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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 ha...
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 mi...
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 dev...
The Internet is a dangerous place. There's a new story on Ars Technica about a corporate or government hack almost everyday. So for those interested in how an enterprise-grade secure cloud backup solution handles data encryption, here is some background on a few of the security protoco...
You can double the number high-quality inbound leads coming though your website in 6 months. These are leads who request information about pricing or ask for you to contact them about being a new client. Use inbound marketing to have prospects find you - What your website traffic data...
Data storage is critical to the legal industry, with regulatory compliance and eDiscovery mandating that law firms retain, and keep accessible, huge amounts of client data. Today's storage solutions must enable these organizations to effectively meet business, legal and regulatory requ...
NetApp filers need backup - or rather, the critical data on them needs to be backed up. But traditional NetApp backups are expensive, complicated, and offer limited functionality. Expensive: A 2nd NetApp appliance, to use as a backup target, is a requirement. Complicated: The 2nd Ne...
NetApp filers are versatile and high-performance storage appliances. They're so reliable that it's easy to forget things can go wrong - like a fire, theft, or major storm. The potential for an unknown disaster is what makes offsite backup a necessity, even for NetApp filers with intern...
Even when things are working fine, customer support is important because things will go wrong. Whether due to a bug in the latest release, something the intern did, or another random thing that happened. Being able to get through to professional human support for help on these big or s...
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 each release. Next the discussion moves to what is deployed on those servers. I...
"Backup is an ongoing IT task that all our customers need - and that they're all looking to us to help them with," says Mark Wertz, General Manager of Mizon, an IT services provider based in North Carolina. "And their backup requirements keep growing. They're accumulating larger volume...
Leah Schoeb of The Evaluator Group, wrote a nice piece about storage benchmarking that we highly recommend. 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 blo...
Before buying more storage space it's a good idea to make sure your existing space isn't filled with redundant or old data - or hundreds of downloaded cat videos. Disk capacity is increasing and while prices continue to drop, those savings are offset by demands for new capacity to sto...
The vast majority of new customers choose to seed their backup via the internet. Once you've configured the lightweight software client we call ZettaMirror with the paths to backup, it begins providing data protection by sending that data to Zetta's data centers and replicating your fi...
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 d...
An epic server backup battle is being waged right now in IT shops at small and medium-sized businesses all over the world. The battle is really just the choice between tapes, disks, D2D2T, and online server backup (which includes many sub-battles like appliance-based vs. no appliance &...
A hurricane — or a similar event, like the June 29, 2012 “derecho” that slammed the eastern United States can strike without warning. “In the greater Washington, D.C. area, where I live, the derecho was so rare and so violent that no one saw it coming — the emergency alert system only...
Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service) is the leading online storage service, but that doesn't mean it's a good choice for your company's backup or disaster recovery solution. Since using S3 for backup requires 3rd party backup software, deployment and configuration is complicated. Also, b...
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 people using tape. It seems like BE did this for two reasons. First, to allow for job parallelization. Basically, a...
While the conventional appliance-based approach to cloud backup may be popular, Storage Switzerland outlines several important factors that make newer, appliance-free backup and recovery an attractive alternative: • Choke point - A backup appliance funnels all backup data into a singl...
Preparing for a data disaster is one of those projects that are always getting pushed back in small and medium sized businesses. The daily proverbial "fires" seem to take precedence over getting ready for an actual fire, server crash, earthquake, theft, or hurricane. Implementing a di...
Because companies depend on their IT infrastructure, they can't wait hours or days for access to files from an offsite backup following a data disaster. This is especially true when the definition of a data disaster can be a pinky finger that accidentally deleted a client document, a s...
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 le...
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....
DR is important for mid-size businesses because they lack the resources of large enterprises so they need something that combines the ease of consumer online backup with enterprise-grade features. The three essential elements of DR are: data granularity, no on-premise appliance, and c...
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...
Larry Steinke of St. Francis High School needed a simple, low-maintenance data backup solution, so he could focus on other pressing IT needs at the school. With over 1700 students and 100 faculty members at the school, Steinke has a lot of data to manage. On a daily basis, the IT team ...
If you are deciding on a new offsite backup solution to replace tapes in a medium-sized organization you have a lot of choices. Right now, many enterprises in the 20- 2000 employee range are choosing cloud backup services to leverage the much talked about scalability and cost savings. ...
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...