Tag: offsite backup

Data backup can be a time consuming and inconvenient process. There is (rightly) lots of talk about how to execute the backup process, but much less time talking about when it should be done. Companies should be backing up their data when they are finished with their normal, everyday operations. Why? The reason you are backing up in the first place is to ensure you have a complete copy of the most up-to-date information in the event of a disaster. …

After 30 years in the disaster recovery field, Lance Thompson has some good stories to tell. The founder and president of Baseline Data Services shared a few of them – along with plenty more pertinent facts and advice – during a recent installment of the Online Tech “Tuesdays at Two” webinar series. Listed below are three paraphrased stories from “Lessons Learned From the Disaster Recovery Trenches,” and a quick recap of the messages behind each story. If you’re interested in …

BY YAN NESS Online Tech Co-CEO For 15 years, Online Tech has provided data backup services to our colocation and hosting clients. We used to back up to tapes in a large multi-tape system, then transport them from one data center to another. We moved to disk-based backup when the total cost to operate per GB of protected data using the disk was clearly less than tape. We knew we had to find a new way with a lower total …

After 30 years in the disaster recovery industry, Lance Thompson has plenty of tales to tell. A few are extreme – like making huge efforts to help clients through the aftermath of hurricanes, floods, tornados and fires. Most are born from more mundane, but considerably more common, issues like human error, maintenance issues or power outages. But they all come together to form the basis of Thompson’s message in an upcoming Online Tech ‘Tuesdays at 2’ educational seminar on December …

There are many backup and recovery options out there; some onsite, some offsite. Trying to parse through which one fits best into your disaster recovery plan can be very difficult, and often for a result that isn’t ideal. I spoke with our Director of Infrastructure Nick Lumsden about the reasons why someone may want onsite versus offsite backup, and vice versa, to try clarifying the muddy waters of backup and recovery. So, when is it good to stay onsite? Nick …

Way back in 2011 — when Prince William was getting married and Jennifer Lawrence was just getting cast as Katniss in the Hunger Games — Gartner predicted that 30 percent of midsize companies would have adopted recovery-as-a-service (RaaS) to support IT operations recovery by today. That projection was a 29-percent increase based on 2011 numbers. So what has your business been doing since 2011? If you’ve managed to get your data offsite — and ensure its security in the backup …

At the end of May, I’m speaking on a panel at IMN’s Data Center East Conference in New York City. The panel is titled “Staying Ahead of the Curve on Services (for data center operators)” and will focus its message on market demand for managed services that deliver high value for colocation and cloud computing users. I define high value as an essential service that a service provider can deliver at a lower cost and with higher quality than their …

Malware with a business plan – that’s how I’d describe Cryptolocker, the latest encryption-turned-bad software to hit PCs. Categorized as ‘ransomware,’ this type of malware encrypts files on your computer and refuses to decrypt until you pay the malware authors a fee. What’s worse is the threat of permanent deletion if you don’t pay – the malware displays a countdown timer that shows you how long you have to pay up until your files are gone forever, as ThreatTrackSecurity.com reports. …

As you watch with amazement and awe of the devastation seen with Colorado’s massive flooding, you can’t help but realize that you can never predict a natural disaster.   Unfortunately, this might only be the start as climatologists predict an increase in coastal flooding and 100-year, 500-year storms. In Some data center operators take their chances with floods, Arielle Emmet states how IT leaders are handling these dire predictions.  There are a variety of expert opinions on what data center managers …

September 2013 has been deemed National Preparedness Month (NPM) by President Barack Obama. The White House press release notes that FEMA intends to build and sustain national preparedness in the face of natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tornadoes and floods to cyber incidents, like when hackers attacked major news outlets and federal agencies. While not every incident is predictable or preventable, organizations can create a comprehensive business continuity plan for their mission-critical data and application security. Within a business continuity plan …

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