Contributed Editorial

  1. 6 Essential Steps To Managed Backup Success
    11/6/2014

    A couple hours of downtime can do a lot of damage — just ask any major retailer or small business owner. It means lost revenues, loss of customers — and the permanent loss of data. Combine that with the estimated cost of downtime for a small-to-midsize business (SMB) — a staggering $12,500 a day — and you’ve got an invoice that few organizations can afford to pay.

  2. 6 Reasons You Have To Sell Backup and Disaster Recovery Software
    10/2/2014

    Making a BDR plan requires your customer to take a long, hard look at their businesses, at their processes, software, and more. If your clients want to backup their data and services and then be able to recover them quickly if there’s a disaster, they need to know where that data is, what those services are, and to be able to priori­tize them.

  3. Cat 8 Cable A High-Performance But Economical Solution To Data Center’s Need For High Bandwidth
    5/30/2013

    While “Category 8,” the classification for the next-generation twisted-pair cabling specifications, is still in the development stage, the outlook looks quite positive that it will be specified to 2 GHz, four times today’s bandwidth of 500 MHz, promising a new copper speedway for data centers in the not-too-distant future.

  4. The Business Case For Cloud Backup For SMBs
    4/30/2013

    Data protection and disaster recovery are more important than ever, especially for small to midsized businesses (SMBs), which are reliant on access to their data and applications. Even a few hours of downtime can significantly impact productivity, sales, customer confidence and reputation.

  5. Is VDI Relevant To Data Protection? The Answer Is Unequivocally 'Yes'
    4/18/2012

    I tell people all the time that data protection isn’t really just about backup. It’s about restores and how quickly you can get access to your backed up data in the event of data loss. However, in some parts of the IT infrastructure, getting a backup in the first place is a struggle. And not one admins can win. By Jean-Paul Bergeaux, CTO, SwishData

  6. Cerner And IBM Send Industry Message That Nirvanix Is How Enterprise Cloud Storage Will Be Done
    11/22/2011
    Anyone who still doubts that Nirvanix is poised to deliver the same type of solution for cloud storage that VMware already delivers for cloud computing got a serious wake-up call this past week. By Jerome M Wendt, Lead Analyst and President, DCIG Inc.
  7. The Choice Of Inline Versus Post-Process Deduplication And How It Affects Business Objectives
    11/22/2011
    In the last year or so a number of articles and blogs have appeared on the topic of inline and post-processing deduplication in an attempt to answer the question, "What is the best approach for deduplicating data during disk-based backup?" Unfortunately what these pieces fail to quantify is, "What objectives are enterprise organizations looking to accomplish with disk-based backup and recovery?" The problem this creates is that without first establishing these objectives, it makes it very difficult to arrive at any sort of meaningful conclusion about how to best proceed with deduplication. By Jerome M Wendt, Lead Analyst and President, DCIG Inc.
  8. Why Nirvanix Is Poised To Become The Next VMware
    10/13/2011
    Back in 2003 hardly anyone had heard of a small but rapidly growing technology company called VMware. But since that time VMware literally exploded to become the dominant player in enterprise server virtualization. By Jerome M Wendt, Lead Analyst and President, DCIG Inc.
  9. Backup Software - Tape Library Combo Runs Counter To Current Disk-Based Backup Craze
    9/13/2011
    One might think the data protection world has gone mad. After all of the coverage over the last few years about the "goodness" of disk and the "evils" of tape, a recent announcement from Spectra Logic that it had entered into a new OEM agreement with Symantec ran counter to this disk-based backup craze. By Jerome M Wendt, Lead Analyst and President, DCIG Inc.
  10. Do You Have A Hole In Your Swing?
    9/13/2011
    Like some of you I have spent a good portion of my career as a turnaround guy for sales forces. Without fail I have found that many sales people or channel partners were ill equipped to hit the ball out of the park on behalf of the company. They were decent salespeople for the most part, and knew the product, but had a difficult time educating all levels of the organization that they were selling to. By Jim Nash, DCIG Inc.