Fortune 100 company considers changing backup product (Restore it All Podcast #103)

Our anonymous guest this week is from a Fortune 100 company who is considering swapping out their backup product. Our guest has been at the company for over 20 years, and remembers swapping out NetWorker for NetBackup many years ago. Now he is considering swapping out NetBackup to address his challenges with that product. We discuss a number of topics, including the age-old argument of who should be in charge of database backups, as well as the challenges of moving to a modern backup product when you are still using operating systems not usually supporting by such products. Our guest’s final thoughts center on the importance of a good relationship with the vendor in question.

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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.

Veeam User Warns About Item-Level Retention in Microsoft 365 Backup (Restore it All Podcast #102)

A Veeam user warns of what he felt is a confusing option in Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365. He says he likes the product, but that the first retention setting mentioned in the documentation (item-level retention) might not do what you think it does. He thinks everyone should use snapshot-level retention, which behaves more traditionally. We also discuss IBM Spectrum Protect (AKA TSM) a little bit, as they also use that product. Our guest is speaking on conditions of anonymity, so we gave him a fake name (Puddleglum) and altered his voice in the recording. (Want to talk about your environment, but don’t want to use your name? We’d love to have you on and we’ll keep you anonymous too!)

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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.

Securing & speeding up network traffic (Restore it All Podcast #101)

Adi Ruppin, founder of Ananda Networks, joins us on the podcast to discuss how they secure (and increase the performance of) network traffic without a VPN or SD-WAN deployment. He talks about how the concept of a VPN is actually a very old design that comes with a lot of downsides, and they aim to address those downsides while giving you everything a VPN does – 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.

What we learned in 100 episodes of Backup Central’s Restore it All (Restore it All Podcast #100)

It’s hard to believe, but this is our 100th episode! Prasanna and Curtis discuss the favorite topics we’ve had over 100 episodes, as well as the many things we’ve learned along the way. We talk about containers and K8s, tape, COVID-19, election security, and how recoveries are impacted by other factors. We also talked extensively about ransomware, and talked to someone who had actually been through a recovery from an attack. We talked about DDI, cloud backups, the importance of segregating your Windows backup server, and many things about the 120+ database products that have to be backed up.

Thank you so much to our listeners! We look forward to 100 more episodes!

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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.

Kubernetes Expert Explains K8s, the CSI, and backups (Restore it All Podcast #99)

Russ Cantwell (@rcantw3ll), CTO of SHI Corp, joins us to talk about Kubernetes, the Container Storage Interface (CSI), and backups. Before we get to that, however, we talk about how he, his pregnant wife, and two-year old child all got COVID-19. We discuss how that went and continues to go, and then we talk about Kubernetes. (If you’re not interested in our banter, and just want to hear about K8s, just fast-forward to [11:50].)

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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.

Portuguese University Using Open-Source Backup Tools (Restore it All Podcast #98)

Another industry veteran, Jose Calhariz. joins us this week to explain how he uses the community versions of two open-source backup tools to meet his university’s backup needs, while saving money. We have a very interesting discussion that includes coverage of dump, tar, and Amanda. Jose also tells a great story of a huge recovery he had to do, that took several days.

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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 Central to be acquired by Veeam – NOT

IT WAS A JOKE!!!!  APRIL FOOLS.

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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.

Create a physical air-gap without using tape using portable disk (Restore it All Podcast #97)

Darren McBride, CEO of Highly Reliable Systems (http://high-rely.com/ ) joins us on this podcast to talk about their product, which he says is designed for SMBs to get reliable offsite backup without using tape or an Internet connection. They have purpose-built appliances that support mirroring, but with removable disks. This product has been on the market for almost twenty years, but is having a surge in demand due to the desire by many companies to have an air-gapped backup for ransomware protection purposes.

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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.

Ransomware Victim Tells HIs Story (Restore it All Podcast #96)

In May of 2020, Tony Mendoza of Spectra Logic found out his company had been attacked by ransomware. Hear his harrowing tale of how long it took just to get the data center ready for a restore, and then the various tools they used to bring things back online. He did not want to pay that ransom! Spectra Logic is actually a tape vendor, so Tony has a unique viewpoint. We thank him so much for being so candid about his experience. You will learn a lot.

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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.

Bacula: Sucking the Vital Essence from your computers (Restore it All Podcast #95)

Rob Morrison joins us from Bacula Systems, the commercial arm of the open-source backup product, Bacula. It’s tagline is that it roams the datacenter at night and sucks the vital essence from your computers. Bacula Systems has come a long way since I first saw them years ago. Check out what they’re been up to.

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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.