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Why Ransomware Is a Business Continuity Issue

Everyone has seen the headlines: Ransomware shuts down a city government, or Read More … [Read more...]

Thinking Outside the Backup Box Part Two: Going Cloud First

In part one of this blog series, we went over the history of backup appliances and their downsides in today’s environment. Proprietary backup appliances—dedicated hardware used for aggregating and pushing backup data to the cloud—were meant to solve problems with cloud-based backup, mostly around slow transfers over limited-bandwidth networks. When cloud backups first became viable, network speed … [Read more...]

“Testing, testing, 1,2,3 …”

New Year’s resolutions take many forms. From regular exercise, to less screen time, to better habits in your IT work life, there is no shortage of advice. In the category of better IT habits is that old chestnut about testing backups. Everyone knows they should do it, and many write about it. But how many actually do it?  Read More … [Read more...]

Think Outside the Box Part 1: The Trouble with Backup Appliances

Cloud-based backup solutions carry a lot of benefits: It’s easier to manage a distributed customer base, you have less infrastructure to worry about, and you don’t have to sell customers on buying a full backup server.  Read More … [Read more...]

The Top 7 Reasons to Back Up Office 365: Part Two

Moving from hosted Exchange servers to Microsoft Office 365 frees IT service providers from the hassles of managing application servers—and dramatically reduces worries about system downtime. However, it doesn’t absolve service providers (or in-house IT pros) of all responsibility when it comes to Exchange data protection.   Read More … [Read more...]

The Top 7 Reasons to Back Up Office 365: Part One

Moving from hosted Exchange servers to Microsoft® Office 365® frees IT service providers from the hassles of managing application servers and dramatically reduces worries about system downtime. Microsoft invests heavily in ensuring availability and service reliability, which makes life easier for managed service providers (MSPs). However, it doesn’t absolve service providers (or in-house IT pros) … [Read more...]

The Curse of Frankenbackup!

One of the things we've seen over the years while talking to different customers is old backup technologies never really die. They become like an undead monster, often just getting patched together—a Frankenstein-like mix of different pieces and parts. A lot of companies' backup solutions look just like this, using multiple products and types of media—in other words, a mess.  Read More … [Read more...]

Don’t Get Bitten by Schrödinger’s Backup

There are two sayings you can find in virtually every article about data protection: "If your data doesn't exist in at least two places, then it doesn’t exist," and "If you can't restore your data, then it doesn’t exist." This is for good reason; not testing backups and (believe it or not) not having backups are the two most common business-affecting mistakes that IT teams make. Read More … [Read more...]

Do You Need an On-Premises Storage Vault? Part 2: Why cloud first counts

At the core of the on-premises data protection vault discussion is the recovery point objective (RPO) problem. RPO measures the amount of data considered acceptable to lose for a given workload.  Read More … [Read more...]

Do You Need an On-Premises Storage Vault? Part 1: Understanding the basics

Data protection has traditionally involved an on-premises storage vault, but as data protection solutions evolve, this requirement is becoming increasingly optional. While doing away with on-premises storage vaults may help you eliminate some costs and complexity, it can open you up to risk as it removes an important layer of defense in the event of a disaster. Understanding how "cloud-first" data … [Read more...]