Data Protection

How Image Backup Helps Protect Data Against Hidden Threats: A Q&A With Joel Berman

No doubt you’ve heard about the Heartbleed bug and and how a simple coding error in OpenSSL, the Internet's most popular open source cryptographic library, has exposed countless passwords and security credentials to online hackers. Internet services have updated their systems and strengthened security in response to Heartbleed, which is used by more than two-thirds of web servers worldwide, but the vulnerability highlights the often hidden threats to data security. Here, Joel Berman, Acronis fellow and longtime IT professional, explains the implications of surreptitious malware threats such as Heartbleed and explains how image backup could help IT pros prevent data loss in the first place. 

Samsung's Data Center Fire & The Evolving Role of the CIO: Weekly Roundup

Data center fires are no joking matter. They can happen to any organization, big or small, as Samsung found this week when its South Korean data center caught fire. The damage caused a global service outage for Samsung customers. Here's the latest on data disaster prevention methods, and other data protection news from around the Web this week:

Hybrid Cloud Environments and the Future of IT

A Brief History of Data Storage

Did you know that all of "Toy Story 2" was nearly wiped out? Or that Kurt Vonnegut predicted the future of storage? From punch cards to clouds, here's a look at man's quest to protect our greatest asset: data.

Behind the Camera: How One Chicago Filmmaker Protects His Digital Stories

Filmmaking has come a long way since the VHS tapes and bulky cameras of the ‘90s. But along with new technology comes the need for increased data storage capacity — and a higher risk of data loss. 

Todd Hoyer is a Chicago-based filmmaker who owns and operates Vanamonde Media, a video production company that serves advertising agencies and e-learning companies. Hoyer has perfected his data storage and backup methods, coming a long way from his analog video days in college 18 years ago.

The Data

Hoyer shoots most of his video in HD, which means he brings about 64 gigabytes of digital storage cards with him to each shoot. He also brings along a laptop and a 500-gigabyte external drive to copy the final footage onto.

A three- to four-hour shoot results in about 30 minutes of finished, edited footage, and this back-end work is Hoyer’s main focus.

As the channel landscape grows increasingly complex, vendors must truly understand the market — and their partners' customers — to provide value. That's true for data protection and backup services alike, though changes in buying behavior have altered the definition of a strategic relationship between vendors and their managed service provider (MSP) partners. Here, Ashar Baig, research director at Gigaom Research and a channel expert, explains the data protection challenges MSPs' customers face, how vendors can help their partners help themselves and what MSPs look for in a vendor partner. 

Heartbleed Advice for MSPs and the IRS Misses Windows XP Deadline: Weekly Roundup

Unless you've been living underneath a rock for the past two weeks, you've no doubt heard about the panic that the Heartbleed bug has caused among Internet users. MSPs can assuage their customers' concerns by providing them the information they need. Here's the latest on Heartbleed and more data protection news from around the Web this week: 

Infographic: Backin' Up The Data

In a recent survey conducted by Acronis, people were asked they value more: their data or their device. The overwhelming answer was data, including precious (and often irreplaceable) photos, videos, music and contacts. However, people are notorious for not backing up that digital data. According to the survey, 40 percent of people hadn't backed up in at least three months. 

So Long Microsoft XP and What Dark Clouds Mean For IT: Weekly Roundup

Tuesday, April 8 marked the end of an era. Microsoft is no longer providing security updates for XP, its 13-year-old operating system. But despite warnings from security experts, and even Microsofts execs, 36 percent of XP users have no plans to switch. Here's a look at the risks businesses face with lingering instances of XP, tips on how to migrate to a new OS and the latest data protection news from around the Web this week: 

Is Your Data Covered in a Multi-Hypervisor World? Q&A With Acronis' Sam Roguine

It's every IT pro's job to stay on top of the latest technology trends that could help turn a profit or increase employee productivity. Virtualization is so commonplace — Gartner, for example, estimates that Windows servers are nearly 70 percent virtualized — that IT pros might not give it much thought. And that can create problems since virtual data must be protected, starting with the driving force behind virtualization: the hypervisor. 

Here, Sam Roguine, Asia-Pacific engineering director at Acronis, discusses why IT pros neglect to back up the hypervisor, how that puts company data at risk and the need for technology to solve the migration and disaster recovery challenges in a multi-hypervisor world. Are you covered?

HIPAA Makes Data Protection a Top Priority for Health Care IT

Health care is in the headlines this week because of Monday's deadline for uninsured Americans to enroll in Obamacare. But a separate health care law, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), has big implications for how providers store, protect and back up their patients' data. 

HIPAA sets rules and regulations on who can access personal medical information — and with penalties up to $1.5 million per incident for noncompliance or negligence, data protection is quickly becoming a top priority for health care IT pros.