Hello, my name is Jason Buffington and I am really excited to be part of Microsoft’s new initiative – Because It’s Everybody’s Business (BIEB).

As my backgrounder, I have been a “backup guy” for most of the last 18 years:

  • For the last four years (as of December 5), I have been at Microsoft, driving System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM)
  • Before Microsoft, I was with NSI Software, now Double-Take Software, for 9 years
  • I spent a few years with Cheyenne Software doing ARCserve, before Computer Associates bought it
  • I have been at various resellers/channel partners – including running my own small consultancy
  • And along the way, I was an MCSE, MCT, Disaster Recovery Planner and Microsoft MVP.

During my time at Microsoft and DPM, I have been privileged to pick up a few other products.  For two years, I also had the chance to influence our Storage Solutions and the file services role of Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2.  And starting a few months ago, I began working with System Center Essentials (SCE)

But at heart, I have always been a “backup and recovery guy”. 

That is the reason why I like BIEB … because it takes a perspective much like what I have on “protecting your data” … it is “everybody’s business”.   As a backup guy, I touch all of the Exchange, and SQL, and SharePoint, and Virtualization, and Windows servers and desktops – not because I am an expert in those platforms, but because they need to be backed up. 

Backup touches everything – because without your data, you don’t have your business. 

And while I am soap-boxing, back up your data at home.  Those family pictures are probably worth more to you personally than last month’s budget spreadsheet at work. 

So, backup is everyone’s business – and that’s one of the lenses that you’ll hear from me on this blog, as I offer my thoughts and resources around how backup matters and adds to the core elements of BIEB, as well as how BIEB applies to those management needs in midsized businesses.

Thanks for reading – and I look forward to visiting with you in the near future.

JBUFF 2009 low-res Jason Buffington
Senior Technical Product Manager – System Center

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System Center Data Protection Manager
System Center Essentials