A Case for Encryption

Encryption

Does the security of your online cloud-stored data-at-rest keep you awake at night? If it does, you’re not paranoid and you’re not alone. The amount of data being stored online and in the cloud, will continue to grow exponentially. This means that more of our data, whether it is at …

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Own Your Backup Responsibility

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When it comes to a backup and recovery software solution, we all want the “all-inclusive”, “fully-automated”, “lights-out”, “set-it and forget-it”, “heterogeneous” software that makes our life easy, right? But after all the word buzzing has passed and the backup software has been implemented, we still will need to “do-our-job”. Something …

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Build a Relevant Data Retention Policy

Tape Library

Do you have a well-thought-out policy for the retention of backup data and archiving? Does your current data-retention policy truly address your organization’s needs or was it more of an afterthought? Possibly your data retention was even a process inherited from whenever original backup jobs were created, a time when …

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Reaching Your Maximum Backup Speed

Full Speed Ahead

If I had a dime every time someone asked me why their backup jobs were slow; I’d be writing this essay with my toes in the sand on the beach of some remote island in the south pacific. I’d be a rich man. The movement of data, from a source …

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Data Protection in Educational (VS. Corporate) Environments

Securing data across a large network means dealing with challenges such as combatting ransomware infection, phishing and spam schemes, also threats that come from within. On the surface these threats are not much different from one environment to the next in the dangers that they present. Even the type of …

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Windows Server 2012 (R2) Deduplication and you

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When someone mentions deduplication with regards to storage many people get blinded by dollar signs, very few people that I talk with know that they might have a perfectly good deduplication solution just sitting in their already provisioned server and not even know it.  Starting with Windows Server 2012, and …

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Tape is dead! Long live the tape! – Part II

Tape is dead! Long live the tape!

If you have read part I of Tape is dead! Long live the tape! you already know more about the differences between speed and performance regarding tape and disk devices. Section 3 ‘Tape is expensive’ started with a calculation to figure out whether or not this myth is true. 3) …

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Backup Alarm Reminder on World Backup Day

Backup Alarm Reminder on World Backup Day

The Fire Department was able to make us check our Smoke Alarms twice a year (‘Check your smoke alarms, when you change the clock!’), so let’s try to start a new tradition and use tomorrows World Backup Day as our once a year Backup Alarm Reminder. Make tomorrow ‘the day’ …

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