Announcing Backup Central Live!

Next month, will start coming to you.  Backup Central Live! is a series of seminars coming to at least 20 US cities in 2011.  Each seminar will feature independent content from W. Curtis Preston, as well as presentations from sponsoring vendors.  These seminars will be free to qualified end-users.

Topics covered will include the challenges of backing up and recovering:

  • Virtualized servers (e.g. VMware, Hyper-V, Xen)
  • Very large servers and data centers
  • Remote offices and laptops
  • Data retained for multiple years

We will also cover how to solve these challenges using products and services available today, including:

  • Cloud Backup Services
  • Deduplication
  • Continuous data protection (CDP)
  • Near-CDP
  • Archive software
  • Tape and its proper role

Our first five seminars will be in the following cities:

City Date Registration
Irvine, CA Jan 25   Register here
Santa Clara, CA Jan 27 Register here
Orlando, FL Feb 1 Register here
Chicago, IL Feb 3 Register here
Houston, TX Feb 8 Register here

We will announce other cities and dates as they are scheduled.  We look forward to seeing you in your own city.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are these events independent of TechTarget?

Yes.  These events are not sponsored or managed by TechTarget.  They are my own branded events.

Will you still be doing the TechTarget backup or dedupe seminars?

I will not be the featured speaker at TechTarget’s seminar series moving forward.  TechTarget and I both felt that it would be confusing to attendees and sponsors alike for me to be doing both my own branded events and their events as well.  The decision was an amicable one and I should still be speaking at Storage Decisions and writing for, but I will not be speaking at their seminars.

Will the content of the seminars still be independent?

Absolutely.  The sponsors do pay a fee to exhibit and speak at the show, but they have no editorial control over my content.  My content will not be changing to anything that sounds like “product A is awesome and you should buy it.” I will continue to speak primarily about concepts and techniques rather than products.  Product specific discussions will continue to be conducted on

Attendees of past seminars will find these very familiar; however, I will be doing some things that I believe will be exciting and will enhance the experience for those attending the seminars.

What about  Is it still moving forward?

Absolutely.  Our many customers have recognized that it is the only place where you can get real, hands-on, completely independent knowledge about how products work in the real world.  In addition, we will be enhancing the offerings of this year as well.

Are you going to come to ?

Sometime soon I will be conducting research as to what additional cities to do beyond the five cites listed above.  I can answer that question once that research is done.

About Backup Central

Backup Central was founded in 1997 and is the industry’s most popular website dedicated solely to backup and recovery and tens of thousands of unique visitors visit every month to find independent information. It contains the Mr. Backup Blog, backup forums, and a wiki containing directories of backup and recovery products.

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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.

6 thoughts on “Announcing Backup Central Live!

  1. ronbenton says:


    I’ve enjoyed your seminars in the past. Please come back to Minneapolis/St. Paul again in the near future!


  2. Tim says:

    the only reason I attemded the backup school was to hear you speak; TechTarget will not be the same. Please extend your tour to Dallas Texas.

  3. BrandonSF says:

    Please take a look into any area between Denver and Colorado Springs (Colorado). There are several data centers around here, and i’d be more than happy to go.

  4. Joel Villezar says:

    Hi Curtis,

    I was wondering how I can get in touch with you as one of my agency’s clients is interested in advertising on your site.

    Let me know how best to go about contacting you.

    Thanks much,

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