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Drew Meyer | 26 Sep 2012 | 0 comments

There's a saying when the big picture gets drowned out by the minutiae that "you can't see the forest because of all the trees." Marketers always struggle with this. We constanly ask ourselves if a single situation, or a cluster of similar situations indicates a new trend or threatens derail our plans. Sometimes we just have to bet on a hunch and over time it turns out that we were right.

I hold that backup is a platform, not an application and recovery should be delivered with a single lever, not a series of knobs. Backup Exec 2012 was redesigned around this theory and we included new capabilities to handle physical, virtual and legacy variables. Since BE is used more often than any other product in the world to do these kinds of tasks, it's a very large forest. Two things happened today that really clarified the trees for us.

First, today we had Matt Stephenson and...

Drew Meyer | 19 Sep 2012 | 1 comment

We just did some data analysis and realized that 80% of our users with virtual environments are missing the boat. What? How can this be? What trick are 4 out of 5 Backup Exec users missing?

Honestly, I had to have Aidan Finley explain it to me. But once he did, it's a no-brainer and we're publishing some stupid-simple pictures for this next month.

If you have a VMware or Hyper-V environment, you shuould be using TWO things for the best possible perforemance and granluar recovery:

1. The Agent for Hypervisors. It works in both VMware and Microsoft environments and integrates with the hypervisor to provide backups. This means you can simultaneouly reduce load on your hypervisors and recover an entire virtual machine or virtual disk from any of the VMs on that host.

2. The Agent for Applications and Databases. Installed in each application guest, it gives you granular restoration powers for that application (Exchange, SQL, SharePoint, and Active...

Kate Lewis | 13 Sep 2012 | 0 comments

When searching for a backup and recovery solution for virtual environments, here are a few “must have” features to consider:

1) Granular Recovery

Granular and application level recovery is paramount to any virtual backup strategy. If you can’t restore what you need, when you need it, then your whole entire backup strategy is flawed from day one. Make sure your chosen solution provides all levels of recovery - full virtual machine, individual virtual disks, virtualized application & database servers, along with standards like file, folder and granular objects such as an individual email.

Backup Exec leverages Symantec’s patented Granular Recovery Technology (GRT) to provide all the recovery methods mentioned above. The innovative GRT feature helps IT Administrators save time and headaches by enabling them to restore individual files, folders and granular objects within a guest virtual machine from a single-pass image...

PackMatt73 | 12 Sep 2012 | 0 comments

How do you build an organic community?  And…pushing that question in a little more philosophical direction, if you work to build a community, is it still organic?  Stick with me on this because I am building to a relevant point.

Backup Exec is celebrating its Pearl Anniversary this year, (I just learned that 30 years = Pearl) and is about to add its 2,000,000th customer, not user, not individual but organization.  That is a long time and lot of people all over the world.  You would think a user base that broad for a product with that kind of history would have a large, well connected community of users and acknowledged experts.  Well.  It does but they exist in pockets, in cities and communities all around the world.  Where they don’t exist is online.

VMware has a pretty cool group of all-stars known as vExperts and this group shares their expertise and knowledge well beyond their local community or town.  According...

PackMatt73 | 31 Aug 2012 | 0 comments

I admit it.  I’m that guy.  I take pictures of great meals when they are really well presented or exotic or the bacon is spectacularly marbled.  It goes up on Facebook more for my benefit than anyone else’s, but…there it is.

Social media has taken a dramatic turn for “real” and “professional” use, so I was a bit surprised to witness some folks at vmWorld that still cling to that old trope of “I don’t use Twitter because I don’t care what you had for lunch.”  Granted, if that is the type of content that is consistently spewing from an account, I will unfollow them quickly.  But Twitter is fast becoming a very efficient way for businesses to directly communicate with their customers, partners or just interested followers. 

One of the great events at the conference this year was the Unofficial Official vmWorld Community...

PackMatt73 | 29 Aug 2012 | 0 comments

“I think it’s going to be horrendous. I think there are going to be a lot of horrible problems in the next five years,” – Steve Wozniak

It is awfully cloudy at vmWorld 2012.  I had an interesting conversation with a partner we’ll refer to as CK.  Cloud storage was one of his top of mind thoughts for his customers.  For this particular partner, his three largest customers offer an intriguing mix of strategies for data storage

  • Large law firm
  • Hospital
  • Graphic arts college

Each presents different challenges regarding storage, archiving and compliance.  CK is not interested in putting any primary application data in the cloud, but wants to make sure that there is redundant data available for his clients.  He is not particularly interested in putting his clients’ information into Big Clouds like Amazon or AT&T, but with nearly a petabyte of data from just...

PackMatt73 | 28 Aug 2012 | 0 comments

So….vmWorld 2012 in beautiful San Francisco.  This is the event where vendors of various shapes and sizes put together their best combination of sizzle and steak.  Sometimes the sizzle outshines the steak, but most of the time, there are very valuable conversations where users really bring home a message to manufacturers about what they want to see in future solutions.  In making the rounds yesterday, I saw more than one person on a unicycle, somebody escaping from a dymatized metal box, a man in straight jacket…on a unicycle, and even a mini half pipe with actual skaters using it.  Lots of flash in hopes of capturing the user community’s attention.

However, in the conversations I had with users (and the ones I overheard by eavesdropping) the most common subject I heard about was simplicity.  Not in those words exactly, but it boiled down to ease of use. ...

Drew Meyer | 24 Aug 2012 | 0 comments

Andrew Carnegie built US Steel using vertical integration to maximize efficiency and sideline competition. President Theodore Roosevelt concluded that Wall Street financiers and industry titans (like Carnegie) were more interested in serving themselves than their customers, and worked tirelessly to "bust" up these corporations. A century later we're still hearing the echoes.

In Singapore this week I've been talking with the APAC team and some of our top channel partners. My last blog was about a unified future, where backup is delivered as a platform and not a point product, and the feedback from this trip ties in.

This week EMC let slip plans to integrate Avamar deduplication and backup technology into VMware, raising concerns about vertical integration and vendor lock-in....

Drew Meyer | 15 Aug 2012 | 4 comments

After two weeks on this job it's plain to see there are some major industry dynamics afoot.

The backup market is in a consolidation phase, as we've seen companies dedicated to addressing virtualized environments mature and get aquired. Dell picked up AppAsure, Quest aquired VizionCore and then BakBone (then Dell aquired Quest), Quantum grabbed Pancetera.

Industry analysts are pointing out that point products are not effective for long-term data management strategies. Just like in the storage industry, a unified architecture platform is the smarter play. NetApp's championship of NAS and SAN at the same time in the same box drove EMC to aquire and integrate for years to achieve a similar solution. Dell aquired Compellent (after losing 3PAR to HP) after great success with a point product from EqualLogic to address some of the same problems....

Scott_Baker | 03 Aug 2012

For those of you that may have been looking for a blog post last week that didn’t arrive my apologies; I’m sure you all have day jobs that can sometimes prevent you from doing the things you want to do as was the case for me last week. Moving on…there are a variety of new features in Hyper-V 2012 that I want to talk about and today I’ve selected virtual machine replication. There are a number of solutions available today that offer Hyper-V VM replication and I’m sorry to say that currently Backup Exec is not one of them. Truly, all data protection solutions are going to have to transition to thinking virtual first and physical second otherwise there’s going to be no market for them to survive; virtualization is the platform of the here and now even though there will always be some physical asset presence. The Hyper-V sessions at Tech Ed NA covered the Hyper-V Replica topic quite well from a presentation of the feature to a demo. In its basic...