Is backup worthless for DR? (Restore it All Podcast #49)

Prasanna Malaiyandi and W. Curtis Preston discuss an article that says that backups are worthless for DR. Are they? Some are, some aren’t. Have a listen and see if you agree!

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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.

Are Drive Recovery Services a Good Option? (Restore it All Podcast #48)

If you’ve ever wondered about whether or not drive recovery services are a good option, then this is the podcast for you. W. Curtis Preston and Prasanna Malaiyandi discuss whether or not they’re a viable alternative to backup.

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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.

What workloads are appropriate to backup to the cloud? (Restore it All Podcast #47)

Is it appropriate to backup your data to the cloud? Which workloads work well to be backed up to the cloud? Even more importantly, which workloads don’t backup to the cloud well? These are the questions we answer in this episode of Restore it All, with W. Curtis Preston and Prasanna Malaiyandi.

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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.

Why Egress Charges are a fact of life in the cloud (Restore it All Podcast #46)

W. Curtis Preston & Prasanna Malaiyandi discuss the reality of egress charges (AKA data transfer charges) in the cloud, and how they are the digital equivalent of the fees we all used to pay to Iron Mountain.

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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.

Backup & DR Lessons from The Tiger King & Westworld (Restore it All Podcast Episode #45)

There are backup & disaster recovery lessons to be learned from Netflix’s The Tiger King, and HBO’s Westworld. The 3-2-1 rule rules!

You’ve heard about the show.  Listen to the podcast!

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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.

Free IT services offered during Coronavirus lockdown (Restore It All Podcast Episode #44)

W. Curtis Preston (Mr. Backup) and Prasanna Malaiyandi discuss free services that vendors are offering during the Coronavirus lockdown, as well as an interesting discussion about how this might change how we work for the long haul.

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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.

Coronavirus/COVID-19 coverage on the Restore it All Podcast

It started as one episode to discuss the Coronavirus and how it affects your data and how it is protected. Six episodes later, we’ve actually done quite a bit of coverage of this new virus.  Now that we’ve resumed our normal topics of data protection and disaster recovery, I thought I’d summarize our coronavirus coverage.

First, we did a couple of episodes where we attempted to summarize what we were hearing in the media:

Coronavirus and your data – (Restore it All Podcast #37)

Coronavirus concerns Part 2 (Restore it All Podcast #38)

Then we interviewed our Italian friend, Enrico Signoretti (@esignoretti), about how it was living in quarantine.

A View from Italy & its Coronavirus Quarantine (Restore it All Podcast #39)

Finally, we had a three-part interview with Lindsey Shultz, MD/MPH (Doctor of Medicine & Masters in Public Health). This series was incredibly informative, and I’d put it up against any of the interviews you’ll see on the major news channels.

Doctor & Masters in Public Health answers our Coronavirus and COVID-19 questions (Restore it All Podcast Episode #40)

Are we over-reacting to Coronavirus/COVID-19? Lindsey Schultz M.D./M.P.H. answers that question! (Restore it All Podcast Episode #41)

MD & Master in Public Health Gives Hope for the Future of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 (Restore it All Podcast Episode #42)

Finally, we interviewed Christopher Kusek (@cxi) about how the CDC is finally recommending masks for all, and how he always felt we should have always been doing that.

Why everyone should be wearing masks right now! (Restore it All Podcast Episode #43)

I hope these episodes have been helpful.  For now, we’re going back to our normal programming of discussing data protection, disaster recovery, and the like.  Thanks for listening!

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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.

Why everyone should be wearing masks right now! (Restore it All Podcast Episode #43)

Special guest Christopher Kusek ( @cxi )talks about #masks4all, why he was always a fan of the idea, and the current logic behind it now.

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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.

MD & Master in Public Health Gives Hope for the Future of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 (Restore it All Podcast Episode #42)

Lindsey Schultz, MD/MPH (Masters in Public Health) gives us hope for the future in this part of our three-part interview with her. If you haven’t heard parts 1 and 2, please do so. They focus on defining the problem: what is COVID-19 and why is it so scary. This episode focuses primarily on hope for the future.

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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.

Backup & Disaster Recovery Lessons from The Tiger King

I learned a lot from The Tiger King, currently the most popular show on Netflix.  And like WestWorld, I saw a few lessons about backup and disaster recovery that I thought I’d share with you.

Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t seen the entire docuseries The Tiger King, stop reading this right now, as it contains some major spoilers from that series.  How have you not watched this yet?  It is the most incredible thing I’ve ever seen on Netflix, as in non-credible. As in, “I can’t believe what I’m watching!”  (And yet it’s all just a little too real, and sadly there are deaths involved in the show.  Just go watch it.)

Offsite backups matter

I can’t believe a guy responsible for producing a fully professional television series didn’t understand the importance of getting copies of his footage to multiple locations.  I know it’s hard to get raw footage to two locations, as it is so large, but I also know that technology exists to help make it easier.

And look what happened. All that work literally went up in smoke. And that footage was gold, I tell you!  Thankfully there was a documentary being filmed at the same time, so we go some idea of what that reality show would have been like.  But that producer was sitting on a gold mine, and he just kept it under his mattress.  If you learn nothing else from this show, it’s this.

Rogue admins exist

I get a lot of heat from some people online that I see rogue admins everywhere.  Well, I don’t, but you have to prepare for them.  Statistics show that most attacks from the inside, and this “fire” was no exception.

We all know that he did it, right? I mean, it was clearly arson.  An arson that benefited him by erasing all the footage that could have been used to incriminate him.  Also, it happened days after he suggested that it should happen.  I mean… come on!  It was an inside job!

This is why separation of powers is important in a good backup and DR system.  No one person should be able to wipe out all your data.  It’s also why we backup SaaS services like Office 365 and Salesforce. If you didn’t, a rogue admin could easily delete it all along with any snapshots of your data.

Explosions kill more than computers

This isn’t so much about backups, but as a man who was born and raised in Florida, I feel a connection with alligators. They’re nowhere near as scary as they look, and they’re more scared of you than you are of them – believe it or not.  It was indeed sad to see the loss of so many alligators just to stop that production.

Carole Baskins

This also isn’t about backups. What I learned from her is that the way to protest private zoos is to have your own private zoo.  Oh, I’m sorry… “refuge.”  One where the biggest animals in the zoo are held in cages that aren’t even big enough for them to turn around in?  Come on, Carole Baskins!  How is PETA on your side?

 

 

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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.