discuss the practical applications of storage and data movement in a virtualized world, how storage tiering falls short of consumer requirements and why Tegile’s hybrid storage is so well-equipped to meet them.

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Eliminating the HDD Exposure Window that Exists in SMBs; Interview with Scale Computing Part IV

By | Data Center Management, DCIG, Interviews | No Comments

Every organization likes more storage capacity at a lower cost per GB. What makes them nervous are the growing risks they face from data loss as a result of a failed hard disk drive (HDD) in their virtualized environment. In this fourth part of my interview series with Scale Computing’s Global Solution Architect, Alan Conboy, and its EVP and GM, Patrick Conte, Alan chimes in as to what Scale Computing has done to eliminate the exposure window associated with failed HDDs.

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The Tipping Point in Going from Hybrid to Flash: Interview with Tegile Systems VP Rob Commins Part II

By | DCIG, Flash Memory, Interviews, Storage Systems | No Comments

Hybrid and all_flash memory arrays are arguably the two hottest technologies in storage systems right now. However determining which of these two types of storage arrays is the right one for an organization’s environment is influenced by both cost and production application requirements. In this second installment of my interview series with Tegile System’s VP of Marketing, Rob Commins, we discuss what the tipping point is in going from hybrid to an all-flash memory storage array.

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The Long Term Viability of Virtualization Only Backup Software; Interview with Quest Software SVP Walter Angerer Part IV

By | Data Protection, DCIG, Interviews, Virtualization | No Comments

As organizations virtualize more of their infrastructure, many face the question, “Use separate physical and virtual backup software products to protect these respective environments or consolidate on one backup platform?” Adding to the difficulty in making this decision is that virtualization_only backup software tends to release new features very quickly to keep up with user demands while having no roadmap to take on the protection of physical environments.

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Austin Convention Center Adds Tablets to Tool Belts on the Exhibit Floor

By | Application Delivery, DCIG, Interviews | No Comments

In this interview series with Austin Convention Center Database Administrator Jeff Moore, we are uncovering decision criteria for Apple iPad adoption and Mobile-first application development. Part 5 of this interview covers Mr. Moore’s views on with cloud applications impact on desktop users, tool belts with tablets and how the iPad helped the Austin Convention Center with their Gold LEED certification.

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Austin Convention Center Ditches Laptops and FTP for iPads and Cloud Application Storage

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In this interview series with Austin Convention Center Database Administrator Jeff Moore, we are uncovering decision criteria for Apple iPad adoption and Mobile-first application development.
Part 3 of this interview covers Mr. Moore’s views on using Apple iPad with Virtual Private Networks (VPN), further information on security and multi-tenant cloud storage, exhibitor services workflow and why FTP is not the right solution for application file, synch and share.

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Austin Convention Center considers New iPad for Camera to Support Facility Incident Application

By | Application Delivery, Interviews | One Comment

In this interview series with Austin Convention Center Database Administrator Jeff Moore, we are uncovering decision criteria for Apple iPad adoption and Mobile-first application development. Part 2 of this interview covers Mr. Moore’s views on the consideration of operations, exhibitor and attendee mobile applications, security concerns driving FileMaker infrastructure and how cloud application storage can act as a receiver of data sourced from FileMaker databases.

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Austin Convention Center chooses iPads over Android and Considers Cloud Storage for File Synch and Share

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Enterprise organizations face the daily challenge of ever-growing needs with their traditional applications. Not only are these needs growing, but they are constantly changing as well, forcing companies to adapt by changing not only their tools but also their systems. Today, I’m talking with Austin Convention Center Database Administrator Jeff Moore about his role in the centers consideration of and adoption of Apple iPads and Mobile-first applications.

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SSD Optimization Techniques that Minimize MLC Flash Deficiencies – Interview Series Part II with WhipTail CTO Candelaria

By | DCIG, Fibre Channel, Interviews, iSCSI, Storage Systems, Virtualization | One Comment

Today is part 2 of an interview I recently did with WhipTail Technologies Chief Technology Officer, James Candelaria, an emerging provider of SSD storage solutions. In my last entry, he and I discussed one major roadblock to widespread enterprise SSD adoption: the performance penalty incurred by garbage collection. This time, we’ll look at how WhipTail optimizes SSD performance while minimizing the deficiencies of MLC flash.

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