For IT professionals tasked with data protection, the goal is the same today as it always has been: secure mission-critical environments and the data housed within them. However, with the emergence of virtualization and hybrid environments, the means to get there has dramatically changed. Organizations’ focus has shifted from protecting distributed data sets across multiple servers to, now, also securing tremendous amounts of data housed on a single physical asset. And the need to protect consolidated assets has rendered many traditional backup and recovery solutions ineffective in virtual environments.
Enter backup 2.0. In this presentation, Maria Pressley, chief evangelist at Unitrends, will discuss how virtualization has prompted a paradigm shift in the backup and recovery market, outline best practices for evolving data protection strategies to support virtual environments, and highlight the technical and business impacts of implementing unified data protection across heterogeneous infrastructure.
Attendees will also learn: • How Microsoft Hyper-V compares to VMware vSphere and how to confidently protect data stored on these hypervisors. • How to determine which virtual appliances (those that include locked-down applications pre-installed vs. those with pre-configured applications) are best for their data center. • Common backup and recovery pitfalls, including backing up data only, failing to test backup processes, and selecting solutions that force companies into rigid IT infrastructures.
Why is this important to IT Professionals? In 2012, we saw companies continue to adopt virtual solutions and make them a critical part of their overall business operations. In 2013, due to continued maturation and strong adoption, we’ll see virtualization shift from an experimental to a mainstream technology – making data protection across heterogeneous environments a high priority for IT in the coming year.
Ms. Pressley is a technology industry veteran with extensive experience in provider and end-user organizations. Prior to joining Unitrends, she was manager of commercial information systems project management at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. Earlier, she served as director of engineering at SteelEye Technology and led the team that developed and delivered the company's flagship line of software products. Prior to SteelEye, Ms. Pressley held a variety of development positions over 14 years with NCR Corporation. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Clemson University.