Pros and cons of storage snapshots as a data protection solution

In one of my presentations for the VeeamON conference, titled The Quest for the Ultimate Backup Storage Architecture, I will explain how a tiered approach to data protection is the best solution to have an effective protection in place, and I will describe the different layers of data protection that can be applied to a production environment, and the layer I thought about for the most of the time was Storage Snapshots. After some thinking, I labeled it as a Tier-0 level, with specific pros and cons that should be carefully evaluated to properly use them in a data protection scenario.

Erasure Coding: the best data protection for scaling-out?

I’ve always been a fan of scale-out storage solutions, and I’ve always preached about them.
As data is skyrocketing, the best viable way to cope with this growth is having a system that can be scaled accordingly without the pain of data migrations involving TBs of data. One of the limits of scale-out systems however has always been the data protection techniques applied to them. RAID is inefficient, replication is too expensive, so what about Erasure Coding? Is it mature enough to become the new data protection technique for storage systems?

Social media automation, how to save time with Zapier (and say godbye to IFTTT)

Managing all the social media I’m involved in takes time, that’s for sure.
In the previous months, I started to use IFTTT: it has a nice interface, and it’s super easy to create a new “recipe”, that is the name used to describe a new automation task. IFTTT has another great advantage in being completely free, but for my use it quickly showed its limits. Two of the biggest ones are the limit to one account per supported service and the lack of support for common services like the ability to post to Linkedin groups. Meanwhile, IFTTT is adding support for tons of “weird” and niche services while the lack of complete support for the common services like those I described before goes on…
I decided to give a try to Zapier, and I quickly realized it’s a far better tool than IFTTT for my needs!

2014: my fourth VMworld. Or the first?

This will be my fourth VMworld in a row, the third in the US. But it will also be my first one. It’s no secret I joined Veeam this year in February (by the way, it’s six months now, time is flying…), and in my role I will attend both VMworld US and EMEA events. This will be my first experience at VMworld as a vendor employee, and I’m thinking about what to expect.