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 […]

Apr 272017
 
Basics - Compatibility Guide

Regardless of whether you’re new to NetWorker or have been using it for a long time, if there’s any change happening within the overall computing environment of your business, there’s one thing you always need to have access to: compatibility guides. As I’ve mentioned in a few times, including my book, there won’t be anything in your environment […]

NetWorker 9.1 FLR Web Interface

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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 […]

What to do on world backup day

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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. […]