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Author:  Courtenay Troxel, Zetta.net With wild fires and extreme heat ravaging California, the central states pounded by damaging thunderstorms and tornados, and hurricane season just on the horizon, the possibility that your company could be impacted by a natural disaster should be top of mind. Even companies that do have disaster recovery (DR) plans in place often don't do them justice. They neglect to review or update DR strategies to account for any changes in the business or they overlook the need to periodically test the plans to see if they hold up during unforeseen downtime. Taking this reactive approach to DR can have devastating repercussions. Just consider this alarming set of statistics: 43% of businesses that close as a result of a natural disaster never reopen. (Source: U.S. Congress) 30% of companies said they "are not at all confident" in their abilit... (more)

Cloud Backup & Disaster Recovery Predictions for 2014

Author: Nick Mueller, Zetta.net 2013 was a banner year for cloud backup adoption. It was also a year of wake-up calls: simple cloud backup doesn't constitute DR, transfer speeds are vital, and beware cloud as a commodity. Let's look to 2014 for more trends in cloud backup and DR in the cloud. 1. Cloud backup vendors with slow performance will fail This trend showed up in the news as well-known cloud backup vendors ceased production. Symantec Backup Exec Cloud was the biggest casualty of slow performance, and more cloud hosting products struggled or went down because they were not... (more)

SHI Feeds SMBs' Appetite for Cloud Backup with Zetta.net

Author: Courtenay Troxel, Zetta.net With the cloud in its sights as a fast-track strategy for growth, SHI International Corp. has partnered with Zetta.net to round out its expanding portfolio with an enterprise-grade cloud backup and disaster recovery (DR) solution. SHI, which has transformed over the years from a $1 million "software-only" reseller into a $4 billion global provider of information technology products and services, says cloud offerings are crucial to attracting small- and medium-size businesses, which are constantly looking for ways to reduce cost, increase effi... (more)

What SSD Performance Specs Can You Believe?

by Jim Bahn, Astute Networks Leah Schoeb of The Evaluator Group, wrote a nice piece about storage benchmarking that we highly recommend. It appears in the January issue of Storage Magazine http://bit.ly/113klb2, and at http://bit.ly/YPgHQv. I won't reiterate her article here, but I would like to simply point out that the specs many vendors throw around don't come with the appropriate caveats.  They don't mention block size, or special caching, or what network protocols were used. And if you're like me and you grew up in the HDD world, be prepared for a different set of rules for ... (more)

NAS Cloud Backup: How It's Done

Author: Nick Mueller, Zetta.net Having Network Attached Storage (NAS) can be a lot simpler than backing up a large number of individual user machines, however, the rules for NAS cloud backup may be different then you're used to. Each NAS vendor has its own particular steps to follow. Here is how to back up NetApp devices with Zetta DataProtect. If you need to back up another type of NAS, contact Zetta.net. NetApp Backup Basics Zetta's NetApp backup works by reading a user generated configuration file which defines the data sources to back up and the appropriate login credentials ... (more)