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  • In 2013, deduplication smartens up

    Posted December 24, 2012 - 2:26 pm

    Deduplication, a fresh idea only a few years ago, has become a commodity, with organizations of all sizes deploying deduplication as just another feature in their data protection and backup solutions. This is progress. More data centers can eliminate the redundant data in their backup and storage systems to save money and increase efficiency. However, the job is not done. With deduplication in place, IT leaders can move on to adopting intelligent capabilities to ensure data is properly stored and protected. In 2013 data center managers will push for global deduplication that provides flexibility, scalability, performance and high availability of data.
  • The best home backup plan options - Part 4: Cloud based backup

    Posted December 18, 2012 - 12:55 pm

    Cloud based backup is considered by many to be the backup method with the most advantages. As home internet connections have grown in bandwidth, this type of backup has become more accessible than ever before.
  • The best home backup plan options - Part 3: External drive backup

    Posted December 13, 2012 - 9:17 am

    This is the third post in a series of posts describing a variety of home backup strategies and options. External drive backup has been the primary method used for proper backups for the past two decades.
  • The best home backup plan options - Part 2: Same machine backup

    Posted December 8, 2012 - 8:00 am

    In part one of this series on creating a home backup plan I talked about the primary backup options you have available and the pros and cons to each. Over the next three parts, I'll detail how to use each of these methods and recommend some good options and tools.
  • How to Backup Files On Your Computer - Part 1: The Basics

    Posted December 5, 2012 - 12:02 pm

    Nobody enjoys backing up their computers, but imagine the pain of losing every picture of your children, every vacation, graduation, birthday, and wedding. It usually takes getting burned once to be prodded into a backup strategy. Being prepared before that first disaster is a much saner option.
  • How to choose between scale-up vs. scale-out architectures for backup and recovery

    Posted December 4, 2012 - 2:56 pm

    There is a lot of discussion in the storage industry in regard to "scale-up" versus "scale-out" architectures for backup and recovery operations. More and more organizations are reducing or eliminating the use of tape by deploying disk-based appliances that use deduplication. But the architectural approach used by the appliance vendor can make a significant difference to the performance, scalability and total cost of the selected solution.
  • Moving a Time Machine backup

    Posted November 7, 2012 - 11:56 am

    How to safely move your backup to a new hard drive.
  • Bullet-proof backups: When you absolutely can't lose any data

    Posted November 7, 2012 - 11:42 am

    How can you turn so-so backups into fantastic, bullet-proof backups? Although everyone's situation is a bit different, I have several recommendations that should vastly improve the quality and reliability of any backup plan.
  • Prepare your business for digital disaster

    Posted September 18, 2012 - 8:48 pm

    Myriad solutions and systems have simplified the task of backing up, whether you're dealing with one computer or a dozen. Here are some strategies you can start with.
  • Bye-bye, tapes: How to get the right disk backup appliance

    Posted September 12, 2012 - 1:44 pm

    Deduplicating backup appliances have become very popular, but choosing the right one means looking beyond deduplication.
  • NetBackup 7.6 gets tight with VMware

    Posted August 27, 2012 - 6:08 am

    Symantec today said it has more tightly integrated its flagship NetBackup software with VMware, allowing much of the storage functions to be managed through the vCenter Console.
  • HP releases 100TB/hr backup system

    Posted June 5, 2012 - 1:34 pm

    HP today announced new deduplication solutions for its StoreOnce Backup product line, including the B6200, that enable 100TB/hr backup performance.
  • Quantum unveils enterprise-class cloud backup services

    Posted March 21, 2012 - 12:21 am

    Quantum has partnered with Xerox, which is using two new products for a cloud-based backup service.
  • Taming Clonezilla: Free open source disk imaging and backups

    Posted March 19, 2012 - 4:40 pm

    Clonezilla is powerful and flexible but hardly straightforward; here's how to harness the popular drive-cloning software.
  • How to restore data from Time Machine

    Posted March 18, 2012 - 7:42 am

    Now that you’ve been using Time Machine regularly to back up your computer, you should be fully prepared if your Mac crashes or if you need to move data from one Mac to another. Restoring data from Time Machine is just as easy as backing things up in the first place.
  • Symantec releases faster next-gen NetBackup, Backup Exec software

    Posted February 6, 2012 - 3:47 pm

    Symantec announced new versions of its flagship backup applications for SMBs and the enterprise adding more support for virtual machines, a cloud storage offering and integration of snapshot and backup management
  • Imation buys dedupe backup vendor Nine Technology

    Posted December 21, 2011 - 10:59 am

    Imation today announced it has acquired deduplication technology from Nine Technology.
  • 4 incredibly useful steps to better backups

    Posted November 17, 2011 - 5:40 pm

    Love backups? Didn't think so. To make the process less painful, consider the following steps when creating or changing backup environment
  • Don’t let this happen to your iPad: 5 fire prevention gadgets for geeks

    Posted November 5, 2011 - 8:03 am

    Last month, a faulty electrical outlet in my charming turn-of-the-century studio apartment sparked a fire while I was out of the house. Many of my gadgets were singed, and what wasn't directly burnt still suffered damage from smoke and/or water from the automated sprinklers. Truly, it was a geek's worst nightmare! My trusty MacBook Pro, iPad, Xbox 360, and countless other gadgets were bricked, including my primary backup hard drive (thank goodness for data recovery). So, for my first blog back at GeekTech I thought it would be apropos to compose this short list of fire prevention gadgets I only wish I knew about before the incident.
  • iCloud: Backup

    Posted October 12, 2011 - 2:38 pm

    With portable devices, there's always a risk of losing or damaging your hardware when you're out and about. As such, it makes sense to make regular backups of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, but in the past, that process has been easier said than done. With iCloud Backup, however, you can back up your iOS device's data automatically, even when you're not using it.
  • Review

    Useful sites for small business

    Posted September 29, 2011 - 9:46 am

    Whether you're running a business out of your den or from a penthouse in the sky, you don't have time or money to waste on second-rate tools. These well-designed services and resources are among the best the Web offers for small and midsize businesses. Some include apps for smartphones and downloads for your desktop, but all of them provide the bulk of their features within a Web browser.
  • Kindle Maker Amazon opens GovCloud for fed data only

    Posted August 22, 2011 - 11:23 am

    Officially, it's the AWS GovCloud (US), a new service from Amazon Web Services organized just for the federal government. The feds are hot for cloud services, but they also demand a long list of acronym-filled certifications like FISMA, SAS-70, ISO 27001 and more, including "an environment that enables agencies to comply with HIPAA regulations" according to their new release.
  • DIY Dropbox alternatives

    Posted July 26, 2011 - 8:20 am

    Get that Dropbox cloud storage magic using your systems and your bandwidth. It's easier than you may think.
  • 135 terabytes for (relatively) cheap

    Posted July 25, 2011 - 1:00 pm

    When you put 45 drives in one chassis, at prices far below those big boys, geeks pay attention.
  • Review

    CrashPlan Pro makes SMB backup a snap

    Posted July 11, 2011 - 2:11 pm

    I've been using CrashPlan's consumer offering for some time now, and have been very happy with it. So when I heard about their Pro version aimed at small-to-medium businesses (up to 200 workstations), I was naturally intrigued. Much like the consumer version, CrashPlan Pro (various pricing) works by installing a desktop client, which uploads your files onto an online server for safe-keeping in the cloud.
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