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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...]

Filesystems vs. Databases

Originally written January 2009, updated February 2019 It’s interesting to see how databases have come a long way and have clearly out-shadowed file-systems for storing structured or unstructured information.Technically, both of them support the basic features necessary for data access. For example, both of them: Ensure data is managed to ensure its integrity and quality Allow shared access … [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...]

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...]

What Microsoft Won’t Tell You about Office 365 Subscription Plans

Originally published June, 2015, updated February 2019. IT managers are by nature conservative. It comes with the job. So your first reaction to the thought of replacing traditional software installations with subscription services is likely to be, “What’s the catch?”Download Analyst Report: How Druva Closes the Gaps in Office 365 Data ProtectionThat’s especially true of Office 365, Microsoft’s … [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...]

Understanding RPO and RTO

Originally published March, 2008, updated January 2019 Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO) are two of the most important parameters of a disaster recovery or data protection plan. These are objectives which can guide enterprises to choose an optimal data backup plan.The RPO/RTO, along with a business impact analysis, provides the basis for identifying and analyzing … [Read more...]

Druva Hackathon 2019: A Look Into Innovation and Creativity

As Dr. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi said, “Innovation is seeing what everyone has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.” That was the motto Druva followed at this year’s hackathon. For those of you that are unfamiliar, Druva Hackathon is a 24-hour, non-stop sprint event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development collaborate intensively on software projects. The idea is … [Read more...]

2019 SaaS Trends: What to Consider

With the new year comes new trends and in 2019, I fully expect more companies to begin adopting or converting to the SaaS model. With that said, there will be two key things this trend will trigger: not only will there be more SaaS storage vendors, but there will also be more SaaS data loss incidents. How does that make sense? Well, because the two are not mutually exclusive. The first will be a … [Read more...]