Blockchain expert explains blockchain & distributed ledgers (Restore it All Podcast #83)

We invite blockchain expert Val Bercovici, Founder & CEO of ChainKit, on the podcast to explain the basics of distributed ledgers, as well as the biggest distributed ledger – BlockChain. He explains what a distributed ledger is and why you might want one. We then talk about why someone would contribute to such a ledger, meaning why you would volunteer your resources to be part one – a process known as “mining.” Then, as a precursor to our next episode, we talk a little bit about the security possibilities of a distributed ledger.

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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.

Using backup to refresh your server, laptop, and phone (Restore it All Podcast #82)

Prasanna and Curtis discuss the importance of occasionally refreshing your hardware (or virtual hardware) and how important backup in in that scenario. There are many modern tools that can help you migrate from one thing to another (e.g. iPhone migration), but you’d better also have a decent backup. We also discuss the pros and cons of TimeMachine. It’s nice, but not perfect. (Still better than anything in WIndows, though.)

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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.

Netbackup & Rubrik User Tells Their Story (Restore it All Podcast #81)

Julie Ulrich, Systems Engineer at Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan, joins us on this episode to talk about her experiences with NetBackup and Rubrik in her world. She’s been working in backups for over 25 years, so has seen a number of iterations of both products. We talk about many of the challenges she had with NetBackup that led her to considering Rubrik, as well as the pros and cons of using Rubrik. We also talk a little about her concerns about 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.

Scary data loss stories (Restore it All Podcast #80)

These are the kinds of stories that keep you up at night. UK police deleted hundreds of thousands of records. Sysadmin accidentally deleting thousands of users. A new backup “feature” that made the backups worthless. The infamous story of Toy Story getting deleted with no backups! All this and more!

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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.