I was on my way home on the subway last night and noticed a couple of things. First I saw a man bend down, and pick up an old cigarette off the ground and proceed to smoke it.
Once I got on the subway, two gentlemen sitting next to me were discussing of all things, tape backups and the processes they were working on for data vaulting. Not being one to eavesdrop, I didn’t hear all the details. But from what they were saying, and more importantly from the scowls on their faces, it appeared their backup process was a huge pain.
Clearly managing their backup process was not their favorite thing to do, but it was a part of their job and from the sounds of things, it was a process that their company had been using for ages.
To me, that’s the most challenging things about helping people to understand how the PlateSpin solutions from Novell can help customers with Disaster Recovery. When we created our PlateSpin Protect and PlateSpin Forge products, we literally took the book on DR and threw it out the window. We looked at how datacenters would be managed in the future, and the infrastructure they’d be running (namely virtualization) and created a new way to protect server workloads. A more “Intelligent” approach if I may 😉 Why not leverage new technologies like PlateSpin’s Workload Portability, along with Virtualization’s resource pooling capability, to deploy easier to manage, and ultimately more cost effective DR infrastructure.
So the question is. Because DR and DR processes are so entrenched in existing datacenters, how do we help our customers to see the light, and leverage solutions like those from Novell, to re-architect their DR plans, and ultimately get rid of those painful processes that were ruining my subway neighbor’s days?
I will be at Novell’s annual Brainshare conference at the end of this month, both delivering some breakouts sessions and walking the show floor. Feel free to stop me if you enjoy my rambling, and give me your thoughts on this. My picture is in the corner over there <- Oh and that guy who smoked the old cigarette. That was gross.