Veeam Executive Blog

Jason Buffington

Jason Buffington,
VP, Solutions Strategy

VeeamON 2019: Innovation happens here

If you aren’t in Miami this week, you are missing a lot of fun — and that doesn’t include the famous Veeam Party planned for this evening. Building on what happened yesterday:

Veeam announced the general availability of Veeam Availability Orchestrator version 2. I’ve preached for quite a while that there are two distinct differences between backup and DR. The technical difference is “the process,” meaning not just rapid recovery, but orchestrated workflow and testing and documentation/reporting. In addition, DR usually requires replication, but the ...

Published: May 22, 2019

The hype of copy data management and secondary storage

This week, we’re looking at “The Hype of Copy Data Management” (CDM), which some vendors call Active CDM, Enterprise CDM, pick-your-fancy-adjective CDM, or similar permutations of secondary storage, data virtualization, or “Use your data smarter” (Veeam does it too). If you put aside the jargon and IT marketing-speak, it is really a classic case of “Lifestyle vs Budget.”

Simply put, do more with your data than leave it in a box (disk, tape, cloud) while you wait for bad things to happen. As this is the ...

Published: May 14, 2019

The industry is adding, not “just” changing

This week, we’re looking at a very important shift in how IT is choosing its production platforms.

Historically, we saw each production platform (mainframe, midrange, NetWare, Windows, virtual) usurp the one before it – but that isn’t true this time.

For most organizations that are investigating cloud services (plural), there isn’t as clear a sentiment that they are “turning off” their existing datacenters, as much as extending them within a multi-cloud strategy. Consequently, it is critical that as workloads evolve from on-premise platforms (e.g. Exchange) to cloud ...

Published: May 7, 2019

The head and the heart have to agree

This week, we’re looking at the alignment and misalignment of data protection initiatives between IT implementers (the heart) and IT leadership (the head).

Historically, IT implementers were mostly focused on functionality, while IT leaders wanted improved reliability and agility/flexibility. Starting around 2017, that changed: reliability and flexibility/agility started topping both lists (along with cost). The reason that is so important is because if the head and the heart don’t agree, neither is likely to get what they want:

  • If IT leaders want something, but IT implementers ...

Published: April 30, 2019

Ya gotta know what ya got

Today, we continue with our six-week vlog series.

While tactical IT initiatives may be obvious, strategic IT initiatives are often hindered by a lack of practical visibility and understanding of what is working and what isn’t.

Simply put, your IT modernization efforts can only go so far. If you can only “see or do” the tactical functions, without understanding how the pieces relate to each other, you won’t go very far. The same abstractions in cloud and virtual environments that accelerate production initiatives, create challenges for data ...

Published: April 23, 2019

The race to zero downtime and zero data loss

Today, we continue with our six-week series of vlogs.

It wasn’t that many years ago that recovery time was measured in days (or partial days), whereas data loss was rigidly aligned to nightly backup or up to a day of loss. That isn’t true anymore.

Simply put, backup is the foundation of any data protection, recovery, retention, and availability strategy — but backup alone isn’t enough. Instead, organizations need to combine backups, snapshots, and replication within a holistic strategy (and within consistent policies), regardless of where data ...

Published: April 16, 2019

When you modernize production,
you must modernize protection

We are starting a new six-week vlog series based on interpreting some industry research that I helped deliver prior to me joining Veeam last year. With thirty years in the data protection industry and the last seven as an industry analyst, I’m going to examine some concepts and research data, and hopefully make it actionable for you.

This week, we’re looking at why “Improving backup” is on most organization’s top ten IT spends within their data center strategies every year.

Said another way, if data centers were ...

Published: April 9, 2019

Why IT doesn’t modernize data protection

What we have here is a failure to communicate.”

 

For far too many organizations, the main reason they don’t modernize IT architectures as fast they probably should is a failure to communicate. Even for something as simple as backup, it stands like this:

  • Technology professionals think in terms of IT capabilities, such as the protection or restoration of data, and discuss those capabilities through terms like Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and Recovery Point Objective (RPO).
  • Business or operations stakeholders focus on their teams’ productivity ...

Published: April 4, 2019

The future of data protection is data management

In this last installment of the series, two former industry analysts (who are now Veeam execs) discuss the trends that are shaping the data protection industry and IT landscape:

Dave Russell @BackupDave, former VP and Distinguished Analyst at Gartner, lead analyst for the Backup MQ

Jason Buffington @JBuff, former Principal Analyst for Data Protection at ESG

This week, we’re talking about how the future of data protection is data management:

  • “Y” should your data protection strategy evolve
  • What should data management really look like

Published: March 12, 2019