Software-defined storage (SDS) is about data services. Many think it is about automating storage. Yes, I can see that, but it is about what storage can deliver. So, what is the basis for SDS? There are four critical components. These components are analytics, augmentation, aggregation, and security. These four elements wrap storage to become data services. Data services and control thereof are therefore the key components of SDS. What data services can SDS provide that do not already exist? Is it just enough to add deduplication, or is more necessary? Let us look at these data services in detail.
Data Protection is much more than verifying that you have a valid backup. While the recovery of your data is important, Data Protection also encompasses data life cycle management, business continuity, disaster recovery, and continuous data protection as they pertain to virtualized and cloud environments. This topic also examines how to secure and monitor the passing of data between disparate environments and how to increase the scale of data to be protected in shorter periods of time. (Read More)
How to manage the security and protection of your environment in order to safeguard your crown jewels has always been important. However, it has never been more so than today, when data-breach announcements are common and everyone from nation-states to teenagers in their bedrooms have access to powerful tools for breaking in.
Are you prepared for the storm? Has anyone else taken notice of that little storm brewing in the Caribbean? At every update, the path of the little storm keeps drifting west, almost as if the storm really wants to go to Disney World. All kidding aside, Hurricane Matthew is, at the time of this writing, a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, with maximum sustained winds of 145 miles per hour. The storm is currently heading over Haiti and moving toward the Bahamas, leaving death and destruction in its wake.
In this, the sixth article in our series investigating the benefits of Vembu BDR for Virtualized Environments, we carry on examining Vembu’s migration capabilities. We all know that backing up your data is only one part of the equation. The ability to recover is the other, and arguably more important, side. This is where Vembu BDR really shines.
With the curse of the even year, VMworld is hitting me again. I have to unfortunately sit this one out, so it is with a little bit of sadness that I do this rundown of the day one keynote by Pat Gelsinger, VMware’s CEO.
This year’s VMworld keynote started with the usual razzmatazz, but soon settled down. Pat laid out the future direction of VMware’s cloud strategy with announcements about several new products:
In this, the fifth article in our series investigating the benefits of Vembu BDR for Virtualized Environments, we examine Vembu’s migration capabilities. We all know that backing up your data is only one part of the equation. The ability to recover is the other, and arguably more important, side. This is where Vembu BDR really shines.
Ransomware is a major concern these days. In many cases, it is a nightmare once it hits, and not just for desktops, but also for servers. Think about it: how would your brand-new analytics package fare if all of the disk data were encrypted by ransomware? Desktops may be the way in, but the deeper into the environment the attacker gets, the more valuable the data. This is where data protection comes to the fore: not just disaster recovery or business continuity, but protection of archival data. We need all of these to survive the latest ransomware attacks by attackers who never send you working decryption keys even if you pay. Preventing a ransomware attack is one thing. Dealing with the aftermath of an attack is another. Prevention and incident response are crucial.