This is the second part in Danny’s four-part series on how golf and email are alike. Read part one here.
Last time we covered the first half of the front 9. Now let’s get to the second half …
#6 Carts, Caddies and Appliances
The use of caddies as your golfing confidant can have a dramatic impact on your game. Having a caddy is like your personal consultant to determine distance to the pin, weather variables, best club to use and is there to pick up after you, making your golf experience special. Golf carts also fit into this category. Carts carry your bags for you, they shuttle you from hole to hole and generally let you keep your energy to ensure a great swing every time. Using an archiving appliance is very much like giving your Exchange server its own cart and caddy. Whether using a cart or a caddy both will faithfully carry your clubs. An archiving appliance carryies the email load so Exchange doesn’t have to, ensuring it has all the resources available to send and receive email day in and day out. A caddy gives you their best advice and guidance on how which club to use, how hard to swing and direction of the wind. An archiving appliance manages what to keep and for how long ensuring you have what you need, when you need it. Just like a caddy will tell you which clubs you really need and which you can drop to make your game as efficient as possible. An archiving appliance constantly monitors emails, compare messages and attachments and deduplicates as necessary to reduce the size of the mail if it finds duplication happening.
#7 Golf Carts are like Appliances
As with clubs, the modern golf cart has evolved to enhance the golfers game. Equipped with GPS, ball tracking, score keep, and may other features, the modern golfers only need to worry about swinging their clubs. Archiving appliances have the same philosophy. Designed to be easy to use out of the box, Barracuda appliances are cloud connected for easy management. Effective management of data requires good information reporting. The Barracuda Message Archiver provides comprehensive reports on archiving activity, cost savings, and projected storage growth to help IT optimize how their infrastructure is used and deployed.
#8 That Fresh Smell of New Clubs
Like cars, TV’s, and clothes, golf club manufacturers come out with new models every year. Bigger, lighter heads, hybrid clubs for the fairways, space age shaft materials, and so much more…all promising to improve your game, enhance your golf experience and bring joy and happiness to playing golf. And who can forget that new club smell!! For most of us, getting new clubs is typically a 4 –5 year cycle with a great deal of horse trading and negotiating with our spouses. What if every four years you could upgrade your clubs to the latest and greatest…without all the horse trading, no questions asked? Wouldn’t it be cool if you could do that at work too? Think about your last major software update, as “exciting” as it was…the excitement of new features, the fresh smell of new hardware, and all the budgeting, horse trading and hoops you had to jump through to get them. Imagine if you could just trade in your software and hardware for the latest and greatest…no questions asked, no budgeting or horse trading required? Barracuda’s Instant Replacement Program for all of our appliances not only provides you with priority replacements in case of equipment failure, the Instant Replacement program also provides ongoing migration to the latest hardware platforms through the Barracuda Hardware Refresh Program. Eliminating the need to horse trade budget with your boss and peers…you’ll be the envy of the Data Center with your shiny new appliance.
#9 Keeping Score
To quote the Chevy Chase character Ty Webb from the greatest golf movie ever made…”Oh Judge, I don’t keep score”. For the most part I follow this same philosophy. I really don’t want to see how bad I really am. But most people do keep score. To show progress, regression, and to compare notes with other members of their foursome or friends in the clubhouse. In IT there’s a mantra I hear frequently: “You can’t monitor what you don’t measure and you can’t measure what you don’t know”…also known as flying blind. In order to improve you have to keep score. Effective management of data requires good information reporting. The Barracuda Message Archiver provides comprehensive reports on archiving activity, cost savings, and projected storage growth to help IT optimize how their infrastructure is used and deployed.
Come back next time for the back 9!
Update: the full series is here