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  • Blog Post: Happy Data Privacy Day … from System Center

    Yes, it really is an established day.  Check out http://dataprivacyday2010.org/ : Data Privacy Day is an international celebration of the dignity of the individual expressed through personal information.  In this networked world, in which we are thoroughly digitized, with our identities, locations...
  • Blog Post: Are You A Collaboration Basket Case?

    As an old-school backup guy, one of my favorite sayings is: “ If you are putting all your eggs in one basket, it better be a good basket ” It’s true for Virtualization (which I will talk about in a future post) and it’s true for collaboration platforms like Exchange or SharePoint. And when I refer to...
  • Blog Post: The More Things Change…Well, You Know

    Looking back at 2009, the first thought that comes to mind is the old phrase, “The more things change, the more they remain the same.” Wondering where this quote came from, I decided to “ Bing ” it. Of course, the results led me to lots of websites with quotations about change. Here are some other “change...
  • Blog Post: What Are Midsize Customers Saying About System Center?

    It’s always very validating to have customers come back to you with positive feedback and evidence that what you worked so hard to build is adding value to their business. We’re fresh off the launch of System Center Essentials 2010 and Data Protection Manager 2010 , so we’ve been out talking to early...
  • Blog Post: Looking Back (and Forward) – It all Seems to be About Unified Management

    December is a great time to look back at the year as a whole: Most things are winding down, so it is nice to appreciate what happened so far And yet, there are some projects that we are in the home stretch for. So with all of my travelling obligations over, it is a time to buckle down for four weeks...
  • Blog Post: System Center Hits “Big Easy” for TechEd

    If you’re coming to the “Big Easy” ( New Orleans ), for TechEd North America , and you work in a midsize business, be sure to come see us at the Microsoft Demo Station Stations for SCE 2010 and DPM 2010 , to see how we’re making virtualization and IT management “Big Easy” for midsize businesses! We also...
  • Blog Post: Why don't you back up? (well)

    Barbara Imbert at Seagate recently blogged about Symantec’s 2010 SMB information security survey . As a summary of the findings: 74% are Somewhat/Extremely concerned about information protection 42% lost confidential/proprietary information in the past 12 months 100% saw losses...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft “gets” Small Business

    This week, a new report from Compass Intelligence ranked Microsoft as #1 among the top technology vendors that are effectively serving small businesses. Stephanie Mehta at CNN Money.com published an article this week that listed the top ten vendors, with Microsoft going from #6 last year to #1.  ...
  • Blog Post: Time for New IT Tools? SCE 2010 & DPM 2010 Launch!

    If you’re like most people, you’ve faced a maintenance or repair job that was bigger than the tools in your toolbox. Maybe your in-sink disposal got jammed when one of your kids decided it would be a fun place to “blend” their sibling’s favorite miniature stuffed animal? So, you needed a basket wrench...
  • Blog Post: Welcome from Jason Buffington: Who I am and What I Do Around Here

    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...
  • Blog Post: Everybody’s Data Just Got Better Protected

    Your data = Your information = Your business Protecting your data really is about “Everybody’s Business”, so hopefully everybody is as excited as we are to announce the Release Candidate for the next generation of Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager . The DPM 2010 RC is now available for...
  • Blog Post: Bang Your Head!!!

    Sometimes it can be annoying when a song gets stuck in your head, but pretty hard to avoid – especially when you have a habit of fixating on things like I do. When my daughter asks me to download some new songs for her Zune , I end up getting the latest songs by Justin Bieber, Katy Perry or Taylor Swift...