Thoughts after a 6.1 Shaker + The 7 Rules of BCDR

The dust has almost settled after the recent “shaker” – or an earthquake in our Californian slang – gladly, this time without casualties, serious injuries, with only minor property damage. Considering the area – Napa Valley, the Wine Country, delicate wine bottles don’t tolerate earthquakes well, but the damage was mostly “sentimental”. Still, it is always a wake-up call (literally at 3:30 am), both unexpected in a sense that you never know when and where it will strike next, and totally expected here in California. Apparently there is a forecasting service already in beta, predicting it up to 10 seconds in advance.

Does the Entire Internet Need a Backup?

A company’s data — from the customer database and billing system to less obvious data like application code, custom scripts and social media activity — is critical. But what about the underlying Internet architecture that powers modern businesses?

Danny Hillis, co-founder of consulting firm Applied Minds, makes the case in Wired for a complete Internet backup. The article is part of Wired’s “How to Save the Net” series, in which technology luminaries offer solutions to the biggest challenges facing the Internet.

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Automate, automate, automate. According to Forrester Research (The State of Business Technology Resiliency, Q2 2014), “The complexity we face today in technology is beyond what humans can manage”.

Everybody knows: it’s better to hear it once from the real customer than thousand times from a vendor. Nobody can tell you better than the actual user how the solution works, how the deployment process went, and what support they are getting. Especially so in DR space: customers don’t like talking about it, as if being (even potentially) associated with a disaster makes them look bad. Only those who really trust their solution, have tested it and know it works, are capable to freely share this information. Some even see it as a competitive advantage – like in case, the statement “Your Money is Safe with Us” goes beyond and above of what it usually implies when coming from a bank with strong, proven DR solution in place. Your data is safe, your applications will be accessible, and our service will be available. In the end of the day, it’s all about peace of mind – for the management, internal users, and their customers.

Data Breach Costs Rhode Island Hospital

Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island (WIH) agreed to pay $150,000 in a settlement with the Massachusetts attorney general's office on Wednesday following a massive data breach that included the loss of personal information of nearly 12,000 Massachusetts-based patients. 

The case began in April 2012 when the hospital realized it was missing 19 unencrypted backup tapes from two of its prenatal centers (one in Rhode Island and the other in New Bedford, Mass.). According to the Associated Press, the tapes contained ultrasound images, patient names, and, in some cases, social security numbers.

When Choosing a Data Protection Technology, Remember: Flexibility Matters

To help organizations better understand the challenges of backup, disaster recovery and secure access, Acronis has created the "8 Noble Truths" of data protection. To view all 8 Noble Truths, please download the whitepaper. This is the seventh post in an eight-part series to help you protect your data:

IT departments are contending with several seismic shifts, including the rapid adoption of mobile, cloud and virtualization technologies in the workplace. But the consumerization trend, perhaps more than any other, highlights the desire among employees to use simple and flexible tools to do their work.

10 Simple Steps to Data Storage Backup

Backing up data may seem like a hassle, but it's important — especially when it comes to recovering data that could otherwise be lost. Thinking about linking a device to a computer or waiting while it syncs with the cloud seems like a productivity killer but, in fact, it could be a productivity saver.

Businesses' adoption of cloud, mobile, virtual and other technologies have complicated IT's data protection task. Changing practices among both businesses and employees won't happen overnight, but, according to Enterprise Storage Forum reporter Drew Robb, there are some steps any employee or company can take to save information and time:

Fighting Ransomware with Data Backup: Weekly Roundup

Data loss has many culprits, from ransomware attacks carried out by hackers bent on extorting money to outdated IT systems and human error. But companies have several strategies at their disposal to limit — and even prevent — the damage caused by data loss. Here's a look at recent developments in data loss prevention, and other data protection stories you may have missed this week:  

How Backup Can Help Fight Against DDOS Attacks 

How One MSP Maps Disaster Recovery for Its Customers

IT professionals know how important data backup is, but that doesn’t mean they always protect company data across cloud, virtual or other technologies that likely exist in their business. There's just more data to contend with, spread across more devices and environments. That complexity is especially pronounced for managed service providers (MSPs) that need to tailor solutions to clients with varied environments and data challenges.

Cloud Vendor Buyer's Guide: 4 Ways to Make the Choice a Breeze

A dedicated IT team can help a small business scale and grow quickly, but it's not a luxury all SMBs can afford. But the ever-present threat of a computer crash or other data disasters mean that businesses can't afford not to invest in some kind of IT solution. For many, this means outsourcing at least a portion of IT infrastructure to cloud and other third-party vendors. 

Selecting a reliable cloud provider can be complicated, even for the most tech-savvy buyer. For starters, keep it simple. “Complexity in any mechanism — not just in IT — means too many components working together with a lot of potential tension or incompatibility,” says Sam Roguine, engineering director at Acronis. Here are four basic guidelines to keep in mind when choosing a cloud solution: