Given there seems to be a day or week to celebrate or commemorate just about everything, it's not surprising that there's an annual event to remember and focus on backing up our critical data. That day is 31 March and it falls this Sunday. This seems like a good time to make sure you don't forget to get your backup ducks lined up.
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One of the things I like to do every now and then — especially around this time of year—is to start fresh. I’ll think about all the services I’ve signed up for and don’t actually use. Going through and deleting them helps me feel better about my digital sprawl, and it’s a practice I recommend everyone try regularly.
There's a lesson almost everyone learns the hard way. Having a tried and tested backup regime is critical for protecting your data. But if you haven't yet learned that lesson, and you were one of the unfortunate people who were smashed with the recent Windows 10 update that deleted files then you'll be looking for file recovery options.
Here are the steps you need to take - before and after disaster strikes.
The subject of file backups and online storage came up the other day at a Lifehacker staff meeting, and resident door-holder Nick Douglas chimed in that his solution for backing up his laptop was easy: He never keeps any important files on it. Everything — and he means everything — lives in the cloud.
There are many reasons you might want to back up your Gmail account, such as: It’s good to have a copy of your most-important data; you’re about to be fired from your job and you want to save everything you did; you’d just like a little extra protection in case someone hacks your account and takes it over (or deletes it).
When you walk into retail store to buy an external hard drive, there are dozens of options to choose from. And there's always the option of buying a hard drive or SSD and putting together your own. So, manufacturers have to find ways to add value to what is a reasonably straightforward device you can rig up yourself. LaCie's answer is the Rugged SECURE. As the name suggests, it combines with physical and logical security features.
We've all done it. Over-written or deleted a file only to find out we really needed whatever information we just destroyed or damaged. So, what do you do? Is there a way out of this or do you just curl up in the foetal position and cry? There are options for recovering lost files. Some are easy, others are harder. let's look at some of the options.
Veeam has announced the availability of Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 3. The new software allows enterprises to replace legacy backup offerings and manage availability for all workloads — virtual, physical, and cloud from a single Veeam “pane of glass". The new release also includes the company's Universal Storage API, a new storage interface that will allow Veeam to rapidly support new storage integrations going forward.
Big fans of the cloud as we are, there's no doubt relying solely on keeping your stuff stored remotely is a risky strategy. Accounts get hacked. Companies fold. And if you don't have backups of your most precious Snapchats and Gmails, then they can disappear in a puff of data center smoke. Here's how to make sure you've got local copies of everything.
One of the best uses for cloud storage is offsite backups. I don't mean file syncing but real backups you can use to restore entire systems or applications. CrashPlan has, until now, offered some solid options for home and SMB users, But CrashPlan's owner, Code42, has announced that CrashPlan for Home will shut down on 23 October 2017.
The modern enterprise no longer has a monolithic application and infrastructure stack housed purely within its own data centre. Australia has embraced virtualisation at some of the highest levels in the world and we are bounding forward in adopting cloud services as well. This is completely changing the way we protect our data and ensure high levels of availability. At the recent VeeamON Forum, held in Sydney, I spoke with Veeam's Co-CEO Peter McKay about what the company is doing around those challenges and how he is travelling after a year of sharing the CEO job.
A simple insurance policy should a tech disaster strike your home, Google's free cloud sync tool has some great new features.
Traditionally the simplest way to protect your important files like digital photos, school assignments and business reports was to copy them to a USB drive, or perhaps to a Network Attached Storage drive tucked away in the spare room.
Over the weekend, British Airways IT systems had a meltdown resulting in the cancellation of all services out of Heathrow and Gatwick airports. While this sort of issue would be a major issue on a quiet day, the fact it happened on a long weekend exacerbated the situation. Australian Business Traveller says it could cost the airline a pretty penny as passengers can make claims for compensation for sums ranging from €250 (A$375) through to €600 (A$900) per passenger under EU law.
Backing up data to tape remains a viable path for many businesses. And even though it seems to be old school, it's still being developed even though disk-based backup has been gaining in popularity. IBM recently upped their tape capacities to 15TB. However, with more and more systems being managed remotely through private, public and hybrid cloud services, it's getting harder to justify tape as traditional deployments struggle to capture a complete snapshot of all your business data. That's why tape as a Service is appearing.