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Bend Memorial Clinic, Cloud Computing, Dave Chapa, Greg Schulz, Quantum, StorageIO, Virtualization, Xerox
Tonight is the fourth in Quantum’s series of dinner roundtable discussions on Virtualization, Cloud and the New Realities for Data Protection and, if it’s anything like the first three gatherings, it promises to be a compelling and freewheeling affair. Tonight’s dinner takes place in Houston, following similar events in Boston, Chicago and Palo Alto. The series concludes on Thursday with a dinner meeting in New York.
Last Thursday’s meeting in Palo Alto had a strong turnout, with around 25 attendees from a wide range of organizations – large and small environments, private and public sector, with a lot of interaction and discussion. One of the interesting topics was virtualization beyond consolidation – where the focus expands from consolidation to agility. As virtualization becomes more widely accepted and becomes more of a platform for cloud-based initiatives, the issues move from ratios of physical to virtual machines, to strategic discussions around how VMs can enable portability, flexibility, backup, disaster recovery and high availability.
As in the earlier gatherings, when the topic turned to backup in and cloud computing, trust was a key issue. “People wanted to talk about trust and confidence in clouds, including the reality that cloud data protection is a shared responsibility and that only you can prevent cloud data loss based on the services that you choose,” said storage expert Greg Shulz, who is the keynote presenter for all of these events and is the founder and senior advisor at The Server and StorageIO Group (StorageIO).
Also participating in the discussions are thought leaders from Quantum, including David Chapa, Chief Technology Evangelist. Because the trust issue keeps coming up in discussions about the cloud, it is fitting that the theme for Chapa’s presentation focuses on “Certainty in a Cloud Environment.” The presentation points to two specific use cases where Quantum has been able to work with customers to improve performance, productivity and trust in both virtualized and cloud environments. These are:
- Bend Memorial Clinic, in Bend, Oregon. BMC’s challenge was the volume of data growth was outgrowing the ability of the IT staff to manage it. It turned to a virtualized environment, but sought a cost-effective solution that would protect both physical and virtual environments. It chose a Quantum N-tier solution consisting of DXi deduplication, Scalar library, vmPRO software and Vision management. The results: Backups that are six times faster, IT productivity has quadrupled, and the time required to do restores has been reduced from days to minutes.
- Xerox was looking for virtual backup and recovery technology to enable its cloud backup and disaster recovery services. It chose Quantum DXi V1000 virtual deduplication appliances and vmPRO data protection to enable Xerox cloud services. The result: With enterprise-class backup and disaster recovery, Xerox has been able to capitalize on a massive new market opportunity enabled by the cloud.
How can some of these technology solutions enable you to deal with the new realities in data protection engendered by virtualization and the cloud? Tune in next time when we review the discussion of tonight’s event in Houston in our ongoing series on Virtualization, Cloud and the New Realities for Data Protection.