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Backup team completes two-year project in three months

Hear the incredible story of Albert Uy, who was handed a two-year project that had already wasted 18 months. They told him he had four months to complete it. He looked at that timeline and told them there was only one way he could do, by switching horses in mid-stream. Not only did they finish it in time; they finished it early. Albert has also managed backup teams for many years, so before we...

Best of 2022 – Backups, Security, and Ransomware

Nothing but the best for our listeners! Curtis and Prasanna review their favorite episodes from 2022, from the time Curtis had to restore Backup Central to the shocking outage at Rackspace ( which is still ongoing!). This is your chance to catch up on what you missed last year as we prepare for a new year! Here are links to all the episodes discussed. Happy New Year! Mr. Backup Forced to Restore...

Shocking RackSpace Hosted Exchange Ransomware Attack

Tomorrow marks two weeks from when the RackSpace outage started on Dec 2, 2022. They confirmed it was via a ransomware attack and it is not. going. well. We’re going to do a deeper dive into this once it is all over, but this is a first-blush look at what is happening and RackSpace’s reaction to it. When we recorded this episode, their reaction was not looking good. I’m sad to...

Understanding Backup Levels (Backup to Basics Series)

Ok, so maybe not the most interesting topic. 😉 But we promise you, this episode has a great story that involves Mr. Backup being kidnapped by a client, basically because he had a backup level issue. Learn about full backups, incrementals, cumulative incrementals, differentials, numbered levels, tower of hanoi backups, and why all this matters. It turns out it matters a lot more these days for...

Risk Management Advice from an industry expert

In this episode, we have Boris Agranovich, who has been a risk manager for decades and speaks SIX languages (Russian, Ukrainian, Hebrew, Dutch, English, and Spanish). How amazing is that? He started the Global Risk Community, the largest online community for risk managers, and it’s doing very well. We talk about the differences between what we do (as IT risk managers) and what he does...

What is archive and retrieve? (Backup to Basics)

Archive is NOT backup, and hopefully this episode will help you understand how/why that is the case. In this continued romp through W. Curtis Preston’s Modern Data Protection, we explore the definition of archive, and how different it is from backup. You should have no trouble understanding the difference between the two after listening to this episode. As usual, Mr. Backup fills in the...

What is Backup and Restore? (Backup to Basics Series)

As we continue our “Backup to Basics” series, we touch on one of the most important questions of all: what is backup and restore? (And how does it different than archive and retrieve?) The answer to these questions are both simple and nuanced. It’s important to have a solid understanding of backup and restore in order to understand how archive is different. Reminder: You can...

Divining Requirements out of the Organization

This episode follows the previous one in a very interesting way. We have a guest, Eric Bursley, whose job is to divine business and technical requirements from a vendor perspective. He consults with customers and helps them get from “I want” to “I need.” This was a fascinating conversation that took a turn into (surprise) ransomware. Eric is a fan of the pod and knows his...

Getting approval for a new backup design (Backup to Basics Series)

We say it all the time: your backup requirements must be based on business/organizational needs. If you keep that in mind, not only will your organization be better off, it’ll be easier to get approval for the new backup system you want. This episode of our Backup to Basics series goes right to that core idea, and we get advice directly from one of our favorite guests: Jeff Rochlin. He is...

When to use public or private cloud AND how to protect it

If you have sometimes wondered if your apps should be in a public cloud, private cloud, or in your own datacenter, have we got the episode for you. And we’ll also talk about how to protect those apps regardless of where they reside. We looked hard for an unbiased cloud expert, and I think we hit gold. We found Sagi Brody, the CTO of Opti9, an MSP that supports both public and private...

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