Asigra Presentation at Tech Field Day VMworld 2013

Asigra is a company that has been around the block, they have been doing backups since 1986 and they have a long history in the IT industry with stable products. What I found interesting about the company is that they don’t present themselves as a well established organization or a business that has been doing this for that long. You generally see companies go stagnate with their marketing and if it wasn’t stated, I would think that they just launched a few years ago with the energy level they have towards this product.

Their stance on backup licensing cost is that it is becoming an unsustainable model due to the sheer amount of data that needs to be retained. They focus on the spend that revolves around restoring that data. Customers can use what they call “DR Drills” that are offered at a low cost and are priced at $.07/GB that can also be scheduled for validity tests.

Asigra’s main goal here is that they are trying to be fair to the customer in a way that prevents them from paying for services that are not used or delivered. I think that this is a very unique model when it comes to backups in general and from someone that has been implementing and administering backup solutions for many years, I have not seen this type of model from any other recovery products.

They are also branching out into mobile applications by providing the ability to tap into Google apps and offering data recovery options through a separate GUI that allows for granular control of file recovery.

Nobody likes to deal with backups. In my opinion, Asigra’s agentless model and restore cost model is geared correctly for these ever expanding environments.



VMworld 2013 Keynote Wrap-up

Another great keynote delivered by VMware this morning. I won’t go into all the details since you can find most of that information from the website, but I do want to point out a few key announcements.

First off, they made a point durning the first 5 minutes to make sure that they allied out the VMUG organization which I thought was a great opening and will hopefully draw a ton of people over to the VMUG booth for registration.

Second, they announced the general availability of vSphere 5.5 and vCloud Suite 5.5.

VSAN was another big announcement which is now in public beta.

The major announcement for this morning had to be NSX hands-down. This was the Nicira acquisition that has been rolled into their product suite that will be officially available the first half of 2014.

A final note that I found interesting was that we have now surpassed the number of physical network ports with virtual ports. A definite move in the right direction.


VMworld 2013 Starts Tomorrow!

Well, it’s that time again! Time to get out your walking shoes and make sure you go out and *try* to get to as much stuff as you can at VMworld. Each year there is a great hang space for the bloggers and media and each year it gets better and better. If you haven’t stopped in at prior conference, I highly recommend that you do since it is a great place to meet bloggers, VMware certified perofessionals and vExperts alike. There is an estimated 21,000+ attendees at this year’s event so I’m sure you’ll find someone to have a great technical conversation with.

The hands on labs (HOL’s) are another great place to visit during your schedule breaks. The hands on lab opens at 11am Sunday morning and runs to 7pm, so there is another reason to hit the labs before the crazy schedule kicks into high gear Monday morning. Also on Sunday, don’t forget to attend the welcome reception from 4-7pm at the Moscone!

More updates live from VMworld tomorrow!

See you there!