A 5-Step Holiday Backup Bootcamp

The holidays can be a perfect time to catch up on tasks you’ve been putting off for a while. For many of us, that includes backing up our data. Of course, this can be a very daunting process in today’s age of nonstop data creation and nearly unlimited storage options.

However, with a simple and streamlined plan, you can back up all of your essentials in a matter of hours, freeing up mental energy and time that could be better spent overindulging in eggnog and naps.

Below is a simple three-hour “bootcamp”-style plan to get your data safely backed up and under control before the new year comes along. Just remember: the real key is to be realistic and make sure that you set this up so that it runs smoothly and automatically in the future. That way you won’t have to think about it later, especially when you’re trying to work off those holiday pounds.

1. Set Up Your Mobile Devices

Does Everybody Love a Cloud?

A song got stuck in my head the other day.  The old Gary Lewis and the Playboys hit, “Everybody loves a Clown”, except I kept hearing it as “Everybody loves a Cloud”.


Many people are talking these days about the way cloud computing is changing our lives. Many new technologies are coming on the stage to make our lives easier, make our work more efficient, reduce expenditures and headaches. So many in fact that it is becoming harder and harder to keep your finger on the pulse and distinguish which could benefit you. I will try to simplify all this mess and explain how to arrange a backup service for your vCloud environment (be it a public cloud or an internal private cloud) by using Acronis Backup and Recovery (ABR) for vCloud. I’ll also go on to briefly describe the benefits from this technology. 

BaaS vs regular backup approach

It’s basically a given that, today, employees are going to bring their own mobile devices to the office and use them for work. But, right now, a lot of companies are struggling with these bring-your-own-device (BYOD) habits. Our 2013 Data Protection Trends Research, which surveyed more than 4,300 IT professionals around the world, found that nearly 60 percent of companies don’t have BYOD policies in place. This can certainly present security issues and risks for data leakage, but BYOD trends also encourage something else: bring-your-own-cloud (BYOC).   

PRISM Exposes Enterprise Risks

An article in the Guardian last week revealed the U.S. government's PRISM program. The article outlined the government's alleged monitoring of communications at the largest Internet providers (seemingly with the help of these providers). This list of Internet providers includes Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Facebook, PalTalk, YouTube, Skype, AOL, and Apple. Now, I want to point out that these are all allegations and that none of this has been verified yet. However, it certainly raises a lot of questions. I wanted to hone in one of the areas that I took note of. There was a mention in this report of other providers the government wanted to monitor, including Dropbox. This again exposes some of the risks that are faced not only by consumers using Dropbox (and similar services) but also the exposure that enterprises and enterprise users face when using these types of services.

Cloud-Enabled, Dual-Destination Backup

Data is the lifeblood of any business, and it’s growing at lightning speed year-over-year. In fact, it’s estimated that five exabytes of data are created every two days! But, as important as all this data is, could the majority of organizations honestly answer that they feel confident in the protection and constant availability of their mission-critical data? What about the company data employees store on personal devices like smartphones and tablets? Is it safe from security breaches, malware and malicious hacker attacks?

Without a comprehensive data protection strategy in place, the answer is most likely “no,” and it’s time for these organizations to start worrying.

In this modern computing world with a multitude of various trends and innovations, we sometimes find ourselves lost in between new technologies, terminologies and words. Why do we tend to make things more difficult than they have to be? That was my thought when I started planning a set of blog posts describing new computing trends in a simple way.

Even though it is popular today, cloud computing is still a mystery for a lot of computer users. We hear about it here and there, but what is it? Why is it good for me personally or for my business?

Here is a quick analogy to simplify the concept of cloud:

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.

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.

When I think about backing up data, I don’t think about the features of a particular product. Instead, I think about the problem I am trying to solve and the right solution to do the job. When thinking about backups and eliminating a single point of failure, or creating a ‘Plan B’ disaster recovery location, the cloud comes to mind as the solution. 

Cloud is a broad term, so I will dive into the problem I am trying to solve:

The problem: I need a second location for my backups to know that if anything happens, I can go to an off-site location to recover my data. I know that I want to use a destination in the cloud for such storage. At the same time, I don’t want to invest money in a new location and I certainly don’t want to have the conversation with my CFO on CAPEX budget. So I look for a solution to add off-site backup to my existing strategy. 

But the problem continues: I know my primary solution needs to give me the ability to do three things: