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Keep Your Passwords Secure

Posted by Traci Kent on Mar 21, 2017 3:50:52 PM

Repeat after me “I resolve to keep my passwords secure”. “I resolve to keep my passwords secure”. I resolve to keep my passwords secure”. etc

There is no doubt we conduct our lives online more and more, including shopping, banking, social media, email, chat and games. At last count, I have over 100 apps installed on my smartphone and I am not alone. All this online activity inherently presents greater risk; thus, we need to take an active role to keep our personal information secure and private.

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Backup and Recovery Tip: Keep Your Storage Options Open

Posted by Traci Kent on Nov 11, 2015 1:55:05 PM

Most companies and organizations these days are not only generating large amounts of data on a regular basis, they are also managing different types of data that require different storage options in terms of recovery and retention. For example, anything involving near term operations, or data that needs to be accessed at a moment’s notice, should be backed up to a high speed disk. Any data that is used for long-term operations should be backed up with tape storage or the cloud.

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Topics: Data Security

Backup and Recovery Tip: Keep One or More Backup Copies Off-Site

Posted by Traci Kent on Nov 11, 2015 1:54:40 PM

It is an unfortunate reality that disaster can strike at any time. Database corruption, hardware failures, and natural disasters are just a few of the situations that threaten your company’s data on a regular basis. No matter how diligent your organization is with performing on-site backups, your data will always be vulnerable. That is why it is recommended to keep one or more backup copies at an off-site location.

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Topics: Data Security

The Seven Tiers of BCP

Posted by Traci Kent on Nov 11, 2015 1:53:55 PM

Disaster Recovery and The Seven Tiers of BCP
The seven tiers of disaster recovery were developed in the late 1980s by the SHARE Technical Steering Committee and IBM are a still used currently by enterprises as a measurement of priority. Each Business Continuity Plan (BCP) is defined by the Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and the Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and thus, categorized in tier levels. It is important to differentiate between the tiers, which are defined as the following:

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Topics: Backup and Recovery

Backup and Recovery Tip: Stop Scripting Snapshots

Posted by Kristine Buyers on Jun 25, 2015 11:45:00 AM

In a time when data protection is becoming increasingly complex, snap shot technology provides businesses with two very important attributes that are largely absent from traditional backup approaches: speed and simplicity. They also offer recovery time objectives and recovery point objectives that are also impossible with a traditional backup system. 

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Topics: VMware

Backup and Recovery Tip: Choose the Right Backup Vendor

Posted by Kristine Buyers on Jun 25, 2015 11:25:00 AM

iStock_000026736004_LargeEvery company or organization has its own set of backup and recovery requirements. That is why, when considering a backup vendor or appliance, you should pursue an option that suits your company’s needs rather than the most popular one on the market. The wide range of backup techniques and appliances available today may make the decision process more overwhelming than it actually needs to be. The key is to analyze the requirements of your organization and always keep them at the forefront. Once you know what you need, it is easier to narrow down the list of specific solutions.

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Topics: Backup Appliances

Backup and Recovery Tip: Quickly and Easily Migrate Existing Physical Systems to Virtual Machines

Posted by Kristine Buyers on Jun 25, 2015 11:12:00 AM

iStock_000037027452_MediumOver the last several years, more and more IT organizations have turned to virtual machines for their backup and recovery needs. Virtualization technology offers benefits to organizations of all sizes. Although not all organizations plan to become fully virtualized, and although the virtualization use cases do vary somewhat from organization to organization, most have adopted or plan to adopt virtualization technology in one way or another. 

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Backup Appliances for Disaster Recovery

Posted by Kristine Buyers on Jun 2, 2015 4:10:56 PM

The days of in-house data recovery could be numbered thanks to the growing adaptation of backup appliances and the cloud. Companies are coming to depend on the remote backup of data, applications and operating systems, and they’re finding backup appliances let them accomplish this task almost seamlessly. Remote backup appliances are integrated, purpose-built hardware with built in software and they offer expandable storage space that can run into terabytes. They provide a simple way to backup files in case disaster recovery is needed, and you can link desktop computers and software to them, as well as laptops and notebooks.

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Topics: Backup Appliances