• 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...
    • 25 Jan 2017

    Virtualization – backup/restore and DR ...You must have a plan

    It seems like a lifetime ago when virtualization was introduced as a new technology that allowed for a streamlining of a data center, to alleviate an IT department of huge physical server farms and the costs that also go along with that care. With vi...
    • 24 Jan 2017

    Backups, the bridge to the DR plan

    In today's business, demand for a complete Disaster Recovery solution is becoming the norm. The days of backup discussions are gone, DR is the focus and backup is the bridge to bigger conversations in today's modern world. Proper DR planning includes a multitude of layers which need to be considered based on geographic location, redundancy and governing regulations to name a few. Questions and concerns revolve...
    • 23 Jan 2017

    Backup Appliance or Backup Software?

    Customers often have to choose whether a backup appliance is a good fit, or a standalone software solution. On the surface, this may seem to be an easy answer, but in reality, there are numerous factors that dictate which route is a better option. I will discuss some key differences between the two approach to try and help navigate the decision-making process. Software Appliance Provides the...
    • 22 Jan 2017

    Don't Let Your Disaster Recovery Plan Be a Disaster

    The boxer, Mike Tyson, once said, "Everyone has a plan 'till they get punched in the mouth." The same goes with most Disaster Recovery Plans for data in environments today. Everything is clicking along good until something happens, hum...
    • 20 Jan 2017

    Must I Encrypt All the Backup Data

    Data encryption continues to become a very import part of many businesses backup strategy. Some businesses implement encryption as part of their backup practice for an added measure of security, as well as government mandates and regulations requiring encryption. However, there are also those businesses that choose not to implement encryption due to the perceived added complexity of their backup environment. And still...
    • 20 Jan 2017

    It’s OFFICIAL. TAPE IS DEAD!

    THIS JUST IN!!! It’s finally official! TAPE IS DEAD! When I meet with customers they ask me the same question. How do I get rid of tape? They don’t want to manage the day-to-day life with tape. Worrying about cleaning the tape drives and keeping track of the labels and where the tapes go. But they do like the cost of tape. It’s very budget friendly. So once again… How do I get rid of tape? Rapid...
    • 19 Jan 2017

    The server is down! – The CEO is on the phone and wants to know who you are.. Just another day in backup..

    RTO and RPO..Recovery Time Objectives and Recovery Point Objectives. These terms are very common today when we speak of backup philosophy. One size does not fit all, each customer will have different views on what they deem acceptable RTO/RPO for the...
    • 19 Jan 2017

    Better Together: SAN Replication and Disaster Recovery Replication

    Production SAN environments are becoming more and more prevalent in businesses across the board from SMB all the way to large enterprise. A SAN gives you the ability to have a central pool of storage that is high speed and modular to an extent. You ...
    • 19 Jan 2017

    5 Lessons Learned in Building a Business Continuity Program

    Early in my career I was charged with creating a recovery program for my company. The CEO counted on me to find a way to make sure everything was protected and recoverable to meet the needs of the business and in case of a disaster. Of course this new project came about after a MASSIVE outage and millions of dollars were lost. At the time I didn’t realize that this process was actually called Business Continuity...
    • 18 Jan 2017

    I backup my data already. But is that enough?

    You might think you have good data backup plan , but do you know what to do when you lose your data or when your business has to relocate in an emergency? How often do you have your team go through a restore of your backup? How fast can you acces...
    • 16 Jan 2017

    Your New Backup Software Just Arrived. Now What?

    Now what? It sounded so good when you spoke with the sales team... You’ve just purchased a new data protection (backup) software application and realize you aren’t sure what to do next. This may help. ================== Backup migra...
    • 10 Jan 2017

    Data Protection for Hyperconverged Infrastructure

    With the constant evolution of the software-defined datacenter landscape, the latest trend, undoubtedly, is towards converged platforms – namely, hyperconverged and superconverged infrastructure. At the heart of hyperconvergence is the idea of consolidation – that is to combine virtualization, compute, storage, networking, backup and disaster recovery, and high availability in to a unified scale-out appliance...
    • 9 Jan 2017

    NetVault Virtual Client for Oracle Clustered Environments

    The NetVault Plug-in for Oracle provides support for Oracle Server Failover Clustering. Using the failover cluster network name, the plug-in is able to identify the current node that is in control of the Oracle Server Cluster...
    • 19 Dec 2016

    Backing up your Databases

    It doesn’t matter what type of organization you are; small, big, public or private – everyone has a database of some description. Databases come in many forms from Microsoft Exchange, Oracle, SQL to a litany of lesser known databases. The database, for many companies, is the ‘crown jewel’ of their data. More often than not, it contains critical customer, financial or business transaction data....
    • 16 Dec 2016

    The Power of Not Having To Choose

    The world we live in is one dominated by change. Technology is always pushing forward to new and (sometimes) better things. Trends in the industry seem endless and rapid and sometimes it’s hard to keep up. The great technology debates always rage on in one form or another: Physical vs Virtual; Local vs Cloud; Disk vs Tape. The “Next Big Thing” is always on the horizon, beckoning you to invest your time...
    • 13 Dec 2016

    Storage Groups – The Next Weapon In Your Arsenal For Data Protection

    Storage Groups: Your Next Data Protection Bullet OK – so you may now have an awesome data deduplication appliance in your environment. Using it gives you the peace of mind that data can be quickly backed up and recovered. But what ...
    • 30 Nov 2016

    Purpose Built Backup Appliance (PBBA), Not Your Father’s Backup Repository

    The requirements for data protection continue to evolve with the changing IT environment as well as the need to protect an increasing amount of data. My experience in the area of data protection began in the late 1980’s when the o...
    • 30 Nov 2016

    Eliminate Backup Windows with Rapid Recovery

    Having worked in a Data Center, I’m familiar with the challenges IT Admins face on the daily. From security, networking, to data management and everything in between, it seems there just isn’t enough time in the day to get d...