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 […]

Jan 132017
 
Cloud Boost vs Cloud Tier

Introduction There’s something slightly deceptive about the title for my blog post. Did you spot it? It’s: vs. It’s a common mistake to think that Cloud Boost and Cloud Tier compete with one another. That’s like suggesting a Winnebago and a hatchback compete with each other. Yes, they both can have one or more people riding in […]

Jan 112017
 
What can we learn from the MongoDB attacks?

There are currently a significant number of vulnerable MongoDB databases which are being attacked by ransomware attackers, and even though the attacks are ongoing, it’s worth taking a moment or two to reflect on some key lessons that can be drawn from it. If you’ve not heard of it, you may want to check out some […]

Why do I need eCDM?

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Jan 052017
 
Why do I need eCDM?

Why do I need eCDM? Your first question to me might be what is eCDM? Well, that’s a fair point – it’s a relatively new term, and it’s also an eTLA – an extended Three Letter Acronym. eCDM refers to enterprise copy data management. Now this isn’t necessarily a backup topic, but backup is one of the components that fit into […]

Dec 232016
 
Summer Fresh NetWorker 9.1

I know, I know, it’s winter up there in the Northern Hemisphere, but NetWorker 9.1 is landing and given I’m in Australia, that makes NetWorker 9.1 a Summer Fresh release. (In fact, my local pub for the start of summer started doing a pale ale infused with pineapple and jalapeños, and that’s sort of reminding me of NetWorker 9.1: […]