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by Nick Mueller, Zetta.net Local and off-site Backup Combination. It's a best practice to have a combination of local and off-site backup. Typically you want to keep large files, like databases and system state file backups on-site. This enables a quick recovery of the latest version of these files and reduces downtime. It's the most practical if your available bandwidth limits how fast you can restore these large files over the wire. Off-site server backup is the other part of backup that's critical for disaster recovery and regulatory compliance. You can backup data either to removable media (tapes, USBs, disks) or to the cloud. Physical media backups can be cheap, however they require lots of manual intervention and getting tapes back to your office will take hours or days. Also, getting a tape back does not guarantee you'll be able to recover the data. Off-site m... (more)

If the X-Men Worked in IT

by Nick Mueller, Zetta.net It's at least half a year before we get another Marvel Avengers-related movie and nearly two (July 2014) before the next X-Men: First Class sequel. And since a successful IT team is composed of a cast of characters with superhero-like traits here's a look what some of the X-Men would do if they worked in IT. Do the portrayals of them match your team? Drop a comment about which character you are. The CIO - Professor X What He Does: Since he's able to read minds, he uses his powers to negotiate amazing deals from vendors and direct the "school for gifted... (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)

Add Online Server Backup — Not Another Appliance

By Nick Mueller, Zetta.net Each of the prospective SME IT customers that we talk to everyday has a unique environment, a unique set of data protection challenges, and operates within a unique business context. During these conversations, after we get past the initial questions about bandwidth (5-10Mbps at the least) and data size (1TB or more), the discussion moves toward finding the optimum way to do server backup in their unique context. This is usually when the topic of competitors' solutions comes up. Thanks to the history of server backup development there are a lot of legac... (more)

How Symantec Broke Backup Exec

By Nick Mueller, Zetta.net Symantec's Backup Exec 2012, released in February of this year, is causing a lot of frustration in the IT community and a lot of backup admins want to go back to the previous version. Assuming, of course, they don't look elsewhere for a backup solution. Here's a summary of the changes' causing frustration with Backup Exec 2012: Changing From a "Job-Centric" to a "Server-Centric" Approach Going from a "job-centric" approach to a "server-centric" one isn't inherently bad, but it's a mismatch for how backups were being done, by a lot of people. Specifically... (more)