Datacenter manager Dan Frith discusses the OVH Fire (Restore it All Podcast #105)

Datacenter manager Dan Frith (@penguinpunk) joins us on the podcast for our first discussion of the #OVHFire. A massive fire destroyed a datacenter of a large cloud provider in Europe, and millions of websites disappeared. We talk about the lessons we can learn from this event.

Dan talks about how outsourcing the servers doesn’t outsource the responsibility for data protection. I make the point that this fire shows what happens when you completely rely on a single entity for both production and data protection. We end up talking about the 3-2-1 rule and how it applies in this scenario.

I also give a discount code during the podcast for my new O’Reilly book Modern Data Protection, which is now available for purchase. If you use the URL below and the code I give on the podcast, you can get 35% of the retail price.

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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.

Dave Russell answers our questions about Veeam (Restore it All Podcast #104)

It only took us 100 episodes, but we finally got Dave Russell, VP of Enterprise Strategy at Veeam, as our guest on the podcast. Dave and Curtis go way back, and this was a great discussion. We cover the proper use of tape, and what it was like for Dave when he went to Veeam. Another big discussion point was Dave clearing up misconceptions (some of which may have come from this podcast) about what Insight Partners acquiring Veeam really meant. We then get into a great discussion about how Veeam works, ending that discussion with Dave explaining what Veeam is doing to address concerns about Windows and ransomware.

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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.

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.