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Volume 27, Issue 3

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From the 'Darkside' of storage

@Darthtivoli is not just a tag but a badge of honor. I strive to have an objective point of view and listen to all arguments. Then I pull out the lightsaber and trim the BS to leave just the facts. REMEMBER, it is the age of the geek
Jan 23
2014

In data recovery, why you need a plan “B” and to think of employees as family

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In data recovery, why you need a plan “B” and to think of employees as family

Throughout the past week, I’ve spent a lot of time reading Disaster Recovery Journal. I’ve come to the conclusion that there is an entire culture centralized on recovering data in the case of emergency. There seems to be one very important thing missing in this culture…you.

Dec 27
2013

Scale up or out?

Posted by Jarrett F Potts in software , preparation , education , dr planning , disaster recovery testing , disaster recovery plan , dedicated server , data protection disaster recovery , data center

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Scale up or out?        

At STORServer, we provide only the best of the best. One thing I’m regularly asked is when is Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) better than CommVault and vice versa? While each has its own advantages, the feature I’m most often questioned about is scaling.

Both products scale well but they do it in different ways. 

Nov 14
2013

Only the Best of the Best

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STORServer takes it to a whole new level

What happens when you combine the best hardware in the industry and the industry leading data protection software in the industry?  Simple, you get the best data protection solution in the world. 

 

Oct 25
2013

Government shutdown does not halt growth of data

Posted by Jarrett F Potts in Government as risk , DR , Data Backups , Data

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During the shutdown, slowdown or whatever you call it, did you stop using your phone, sending emails or going to work? No. For the majority of us, the only thing that actually shut down was our goofy government and wonderful representatives (all of them). The fact is, the rest of the world just kept on working. We did not have a choice.

 Funny thing. This living being that is “big data” kept growing while we continued feeding it with our day-to-day use of electronics. You used Facebook and the bank and everything else. 

 Here’s the real question. Did the IT departments of the banks and Facebook shutdown too? Did all the data protection solutions in play stop working because the government decided not to do its job? Again, the answer is no.

Oct 15
2013

Welcome to the revolution: Data protection the easy way!

Posted by Jarrett F Potts in data protection disaster recovery , Data Protection

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When did data protection get to be such a pain? We all know that data is growing quickly and that the types of data are constantly changing, but that doesn’t change the basics of storage management. The old rules still apply, leaving some IT professionals wondering what really has changed and how those changes affect their shop.

Sep 17
2013

6 ways to secure your backup and archive data

Posted by Jarrett F Potts in Security , Encryption

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Data protection is important in today’s world, but at times people forget the simple steps that need to be taken to secure access to that data. As an afterthought, securing your data should be taken seriously. Below you will find six ways to secure your data and data protection solution.

Restrict access to clients

It may seem elementary, but securing the clients with a username and password is the first line of defense against hackers or people accessing your data who should not be. Adding a password to each laptop, server and workstation is not only important, but is also paramount when trying to secure your environment. There are different levels of passwords, and now systems even let you use patterns to secure access to clients.

Sep 06
2013

Too cool for school: Not all data is created equal

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With school back in session, now is the perfect time to address the issues facing those responsible for data protection in educational facilities. IT managers in educational institutions can drive up the cost of storage unnecessarily by treating all data the same and storing it all on the same media. Let’s face the fact; a child’s art is not as important as the transcript database or even the email database. So why are you using the same policy for both?

Aug 29
2013

Presidential proclamation: National Preparedness Month

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President Obama made the proclamation in 2012 that September is “National Preparedness Month.” What does that mean to you? As an IT professional, it means now is the ideal time to come up with a plan for your IT environment.

We all talk about it, but do you really have a plan that will save your data? Do you really have a plan that will get you and your company back to work in a reasonable amount of time?

Aug 26
2013

Backup quarterbacks and disaster plans

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In professional sports today, the coach always has a “plan B.” In the NFL, those are called backup quarterbacks. There is even a backup to the backup. In football, however, they know and understand that a player can get hurt on any play. They might not know how or when, but they know it’s coming.

 

Aug 08
2013

Do you have a TARDIS? A STORServer might just be the next best thing.

Posted by Jarrett F Potts in recovery , disaster recovery testing , disaster recovery plan

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This blog written in honor of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Who and YouTube’s Geek Week.

If you can’t travel back in time, you better know you can recover your data.