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Michael Kramer
Needham, MA
I'm the VP Sales and Marketing at B&L Associates.
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As we near the end of the calendar year, the time seems right for a look back at the biggest stories in 2011 related to tape storage. I’ve covered a lot of ground in this blog over the past year—clearly, there’s been a lot to talk about. Here are some of the key themes in 2011 related to storing data on tape. Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2011 at BandL Weblog
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When you think about what might lead to the next step forward in your career, data management might not be at the top of your list—but maybe it should be. Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2011 at BandL Weblog
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Among the new challenges and unsolved mysteries presented by cloud storage, how to maintain compliance in a cloud environment is one of the most daunting for firms in regulated industries like financial services and healthcare. Here are three things to consider in these environments. Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2011 at BandL Weblog
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Big Data might be the next big thing in terms of helping companies better understand and meet customer needs, but it’s far from easy to manage. Here are some tips from companies who deal with big data every day. Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2011 at BandL Weblog
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Following a data breach, companies undoubtedly tally the financial impact in terms of the time and money it takes to respond to and recover from the breach—but do most organizations also quantify the impact on their corporate reputation or brand value? Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2011 at BandL Weblog
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E-mails are no longer the most commonly requested documents in eDiscovery requests. Files and documents now top the list of types of data companies must produce to meet eDiscovery requests, followed by database or application data. Facing this challenge starts with having the right information management strategies in place. Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2011 at BandL Weblog
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More than half of the companies queried for the Cibecs 2011 Business Data Loss Survey have lost data already in 2011. The Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2011 at BandL Weblog
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Data center spending is forecast to rebound to pre-recession levels and beyond. But even though a loosening of the purse strings is a good thing, we shouldn’t ignore the data center efficiency lessons we learned from the recession. There are things you can do to stay efficient without sacrificing effectiveness. Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2011 at BandL Weblog
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There’s yet another new banking regulation on the table—and this one’s making some waves. This time, the FDIC, SEC and other regulators are taking aim at how banks conduct their trading activity. And this could mean Big Data in the financial sector could be getting even bigger. Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2011 at BandL Weblog
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After the Great Recession in 2008, getting a handle on their data is a truly onerous task for banks and other financial institutions. But it turns out that it’s also a way to uncover some tremendous business opportunities. Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2011 at BandL Weblog
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Storing masses of data in a single tier would become unmanageable for most businesses, not to mention present legal and security risks no business wants to deal with. Plus, storing all of that data—both low-value, inactive data and mission-critical, frequently used data—on the most expensive media would just be cost prohibitive. So what’s a business to do? Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2011 at BandL Weblog
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Google they keywords “tape storage myths,” and you’ll turn up no less than 1,780,000 results. While certainly not all of these results are relevant, the sheer volume of listings speaks to the fact that there’s no shortage of myths out there about storing data on tape. Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2011 at BandL Weblog
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As storage technologies evolve, so too will tape—a medium that, clearly, will remain alive and well in both the short and long term. Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2011 at BandL Weblog
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Despite claims to the contrary, the facts prove that incorporating tape into an enterprise storage strategy can help keep the organization running efficiently and effectively—enhancing, not reducing, its competitiveness. Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2011 at BandL Weblog
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Tape is a fact of life for many companies, especially in the age of big data. And love or hate it, you still need to effectively manage it for backups, archival data, compliance audits, or a combination of the above. Nuisance or not, tape management is a critical part of protecting your business—one that you’ll ignore at your own peril. Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2011 at BandL Weblog
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Reaping the value of automation isn’t automatic. There’s more to it than just implementing new software. Automating a convoluted process that isn’t working well to begin with is going to create more work for IT, not less; lower efficiency, not increase; more expense, not less. Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2011 at BandL Weblog
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If you haven't rethought your data center disaster recovery strategy lately, maybe now is a good opportunity to revisit this important topic. Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2011 at BandL Weblog
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A few weeks back, short-lived cloud outages at Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Office 365 reminded us of one of the uncertainties that linger about cloud computing: its reliability. Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2011 at BandL Weblog
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Somewhere in between the old days of tape’s dominance and the new world of peaceful storage media coexistence, tape-bashing came into vogue. But as we've said before, and we'll say again, tape is very much alive and the best solution for long term storage. Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2011 at BandL Weblog
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When it comes to disaster recovery (DR), planning is the key. But what lessons can IT learn from previous disaster to help us get ready for the next one? Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2011 at BandL Weblog
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Over the past several days, Hurricane Irene has wreaked havoc on the East Coast of the U.S. where our company is based, impacting millions of people with wind, rain and flooding. Our thoughts are with those who are even now still feeling the impact of this destructive act of nature. At the same time, given the nature of our business, our thoughts turn to the disaster recovery implications of a natural phenomenon like Hurricane Irene. Clearly, this most recent natural disaster is a wakeup call to those businesses that have not made IT disaster readiness a priority. Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2011 at BandL Weblog
A very interesting webinar took place yesterday from George Crump of Storage Switzerland. In fact it was so good, I thought we'd embed it here on our blog. It's definiely worth the listen. If the player doesn't appear below, you... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2011 at BandL Weblog
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Experts predict that we’ll be dealing with no less than 1,842 exabytes of data by the end of this year. But just because data volumes are growing exponentially, that doesn’t mean your budget for storage media will grow at the same pace. We need to start getting smarter about how we store all that data. Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2011 at BandL Weblog
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Increasingly, IT has partial—if not full responsibility—for the collection and preservation of data for eDiscovery purposes. So, with the eDiscovery ball in your court, how can you make your organization’s eDiscovery preparedness efforts a success? Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2011 at BandL Weblog
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With licenses now available for the still-under-development LTO-6, the next step for LTO tape is in progress. As the LTO roadmap shows, data center managers have a lot to look forward to when it comes to the future of tape. Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2011 at BandL Weblog