Book review–Data Protection for Virtual Data Centers

I’ve just finished reading Data Protection for Virtual Data Centers by Jason Buffington, it was a very good read. This is a rather unique book in that it’s not a book about Data Protection Manager although you’ll learn a lot about what DPM can do for data protection. It’s also not a book about Systems Center Configuration Manager or Systems Center Operations Manager even though you’ll gain an overview of what those products can do.

What this book does is take a holistic approach to understanding data protection as it applies to small, medium and large organizations. Starting with an overview of what data protection is and the different technologies used to achieve it; the book then steps you through how to use business metrics and financial calculations to understand which option is most suitable. You’ll then learn how to achieve High Availability in modern versions of SQL Server, Exchange Server, File Services in Windows Server, Failover Clustering and Hyper-V Virtualization etc. It rounds of with Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery.

All in all this is a well written book, by an expert in the field who’s been doing data protection for many years, covering modern approaches to data protection in today’s IT world. Highly recommended for anyone wanting to understand the many layers and facets of data protection!

As always, thanks for reading.

Interview now available online

At TechEd 2010 I interviewed Jason Buffington and Frederique Dennison from Microsoft. We spoke about DPM 2010, SCCM vNext, data protection and many other things. Find the interview here:


Enjoy! And thank you for reading.