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Top 10 Ransomware Attacks of 2021 (Restore it All Podcast #145)

Learn from others’ mistakes by reviewing last year’s worst ransomware attacks with Mr. Backup and Prasanna Malaiyandi. Listen to them review the 10 worst attacks from 2021, then discuss lessons learned: Colonial Pipeline, BrennTag, Acer, JBS, Quanta, NBA,AXA, CNA, CD Projekt, and Kaseya. Then they discuss the trends they see, and the lessons we can all learn from these horrible...

Mr. Backup takes on reddit about Microsoft 365 backup (Restore it All #144)

W. Curtis Preston (Mr. Backup) and Prasanna Malaiyandi weigh in on a reddit thread that started with a simple question from a user. He has MSPs trying to sell him a solution to back up Microsoft 365, and he’s wondering if that’s even necessary. As usual on reddit, there are many opinions. Mr. Backup debates the various points being made by the anit-backup crowd, including an article...

Mr. Backup Forced to Restore BackupCentral.com! (Restore it All Podcast #143)

On this week’s episode of Backup Central’s Restore it All, Mr. Backup himself becomes the guest, while Prasanna Malaiyandi takes over as host. W. Curtis Preston explains the backup configuration of the website behind the Restore it All podcast, and how bit rot caused him to have to restore part of it. We talk about bit rot, the 3-2-1 rule, off-site backups, backups stored in S3 and...

Should DR/backup folks report to the security team? (Restore it All Podcast #142)

This is a response to Tom Hollingsworth’s (@networkingnerd) video “Disaster Recovery is a Security Function,” found here: . I respectfully disagree w/Tom’s assertions in his video, and decided to use this as the first episode I’m going to publish a video version of.  Tom said that backup and security are very closely related, and suggested that if we reported to the...

What can we learn from University of Kyoto losing 77 TB of Research Data? (Restore it All Podcast #141)

This week’s episode is about an incident that happened at the University of Kyoto, Japan, where they lost 77 TB of research data forever. What can we learn from what happened to them? First we discuss the concept of “we can’t afford backup,” that seems to be prevalent in a lot of universities and research institutions. We then ask and answer the question of whether or not...

Free backup tools for MySQL & MongoDB explained by author of Learning MySQL (Restore it All Podcast #140)

Vinicius “Vinny” Grippa, the co-author of O’Reilly’s Learnin MySQL (now in its second edition) talks MySQL and MongoDB, as well as that all-important topic of how to back them up! We first learn a little bit about Percona, where Vinny works, as they consult in the database space. We then discussed a hot topic from Curtis, which is this idea of companies that say they...

Happy Data Privacy Day! (Restore it All Podcast #139)

This week we celebrate Data Privacy Day, which is an international event that occurs every year on 28 January. According to its website, “The purpose of Data Privacy Day is to raise awareness and promote privacy and data protection best practices. It is currently observed in the United States, Canada, Nigeria, Israel and 47 European countries.” Prasanna and Curtis discuss the latest...

Does K8s still need DR? O’Reilly K8s Author On the Hot Seat! (Restore it All Podcast #138)

Things got a little tense on this week’s podcast when James Strong (@strongjz, Co-Author of O’Reilly’s Networking & Kubernetes) hinted at DR being a thing of the past with K8s. Mr. Backups was having none of that. No blows were thrown, mostly because it was all online, but it was a really good conversation that K8s and DR enthusiasts alike will find interesting. We also...

Resiliency expert reviews Major Facebook Outage (Restore it All Podcast #137)

Bob Plankers, resiliency specialist from VMware, joins us on this week’s podcast, as we examine last year’s major Facebook outage that took out Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram all at once. We discuss what we believe happened, just how bad it got, and our thoughts as to what we can learn from this huge outage. This isn’t schadenfreude, and we acknowledge that we are Monday...

Remembering the Best and Worst of 2021 (Restore it All Podcast #136)

On this first business day of 2022, let’s take a look back at the year that was. It was, of course, another year of COVID. In fact, Curtis contracted COVID right at the end, despite being boosted. This is also the year of the OVH fire that we talked about for three episodes: We think our most interesting episode of the year goes to Paul VanDyke from Kodiak Island, who deleted his whole...