Feb 072018
 
Data Protection Central is Here

The world is changing, and data protection is changing with it. (OK, that sounds like an ad for Veridian Dynamics, but I promise I’m serious.) One of the areas in which data protection is changing is that backup environments are growing in terms of deployments. It’s quite common these days to see multiple backup servers […]

Basics: Planning A Recovery Service

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Jan 302018
 
Basics: Planning A Recovery Service

Introduction In Data Protection: Ensuring Data Availability, I talk quite a lot about what you need to understand and plan as part of a data protection environment. I’m often reminded of the old saying from clothing and carpentry – “measure twice, cut once”. The lesson in that statement of course is that rushing into something […]

Jan 262018
 
Basics - What's a virtual synthetic full?

When NetWorker and Data Domain are working together, some operations can be done as a virtual synthetic full. It sounds like a tautology – virtual synthetic. In this basics post, I want to explain the difference between a synthetic full and a virtual synthetic full, so you can understand why this is actually a very important […]

The Perils of Tape

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Jan 232018
 
The Perils of Tape

In the 90s, if you wanted to define a “disaster recovery” policy for your datacentre, part of that policy revolved around tape. Back then, tape wasn’t just for operational recovery, but also for disaster recovery – and even isolated recovery. In the 90s of course, we weren’t talking about “isolated recovery” in the same way […]

Jan 182018
 
Data Domain Management Centre

Data Domain Management Centre (DDMC) is a free virtual appliance available for customers with Data Domain to provide a web interface for monitoring and managing multiple Data Domains from the same location. Even if you’ve only got one Data Domain in your environment, it can provide additional functionality for you. The system resource requirements for […]

Dec 302017
 
2017 in Review

With just a few more days of 2017 left, I thought it opportune making the last post of the year to summarise some of what we’ve seen in the field of data protection in 2017. It’s been a big year, in a lot of ways, particularly at DellEMC. Towards the end of 2016, but definitely […]

Basics – Prior Recovery Details

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Dec 192017
 
Basics - Prior Recovery Details

If you need to find out details about what has recently been recovered with a NetWorker server, there’s a few different ways to achieve it. NMC, of course, offers recovery reports. These are particularly good if you’ve got admins (e.g., security/audit people) who only access NetWorker via NMC – and good as a baseline report […]

Cloud Snapshot Manager

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Dec 152017
 
Cloud Snapshot Manager

Recently at Amazon re:Invent, DellEMC announced Cloud Snapshot Manager (CSM), the first iteration of an enterprise grade data protection control portal for native cloud snapshots. What’s important about CSM is that it’s not trying to re-invent the wheel – it’s not about hacking a new snapshot protocol into third party clouds like Amazon, but leveraging […]

The rise of the hyperconverged administrator

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Dec 142017
 
The rise of the hyperconverged administrator

Hyperconverged is a hot topic in enterprise IT these days, and deservedly so. The normal approach to enterprise IT infrastructure after all, is a bit like assembling a jigsaw puzzle over a few years. Over successive years it might be time to refresh storage, then compute, then backup, in any combination or order. So you’re […]

NetWorker 2017 Usage Survey

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Dec 012017
 
NetWorker 2017 Usage Survey

It seems like only a few weeks ago, 2017 was starting. But here we are again, and it’s time for another NetWorker usage survey. If you’re a recent blog subscriber, you may not have seen previous surveys, so here’s how it works: Every year a survey is run on the NetWorker blog to capture data […]

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