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VMware's Roadmap for vCloud Director and vCloud Automation Center

  
  
  

By Matt Trottier, Virtualization Practice Manager

As the dust settles from VMworld 2013, more clarity is being provided on VMware’s cloud product strategy regarding vCloud Director and vCloud Automation Center. Here are 2 articles that explain VMware’s roadmap lifecycle for both VMware vCloud Director (vCD) and VMware vCloud Automation Center (vCAC).

Impressions from VMworld 2013

  
  
  

By Sean Gilbride, Director of Professional Services and Matthew Trottier, Virtualization Practice Manager

 

After spending 3 fun-filled days out in sunny San Francisco at VMworld 2013, we wanted to take some time to share our impressions of this year’s event and the most note-worthy products and announcements.

 

Secure Cloud Backup – Part 3: Ensuring Integrity

  
  
  

By Matthew Brady, Daymark Consultant

How do you know the data you backed up is the data that can be restored?  That question is at the heart of integrity as it relates to secure cloud backup.

Ensuring integrity can be a tough task.  It definitely requires a leap of faith as you put your data into the cloud.  The way to transform that leap of faith into a sense of assurance is through logging, restore validations, and continuous corruption detection and repair processes.

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Secure Cloud Backup – Part 2: Confidentiality - Ask the Right Questions

  
  
  

By Matthew Brady, Daymark Consultant

Ensuring data confidentiality means that only authorized users have access to the data.  Simply put, eyes that should not be viewing the data can’t see it.

On physical media, this can mean several things:  ensuring no physical access to the media, password authentication for disk drives, or encrypting media.  However, cloud backup introduces a major paradigm shift.  There are no doors to lock.  Do passwords mean anything when your data is being transmitted over the Internet? 

What Does Secure Cloud Backup Mean?

  
  
  

By Matthew Brady, Daymark Consultant

With so many pieces of modern business moving to the cloud, sometimes it’s hard to know where to start.  Backup has quickly found its way to the top of the list of processes, and perhaps headaches, that are driving companies to the cloud.  The advantages are vast.  Data is backed up offsite.  Backups are managed and monitored which frees up IT staff to focus on other tasks.  And backup services can be coupled with DR services.  It makes sense.

 

Solve Replication Problems and Avoid Costly Bandwidth Upgrade

  
  
  

By Kushal Patel, Senior Consultant & Network Practice Lead

 

We see replication challenges within many of our clients’ environments.  When RPOs are not met, the worry (and sometimes near panic) set in. While buying more bandwidth may seem like the only logical solution, it’s not cheap.  So before we make that recommendation, we evaluate the situation to see if WAN optimization may be a better way to go.

 

Should Cloud Backup and DR be on Your Radar?

  
  
  

By Bruce Hall, Director of Managed Services and Senior Consultant

Cloud backup (BaaS) and disaster recovery (DRaaS) seems to be “top of mind” for many organizations these days. Businesses are seeing the cloud as a cost-effective data protection alternative providing secure, off-site storage with built-in disaster recovery and business continuity. Cloud backup can be a good option to protect remote and branch offices, mobile devices as well as enterprise data that resides within the data center. Done right - it can offload IT staff from tedious (and error-prone) backup tasks, reduce costs and, most importantly, ensure fast, complete and accurate restores when needed.

Reasons to Consider NetBackup 7.5

  
  
  

By Ned Fairweather, Senior Consultant/Data Protection Practice Lead

Whether you’re already using Symantec NetBackup or you’re considering it as a backup solution, we think NetBackup 7.5 is worth a close look. Daymark has deployed NetBackup 7.5 in several customer environments. Our technical consultants have found the product to be stable with dramatically increased backup speeds, but that’s not all. Here are 7 feature enhancements we think are worth checking out:   

2013 Tech Trend Watch

  
  
  

By Rich Savastano, Senior Account Executive

Cloud Security Common Sense

  
  
  

By Tim Donovan, President

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