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22 Jun 2017
Backup Storage Repositories - should I be concerned?
Three main ingredients are found within most backup solutions: 1) backup software, 2) backup agents (optional) and 3) backup repository (storage). When evaluating backup solutions, backup software typically gets the most attention due to feature set offerings such as data protection abilities, application OS, Virtual Machine protection, and reporting. Choosing the proper backup software for your environment is not a simple...
22 Jun 2017
Reduce virtual infrastructure risk without impacting performance or budget constraints
In the first post of this series, Reducing virtual infrastructure costs while supercharging performance is possible , we talked about the seemingly-conflicting choices we have when it comes to making improvements to your virtual infrastructure: We can reduce cost, minimize risk or improve service. But there are solutions that can help you achieve all three of those benefits without having to cancel out the other two....
21 Jun 2017
Microsoft Inspire Tip of the Day: Visit Quest at Booth #1309
My feet hurt. I’m tired of wandering the floor. Who’s got the best giveaways and Microsoft expertise at Inspire? We don’t want to toot our own horn, but…toot, toot! Our giveaways are on point! We’re talking absurd amo...
16 Jun 2017
Supercharging performance of your virtual infrastructure
In our last post, Reducing virtual infrastructure costs while supercharging performance is possible , we discussed how IT professionals are often limited to either reducing cost, minimizing risk or improving service. But there are solutions that can help you take advantage of all three options. We delved deeper into how such a solution would help you reduce the costs of your virtual infrastructure . This time, we look...
14 Jun 2017
Reducing virtual infrastructure costs while supercharging performance is possible
As IT professionals whose jobs are to protect data, we’re often forced to choose what matters most: Reduce cost, lessen risk or improve service. Implementing any one of these three options is easy if the other two are non-issues. For example, if improving service is the least of your worries, sure, you can reduce costs by not spending money and switching things off. Or you can improve service by throwing money...
11 Jun 2017
Object Level Recovery in Litespeed
Let's picture the example scenario... Manager: "I will need a list of all our albums in our RecordCompany database, for my reports please" Me: "No problem, let me get that for you now.." Invalid object name?! This doesn't look right.. We know this table was here when we did the last backup, so somehow it's been dropped and we need to get it, and it's data back asap! Thankfully...
24 May 2017
9 Steps to Building a Disaster Recovery Plan
Although IT disasters are unpredictable, data recovery shouldn't be. In fact, recovery should be planned, predictable and controlled. The following steps will help you organize your thoughts, ask the right questions, and develop the right st...
17 May 2017
How Not to Be the Next Ransomware Victim
We’ve just witnessed one of the most devastating ransomware attacks ever recorded. Last Friday, an estimated 200,000 computers across 150 countries were victims of a global ransomware attack on an unprecedented scale. The UK National Health Service (NHS) was among the known victims. The disruption to services was profound. Many hospitals were forced to cancel treatments and appointments. News reports urged people...
16 May 2017
Reduce Downtime to Increase ROI: 3 Actions Executives Can Take Now
Introduction Working out the potential return on investment on a new server or application is relatively straightforward – if it enables you to do more in less time, profits are likely to go up, making it worth buying. If there are no obvious b...
12 Apr 2017
Understanding the Encryption Algorithms used by the NetVault Plug-in(s) for Encryption
If you are planning to encrypt your backups with NetVault , then you are probably going to want to look into the fundamental aspects of the encryption algorithms used by NetVault, and understand which algorithm is best suited for your data and if deem...
31 Mar 2017
Neither Snow, nor Rain, nor Ransomware... Has Your Backup Solution Prepared You?
"Save early, save often" has been sage advice passed down from one generation of computer users to the next since we began using these machines. As they have come to store more and more data and become even more integrated and ingrained in our lives, this has become even more important. While this applies to each of us personally the loss of data for today's businesses can bring even more devastation and...
31 Mar 2017
Log Shipping in Litespeed v8.5
Log shipping is a critical feature for disaster recovery. It allows you to automate the backing up of a database (the publisher) and restoring its transaction logs on one or more standby databases (the subscribers). The process runs automatically throughout the day at the interval you specify, which creates synchronized databases. LiteSpeed for SQL Server provides flexible backup options for log shipping and allows...
19 Mar 2017
How to limit the amount of Cache memory used by Exchange Servers with applications to Rapid Recovery using PowerShell (part 2 of 2)
Part one of this blog series may be found here Note: This blog series was supposed to be divided in 3 parts. However, some readers were gracious enough to ask me to publish all remaining material in one post and argued that an excessively long post should not be an issue as long as we walk together to reach the final result. As such, here it is. I apologize to those readers (if any) who would argue in turn that a post...
16 Mar 2017
Quest NetVault Plug-in for VMware 11.3 is now available!
We are excited to announce a new version of NetVault Plug-in for VMware 11.3 is now available for download! What's new in this version : Enhanced VMware Virtual Machine protection via support for VMware vVol and vSAN (excludes support for VMware vSphere Storage Policy Based Management (SPBM)). New capability to restore to an alternare VMware vCenter VMware vSphere 6.5 support You can download the Quest...
16 Mar 2017
Quest NetVault Backup 11.3 is Now Available!
We are excited to announce a new version of NetVault Backup 11.3 is now available for download. Look what's new: Improved device management and reporting via new user interface enhancements New white label support for OEM partner branding Please see the Release Notes for further information on new features and enhancements. Download a trial or the upgrade to 11.3 HERE!
7 Feb 2017
"S.L.O." Your S.L.A.
“S.L.O.” your Roll with your SLA’s We all know the acronym SLA (Service Level Agreement) and we have all used it quite generically I suspect. So let’s get more specific and take a look at SLA and SLO (Service Level ...
2 Feb 2017
The 3 C's of Data Protection
The Three C’s of Data Protection When searching for the best solution for backing up your data, it doesn’t matter whether you are a Fortune 50, Fortune 500 or a small to mid-size organization. What does matter is w...
1 Feb 2017
The Art of Rapid Recovery: Microsoft Cloud
It was said by Sun Tzu that “the greatest victory is that which requires no battle” Wise words that we can correlate to data loss and data outages. With the prevalence of ransom-ware and the potential for natural or unnatural disas...
31 Jan 2017
Do you test your backups?
As I talk to customers these days, they all typically have a system set up to back up their data. “What do you do to back up your data?” I’ll ask. Customers dive right in, talking about the different software in use. Sure, there may...
31 Jan 2017
Leveraging Microsoft Azure for Offsite Data Storage and Disaster Recovery
How do I get my data offsite? One of the most important items in a good backup and disaster recovery strategy is making sure that data is redundantly stored at a location beyond just the primary site. It’s important because, if something happen...
30 Jan 2017
How Rapid Recovery is like Liam Neeson
The other day I was watching the movie Taken, and as I was watching it I came to the part where Liam Neeson says his line, “If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of sk...
29 Jan 2017
Setting up Replication in Rapid Recovery
One of the core tenants for a robust backup and recovery infrastructure is replication of data. If you have a major disaster, properly replicated backups will save the day and potentially your company. In this blog, I will detail how you set up repli...
26 Jan 2017
Automating Your Retention Policy with Rapid Recovery
IT staffs are pinched for time. Many staffs in this day and age are expected to do more with less. For Quest one of the major tenets across all of our products is we want to save the IT staff time. Time is money and many organizations don’t hav...
26 Jan 2017
Lions and Tigers and Bears! Oh My! - Thoughts on NetVault Backup
Lions and Tigers and Bears! Oh My! Ah, the famous lines from The Wizard of Oz. Of course, these are the lines uttered by Dorothy just before she meets the Cowardly Lion. This helps to illustrate her fear of the forest and the creatures that they may...
25 Jan 2017
C:\ or not to C:\ that is the question
The title as you can see makes a play on words based on the Shakespeare Play Hamlet. I am not an English major by any stretch of the imagination, but the next line right after the famous “To be, or not to be” quote is, “Whether &ls...
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