Linux Backup Doesn’t Have to be Retro

Linux backup is stuck in the 90s. And like most long-term Linux users, I didn't realize that - until I started to work for a software company that performs backup and recovery and saw the alternative. At first glance, the backup software situation for Linux actually looks comfortable: Most Linux distributions include a number of Open Source backup solutions, either included in the core OS or available as an add-on. Also, many commercial backup vendors do support backup of Linux machines, so there is plenty of choice. 

In practice, however, it turns out that most of the simple free tools that are included in the distributions are not exceptionally user friendly. The tools in this category, such as Duplicity (with its several UI frontends), FWBackups or BackupPC are relatively easy to set up, and reliably get the job done to back up a user's files. But when it comes to browsing the backup and restoring the data, things often get ugly. Also, their

Thanks to Hybrid Cloud Solutions

Hurricanes in Vermont. Earthquakes in Washington, D.C. Tornados in Missouri. Natural disasters seem to be all over the news lately. Would your firm be able to recover in a reasonable amount of time and resume operations?

Many risks exist – even for firms far away from earthquake fault lines, tornado alleys and hurricane zones. Consider the risk of water damage. Every law firm is at risk from broken pipes, too much rain or even a sink overflowing on the floor above you. There’s nothing to stop a flood. As some experts point out, “Water always wins.”

Backups and Business Continuity: Cavemen Were on to Something

The idea of a “backup” has been in place since man first started cherishing things that they valued. A smart caveman that loved a certain spear probably made an attempt to reproduce that in case it was to break. Since then we have changed a little, and there have been carbon copies, punch card backups, tape backups, etc. And for as long as electronic backups have been around, there have been relatively few major revolutions. Okay, sure, you can argue tapes, replication, virtualization, cloud and Big Data have all made people think about how they will back up the hybrid technologies. And every time a Sandy-like storm or major incident occurs, there’s always a sense of heightened awareness around backups and business continuity. But awareness doesn’t restore the data. I always love to hear about the people (and subsequent companies) that know that if they suffer a major data loss, they would be dead in the water, but still don’t change their habits after close calls.

Public cloud storage spending is accelerating in the U.S. and Asia, but European businesses still hesitate moving their data in the global providers’ clouds because of data protection regulations. Software-defined storage technology can help European IT companies put their customers’ data into smaller local clouds while delivering the cost efficiency and reliability available only to global players.

Gartner estimates that the public cloud services market will grow above $130 billion by 2017. That is huge growth, and everyone knows it. But when it comes to such numbers it’s not the bulk amount or growth rate that really deserves attention. Instead, let’s take a look at the underlying patterns. Gartner provides some insightful and intriguing numbers for the curious. We’ll pick up what make sense for the data storage and data protection industry.

Apple in the Enterprise – The Mac is Back! Well, it Never Really Went Away

I recently caught this InfoWorld article on Macs in the enterprise. The article actually mentions Acronis’ newest offering to provide backup of Macs, but the broader point is about the increasing acceptance of Macs in the workplace. We have been involved in the Mac market (through our acquisition of GroupLogic) for over 10 years. Our ExtremeZ-IP® product is the premiere solution for providing seamless integration for Macs into enterprise server environments.

I Don’t Care How it Works, I Just Want My Data!

My friend, Alexy, just reminded me how easy it is to solve problems when you have a lot of tools at hand. The specific problem of the moment is how to back up data when you are always on the go. You may not want to use a traditional backup/recovery product because you may not always have external drives or networks available, and you may travel to so many time zones that you never know when to schedule the backups. Yes, if you remember, you plug in a USB drive and copy files to it, but sometimes you do not have the time to do that – you might just have a few quick minutes in Starbucks.

How to Back Up a Mac at Work

Do you ever ask yourself: "How can I backup a Mac at work?" In the past, most corporate IT departments did not really have to think about this. Macs used to be a rarity in corporate IT. But now that the executive adoption of Apple products has finally broken down the protective walls of corporate IT standards, and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) is the new rule of the land, things have changed significantly. A growing number of companies offer employees the option to choose an Apple laptop as the machine provided for work or alternatively to bring their own Mac. Consequently, IT departments are confronted with an expanding ingress of Mac clients into their world, previously existing more or less peacefully under the rule of Microsoft.

What Backup Vendors Don’t Tell You: Virtual Machine Backup is Not Complete

Solutions are developed to address problems. The bigger people think something is a problem, the more demand there is for a solution. That is why the majority of marketing materials out there are built around educating their target audience about a pain point, and offering a solution. This is how we learned that we need to freshen our mouths with chewing gums, protect computers from malware with antiviruses or backup data to ensure recovery after a server crash. However, no company will talk about problems they don’t have solutions for, and, in the backup world, it means that there may be risks you’re not aware of, and consequently, not protected from.

Five Predictions for Enterprise Mobility this Year

The enterprise mobility space is a fast-moving market. Probably faster than any other we have seen before in the technology industry. Over the last two to three years it has really heated up: As the Apple iPad was introduced, we’ve had a strong battle between Apple and Android versions, and more recently the introduction of the Microsoft mobility products. The year 2013 will certainly bring even more exciting developments.

Here are five things that we expect to see this year:

The Year of Software-Defined Storage

2013 is, according to many, the year of software-defined storage.  Let’s discuss what is new and different about it this year.

The words “software defined” are used in many ways: They are applied to networks, storage and data centers. Hardware-defined objects are just as the word implies: Hard. Once wired and set up, they stay that way. But today’s environments crave the flexibility of a less static environment. Software definition allows reconfiguration with software rather than actually moving of cables and boxes. Actually, we are using software to define an abstraction layer.