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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...

Jessica_BEusability | 31 Jul 2012 | 0 comments

Did you know- In Backup Exec 2012 you can customize your Backup and Restore view to fit more servers into the Servers list?

There are two ways you can customize the view under the Backup and Restore tab:

  • Collapse the toolbar
  • Modify your view to Compact

Collapsing the toolbar

By collapsing the toolbar, you free up vertical space which allows you to view more servers in the Backup and Restore view.

To collapse the toolbar, place your mouse cursor in an empty space in the tab row, and then right-click.

Select Auto Hide Toolbar and the toolbar disappears.

When the toolbar is collapsed, you can still access it by hovering over where the toolbar bar previously appeared (on the line below the main tabs). Once you move your mouse...

SeanRegan | 30 Jul 2012

Team Connect, 

On March 6, 2012, we released Backup Exec 2012. This release featured major changes to the user experience that we tested in a three-month beta with 2,300 SYMC partners and end-users. Most of our customers liked the new release because it addressed changes they had been asking for around disk and virtual machine controls for VMware backup and Hyper-V backup in the main parts of the UI.

However, others were not such big fans of the new UI, which isn’t all that uncommon. Change in the early days of a new design can be difficult. For example, when Microsoft changed the ribbon, or whenever Facebook makes a change to their UI, there tends to be a level of frustration at the onset before we all adjust. But if it is a good change, we eventually...

Scott_Baker | 19 Jul 2012

Hyper-V 2012 and Backup Exec 2012

As I mentioned in last week’s entry – I’m going take a look at where Backup Exec has been in support of Microsoft’s virtual platform; from Microsoft Virtual Server to Hyper-V. It started with Backup Exec 12.5 which was released in October of 2008 and the Backup Exec Agent for Microsoft Virtual Servers. It supported Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 or later as well as Hyper-V 2008.

That original agent packed quite a bit of functionality:

  1. Host-based backup and recovery of any virtual machine regardless of the operating system.
  2. Backup and recovery of the Virtual Server and Hyper-V configuration settings.
  3. Redirected restore of a virtual machine to an alternate Virtual Server or Hyper-V host.
  4. Granular recovery of individual files and folders from the image backup into the virtual machine.

Much of this was possible by taking advantage of the Microsoft VSS...