IBM have been dropping hints for some time now that they have a new product, specifically aimed at recapturing some of that virtual machine backup market. Sure, with Spectrum Protect for Virtual Environments, IBM have a compelling product with state of the art support for virtualised environments, particularly those using vSphere.
One of the news items that’s been bubbling around for a some time is the impact of incoming changes to the interpretation of IR35 legislation.
This has been billed as an attack on ‘White Van Man’ but the impact of a tightening of the interpretation of IR35 legislation in the UK is having a significant effect on the IT sector. Although there was a U-turn on some of the assault on self-employed people from the government, it has left behind a change in the approach and interpretation of IR35.
A single word headline from which everyone in the IT industry in 2017 should know what we’re going to talk about instantly.
We’ve talked about licensing on the blog before, but that was way back in 2013, so it’s about time we revisited it. Why are there 10+ ways to license Spectrum Protect and what are the benefits and pitfalls of each?
Further to my recent article “So, you’ve been thinking about the Cloud…”, I thought it would be a good idea to let you all know about the digital transformation journey Silverstring took just over a year ago.
Server virtualisation has disrupted the traditional models of data protection by allowing new vendors to challenge the traditional dominance of IBM, EMC and Veritas. The role of data backup and recovery is increasingly been performed directly by the VMware administrator, using point solutions which have been designed around them, for ease of use and performance.
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In my last blog, I offered a view of the traditional backup and recovery market from a customers’ perspective, why tape is still a major part of the recovery solution and how the reliance on traditional 3rd party disaster recovery (DR) providers is diminishing.
You may remember my recent piece discussing how you can use IBM Spectrum Protect’s new Stgpool Conversion tool to extract longer life out of your legacy storage. If you don’t remember it, then I recommend you go here to see what the fuss is about.
Following on from this, I retired to the laboratory, rearranged the test tubes, and set to thinking about what new features of Spectrum Protect I should delve into next.
Business cases for investment in Disaster Recovery are notoriously hard to justify. It's all about risk mitigation, so anything you can do to reduce upfront investment costs and long-term contractual commitments is obviously going to be appealing to the board of a company. Cloud DR solutions support this and more. They provide low cost of entry, they are subscription based, and you can expand or contract the solution as required.