Data Protection and Management

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Managing Backup and Recovery in Today's Agile, Complex and Heterogeneous Data Centers
Maria Pressley

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. While the end goal remains the same, the means to get there has changed drastically in large part due to the emergence of cloud computing, virtualization and hybrid environments. Adding to this paradigm shift, big data and mobile devices, among other trends, continue to compound the volume of information today’s enterprises must manage and protect.    In this presentation, Maria Pressley, Unitrends’ chief evangelist, will outline how companies can evolve their backup and recovery strategies to accommodate today’s agile, complex and heterogeneous data center environments. She’ll examine on-premise, virtual and cloud-based backup and recovery, and advise how companies can identify the best approach to fit their business needs

Learning Objectives

  • Attendees will learn how Microsoft Hyper-V compares to VMware vSphere, as well as how to confidently protect the growing amount of data stored on these hypervisors. Maria will also outline potential problems and pitfalls – such as virtualization sprawl, infrastructure management complexity and the common tendency to treat guest virtual machines as physical servers – as well as considerations that must be kept top of mind as you virtualize, including storage performance and reliability, load balancing and clustering, and compliance issues.
  • Attendees will learn how to properly utilize cloud backup to minimize restore times. Companies are increasingly adopting pure cloud storage and cloud backup to reduce costs and scale quickly, but many often fail to consider how this model will impact recovery performance. WAN performance has not and will not keep pace with microprocessor, memory, disk and LAN performance – leaving a major gap between on-premise and off-premise (cloud) performance. This means, if a disaster strikes, it could take weeks or months for a company using pure cloud storage and cloud backup to access their data. Maria will discuss how companies can overcome this challenge by pairing cloud storage and cloud backup with an on-premise backup appliance to expedite data recovery.
  • Attendees will learn what criteria to consider when determining the best backup and recovery strategies to fit their data protection needs, including budget, service level agreements, Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs) – or the maximum data you can lose, Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs) – or the length of time it takes to recover data and systems, and backup windows, among others.

Advanced Data Reduction Concepts
Gene Nagle

The two most prevalent forms of data reduction, compression and deduplication, have become widespread in many types and tiers of data storage.  This tutorial assumes a basic understanding of compression and deduplication and covers advanced topics that attendees will find helpful in understanding today’s expanded applications of these technologies.

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding of current data reduction design trends
  • Have the ability to discern between various deduplication design approaches and their strengths 
  • Recognize where compression and/or deduplication may and may not fit in their storage environment

Introduction to Data Protection: Backup to Tape, Disk and Beyond
Jason Iehl

Extending the enterprise backup paradigm disk-based technologies allow users to significantly shrink or eliminate the backup time window. This tutorial focuses on various methodologies that can deliver an efficient and cost effective, snapshot, replication and disk-to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T) solution. This includes approaches to storage pooling inside of modern backup applications, using disk and file systems within these pools, as well as how and when to utilize storage efficient technologies like deduplication within these infrastructures.

Learning Objectives

  • Get a basic grounding in backup and restore technology including tape, disk, snapshots, deduplication, and replication technologies. 
  • Compare and contrast backup and restore alternatives to achieve data protection and data recovery.
  • Identify and define things to keep in mind when trying architect backup and recovery solution

Trends in Data Protection and Restoration Technologies
Michael Fishman

Modern backup and archival technologies are used to augment established backup and data protection methodologies to deliver improved protection levels and accelerate information and application backup and restore performance. These technologies work in concert with the existing backup paradigm. This session will discuss many of these technologies in detail. Important considerations of data protection include performance, scale, regulatory compliance, recovery objectives and cost. Technologies covered include contemporary backup, disk-based backups, cloud-based backup, snapshot and mirroring, continuous data protection and compression and deduplication applied to both storage and networking traffic reduction.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand legacy and contemporary storage technologies that provide advanced data protection
  • Compare and contrast advanced data protection alternatives
  • Gain insights into emerging DP technologies.