Casey Burns
Casey Burns was previously Quantum's Virtualization Product Marketing Manager and has now become at Solution Architect at Quantum. Casey has written for DataCenter Post, Computer Technology Review, and Virtualization Review.

MSP Momentum: Powered by Quantum Cloud Backup

In Newtonian mechanics, momentum has a direction as a well as magnitude. If Newton was correct, and I am going to go out on a limb here and assume that to be the case, then the Powered by Quantum MSP Program has momentum, with positive direction and high magnitude. Over the past couple of weeks, Quantum has successfully created partnerships with a number of MSPs that deliver their own cloud backup service powered by Quantum technology. Just this month we added two new MSPs to the roster, Elanity Network Partner and Interconnekt. These partners, scattered across the globe, have recognized the benefits that Quantum solutions can bring to not only their customers but also to their bottom line.

Selling The Cloud: New Service Provider Program

With the introduction of cloud there has been a lot of talk, including jokes about how one can get started in the cloud. We see customers all the time trying to figure out what they can do from a cloud strategy perspective and how this will impact (positively or negatively) their current infrastructure, mainly around budgets. Cloud certainly has the ability to provide some relief in terms of finances – allowing you and your team to focus on more strategic projects – so why not get started with using cloud technologies, particularly when it comes to backup. Quantum recently announced a cloud based backup program for MSPs and VARs that delivers a number of fantastic benefits. Read more to learn more.

What Every CIO Needs to Know About Data Protection for Virtual Environments

IT departments today are rapidly deploying virtualization technologies – in fact, Gartner reports that server virtualization is already over 60% penetrated and projects the market will be over 80% penetrated by 2016. With this rapid rise in virtualization deployment, customers are challenged to incorporate data protection and archive methodologies for their virtualized data. ESG recently indicated that 60% of virtualization technology users are planning to address challenges associated with data protection for their virtualized data as a top priority for 2013, an astonishing number. There are certainly lots of options available to protect traditional data, but virtualized data is a different beast. Another Gartner report identifies that over 1/3 of organizations will change backup vendors due to factors including cost, complexity, or capability. Based on what I’ve heard talking with customers, I would add one more factor: compatibility. In this article we will explore all four of these areas and suggest ways to overcome the challenges associated with virtualized data protection.

3 Reasons to Love Native Format for VM Backups: Future Proof Flexibility (PT. 3)

In my first two blogs, the discussions have been around using native format for amazing fast restores and for booting VMs remotely, all without actually needing the backup application. In this final post I will explore how native format can provide “future proof flexibility.” When I hear this term, I am always reminded of the Best Buy commercial where consumers are constantly, and humorously, reminded of the fast pace of technology. If you are like me, having something new and shiny is always nice, however, life gets in the way and we need to spend our finances elsewhere. The same goes for our IT budgets.

3 Reasons to Love Native Format for VM Backups: Remote Restores (PT.2)

If you had the chance to read my first blog in this series, you will remember that vmPRO is the only backup application that writes data in native format, which can guarantee fast restores using vmPRO GUI or a standard file browser with easy drag and drop functionality. In this post, the second of this three-part series, I will cover how the native backup format can help transform your disaster recover (DR) strategy by booting VMs and restoring files remotely (no matter the target device — disk, tape or cloud) all without actually using the backup application.

3 Reasons to Love Native Format for VM Backups: Amazingly Fast Restores (PT.1)

I love talking to customers about their VM backup challenges. One of the most exciting topics for me is the native file format capability of Quantum’s vmPRO. In this three part series, I’ll talk about three reasons you’re going to love backing up your VMs in native file format. While proprietary formats have been the norm in the storage industry, as technologies and data access requirements are evolving, customers no longer need to settle for this traditional method. Think about how native format works when it comes to simple data transfer and storage. For example, when you want to protect your precious digital pictures and store them on a thumb drive or USB hard drive, you simply drag and drop the files to the device. When you want to restore them, you simply plug the device into your computer and drag and drop the files back to your system. vmPRO takes that simplified concept and applies it to the business-class level with virtual data. Why over-complicate things?

Unraveling the Complexity of VM Backup

I was talking to an SMB customer this week, and he was raving about the benefits of deduplication. Deploying deduplication allowed him to completely rethink his data protection policies and reduce his management time. He’s in a smaller IT department where, as he said, “we have to wear many hats and don’t have the luxury of in-house specialists. It was so simple, no worries about backup windows, or any of those details that we used to regularly consider and tweak with the older backup system.” His statement got me thinking, the same type of change is happening with VM data protection. As noted in this previous blog from TeamQ, VM deployments are growing rapidly, but protecting VM data creates some unique challenges.