The Very Tape-Centric Backup Views in Finland (Restore it All Podcast #79)

In another fascinating look into a very different world (backup-wise), we are delighted to have Timo Piiparinen from Multicom in Finland. He’s been in the IT industry for over 40 years at the same company! TImo gave us a fascinating look into a very different backup world. He makes a case for tape in the backup system (something I gave up on a while ago) because he’s using a backup software vendor that didn’t give up on the medium and actually innovated for it. Using a unique multiplexing setup that used flash disk as a big cache for the tape, very large block sizes, and what he called read-optimized writes, they run these tape drives at over 650 MB/s during backups and can guarantee restore speeds! He and I spar a bit over the value of disk during DR, and his position was that this was only necessary for the most critical systems. He’s a fan of tape, which is hard to find these days. TImo will be back.

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Written by W. Curtis Preston (@wcpreston). For those of you unfamiliar with my work, I've specialized in backup & recovery since 1993. I've written the O'Reilly books on backup and have worked with a number of native and commercial tools. I am now Chief Technical Evangelist at Druva, the leading provider of cloud-based data protection and data management tools for endpoints, infrastructure, and cloud applications. These posts reflect my own opinion and are not necessarily the opinion of my employer.

Stop ransomware in its tracks with DNS, DHCP, IPAM (Restore it All Podcast #78)

We welcome Andrew Wertkin, Chief Strategy Officer of BlueCat, a DNS, DHCP, & IPAM (DDI) security company. Like backup, properly securing these parts of your infrastructure are both extremely important – and everyone thinks it’s boring. I knew nothing about DDI before this recording and I learned a ton about the ways that bad actors use these technologies to either attack or exploit your company. Using technologies like Bluecat can actually stop ransomware in its tracks! Andrew explains exactly how ransomware attackers use DNS for Command and Control, and how products like Bluecat can be used to stop them in ther tracks. This is a great episode with a lot of really good information.

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Written by W. Curtis Preston (@wcpreston). For those of you unfamiliar with my work, I've specialized in backup & recovery since 1993. I've written the O'Reilly books on backup and have worked with a number of native and commercial tools. I am now Chief Technical Evangelist at Druva, the leading provider of cloud-based data protection and data management tools for endpoints, infrastructure, and cloud applications. These posts reflect my own opinion and are not necessarily the opinion of my employer.

Microsoft 365 expert explains why you need to back it up (Restore it All Podcast #77)

Vanessa Toves, a Microsoft 365 expert, joins us again to explain exactly why you need to backup Microsoft 365 and similar services. We talk about how Microsoft is only responsible for that platform; you are responsible for the data. Particular attention is given to the idea that somehow Retention Policies are a substitute for backup. She explains exactly why that is not the case. In fact, her experience with such policies has her struggling to wrap her head around why someone would want to do that.

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Written by W. Curtis Preston (@wcpreston). For those of you unfamiliar with my work, I've specialized in backup & recovery since 1993. I've written the O'Reilly books on backup and have worked with a number of native and commercial tools. I am now Chief Technical Evangelist at Druva, the leading provider of cloud-based data protection and data management tools for endpoints, infrastructure, and cloud applications. These posts reflect my own opinion and are not necessarily the opinion of my employer.

Microsoft 365 architecture that needs to be backed up (Restore it All Podcast #76)

Vanessa Toves, a Microsoft 365 expert, joins us on Restore it All to explain the unique architecture of Microsoft 365 (formerly known as Office365). We talk about Teams and Groups, and how many people misuse both. We cover Sharepoint’s role in this as well, and how Exchange Online figures into the picture. This was originally going to just be an overview, but our architecture questions just kept coming, and Vanessa kept answering them. This episode lays a good foundation of what we will cover in the next episode, which will be dedicate to backing up Microsoft 365.

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Written by W. Curtis Preston (@wcpreston). For those of you unfamiliar with my work, I've specialized in backup & recovery since 1993. I've written the O'Reilly books on backup and have worked with a number of native and commercial tools. I am now Chief Technical Evangelist at Druva, the leading provider of cloud-based data protection and data management tools for endpoints, infrastructure, and cloud applications. These posts reflect my own opinion and are not necessarily the opinion of my employer.

2021 Storage and Data Protection Predictions (Restore it All Podcast #75)

Prasanna and Curtis wax philisophical at the end of 2020, and try to predict what they think will happen next year. We look forward to the end of 2020 (don’t we all?) and look with a positive outlook to 2021. We talk about the vaccine, and what it’s going to be like getting back to work, and whether or not there will be a new normal there that’s not like what it was. We talk about SaaS products and their prevalence, as well as the emergence of a number of backup products based on Kubernetes. 2020 has been quite the year; let’s hope 2021 is better.

Here is the FTC page I referenced in one of the editor’s notes: https://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/competition-guidance/guide-antitrust-laws/single-firm-conduct/predatory-or-below-cost

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Written by W. Curtis Preston (@wcpreston). For those of you unfamiliar with my work, I've specialized in backup & recovery since 1993. I've written the O'Reilly books on backup and have worked with a number of native and commercial tools. I am now Chief Technical Evangelist at Druva, the leading provider of cloud-based data protection and data management tools for endpoints, infrastructure, and cloud applications. These posts reflect my own opinion and are not necessarily the opinion of my employer.

Inside look at the DDOS attack on Fathom Analytics (Restore it All Podcast #74)

Fathom Analytics (https://www.usefathom.com) is a privacy-first analytics engine, and they were attacked in November 2020 via a very big DDOS attack that threatened their core business. Jack Ellis, co-founder of Fathom Analytics, is a developer and first used the developer mindset to address this threat. He quickly realized he was out of his depth and decided to call for help. The AWS Shield Advanced team came to the rescue and helped them shut down the attack, and helped to stop additional attacks that were still on the horizon.

Jack wrote about his experiences in the blog post “Someone attacked our company,” and its URL is below. Now he shares his experience with us. What’s it like to be attacke by an unknown assailant bent on doing your company harm – and to not be sure how to stop it? Join us on this episode to find out!

Someone Attacked Our Company: https://usefathom.com/blog/ddos-attack

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Written by W. Curtis Preston (@wcpreston). For those of you unfamiliar with my work, I've specialized in backup & recovery since 1993. I've written the O'Reilly books on backup and have worked with a number of native and commercial tools. I am now Chief Technical Evangelist at Druva, the leading provider of cloud-based data protection and data management tools for endpoints, infrastructure, and cloud applications. These posts reflect my own opinion and are not necessarily the opinion of my employer.

Disaster Recovery after a hurricane – a First Hand Account (Restore it All Podcast #73)

We get a closer look at the eye of the storm. A few episodes ago, we had an anonymous guest we called Harry Potter, who told us what it was like to manage a DR remotely. This week we hear from the man on the ground, recovering two datacenters after a hurricane wiped out the island where they resided. We learn all sorts of lessons, especially about how so much of a disaster recovery has very little to do with what backup people think of when they think about a “recovery.” In fact, we spend almost this entire episode NOT talking about backup! We talk about network connections, places to sleep, how to eat, and how to recover your datacenter when the neighborhood power won’t even stay on. This guest is also remaining anonymous, and since he is Harry Potter’s friend, we called him Ron Weasley. (My apologies to the Potterheads out there.)

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Written by W. Curtis Preston (@wcpreston). For those of you unfamiliar with my work, I've specialized in backup & recovery since 1993. I've written the O'Reilly books on backup and have worked with a number of native and commercial tools. I am now Chief Technical Evangelist at Druva, the leading provider of cloud-based data protection and data management tools for endpoints, infrastructure, and cloud applications. These posts reflect my own opinion and are not necessarily the opinion of my employer.

Author of Cloud-Native Patterns explains importance of cloud-native design (Restore it All Podcast #72)

Cornelia Davis, 30-year industry veteran and CTO of Weaveworks, explains what cloud-native design is and why it matters. She explains that you do not have to go fully cloud-native on day one if you are moving an app to the cloud, but everything you do “refactor” to a cloud-native architecture will be more resilient, scalable, and cost you less to operate. We talk about Kubernetes and how that figures into everything, but how it is not the only way to be cloud-native.

Listeners to the podcast can get a 40% discount on Cornelia’s book by using our code “podrestore20”

https://www.manning.com/books/cloud-native-patterns?query=Cloud%20Native%20Patterns

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Written by W. Curtis Preston (@wcpreston). For those of you unfamiliar with my work, I've specialized in backup & recovery since 1993. I've written the O'Reilly books on backup and have worked with a number of native and commercial tools. I am now Chief Technical Evangelist at Druva, the leading provider of cloud-based data protection and data management tools for endpoints, infrastructure, and cloud applications. These posts reflect my own opinion and are not necessarily the opinion of my employer.

Public Health Expert Explains COVID-19 Vaccine News (Restore it All Podcast #71)

Lindsey Schulz MD/MPH joins once more on the podcast to discuss the great news we have had in the last few weeks around the Coronavirus (COVID-19). There are THREE vaccines that have been announced that all exceed the goals the medical community set, and will all be applying for emergency use authorization from the FDA. She explains the pros and cons of each of the three vaccinees we know about at this point, as well as giving a little info about another vaccine that is expected to announce soon. This is great news!

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Written by W. Curtis Preston (@wcpreston). For those of you unfamiliar with my work, I've specialized in backup & recovery since 1993. I've written the O'Reilly books on backup and have worked with a number of native and commercial tools. I am now Chief Technical Evangelist at Druva, the leading provider of cloud-based data protection and data management tools for endpoints, infrastructure, and cloud applications. These posts reflect my own opinion and are not necessarily the opinion of my employer.

Doctor & Public Health expert explains current state of the pandemic (Restore it All Podcast #70)

Lindsey Schulz MD/MPH visits us again to give us an update on the current state of COVID-19. There is good and bad news, as we are in the midst of the third wave of cases and deaths. But the good news is that health care professionals have learned a lot about the virus in the last several months that have helped to reduce the death rate somewhat, and improve quality of life for those suffering from the illness. We discuss the logic of closing schools, restaurants, and bars, and Lindsey’s interesting thoughts on that, which are actually a bit different than what I hear in the news.  We also discuss case positivity rate, and how it doesn’t mean what you think it means.  Next week’s episode will focus on the vaccines that we now know about, but this week we will just talk about the current state of the disease itself.

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Written by W. Curtis Preston (@wcpreston). For those of you unfamiliar with my work, I've specialized in backup & recovery since 1993. I've written the O'Reilly books on backup and have worked with a number of native and commercial tools. I am now Chief Technical Evangelist at Druva, the leading provider of cloud-based data protection and data management tools for endpoints, infrastructure, and cloud applications. These posts reflect my own opinion and are not necessarily the opinion of my employer.