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Government IT pros: Hiring data scientists isn’t an exact science

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Government agencies face the same problems as enterprises when it comes to turning their vast data stores into useful information. In the case of government, that information is used to provide services such as healthcare, scientific research, legal protections and even to fight wars.

Public sector IT pros at the Veritas Public Sector Vision Day this week talked about their challenges in making data useful and keeping it secure. A major part of their work currently involves finding the right people to fill data analytical roles, including hiring data scientists. They described data science skills as a combination of roles that require technical, as well as subject matter expertise, which often requires a diverse team to become successful.

Tiffany Julian, data scientist at the National Science Foundation, said she recently sat in on a focus group involved with the Office of Personnel Management’s initiative to define data scientist.

“One of the big messages from that was, there’s no such thing as a unicorn. You don’t hire a data scientist. You create a team of people who do data science together,” Julian said.

Julian said data science includes more than programmers and technical experts. Subject experts who know their company or agency mission also play a role.

“You want your software engineers, you want your programmers, you want your database engineers,” she said. “But you also want your common sense social scientists involved. You can’t just prioritize one of those fields. Let’s say you’re really good at Python, you’re really good at R. You’re still going to have to come up with data and processes, test it out, draw a conclusion. No one person you hire is going to have all of those skills that you really need to make data-driven decisions.”

Wanted: People who know they don’t know it all

Because she is a data scientist, Julian said others in her agency ask what skills they should seek when hiring data scientists.

You don’t hire a data scientist. You create a team of people who do data science together.
Tiffany JulianData scientist, National Science Foundation

“I’m looking for that wisdom that comes from knowing that I don’t know everything,” she said. “You’re not a data scientist, you’re a programmer, you’re an analyst, you’re one of these roles.”

Tom Beach, chief data strategist and portfolio manager for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), said he takes a similar approach when looking for data scientists.

“These are folks that know enough to know that they don’t know everything, but are very creative,” he said.

Beach added that when hiring data scientists, he looks for people “who have the desire to solve a really challenging problem. There is a big disconnect between an abstract problem and a piece of code. In our organization, a regulatory agency dealing with patents and trademarks, there’s a lot of legalese and legal frameworks. Those don’t code well. Court decisions are not readily codable into a framework.”

‘Cloud not enough’

Like enterprises, government agencies also need to get the right tools to help facilitate data science. Peter Ranks, deputy CIO for information enterprise at the Department of Defense, said data is key to his department, even if DoD IT people often talk more about technologies such as cloud, AI, cybersecurity and the three Cs (command, control and communications) when they discuss digital modernization.

“What’s not on the list is anything about data,” he said. “And that’s unfortunate because data is really woven into every one of those. None of those activities are going to succeed without a focused effort to get more utility out of the data that we’ve got.”

Ranks said future battles will depend on the ability of forces on land, air, sea, space and cyber to interoperate in a coordinated fashion.

“That’s a data problem,” he said. “We need to be able to communicate and share intelligence with our partners. We need to be able to share situational awareness data with coalitions that may be created on demand and respond to a particular crisis.”

Ranks cautioned against putting too much emphasis on leaning on the cloud for data science. He described cloud as the foundation on the bottom of a pyramid, with software in the middle and data on top.

“Cloud is not enough,” he said. “Cloud is not a strategy. Cloud is not a destination. Cloud is not an objective. Cloud is a tool, and it’s one tool among many to achieve the outcomes that your agency is trying to get after. We find that if all we do is adopt cloud, if we don’t modernize software, all we get is the same old software in somebody else’s data center. If we modernize software processes but don’t tackle the data … we find that bad data becomes a huge boat anchor or that all those modernized software applications have to drive around. It’s hard to do good analytics with bad data. It’s hard to do good AI.”

Beach agreed. He said cloud is “100%” part of USPTO’s data strategy, but so is recognition of people’s roles and responsibilities.

“We’re looking at not just governance behavior as a compliance exercise, but talking about people, process and technology,” he said. “We’re not just going to tech our way out of a situation. Cloud is just a foundational step. It’s also important to understand the recognition of roles and responsibilities around data stewards, data custodians.”

This includes helping ensure that people can find the data they need, as well as denying access to people who do not need that data.

Nick Marinos, director of cybersecurity and data protection at the Government Accountability Office, said understanding your data is a key step in ensuring data protection and security.

“Thinking upfront about what data do we actually have, and what do we use the data for are really the most important piece questions to ask from a security or privacy perspective,” he said. “Ultimately, having an awareness of the full inventory within the federal agencies is really all the way that you can even start to approach protecting the enterprise as a whole.”

Marinos said data protection audits at government agencies often start with looking at the agency’s mission and its flow of data.

“Only from there can we as auditors — and the agency itself — have a strong awareness of how many touch points there are on these data pieces,” he said. “From a best practice perspective, that’s one of the first steps.”

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Amazon tech VP lays out ambitious AWS storage vision

LAS VEGAS –There appears to be no end in sight to the ambitious vision of AWS storage, especially when it comes to file systems.

During an interview with TechTarget, Amazon VP of technology Bill Vass said AWS aims to “enable every customer to be able to move to the cloud.” For example, Amazon could offer any of the approximately 35 file systems that its enterprise customers use, under the FSx product name, based on customer demand, Vass said. FSx stands for File System x, where the “x” can be any file system. AWS launched the first two FSx options, for Lustre and Windows file systems, at its November 2018 Re:Invent conference.

(Editor’s note: Vass said during the original interview that AWS will offer all 35 file systems over time. After the article published, Vass contacted us via email to clarify his statement. He wrote: “FSx is built to offer any type of file system from any vendor. I don’t want it to seem that we have committed to all 35, just that we can if customers want it.”)

AWS cannot support nearly three dozen file systems overnight, but Vass highlighted a new storage feature coming in 2020: a central storage management console similar to the AWS Backup option that unifies backups.

Vass has decision-making oversight over all AWS storage products (except Elastic Block Storage), as well as quantum computing, IoT, robotics, CloudFormation, CloudWatch monitoring, system management, and software-defined infrastructure. Vass has held CEO, COO, CIO, CISO and CTO positions for startups and Fortune 100 companies, as well as the federal government. Before joining Amazon more than five years ago, Vass was president and CEO of Liquid Robotics, which designs and builds autonomous robots for the energy, shipping, defense, communications, scientific, intelligence and environmental industries.

How has the vision for AWS storage changed since the object-based Simple Storage Service (S3) launched in 2006?

Amazon storage
Amazon VP of technology Bill Vass with AWS Snowball appliance.

Bill Vass: Originally, it was very much focused on startups, developers and what we call webscale or web-facing storage. That’s what S3 was all about. Then as we grew in the governments and enterprises, we added things like [write once read many] WORM, [recovery point objective] RPO for cross-region replication, lifecycle management, intelligent tiering, deep archive. We were the first to have high-performance, multi-[availability zone] AZ file systems. Block storage has continued to be a mainstay for databases and things like that. We launched the first high-performance file system that will rival anything on prem with FSx for [high-performance computing] HPC. So, we ran Lustre in there. And Lustre gives you microsecond latency, 100 gigabits per thread, connected directly to your CPU.

The other thing we did at Re:Invent [2018] was the FSx for SMB NTFS Windows. At Re:Invent this year, we launched the ability to replicate that to one, two or three AZs. They added a bunch of extra features to it. But, you can expect us with FSx to offer other file systems as well. There’s about 35 different file systems that enterprises use. We can support many – really anything with FSx. But we will roll them out in order of priority by customer demand.

What about Amazon Elastic File System?

Vass: Elastic File System, which is our NFS 4 file system, has got single-digit millisecond response. That is actually replicating across three separate buildings with three different segments, striping it multiple times. EFS is an elastic multi-tenant file system. FSx is a single-tenant file system. To get microsecond latency, you have to be right there next to the CPU. You can’t have microsecond latency if you’re striping across three different buildings and then acknowledging that.

Do you plan to unify file storage? Or, do you plan to offer a myriad of choices?

Vass: Certainly, they’re all unified and can interoperate with each other. FSx, S3, intelligent tiering, all that kind of stuff, and EFS all work together. That’s already there. However, we don’t think file systems are one size fits all. There’s 35 different file systems, and the point of FSx is to let people have many choices, just like we have with databases or with CPUs or anything like this. You can’t move a load that’s running on GPFS into AWS without making changes for it. So you’d want to offer that as a file system. You can’t move an HPC load without something like FSx Lustre. You can’t move your Windows Home directories into AWS without FSx for Windows. And I would just expect more and more features around EFS, more and more features on S3, more and more features around FSx with more and more options for file systems.

So, you don’t envision unifying file storage.

Vass: There will be a central storage management system coming out where you’ll see it just like we have a central backup system now. So, they’ll be unified at that level. There’ll be a time when you’ll be able to access things with SMB, NFS and object in the same management console and on the same storage in the future. But that’s not really unified, right? Because you still want to have the single-tenant operating environment for your Windows. Microsoft does proprietary extensions on top of SMB, so you’ll need to run Windows underneath that. You can run something like [NetApp] OnTap, which also runs on AWS, by the way. And it does a great job of emulating NFS 4, 3, and SMB. But it’s never going to be 100% Windows compatible. So for that, you’re still going to want to run the Windows-native environment underneath.

I’d love to have one solution that did it all, but when you do that, what you usually end up with is something that does everything, but none of it well. So, you’re still going to want to have your high-performance object storage, block storage, elastic file systems and your single-tenant file systems for the foreseeable future. They’ll all interoperate with each other. They all get 11 nines durability by snapshotting or direct storing. You’re still going to have your archive storage. You don’t really want an archive system that operates the same as the file system or an object system.

How will the management console work to manage all the systems?

Vass: Since we unified backups with AWS Backup, you can take a look at that one place where we’re backing everything up in AWS. Now, we haven’t turned every service on. There’s actually 29 stateful stores in AWS. So, what we’re doing with backup is adding them one after another until they’re all there. You go to one place to back everything up.

We’ll add a storage management console. Today, you would go to an S3 console, an FSx console, an EFS console and a relational database console, then an Aurora console, then an EBS console. There’ll be one system management console that will let you see everything in one place and one place where you’ll be able to manage all of it as well. That’s scheduled for some time next year.

I’ve been hearing from enterprise customers that it can get confusing and overwhelming to keep track of the breadth of AWS storage offerings.

Vass: Let me counter that. We listen to our customers, and I guarantee you at Re:Invent this year, each customer I met with, one of those services that we added was really important to them, because remember, we’re moving everything from on prem to the cloud. … There are customers that want NFS 3 still. There’s customers that want NFS 4. There’s customers that want SMB and NTFS. There’s customers that want object storage. There’s customers that want block storage. There’s customers that want backups. If we did just one, and we told everyone rewrite your apps, it would take forever for people to move.

The best things people can do is get our roadmaps. We disclose our roadmaps under NDA to any customer that asks, and we’ll show them what’s coming and when it’s going to come so that they can have some idea if they’re planning and when we’re going to solve all of their problems. We’ve got 2.2 million customers, and all of them need something. And they have quite a variability of needs that we work to meet. So, it’s necessary to have that kind of innovation. And of course, we see things our customers do all the time.

So, AWS storage is basically going for the ocean and aiming to get every customer away from a traditional storage vendor.

Vass: I wouldn’t say it that way. I’d say we want to enable every customer to be able to use the cloud and Outpost and Snowball and Storage Gateway and all of our products so they can save money, be elastically scaling, have higher durability and better security than they usually do on prem.

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For Sale – Alienware 15R3 i7-7820HK Gaming Laptop

In good condition, comes boxed, will get some picture’s up tomorrow in the day light.

7th Generation Core i7 driven machine with a GTX1070 GPU and 16Gb of fast RAM. Lightening fast Samsung 970 EVO NVME M.2 SSD (Under 15 sec boot time) and there is standard fitted 1TB hard drive for wider data storage.

There is 1 tiny stuck/dead (pink pixel) on the right hand side of the screen, it’s hard to see and It wasn’t until I was giving it a once over today that I spotted it but I like to be honest with my descriptions.

An absolute beast of a machine, this is the model with all the lights and look’s fantastic at night.

This is already priced at a bargain price as elsewhere they are priced at over £1000 refurbished.

Postage could be an option but it is heavy but I’m sure we can come to some agreement if a buyer would need it posted.

I am based in Lowestoft, Suffolk.

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For Sale – Alienware 15R3 i7-7820HK Gaming Laptop

In good condition, comes boxed, will get some picture’s up tomorrow in the day light.

7th Generation Core i7 driven machine with a GTX1070 GPU and 16Gb of fast RAM. Lightening fast Samsung 970 EVO NVME M.2 SSD (Under 15 sec boot time) and there is standard fitted 1TB hard drive for wider data storage.

There is 1 tiny stuck/dead (pink pixel) on the right hand side of the screen, it’s hard to see and It wasn’t until I was giving it a once over today that I spotted it but I like to be honest with my descriptions.

An absolute beast of a machine, this is the model with all the lights and look’s fantastic at night.

This is already priced at a bargain price as elsewhere they are priced at over £1000 refurbished.

Postage could be an option but it is heavy but I’m sure we can come to some agreement if a buyer would need it posted.

I am based in Lowestoft, Suffolk.

Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-7820HK (Quad-Core, 8MB Cache, Overclocking up to 4.4GHz) 15.6 inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Anti-Glare 300-nits Display
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16GB DDR4 at 2667MHz (2x8GB)
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For Sale – Apple MacBook Pro 2017 i5 2.3GHz 13.3 in 512GB 16GB RAM * Applecare * Space Grey

Hi

This Macbook Pro is in very good condition and comes with Applecare Warranty. The display / lid has also been replaced today and comes with an additional 90 day warranty.

This is a Space Grey Macbook Pro 13, with 16GB RAM and 512GB storage.

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For Sale – Alienware 15R3 i7-7820HK Gaming Laptop

In good condition, comes boxed, will get some picture’s up tomorrow in the day light.

7th Generation Core i7 driven machine with a GTX1070 GPU and 16Gb of fast RAM. Lightening fast Samsung 970 EVO NVME M.2 SSD (Under 15 sec boot time) and there is standard fitted 1Tb hard drive for wider data storage.

There is 1 tiny stuck/dead (pink pixel) on the right hand side of the screen, it’s hard to see and It wasn’t until I was giving it a once over today that I spotted it but I like to be honest with my descriptions.

An absolute beast of a machine, this is the model with all the lights and look’s fantastic at night.

This is already priced at a bargain price as elsewhere they are priced at over £1000 refurbished.

Postage could be an option but it is heavy but I’m sure we can come to some agreement if a buyer would need it posted.

I am based in Lowestoft, Suffolk.

Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-7820HK (Quad-Core, 8MB Cache, Overclocking up to 4.4GHz) 15.6 inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Anti-Glare 300-nits Display
Shipping Docs – English, French, German, Italian, Dutch
16GB DDR4 at 2667MHz (2x8GB)
1TB (64MB Cache) 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s
240W AC Adapter
Lithium Ion (99 Wh) Battery
Power Cord – UK
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Regulatory Label
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NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) GTX 1070 with 8GB GDDR5
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Alienware 6 programmable Macro module keys
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For Sale – Alienware 15R3 i7-7820HK Gaming Laptop

In good condition, comes boxed, will get some picture’s up tomorrow in the day light.

7th Generation Core i7 driven machine with a GTX1070 GPU and 16Gb of fast RAM. Lightening fast Samsung 970 EVO NVME M.2 SSD (Under 15 sec boot time) and there is standard fitted 1Gb hard drive for wider data storage.

There is 1 tiny stuck/dead (pink pixel) on the right hand side of the screen, it’s hard to see and It wasn’t until I was giving it a once over today that I spotted it but I like to be honest with my descriptions.

An absolute beast of a machine, this is the model with all the lights and look’s fantastic at night.

This is already priced at a bargain price as elsewhere they are priced at over £1000 refurbished.

Postage could be an option but it is heavy but I’m sure we can come to some agreement if a buyer would need it posted.

I am based in Lowestoft, Suffolk.

Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-7820HK (Quad-Core, 8MB Cache, Overclocking up to 4.4GHz) 15.6 inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Anti-Glare 300-nits Display
Shipping Docs – English, French, German, Italian, Dutch
16GB DDR4 at 2667MHz (2x8GB)
1TB (64MB Cache) 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s
240W AC Adapter
Lithium Ion (99 Wh) Battery
Power Cord – UK
Environmental lot 3 label
Regulatory Label
Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 Label
NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) GTX 1070 with 8GB GDDR5
Killer N1435/1535 Driver KBL
Killer 1435 802.11ac 2×2 WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1
Alienware 6 programmable Macro module keys
Internal UK/Irish (QWERTY) Backlit Keyboard
Windows 10 Home-HE 64bit English, Dutch, French, German, Italian
CPU Overclocking Tools for AWCC for Alienware Laptops
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Epicor ERP system focuses on distribution

Many ERP systems try to be all things to all use cases, but that often comes at the expense of heavy customizations.

Some companies are discovering that a purpose-built ERP is a better and more cost-effective bet, particularly for small and midsize companies. One such product is the Epicor ERP system Prophet 21, which is primarily aimed at wholesale distributors.

The functionality in the Epicor ERP system is designed to help distributors run processes more efficiently and make better use of data flowing through the system.

In addition to distribution-focused functions, the Prophet 21 Epicor ERP system includes the ability to integrate value-added services, which could be valuable for distributors, said Mark Jensen, Epicor senior director of product management.

“A distributor can do manufacturing processes for their customers, or rentals, or field service and maintenance work. Those are three areas that we focused on with Prophet 21,” Jensen said.

Prophet 21’s functionality is particularly strong in managing inventory, including picking, packing and shipping goods, as well as receiving and put-away processes.

Specialized functions for distributors

Distribution companies that specialize in certain industries or products have different processes that Prophet 21 includes in its functions, Jensen said. For example, Prophet 21 has functionality designed specifically for tile and slab distributors.

“The ability to be able to work with the slab of granite or a slab of marble — what size it is, how much is left after it’s been cut, transporting that slab of granite or tile — is a very specific functionality, because you’re dealing with various sizes, colors, dimensions,” he said. “Being purpose-built gives [the Epicor ERP system] an advantage over competitors like Oracle, SAP, NetSuite, [which] either have to customize or rely on a third-party vendor to attach that kind of functionality.”

Jergens Industrial Supply, a wholesale supplies distributor based in Cleveland, has improved efficiency and is more responsive to shifting customer demands using Prophet 21, said Tony Filipovic, Jergens Industrial Supply (JIS) operations manager.

We looked at other systems that say they do manufacturing and distribution, but I just don’t feel that that’s the case.
Tony FilipovicOperations manager, Jergens Industrial Supply

“We like Prophet 21 because it’s geared toward distribution and was the leading product for distribution,” Filipovic said. “We looked at other systems that say they do manufacturing and distribution, but I just don’t feel that that’s the case. Prophet 21 is something that’s been top of line for years for resources distribution needs.”

One of the key differentiators for JIS was Prophet 21’s inventory management functionality, which was useful because distributors manage inventory differently than manufacturers, Filipovic said.

“All that functionality within that was key, and everything is under one package,” he said. “So from the moment you are quoting or entering an order to purchasing the product, receiving it, billing it, shipping it and paying for it was all streamlined under one system.”

Another key new feature is an IoT-enabled button similar to Amazon Dash buttons that enables customers to resupply stocks remotely. This allows JIS to “stay ahead of the click” and offer customers lower cost and more efficient delivery, Filipovic said.

“Online platforms are becoming more and more prevalent in our industry,” he said. “The Dash button allows customers to find out where we can get into their process and make things easier. We’ve got the ordering at the point where customers realize that when they need to stock, all they do is press the button and it saves multiple hours and days.”

Epicor Prophet 21 a strong contender in purpose-built ERP

Epicor Prophet 21 is on solid ground with its purpose-built ERP focus, but companies have other options they can look at, said Cindy Jutras, president of Mint Jutras, an ERP research and advisory firm in Windham, NH.

“Epicor Prophet 21 is a strong contender from a feature and function standpoint. I’m a fan of solutions that go that last mile for industry-specific functionality, and there aren’t all that many for wholesale distribution,” Jutras said. “Infor is pretty strong, NetSuite plays here, and then there a ton of little guys that aren’t as well-known.”

Prophet 21 may take advantage of new cloud capabilities to compete better in some global markets, said Predrag Jakovljevic, principal analyst at Technology Evaluation Centers, an enterprise computing analysis firm in Montreal.

“Of course a vertically-focused ERP is always advantageous, and Prophet 21 and Infor SX.e go head-to-head all the time in North America,” Jakovljevic said. “Prophet 21 is now getting cloud enabled and will be in Australia and the UK, where it might compete with NetSuite or Infor M3, which are global products.”

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For Sale – Alienware 15R3 i7-7820HK Gaming Laptop

In good condition, comes boxed, will get some picture’s up tomorrow in the day light.

7th Generation Core i7 driven machine with a GTX1070 GPU and 16Gb of fast RAM. Lightening fast Samsung 970 EVO NVME M.2 SSD (Under 15 sec boot time) and there is standard fitted 1Gb hard drive for wider data storage.

There is 1 tiny stuck/dead (pink pixel) on the right hand side of the screen, it’s hard to see and It wasn’t until I was giving it a once over today that I spotted it but I like to be honest with my descriptions.

An absolute beast of a machine, this is the model with all the lights and look’s fantastic at night.

This is already priced at a bargain price as elsewhere they are priced at over £1000 refurbished.

Postage could be an option but it is heavy but I’m sure we can come to some agreement if a buyer would need it posted.

I am based in Lowestoft, Suffolk.

Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-7820HK (Quad-Core, 8MB Cache, Overclocking up to 4.4GHz) 15.6 inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Anti-Glare 300-nits Display
Shipping Docs – English, French, German, Italian, Dutch
16GB DDR4 at 2667MHz (2x8GB)
1TB (64MB Cache) 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s
240W AC Adapter
Lithium Ion (99 Wh) Battery
Power Cord – UK
Environmental lot 3 label
Regulatory Label
Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 Label
NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) GTX 1070 with 8GB GDDR5
Killer N1435/1535 Driver KBL
Killer 1435 802.11ac 2×2 WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1
Alienware 6 programmable Macro module keys
Internal UK/Irish (QWERTY) Backlit Keyboard
Windows 10 Home-HE 64bit English, Dutch, French, German, Italian
CPU Overclocking Tools for AWCC for Alienware Laptops
Thank you for Choosing Dell
Custom BTO Configuration
Dell Order
VAT Rate % 20
GBP Net
1,499.25
GBP VAT
299.85
Subtotal Freight VAT Total
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Insurance company uses Cohesity backup to wean off tape

Change is hard, especially when it comes to moving from legacy backup to modern methods.

Insurance company Illinois Mutual, based in Peoria, Ill., adopted cloud-based Cohesity backup and has been transitioning off its old, tape-based system. The switch seemed like it should’ve been an easy decision, but Shawn Gifford, senior infrastructure administrator and infrastructure team lead at Illinois Mutual, said the company was resistant to change when he joined four years ago.

“When I came to the company, the cloud was regarded as somewhat of a bad word,” Gifford said. He was hired to change that culture.

Gifford had experience in cloud consulting, and he had seen his share of failed cloud endeavors before his time at Illinois Mutual. He said the key to both avoiding failure and convincing people to buy in is a detailed cost-benefit analysis.

Gifford calculated a lower total cost of ownership and other cost savings with Cohesity backup, but also went beyond raw financials.

He helped build his case by emphasizing it would reduce the time staff would have to spend working with backups, as well as lower backup and restore times. Other selling points were that Cohesity put deduplication and encryption in the same layer, and consolidates hardware and software.

Headshot of Shawn GiffordShawn Gifford

Illinois Mutual has a staff of around 200 at its Peoria headquarters and about 60 sales representatives working remotely. Its main data center is in Peoria, but the company also replicates to a colocation site in Bloomington, Ill. In total, the company is protecting 130 TB of data. Much of that data is important insurance information with a retention period of 25 years.

Gifford said the toughest part of modernizing Illinois Mutual’s backup wasn’t finding a vendor with the right technology or working out a cost strategy. For him, the biggest challenge was cutting through a company culture that was set in its ways. Much of IT was used to maintaining status quo rather than examining what processes could be improved.

“Instead of a swear jar, we have a, ‘That’s the way it’s always been’ jar,” Gifford said, on the company’s resistance to change.

Instead of a swear jar, we have a, ‘That’s the way it’s always been’ jar.
Shawn GiffordSenior infrastructure administrator and infrastructure team lead, Illinois Mutual

Illinois Mutual adopted Cohesity backup in October 2018 following a 60-day proof of concept. Gifford said he spends about half as much time as he used to on backup administration since the switch, and called the period before Cohesity, “painful years.” Not only did backup processes take longer with tape, but he estimated a full restore in case of a major outage could take as long as a month.

To illustrate how much of an improvement the new backup system is, Gifford told the story of a mishap during a backup restoration test. During this test, a new database administrator made an error and sent backup jobs to a remote location. Even though the system was restoring from that remote site instead of local, the test took less than 30 minutes, far less than Gifford said it would’ve taken with the previous setup.

When shopping for a new backup vendor to replace its Commvault and NetApp combination, Illinois Mutual also looked at Rubrik and Veeam. Gifford needed a product that could support tape while he transitioned off it.

“We were so entrenched in tape. We couldn’t just switch data protection and roll off tape immediately,” Gifford said.

Illinois Mutual is also entrenched in Microsoft products, using its Hyper-V hypervisor over VMware. This created an additional challenge for Gifford. He ultimately chose Cohesity backup because he found few vendors supported both Hyper-V and tape.

The insurance company’s Microsoft investment continues to grow, as it is currently in the middle of migrating from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams. Gifford said Cohesity’s Office 365 backup capabilities were also selling points for him, and he’s looking forward to the vendor providing Teams support in the future.

Gifford said Illinois Mutual has always had a deep partnership with Microsoft and its products, then immediately noted he owed money to the jar. But at this point, the company is so invested in Hyper-V and other Microsoft products that there wasn’t a good reason to switch out. Going through a single vendor for multiple IT needs just makes more sense.

“Not all their products are perfect, of course, but we’re not decreasing our [Microsoft] footprint,” Gifford said.

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