Veeam Executive Blog

Jason Buffington

Jason Buffington,
VP, Solutions Strategy

Why downtime is not (just) an IT problem

One of the most dangerous things that business folks can do is to create a “us and them” mentality between those that use IT services and those that deliver them. Kind of like in politics, when the camps are already divided, it’s that much harder to collaborate — even if it is just sharing needs, constraints, and expectations. The bottom line is that there is a very symbiotic relationship between the business units and IT. So, deciding that circumstances like downtime or data-loss are 100% IT’s responsibility is like an ...

Published: October 15, 2019

Do you have a ‘reality gap’ in your IT strategy?

One of my favorite exercises to help executives with is to separate their business unit leaders into one room and their IT leaders somewhere else nearby. Then, we ask each group a version of the same question:

  • Ask the business leaders, “How long can your operations function if the IT systems go offline?”
  • Ask the IT leaders, “If the IT systems go offline, how long does it really take to get them running again?” 
  • Then ask the IT leaders a follow-up question, “When was the ...

Published: October 8, 2019

Backup is not a destination

This week, we’re kicking off a five-week video blog series for the Tuesdays in October. One of the most common conversations that I have with IT leaders when they are discussing their IT modernization initiatives is, “How are you going to back that up?”

For too many of the thirty years that I have been in the IT industry, organizations have been quick to jump to the next enabling production platform only to realize afterwards that they are also moving from well‑protected to un-protected, because they ...

Published: October 1, 2019

Veeam Cares: Spotlight on Scouting

Veeam Cares is the #Veeamazing corporate program that encourages Veeamers to volunteer in order to impact our world (in addition to fixing the world’s data protection and data management challenges). One of the perks of being a Veeamer is that Veeam gives our employees 24 hours (three business days) of volunteer time, above and beyond PTO and regional holidays. I’m a volunteer leader in Scouting (which is also a worldwide movement); so, this year, I spent my Veeam Cares days and some vacation ...

Published: September 3, 2019

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