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Your biggest issue with information protection - get free t-shirt

Headshot 100X100.jpgBy Calvin Zito, @HPStorageGuy  vexpert 2012 logo.gif


I'm down to my last question as we get ready to head to HP Discover in Frankfurt.  I'd like you to leave a comment below on what is your biggest challenge around information protection.  If you leave a comment (and follow a few other rules I'll have below), I'll have an HP Storage t-shirt sent to you.  Easy, no?


To help stimulate your thinking on this topic, here's a video for you to watch.



Leave a comment, get a t-shirt

Here's all you have to do to get a t-shirt from me (rules for my giveaway):

  1. Next Era t-shirts.png You have to address this week's question - I'm looking for you to comment about technology or process challenges you face with information protection/disaster recovery.
  2. HP employees aren't eligible. Hopefully you already have enough HP logo-ware.
  3. If you have a support issue, you should call HP Support - so not looking to turn this conversation into a helpline. If you need help with something, feel free to send me a message - I'm always willing to help when I can.
  4. You can only win once with this question.
  5. I don't normally have give-aways and I'll reserve the right to change the rules if I didn't think of something. But I have lots of t-shirts so don't worry, I won't be stingy!
  6. I have 25 shirts and have asked the same question on the HP Storage LinkedIn group.  The first 25 people to respond will get a shirt.
  7. IMPORTANT: You must send me an email (hpstorageguy at and include your t-shirt size, address to mail your shirt, and phone number (for shipping purposes only!).  Shipping of the t-shirts will start in early December.

As we continue to get ready for HP Discover (yes, I'm just a little excited about it!), you can stay in touchMark your calendar.png with what is happening at our special storage announcement page.  You can also register for our announcement webcast by clicking on the "Mark your calendar" graphic.


Join me on LinkedIn

If you haven't joined the HP Storage LinkedIn group, there's lots of conversations happening there and it's grown by almost 300% since I started actively managing it this past April.  It is a close group and I've already kicked several people out for not following the group rules - so it's a great place where you have a gatekeeper (me) to keep the annoyances out!  I've kicked a couple of recruiters and spammers out this week alone!


NOTE! Be sure to send me an email with info in step 7 that I asked for!

David Fleischmann | ‎11-27-2012 11:57 PM

The biggest challenges exist around the following topics:

  • Data Integrity
  • Data Loss
  • Automatic Staging to cheaper disk
  • Ability to move to private clouds.
| ‎11-28-2012 12:00 AM

Thanks David - good stuff!  Be sure to send me an email (hpstorageguy at with the info I asked for in the post.

Martin_H | ‎11-28-2012 09:11 AM

Hi Calvin,


for me the biggest challanges are:

+ automatic storage tiering

+ guarantee of data integrity

+ replication between 2 or more storage systems

+ backup with snapshot technology



zsoltesz | ‎11-28-2012 10:44 AM

In our company the biggest challenges are the systematic test of restores and the length of the restore from a tape library.

Guldmyr | ‎12-02-2012 10:52 AM



my biggest challenges in information protection are:


- introducing a new archive into an existing distributed disk cache systems (

 - how to glue these technologies together while allowing most things in between the origin of the transfer and the tape cartridge to have a problem - and how to recover from these.

Jeroen Mooijekind | ‎12-03-2012 07:31 AM

Hi Calvin,

The biggest challenges for me are:

  • Automatic storage tiering, including cloud
  • Backup/restore time
poqwla | ‎12-05-2012 08:33 AM

Our biggest and exiting Storage challenges are:

Replacing existing mirrored eva4100 in 2013.

Guaranty HA and contingency.

Backup window in almost 24x7 environment.

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