As the IT mandate shifts to innovation, many CIOs are seeking ways to offload operational tasks. Some plan to get out of the data center business all together. Partnering with a Managed Services Provider (MSP) has proved to be an effective strategy that allows IT organizations to provide more value to the business and frees IT staff to focus on digital transformation initiatives.Read More
As a Daymark Senior Data Protection Consultant, I genuinely get excited when I can learn about new features and approaches that help keep our clients’ data efficiently backed up, recoverable and secure. So, I was excited when Veritas nominated me to attend their 2017 Data Protection Interlock, an invitation-only global technical training event.Read More
Vision 2017, Veritas' annual global conference was recently held in Las Vegas, providing customers, partners and Veritas employees the opportunity to meet and discuss the upcoming year of new releases and capabilities from the Veritas product portfolio.
The focus was on Veritas' strategy to support emerging IT industry direction and requirements. The conference was heavily themed on discussions around cloud adoption and overall product enhancements.
Key takeaways from the general keynote sessions:
- Veritas is not a one stop shop for backup anymore
- 360 Data Management provides a single platform solution for all facets of IT in traditional, hybrid, and cloud data centers
- Customers are leveraging multi-cloud data centers
- Veritas is focused on rapid product expansion and accelerated support for multiple workloads
There were several major product announcements delivered at the keynote address. Here is a summary:Read More
Veritas’ latest version of Enterprise Vault (EV) has been available for almost a year now. EV12 offers the latest features that companies require to ensure effective implementation of their archiving and discovery strategies. The six listed here are particularly noteworthy:Read More
Data protection. Storage professionals have been worrying about securing, backing up, and restoring data pretty much since computers came into use. And just when you think you’ve got it figured out, there’s a new wrinkle – a new regulation, a new data source, a shorter backup window, and endless new technologies to manage it all. Here are answers to some of the most frequent questions our customers ask in the never-ending battle to protect data and manage data growth:
Q. What’s the most common missing element in an enterprise’s data protection strategy?
A. Two things come to mind – First, an active and consistent review of backup success, as indicated by the ability to perform an effective and timely restore. And second, a lack of policy based backup that mirrors the enterprises’ document retention requirements.
Oracle backups have always been a challenge to manage and support given the disparate administration groups typically involved. If you are a database administrator (DBA), you need the flexibility to efficiently create backups and run restores for development cycles and upgrades. Backup administrators need to balance the backup schedule with resources and prioritized data.Read More
Dealing with anything related to Disaster Recovery (DR) carries a certain amount of stress with it, frankly the name says it all. There’s nothing good about a disaster of any kind. The word is reserved for the worst case scenarios and recovery or getting back to normal after a disaster conjures up a feeling of the utmost urgency, maybe even a little panic. After a disaster questions from nearly every corner of the organization start pouring in. “What were we backing up? “What is our recovery point?” “How long until we can get back to operational status?” “Can we prioritize certain applications for recovery?”Read More
Meeting with clients, I’m hearing a lot of folks complaining about two common problems: First - Backups are taking far too long to complete. Second – Recovering a single file is a long, painstaking process.Read More
How do you know if your NetBackup Domain has become too large?
When NetBackup Domains grow beyond Symantec best practices guidelines, performance and manageability can begin to degrade. During my 15 years as a NetBackup backup engineer, I’ve found that the following 5 criteria are worth considering:
Catalog size - As the catalog grows, the time required to protect it can become excessive. The catalog backup is a database backup. The synchronization checkpoints and locking required for other NetBackup jobs will cause extra processing time.
It happens all the time – a customer has a problem that’s tough to solve. I was recently asked how to best protect a virtual environment – stretched between two data centers. The customer wanted all administration through vCenter with instant recovery and the ability to meet stringent RPOs and RTOs. And the catch – they wanted the backed up data to be stored on a different vendor’s array utilizing a different protocol - NFS instead of Fibre Channel (FC) block storage.Read More