Why you need a copy of Modern Data Protection (Restore it All Podcast #110)

We cover my latest book, Modern Data Protection, by O’Reilly & Associates on this podcast. I give an overview of the book, which covers the “Why, What, Where, and How” of backup, archive, and disaster recovery. After giving an overview of the book, I talk about why I wrote, and what it’s like to write a book for O’Reilly. Prasanna acted as a tech editor on the book, so he offered his unique perspective as well.

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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.

Can OVH properly redesign their backup infrastructure? (Restore it All Podcast #109)

Prasanna and Curtis discuss whether or not can (or will) OVH properly redesign their backup infrastructure to prevent another incident like what happened in March, where many customers lost their sites forever. As we discussed in our previous podcast, OVH had a backup service already that people paid for, and it was not up to the task. OVH”s CEO made an 8-minute video where he discussed some of the things they were going to do to make things better, and we discuss what he said. We talk about their idea of a centralized region just for backups, and whether or not that’s a good idea. We also talk about how big of a job they have in front of them. We applaud what we see, but have many concerns that the brief video do not address. We also talk about how this plan is supposed to take five years, and what do OVH customers do in the meantime?

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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.

ComplyTrust: Remembering those you need to forget (Restore it All Podcast #108)

We talk to Mike Johnson of ComplyTrust, who says they “remember those you are supposed to forget.” We talk about the data management challenges created by data subject access requests (DSARs), right-of-erasure (ROE, AKA right to be forgotten, or RTBF) requests, and the fact that we have many parts of the datacenter that are much better at remembering than forgetting. Backups are a particular challenge, but Mike brings up other challenges, such as mergers and acquisitions, and salespeople importing old data. ComplyTrust SaaS offering has a unique solution to this problem by remembering (on your behalf) those you are supposed to forget, and continually checking to see that they stay forgotten.

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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.

OVH’s Backup Service Didn’t Work (Restore it All Podcast #107)

This week we discuss further lessons from the OVH fire, which starts with an admission by the CEO that some customers who paid for the backup service lost their backups in the fire. It then morphs into a discussion about designing resilient systems, starting with the concept of designing for failure. You have to protect against both physical and logical damage to your apps and data. We talk about using both cloud-native apps that have resiliency built in, vs having to add resiliency to your own app. Most importantly, know how your app/data is protected, and don’t tolerate wishy-washy terminology in your service agreements. Above all, test, test, test!

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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.

How do You Prove Your Backup Service is Real? (Restore it All Podcast #106)

This week we discuss a topic brought up by the OVH fire. It appears some people actually had a contractual backup service that wasn’t doing it’s job. How do you verify that a service you’re paying for is real, and is doing what it claims to be doing? Especially how do you make sure they are storing data offsite? We’ve got some ideas.

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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.