backup strategy

Backup Strategy – Then and Now

Jay Livens, Senior Director of Product Marketing, explains traditional backup strategy and reviews current ways to use copy data.

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data protection solution

5 Must Have Features for Your Data Protection Solution

I recently booked a flight to Toronto’s City Center Airport (YTZ) on Porter Airlines.  YTZ was very close to my customer meetings so I did not give it much more thought.  However, a day prior to my departure, I researched Porter and realized that they only flew Bombardier Q400 turboprops!  Not everyone may recall flying in old turboprops like the Twin Otter or Short 360, but I remember them vividly...in my nightmares.  They were about as quiet as a jackhammer, and their rides were not much smoother. It always felt like they were on the verge of crashing.

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backup software

Four Ways that Backup Software is Not Cutting It

Data is more critical today than ever before.  Recent statistics suggest that 90% of the data in the world has been created in the last two years, and as we look forward, new technologies like Internet of Things will accelerate data growth.  As our dependency on data increases, our need for continuous data access and consistent data protection becomes more critical than ever.

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2016 is radically different from 2008

Nope. It’s not about the changing US presidency. This is about a change of guard happening in the technology space. Hybrid Cloud is for real now. Real to the point that VMware is working closely with AWS for a seamless hybrid cloud experience.

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How to recover 88 VMs From a Starbucks Cafe

Your data center is in the east coast. It’s October. You know those hurricanes are churning up somewhere in the Atlantic. It’s not a question of “if” but a question of “what category” hurricane will strike.

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Is Your “Instant Recovery” Scalable?

Imagine this – You have a production environment with 100+ VMs, and you have a problem in a subset of your environment, and you now need to recover 30 VMs. Chances are high that your “instant recovery” (using a non Actifio solution) will not scale, and the end to end process will be very stressful. Here is how …

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Copy Data Management = Polymorphism

I’d like to share a fascinating insight from a customer. Our sales team asked me to join them for a face-to-face discussion with the company’s VP of development and his team. After the introductions, he explained the key problem. His Dev & QA teams were struggling to execute their unit testing, build integration testing, and QA testing fast enough, in spite of automation. They identified that too many critical issues were being found late, in UAT, which delayed their release cycles and led to a lot of heartburn inside the company. When they looked into the cause of the quality issues, they found that for 80% of the release cycle they were testing against low-fidelity synthetically generated test data, instead of data from production. The code testing against such dummy data did not expose the code defects earlier in the test cycles.

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How to Not Lose Sleep When You Have 30, 50, or even 100TB Databases

While I’m not in sales, I am lucky enough to talk to enterprise IT organizations a lot in my travels – about 10 meetings or calls a week. Recently, I have been discovering more environments than ever that have 50 or 100 TB Oracle databases, 10-15-20TB Microsoft SQL Server instances, i.e. many VLDBs (a.k.a. very large databases, which has to be one of the funniest acronyms in tech after JBOD). There are some common emotional patterns across the organizations who have such environments.

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Insurance Insurance

Insurance companies need insurance. In effect, that’s how they look at us. Every Insurance business needs to protect their data efficiently and economically. They also need to comply with seemingly endless streams of new and existing regulations. All of them dense. Of course they’re usually in business to make a profit so they need to do that while grooming their public image, managing risk, and taking advantage of every opportunity to grow.

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Emerald Queen Casino Goes All-In On Copy Data Virtualization

In January, we announced how our friends at Emerald Queen Casino had successfully implemented our copy data virtualization platform, and were already experiencing measurable benefits across their vast application environments.  From saving nearly $1M to eliminating hundreds of hours of IT related issues – it sounded like we had already heard it all from Dave Bond’s team at the casino.

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