Apr 042017
 
NetWorker 9.1 FLR Web Interface

Hey, don’t forget, my new book is available. Jam packed with information about protecting across all types of RPOs and RTOs, as well as helping out on the procedural and governance side of things. Check it out today on Amazon! (Kindle version available, too.) In my introductory NetWorker 9.1 post, I covered file level recovery (FLR) from VMware […]

Mar 302017
 
What to do on world backup day

World backup day is approaching. (A few years ago now, someone came up with the idea of designating one day of the year to recognise backups.) Funnily enough, I’m not a fan of world backup day, simply because we don’t backup for the sake of backing up, we backup to recover. Every day should, in fact, be world backup day. […]

Mar 272017
 
Data protection licensing

I’d like to take a little while to talk to you about licensing. I know it’s not normally considered an exciting subject (usually at best people think of it as a necessary-evil subject), but I think it’s common to see businesses not take full advantage of the potential data protection licensing available to them from Dell EMC. Put it this way: I […]

Mar 222017
 
What Queen can teach us about long term retention

It’s fair to say I’m a big fan of Queen. They shaped my life – the only band to have even a remotely similar effect on me was ELO. (Yes, I’m an Electric Light Orchestra fan. Seriously, if you haven’t listened to the Eldorado or Time operatic albums in the dark you haven’t lived.) Queen taught me a lot: the […]

Mar 132017
 
NetWorker Usage Report for 2016

The NetWorker usage report for 2016 is now complete and available here. Per previous years surveys, the survey ran from December 1, 2016 through to January 1, 2017. There were some interesting statistics and trends arising from this survey. The percentages of businesses not using backup to disk in at least some form within their environment […]

Mar 102017
 
The Rise of the New Risk

In 2008 I published “Enterprise Systems Backup and Recovery: A corporate insurance policy”. It dealt pretty much exclusively, as you might imagine, with backup and recovery concepts. Other activities like snapshots, replication, etc., were outside the scope of the book. Snapshots, as I recall, were mainly covered as an appendix item. Fast forward almost a decade and […]

Build vs Buy

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Feb 182017
 
Build vs Buy

Converged, and even more so, hyperconverged computing, is all premised around the notion of build vs buy. Are you better off having your IT staff build your infrastructure from the ground up, managing it in silos of teams, or are you do you want to buy tightly integrated kit, land it on the floor and start using it […]

Feb 122017
 
GitLab's RCA Misses Key Failures

On January 31, GitLab suffered a significant issue resulting in a data loss situation. In their own words, the replica of their production database was deleted, the production database was then accidentally deleted, then it turned out their backups hadn’t run. They got systems back with snapshots, but not without permanently losing some data. This in […]

Ransomware is a fact of life

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Feb 012017
 
Ransomware is a fact of life

The NetWorker usage survey for 2016 has just finished. One of the questions I asked in this most recent survey was as follows: Has your business been struck by ransomware or other data destructive attacks in the past year? (_) Yes (_) No (_) Don’t know (_) Prefer not to say With the survey closed, I […]

Jan 242017
 
Data Protection: Ensuring Data Availability

In 2013 I undertook the endeavour to revisit some of the topics from my first book, “Enterprise Systems Backup and Recovery: A Corporate Insurance Policy”, and expand it based on the changes that had happened in the industry since the publication of the original in 2008. A lot had happened since that time. At the point I was writing my first book, deduplication was […]