I was at a customer site recently, discussing their current data protection strategy, when their lead architect stuck his head around the door and asked whether they were encrypting data at rest, and if not, why not?
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?
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.
Last weekend I had the privilege of attending the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, courtesy of Red Bull Racing. I got a chance to see up close how the Red Bull team go about their business. On race day they managed to split the two Mercedes drivers with Max Verstappen getting 2nd place ahead of the penalised Nico Rosberg.
How do you backup your cloud application data?
It’s a simple question, but one that a lot of CIOs and IT Directors seem to be blind-sided by. There’s a simple brush-off: ‘our cloud provider looks after that’.
Do they? Are you sure? What SLAs do you have around recovery for your cloud service?
Every year, for at least the last six years, our chief engineer has asked his team to look at object storage for enterprise backup architectures. The answer has always been the same – it’s too expensive for all but the very largest enterprises.