Data protection scenarios and challenges

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The growth in data and the change in infrastructure deployments in datacenters is a multi-dimensional problem that IT professionals need to deal with in their organizations. The 2013 study by EMC also surveyed IT professionals across 800 organizations about their pain points around storage. The top two challenges articulated were (in order):

1. Managing data storage (79 percent of respondents)
2. Designing, deploying, and managing backup, recovery, and archive solutions (43 percent of respondents)

These challenges span across deployments—physical, virtual, private cloud, or public cloud. Data protection products need to adapt to new rules:
 Deal exceptionally well with exponential growth in data and management of data at scale.
 Provide innovative new ways of bringing down the per-gigabyte cost of storage.
 Thrive in a hybrid world for the immediate foreseeable future in enterprise IT.

Source of Information : Microsoft System Center

Data growth trends

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Per estimates made by IDC and EMC (see http://www.emc.com/leadership/digital-universe/2012iview/executive-summary-a-universe-of.htm), digitally created data is expected to double roughly every two years and reach an astounding 40,000 exabytes by 2020. While the cost-per-gigabyte of storage is coming down, it is clearly not keeping up with the rate of data growth. In the data protection domain, the contribution to data growth comes from the need for traditional forms of protection. The 3-2-1 rule summarizes this perfectly—3 copies of data on at least 2 different forms of storage with at least 1 copy that is offsite.

At the same time, other changes are sweeping through the datacenter. Per a study by EMC in 2013 (see https://education.emc.com/content/_common/docs/articles /Managing_Storage_Trends_Challenges_and_Options_2013_2014.pdf), server virtualization reached a critical inflection point in 2012 when the storage deployed for virtualized deployments surpassed the storage deployed for physical deployments. Virtualized deployments will accumulate storage steadily to reach about 50 percent of all storage deployed by 2015, as more and more organizations transition their storage from their physical deployments. Like with any infrastructure inflection, it presents an opportunity for IT decision makers to re-examine their datacenter management tool-chain, and clearly backup technologies are one of the major considerations resulting from this inflection. The other important datacenter trend is that while private and public cloud deployments are on the rise, the majority of deployments are still on-premises. This means infrastructure management technologies such as backup need to support a hybrid deployment environment.

Source of Information : Microsoft System Center

Continuum

A 5-inch mobile screen is handy for portability, but that small screen is far from optimal for many productivity tasks, such as writing a lengthy document or building a spreadsheet.
For those tasks, Windows 10 Mobile offers a feature called Continuum. Connecting the phone to a TV or external monitor requires new hardware specifically built for Windows 10 Mobile; the feature is not available on older devices that have been upgraded from Windows Phone 8.1. To make the connection, you need specialized hardware:

■ A wired dock, such as the Microsoft Display Dock, connects to the external monitor using an HDMI or DVI cable or an active DisplayPort to DVI cable. (Passive DisplayPort cables will not work, and VGA cables won’t work with video content.)

■ For a wireless connection, you can use a Miracast adapter connected to the HDMI port on the TV or monitor.

At this stage of development, only a few apps work with Continuum, including Microsoft Edge, Word, Excel, Photos, and Mail. An Office 365 subscription is required to access some features in the Office Mobile apps. A handful of third-party apps, including USA Today and Audible, also support the feature. The list of compatible apps should grow over time.

Source of Information : Microsoft Introducing Windows 10 For IT Professionals

Installing Windows 10 Mobile

The simplest way to evaluate or deploy Windows 10 Mobile is on new hardware that ships with Windows 10 preinstalled by the device manufacturer. To evaluate Windows 10 Mobile on older hardware, be sure the device meets Microsoft’s requirements.

The device must have at least 8 GB of storage, must be running Windows Phone 8.1, and must be on the list of supported devices here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/preview-supported-phones. (To check which operating system version is installed on a Windows phone, go to Settings, About, More Info.)

If the device passes that check, you can install Windows 10 Mobile manually. If your mobile carrier offers Windows 10 Mobile as an over-the-air update, use that option. If not, you’ll need to bypass the carrier by joining the Windows Insider program. Start by enrolling at https://insider.windows.com using the same Microsoft account you plan to use with the phone. (If you previously enrolled in the desktop preview program with that account, you can skip this step.)

Then, on the supported mobile device, install the Windows Insider app from the Store and sign in using your Microsoft account. Choose the Get Preview Builds option.

As with the preview program for desktop releases, you can specify whether you want the device to be on the Fast or Slow ring. You must choose one of the two options when enrolling for the first time.

To see which ring your device is currently enrolled in, or to leave the Insider program, tap the ellipsis (three dots) at the bottom of the Windows Insider app and then tap About from the menu of options. To switch from Insider Fast to Insider Slow, or vice versa, run the enrollment process again.

Restoring the original operating system to a Windows 10 Mobile device (including the option
to restore Windows Phone 8.1 if you’re leaving the Insider program) requires a separate utility, the
Windows Device Recovery Tool. Information about the tool, including a download link, is available at
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/windows-device-recovery-tool-faq. This requires a USB connection to the phone; the utility identifies the phone, downloads the current operating-system image for that device, and then replaces the preview build with the downloaded version.

Source of Information : Microsoft Introducing Windows 10 For IT Professionals

The evolution of Windows on mobile devices

In its roughly six years of existence, the Windows Phone platform has undergone several major shifts, with each such change bringing the mobile and desktop operating systems closer together. Windows Phone 8, for example, was the first version to be based on the Windows NT kernel used in the desktop operating system; it was released in October 2012, the same time as Windows 8 for desktop PCs.

Windows Phone 8.1, released in mid-2014, introduced Cortana, the personal digital assistant, as well as the first wave of apps capable of sharing data and licensing between desktop and mobile platforms.

The first public release of Windows 10 for phones arrived as a Technical Preview in February 2015, a few months after the first desktop Windows 10 Technical Preview. That initial release supported only a handful of phones. Further preview releases, targeting a wider population of phones, arrived throughout the rest of the year.

In late 2015, several months after the release of Windows 10 for PCs, Microsoft released two flagship phones, the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL (shown in Figure 14-1), with Windows 10 preinstalled. Several other manufacturers have announced support for the platform. The official release for other supported devices will be in early 2016.

Windows 10 Mobile drops the word Phone from the name. That’s not just a semantic distinction; instead, it reflects the intent for this operating system to power small tablets (with screen sizes under 8 inches measured diagonally), including models based on the same ARM processors used in phones and small tablets that run other operating systems. As of this writing, in early 2016, no such devices have been released.

Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for all phones currently capable of running Windows Phone 8.1, although its availability on some devices might be limited by the mobile carrier or hardware manufacturer.

Source of Information : Microsoft Introducing Windows 10 For IT Professionals

Windows 10 on phones and small tablets

As an IT pro, your first concern is probably about supporting Microsoft Windows 10 on desktop PCs and laptops. But the unification of the Windows 10 platform means that the operating system and the new universal Windows apps are designed to run on more than just PCs. For phones and small tablets, that means Windows 10 Mobile.

The version of Windows 10 that runs on mobile devices is built on the same core code as Windows 10 for traditional desktop and laptop PCs, and it runs the same universal apps, delivered through the same Windows Store, as its desktop counterpart.

Although the roadmap for this version of Windows 10 includes small tablets, that category exists only in theory today. You can install the Windows 10 Insider Preview for phones on devices like the Lumia 1520, which has a 6-inch screen and can easily act like a tablet. (In fact, phones with extra-large screens are sometimes referred to as “phablets” because of their ability to shift roles between phone and tablet.)

The signature feature of Windows 10 Mobile, called Continuum, allows you to connect a mobile device to an external monitor, mouse, and keyboard to create an experience that is much like Windows 10 on a PC. Continuum leverages the Universal Windows Platform: Built-in apps such
as Mail, as well as the Office Mobile apps, work exactly as they do on a Windows 10 PC.

Source of Information : Microsoft Introducing Windows 10 For IT Professionals

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