Many would agree that two copies are better than one. But redundancy has its cost, too. And then you have management overheads for two backup destinations and uncertainty of your recovery success rate with tape, disk or cloud. Sounds like a puzzle to solve. The key to efficient backup strategy with guaranteed outcome is to clearly define which goal you meet with each type of backup, and combine the two in the right way. Hybrid is not just about two copies, software vendors or service providers. It’s about making a smart – and budget-friendly – decision about your entire backup and recovery plan.

Incredible Innovation at Acronis

Usually, I do not write about technology. I much prefer to speak about the application of technology to solve problems. But, let me start April by telling a story about an amazing technological innovation here at Acronis.

Our chief engineer, Sam Stolichnaya, was working hard at improving our deduplication technology. For years, he had been working on a recursive compression technology where you could compress files, and then compress that, and again and again until you had a result thousands of times smaller than the original. While this worked very well, it used up a lot of memory, so it was not a good general solution. Dedupe could be.

Acronis already supplies a dedupe module that seamlessly installs into our platform and saves storage by finding duplicate information and only storing it once. Anyway, Sam and another engineer, Peter Pshenichnaya, were discussing

Virtualization: It comes with enormous opportunities for organizations of all sizes. On the other hand, it serves up a number of intense challenges. Among these challenges is the increased risk of data loss and massive outage.

Don’t fret. You can manage these challenges, head on. You just need to find the right solution – ideally, one that includes these seven elements:

1. Cross-vendor choice and flexibility. When you choose a backup and recovery solution, you may not want to be locked into a single vendor. Maybe you would prefer affordable cross-hypervisor data migration, backup and disaster recovery – executed across disparate systems, different sites and multiple vendors. Single and multiple vendor solutions can both work – the key is picking a solution that gives you a choice.

 

In a relatively short period of time, the enterprise mobility landscape has transformed from a world where a privileged circle of Blackberry users enjoyed access to their email and calendars, to an environment where the entire corporate population can take advantage of mobile access to a wide array of enterprise resources. Many of these employees are even providing their own smartphones or tablets, and are paying for their monthly service. Allowing these devices to be used to streamline tasks and enhance productivity is to the advantage of everyone.

 

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.