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AbdulRasheed | 02 Jul 2012 | 5 comments

 

Recently, there were discussions in social media and blogs on using hypervisor level snapshots on virtual machines hosting business critical applications like Microsoft Exchange. Some confusion came on account of a statement from Microsoft documented here. The emphasis is mine.  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa996719.aspx

“Some hypervisors include features for taking snapshots of virtual machines. Virtual machine snapshots capture the state of a virtual machine while it’s running. This feature enables you to take multiple snapshots of a virtual machine and then revert the virtual machine to any of the previous states by applying a snapshot to the virtual machine. However, virtual machine snapshots aren’t application aware, and using them can have unintended and unexpected consequences for a server...

Amit Walia | 29 Mar 2012 | 0 comments

Backing up data can often be added to a long list of things you should do more often or more effectively, but aren’t.  Things like: flossing your teeth, following a household budget, getting more sleep, etc.  Whether you work for a large business challenged by the explosion of data and tighter service level agreements (SLA's), or a smaller to mid-size business, you are likely struggling with backup (as are most consumers).  That’s not surprising considering that today’s backup technology is comprised of a growing collection of point solutions that have added complexity, costs, and headaches for IT pros.   

We recently surveyed more than 1,400 IT professionals on their backup practices and ability to recover...

Phil Wandrei | 13 Feb 2012 | 0 comments

Symantec, the world leader in backup and recovery, provides customers the freedom of choice. With NetBackup and Backup Exec, customers are able to choose the form factor to best meet their needs; a software based solution or a fully integrated appliance. Either choice, the #1 backup solution is delivered in the form factor best suited for the customer’s environment.      

An appliance is a fully integrated device; all of the necessary hardware, software, and components are installed and tested in a single platform. Today, appliances are often taken for granted because they are built with industry standard components, and assembled through qualify processes. Consumers expect the appliance to work out-of-the box, and they do.  However, an equally, and sometimes more important consideration is if it is integrable into your existing environment. Does the appliance easily install and interact with your existing infrastructure? Or does it...

SeanRegan | 26 Jan 2012 | 0 comments

Backups have become a big and burdensome operation for many backup admins. SLAs are getting tighter while information grows and new platforms like virtualization create higher density environments. With these forces in play the current approach to backup modernization is not effective. Today “backup modernization” is championed by vendors who champion solutions that address one or two aspects of backup – such as deduplication, snapshots, or tools for backing up just VMware and Hyper-V environments.  These are quick fixes, not modern data protection. Throwing more solutions at a problem as a quick fix is the cause of backup complexity and cost.

Backup and recovery is a crucial step in protecting an organization’s information and its ability to stay in business if something goes wrong.   A new approach is needed. To determine current trends, Symantec commissioned a global survey of enterprises...

Phil Wandrei | 18 Nov 2011 | 1 comment

In the data protection world, a number we frequently see and hear are deduplication rates. We hear of dedupe rates ranging from 50:1, 20:1, to 10:1. Recently, I heard someone say that 50:1 is 5 times better than 10:1.  Their fuzzy math made me cringe, and I knew it was time to address this.       

To clarify deduplication rates, we need to examine: 1) the factors that influence deduplication rates and 2) the math. 

Deduplication Factors

Deduplication rates are like automobile miles per gallon (mpg):  Your Results Will Vary. The factors that affect deduplication results are:

  • Types of data (unstructured versus structured data) 
  • Change rate of data (what percent of data changes)
  • Frequency and type of backup (how often are you backing up the data? (i.e. daily, weekly, fulls or incremental)
  • Retention (how long are you keeping the dedupe data)
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Phil Wandrei | 03 Oct 2011 | 0 comments

Symantec backup appliances provide many business value benefits. In my earlier two blogs, Realizing OpEx Savings with Symantec Backup Appliances and Realizing OpEx Savings with Symantec Backup Appliances – Part II  five (5) areas of  OpEx savings were identified: 

  • Acquisition
  • Installation and integration
  • System administration
  • Upgrades: software and hardware
  • Support/maintenance

In this blog, the final two areas of OpEx savings will be examined; Upgrades and Support. 

Upgrade and Refreshes

With any point solution, there are multiple components that will require firmware and/or software updates. A best case is two updates per component per year. ...

Phil Wandrei | 26 Sep 2011 | 0 comments

Symantec backup appliances provide many business value benefits.  In my previous blog, Realizing OpEx Savings with Symantec Backup Appliances,  five (5) areas of  OpEx savings were identified: 

  • Acquisition
  • Installation and integration
  • System administration
  • Upgrades: software and hardware
  • Support/maintenance

And the topic of Acquisition were examined.  The next two areas to examine are Installation/Integration and Administration. 

Installation/Integration

The area with the greatest savings is Installation and Integration.  Depending on your environment, the amount of time it takes to perform the tasks, and if professional services are used, the savings may run into the tens of thousands of dollars. 

An important point to note is the...

Phil Wandrei | 16 Sep 2011 | 0 comments

Symantec backup appliances provide many benefits over traditional build-your-own or point solutions.   The benefits may take the form of faster time to deployment, reducing risk, reducing planned and unplanned downtime,  improving staff efficiencies, or enhanced service level.   To quantify in terms of dollars and business value, these benefits must be translated into capital expenditures (CapEx)  and/or operating expenditures (OpEx).  At that point, you have the attention of management. 

When performing a financial analysis, there are several common questions:  what areas provide the savings, how are the savings calculated, and is it necessary to calculate the savings to the nth degree?  This blog and two subsequent blogs will address these questions and examine the areas that typically  provide the greatest benefits. 

How are OpEx savings calculated? 

Typically, to calculate...

Joe Pfeiffer | 17 Dec 2010 | 0 comments

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Peter_E | 17 Aug 2010 | 0 comments

I’ve never meant anybody who likes to move.  I just did it and I’m in the club.  Moving = Not Fun.  It’s not just packing.  It’s the rebound. The unpacking at your destination really kills you.  To avoid early death by moving, I’ve simply left much of it in boxes, in the garage.  I don’t need a lot of my stuff on a daily basis, much less monthly basis.  Now I’m ready to throw it out, but what about recycling? 

To my surprise recycling some things in the bay area, epicenter for many green initiatives, is not easy as you might think. I’m not talking about your 27” TV from 1990.  I’m talking about basic stuff - packing material – the stuff they use to protect precious electronics or new furniture. Turns out those large pieces of foam (aka Styrofoam or technically called expanded polystyrene foam (EPS) are not so easy to recycle.  And it’s not good for the...