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From the 'Darkside' of storage

@Darthtivoli is not just a tag but a badge of honor. I strive to have an objective point of view and listen to all arguments. Then I pull out the lightsaber and trim the BS to leave just the facts. REMEMBER, it is the age of the geek
Aug 07
2013

Recovery based cloud offerings are a shell game!

Posted by Jarrett F Potts in Cloud Servers , Cloud Server , Cloud Security , Cloud Provider , Cloud Hosting , Cloud Computing , Cloud

Jarrett F Potts
Recovery based offerings cost so much more than they tell you.  They only show you the tip of the ICEBERG

 I have seen many a cloud offering to backup and recover your data for as low as $.01 per Gigabyte ($10.24 a TB) per month.  BUT that is only the tip of the iceberg. 

 Backup and recovery is really all about the recovery.  All the fancy backup in the world does not do you any good unless you can recover that data, quickly and easily.

Jul 24
2013

Virtual backup storage brings cloud down to Earth

Posted by Jarrett F Potts in Untagged 

Jarrett F Potts

TSM architecture gives STORServer customers long-term control

 By: John Pearring, STORServer

 

Jul 22
2013

Can you recover your data seven years from now?

Posted by Jarrett F Potts in recovery , long term data recovery , archive

Jarrett F Potts

Do you know where your data will be in 7 years?

 Seven years ago, you had a pager or really big phone that did not get email. You watched analog TV and bought CDs and DVDs. Life and technology is quite different nowadays. You have a smartphone, hi-def TV, iTunes and Netflix. Can you imagine what you will have seven years from now?

Jul 03
2013

Your data protection solution could become a data protection problem

Posted by Jarrett F Potts in Think , STORServer , Not just IT , Disaster Recovery , data storage , data protection disaster recovery , data center , Data Backups

Jarrett F Potts

You have to plan your data protection. While this might seem like an obvious statement, most people don’t think about it until after they have a solution in place.

Did you sit down with your database administrator to get their requirements? Did you actually vet those requirements? Come on, you know they’re going to tell you they need full hot backups every night and to keep that data forever. Give me a break. They have no idea the cost and burden that puts on the infrastructure and the daily batch processing.

Jun 26
2013

Big data, big changes, big trouble (in Little China)

Posted by Jarrett F Potts in Think , Testing , dr planning , DR , Disasters , Disaster Recovery , data storage , data center , business continuity strategy , Business Continuity , Agility Blogs

Jarrett F Potts

Big data, big changes, big trouble (in Little China)

Every day you add more data to your infrastructure. Some analysts say it averages 20 percent year on year. There are certain types of organizations that can change up to 60 percent year on year. One way or another, data keeps growing and you keep buying more storage, and that can cause big trouble.

Jun 18
2013

Your business DNA: Do you have an inherited disease?

Posted by Jarrett F Potts in tape backups , STORServer , software , save money , Not just IT , IT , DR Test , DR , Disaster Recovery Planning , Business Continuity Planning , Business Continuity

Jarrett F Potts

You are an administrator of your company’s IT infrastructure. Before you came along, it was someone else’s job, but you inherited their mess. While another person built the infrastructure, it is now your responsibility to manage everything that happens within it. 

 

Jun 05
2013

Support for virtualized environments is key

Posted by Jarrett F Potts in Untagged 

Jarrett F Potts

Virtualization technology has helped IT organizations of all sizes reduce costs by improving server utilization and reducing application provisioning times. However, this produces two new problems that most people do not account for when choosing a data protection solution. First, the cost savings offered by virtualization can disappear quickly in the face of virtual machine sprawl. Second, the link between physical and logical devices becomes harder to map and track, making a virtual environment more complex than most can imagine.

Data protection can become a unique challenge in these environments. For example, backing up and restoring data for a dozen or more virtual machines residing on one physical server can bring all other operations on that server to a complete halt.

May 31
2013

Data life-cycle management: From birth to death

Posted by Jarrett F Potts in Untagged 

Jarrett F Potts

IT organizations can drive up the cost of storage unnecessarily by treating all data the same and storing it all on the same media. I have said many times that all data is not created equal. When looking for a data protection solution, managing the ones and zeros from the time they are created to the time you can delete them is very important.

Long-term archive and hierarchical storage management (HSM) allow organizations to store data on different tiers based on specific policies, enabling administrators to migrate and store data on the most appropriate tier. For example, older and less frequently accessed data can be moved to a slower, less-expensive storage platform, such as tape, leaving more expensive disk storage available for more high-value data. Automated data archiving also helps organizations ensure compliance with data retention policies and reduce the costs associated with compliance.

May 28
2013

Please, please make the data protection product easy to use!

Posted by Jarrett F Potts in Untagged 

Jarrett F Potts

There are many data protection products on the market today, and all of them have features and functions that make them stand out. But, one of the major items you need to consider is how easy the solution is to use. When it comes down to “brass tax,” ease of use is one of the most important items. After all, the person responsible for data protection may not have a huge skill set or the time to spend on managing the solution on a day-to-day basis.

When choosing a data protection solution, look for the ability to manage the system from a single pane of glass. The user interface also needs to be so simple that within a few minutes all daily tasks can be completed. As a bonus, look for a solution that sends alerts to your email and mobile device, including everything you need to know about the previous night’s activity and the status of those activities in a report that’s simple to read and understand. 

May 22
2013

Reliability: Key measure of a data protection solution’s ROI

Posted by Jarrett F Potts in Untagged 

Jarrett F Potts

At the end of the day, the real value of a data protection system lies in its ability to restore data when and where needed. If data fails to restore successfully, some part of the business is going to suffer, possibly with costly consequences. As a result, reliability is a key measure of a solution’s ROI.

 You could have the best, most expensive, fastest data protection solution in the world, but if your data cannot be retrieved and used in a timely fashion, the point is moot.