Wake-up Call: Ransomware Makes Cloud DR More Essential Than Ever

Ransomware has made disaster recovery (DR) way more important than it used to be. It has become so prevalent – and consequently damaging to companies – that I believe not preparing for it is nothing short of professional malpractice.  This is especially true because it’s not even that hard, at least not with today’s technology. When you consider that some companies are even suing their … [Read more...]

Thoughts from Mr. Backup: Getting Back to Basics

With World Backup Day this Sunday, I find myself going back to the basics. Whether you’ve been doing backups and data protection for a long time or just a short while, it’s always a good thing to review the basics once in a while. This is especially true in today’s computing environments where data is literally all over the place. With that in mind, I present five tips for proper … [Read more...]

Doing Oracle Backup Right

“We have absolutely no backups of Paris whatsoever?” were the words I heard that would change the trajectory of my career in backups. It was 1993, and we had lost a disk drive containing part of an Oracle database that was the purchasing database for a $35 billion company. And we had absolutely no backups – whatsoever. It was my first job in backups and I’d been there just long … [Read more...]

Data Management Essentials: Backing up Office 365

Do you need to backup Office 365? Microsoft might have some native protection capabilities, but it does not provide essential data protection and it is important to realize there are things it doesn’t protect you from, like rouge administrator or hackers doing something bad to your environment.Ransomware and Rogue AdminsA perfect example of the importance of backing up Office 365 is a ransomware … [Read more...]

Future Proofing with Cloud Backup

Data backup and recovery has been around almost as long as the data center. For the last 30 years, the idea of backing up data to a box has been the status quo, but does that logic still apply in the age of cloud and distributed databases? As enterprise data moves to the cloud, it only makes sense that cloud backup solutions should also be a top consideration to ensure alignment with the business. … [Read more...]

Data Management Essentials: RPO and RTO

In this ongoing video series, W. Curtis Preston, aka Mr. Backup, and Chief Technologist at Druva will walk through some of the key principles and terminology of data management, such as RPO/RTO, endpoints, object storage vs. block storage and how to protect corporate data. You can always leave us questions in the comments or find us @druvainc.When talking about data protection, two of the most … [Read more...]

Thoughts from Mr. Back-up: AWS Backup

Everyone has been asking what I thought about Amazon’s latest announcement: AWS Backup (I got a lot of “What does Mr. Backup think about AWS Backup?”). After reading the first sentence of the product description, I can see why they might ask that question. “AWS Backup is a fully managed backup service that makes it easy to centralize and automate the back up of data across AWS services in … [Read more...]

A Simple Definition: What is an ‘Endpoint’?

Originally posted February, 2015, updated February 2019 Jargon abounds in the technical world of IT, with obscure-but-precise language sometimes getting in the way of conceptual understanding. The term endpoint fits the bill. While it may make sense to a seasoned IT professional, the rest of us may need a little help. What exactly is an endpoint? Why does it matter?Download Executive Brief: 3 … [Read more...]

Protecting Corporate Data…When an Employee Leaves

Originally published October, 2014, updated January 2019 When someone leaves the company, the human resources(HR) department is quick to grab the employee’s laptop. But what about the data on other equipment? How can the organization know what’s on every employee’s mobile devices? Does anyone know to which websites and cloud-based software the employee has access to? Here’s how IT … [Read more...]