Jul 242017
Basics - Using the vSphere Plugin to Add Clients for Backup

It’s a rapidly changing trend – businesses increasingly want the various Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) running applications and essential services to be involved in the data protection process. In fact, in the 2016 Data Protection Index, somewhere in the order of 93% of respondents said this was extremely important to their business. It makes sense, […]

Jul 212017

I want to try something different with this post. Rather than the usual post with screen shots and descriptions, I wanted instead to do a demo video showing just how easy it is to do file level recovery (FLR) from NetWorker VMware Image Level Backup thanks to the new NVP or vProxy system in NetWorker […]

Jul 112017
Using ItemPoint Table Level Recovery with SQL Server

NetWorker 9 modules for SQL, Exchange and Sharepoint now make use of ItemPoint to support granular recovery. ItemPoint leverages NetWorker’s ability to live-mount a database or application backup from compatible media, such as Advanced File Type devices or Data Domain Boost. I thought I’d step through the process of performing a table level recovery out […]

Would you buy a dangerbase?

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Jun 072017
Would you buy a dangerbase?

Databases. They’re expensive, aren’t they? What if I sold you a Dangerbase instead? What’s a dangerbase!? I’m glad you asked. A dangerbase is functionally almost exactly the same as a database, except it may be a little bit more lax when it comes to controls. Referential integrity might slip. Occasionally an insert might accidentally trigger a background delete. Nothing major though. […]

Architecture Matters: Protection in the Cloud (Part 2)

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Jun 052017
Architecture Matters: Protection in the Cloud (Part 2)

(Part 1). Particularly when we think of IaaS style workloads in the Cloud, there’s two key approaches that can be used for data protection. The first is snapshots. Snapshots fulfil part of a data protection strategy, but we do always need to remember with snapshots that: They’re an inefficient storage and retrieval model for long-term retention […]

May 232017
Architecture Matters: Protection in the Cloud (Part 1)

I’m going to keep this one short and sweet. In Cloud Boost vs Cloud Tier I go through a few examples of where and when you might consider using Cloud Boost instead of Cloud Tier. One interesting thing I’m noticing of late is a variety of people talking about “VTL in the Cloud”. I want to […]

May 232017
What constitutes a successful backup?

Introduction A seemingly straight-forward question, what constitutes a successful backup may not engender the same response from everyone you ask. On the surface, you might suggest the answer is simply “a backup that completes without error”, and that’s part of the answer, but it’s not the complete answer. Instead, I’m going to suggest there’s actually at least ten factors that go […]

Dell EMC Integrated Data Protection Appliance

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May 102017
Dell EMC Integrated Data Protection Appliance

Dell EMC World is currently on in Las Vegas, and one of the most exciting announcements to come out of the show (in my opinion) is the Integrated Data Protection Appliance (IDPA). Hyperconverged is eating into the infrastructure landscape – it’s a significantly growing market for Dell EMC, as evidenced by the VxRail and VxRack […]

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May 052017
Architecture Matters: When you dedupe

There was a time, comparatively not that long ago, when the biggest governing factor in LAN capacity for a datacentre was not the primary production workloads, but the mechanics of getting a full backup from each host over to the backup media. If you’ve been around in the data protection industry long enough you’ll have had experience of […]

NetWorker 9.1.1 gets out the door

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May 022017
NetWorker 9.1.1 gets out the door

I had a fairly full-on weekend so I missed this one – NetWorker 9.1.1 is now available. Being a minor release, this one is focused on general improvements and currency, as opposed to introducing a wealth of new features. There’s some really useful updates around NMC, such as: Performance/response improvements Option for NMC to retrieve […]