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What are RTO and RPO, and how do they drive backup design?

If you don’t meet your company’s Recovery time objective (RTO) and Recovery Point Objective with your backup design, nothing else matters. Seriously. No one cares if you can back up – only that you can restore in a timeframe they consider reasonable. The only way that’s going to happen is if you agree to these times UPFRONT. In this episode in our new back to basics series...

Why you need a password manager

Why don’t you have a password manager already? Our guest this week, Chris Hayner, blogger at hayner.net and host of the Chaos Lever podcast, wrote a great blog called Yes, you need a password manager. “Yes, You Do Need A Password Manager, Brett. Yes You Do!” Both Prasanna and Curtis DO have password managers, so he’s preaching to the choir. But if you’d like to hear...

Datacore becomes leader in container-attached storage

Datacore has been one of the storage industry’s best-kept secrets for a long time, quietly growing a dedicated customer base in Fort Lauderdale. Their CEO, Dave Zabrowski, joins us on this episode to explain their background, and tells us about how their technology and some savvy business decisions resulted in them owning Open EBS, the most popular container-attached storage platform...

M-disc founder explains how it keeps data for 1000 years

This week we have Barry Lunt, one of two founders of Milleniata, the creators of M-Disc. The company may be gone, but the format lives on. Most modern DVD and Blu-Ray drives can write to M-Disc, and Verbatim still sells it. Barry explains to us why they decided to make M-Disc, and why it’s different than any other optical product. He also offers a shocker: a study done many years ago that...

Druva offers the industry’s first data resiliency guarantee – and it’s $10M

Druva’s new data resiliency guarantee covers more than any other guarantee in the data protection/data resilience segment. It was also written with no silly exclusions (like some other guarantees) that are simply there to keep from having to pay anyone. It requires only a certain service level and that the customer follows Druva’s best practices. It protects against the five areas of...

Warshipping: The latest trick in the bad actor’s playbook

Warshipping is yet another way hackers are taking advantage of how the pandemic has changed the workplace. Did you know you could be hacked by UPS, Fedex, or the postal service? Warshipping is shipping a self-powered device in a package so that it arrives at your office and is left unattended. (It’s sent to someone working from home.) The device then sits there, sniffing the wifi, and...

Really inexpensive AND secure storage systems for backup

If you’re one of those people that look at typical storage offerings for backup and recovery and say, “I can’t afford this,” you’re not alone. A lot of ready-to-go storage solutions can get very expensive very quickly. Our guest this week (Erik Ableson from Infrageeks.com) ran into this a lot with his small-government customers and SMBs in France, and knew he had to...

Using and backing up Hammerspace’s global filesystem

Hammerspace offers a global filesystem that creates a single namespace across multiple storage systems and cloud storage providers. Hammerspace’s name is inspired by the name for the magical place that cartoon characters get them from (e.g. Bugs Bunny pulling a huge hammer out of his pocket). They’ve taken a different approach to a global filesystem, using metadata to significantly...

The Five Most Dangerous New Cyber Attack Techniques (A review of the RSA Keynote)

2022 is a new world in the cyber attack space, and Katie Nickels, SANS instructor, and director of intelligence at threat detection vendor Red Canary, describes the top five new attack they are seeing in the space. Spoiler alert: one of them is attacks against backups! Learn from an expert as we discuss the top five attacks they are seeing right now. We talk about living off the cloud, MFA...

Is M-Disc the ultimate archive medium for SMBs and home users?

This week we talk about this exciting “new” medium for archiving data that is especially attractive to SMBs and home users. It’s an optical disc that looks like a DVD and is readable in all Blu-Ray drives, but underneath it’s something very different. If you haven’t heard of it, then you’re in luck! Thanks to Daniel Rosehill, backup anorak and friend of the...

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