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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 youngsters" technology roadmap for international expansion. How He Benefits The Organization: The Professor has demonstrated the creativity and sophistication to determine when to leverage existing capabilities and when to build (or buy) new solutions. He's a results-oriented individual with... (more)

Reducing Windows Server Backup Costs

by Nick Mueller, Zetta.net How can you free up to 70 percent of your backup budget in 2013? George Crump, lead analyst at Storage Switzerland, and Chris Schin of Zetta.net recently presented a whiteboard discussion on the challenges of Windows server backup and approaches that cut both cost and complexity. First, let's address complexity: Why Windows Server Backup is Complex The complexity starts with the fact that the Windows server platform is not homogeneous - there's usually at least 2008 and 2012 with R1 and R2 versions, with SQL, System State, and VSS done differently in eac... (more)

Simplifying Server Backups: Reducing Operator Intervention

by Gary Sevounts, VP Marketing at Zetta 72% of IT directors we surveyed recently think the biggest server backup challenge is complexity. Maintaining an effective backup process for critical data is a priority for many organizations, but despite rapid changes in technology in the last 10 years, the backup process has evolved little. What makes backup such a challenge? Backup Operator Intervention Finding the Right RPO and RTO Keeping Up With Data Growth Inability to Validate Backups This article is the first in a series that will offer some perspective on overcoming backup challen... (more)

Two Totally Different Ways to Do SQL Server Backup and Recovery

This post is about how traditional database backup products work and how Zetta's new SQL server backup feature, which is part of our DataProtect solution, does the job in a distinctly different way. Both the solution and this post were created because finding a database backup solution for a medium-sized organization is painful. Database Backup Using "Full, Differential, and Log" Modes Most traditional database backup products use "full, differential, and log" based backup modes. So, what do these terms mean? A full backup is just what it implies - everything. A log is essentially... (more)

The Zetta Founders’ Story: From Netscape to Cloud Storage

It was at Netscape, in the early days of the internet, when co-founders Lou Montulli and Jeff Whitehead first worked together and began to notice how the amount of their data was constantly growing, but the process for adding storage and protecting that data wasn't improving over time. "Zetta is a company that's trying to revolutionize storage," is what Lou says at the beginning of the video above - but what does a revolution in storage look like? The three things that make Zetta unique: 1. Recovery Optimized Backup Data that's backed up to Zetta is ready to be restored at a moment... (more)