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  • vSphere upgrade saga: Veeam upgrade

    Posted January 7, 2013 - 8:46 am

    Upgrading to the latest Veeam Backup and Replication v6.5 went smoothly. However, I got errors on all but one of my backup jobs. A simple patch fixed that.
  • The best home backup plan options - Part 5: A complete backup strategy

    Posted December 26, 2012 - 12:42 pm

    Using the 3 steps described in this post and the other posts in this series, you should be fully equipped to create a solid home backup plan for you and your family.
  • 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.
  • Mozy redefines 'Unlimited'

    Posted February 1, 2011 - 5:48 pm

    Unlimited free or very low-cost online storage was one of those things you knew had to go away at some point, like when Pets.com thought it was more convenient and cheaper to ask customers to pay to have a 50lb.
  • Santa takes to the cloud

    Posted December 20, 2010 - 6:07 pm

    With Dropbox he can access the naughty or nice list from work or home -- unless the reindeer chew through the T1.
  • Back up your damn data!

    Posted November 29, 2010 - 6:11 pm

    Disaster recovery budgets run short when virtualization and cloud expand the number of 'computers' IT can use; that's no excuse for backing up the virtual ones.
  • Unix How-To: Nifty One-Liners

    Posted October 6, 2010 - 12:27 pm

    Today's collection of one-liners are sure to win some converts. There's nothing like a quick command that saves you a lot of trouble and just might impress your boss and coworkers that you're the cleverest person around.
  • Your Coming Sadness: You're Not Backing Up Your Data

    Posted May 24, 2010 - 10:57 am

    Be prepared for a scolding. Even the best of us aren't doing enough. Time to start again
  • What Gizmodo missed about the Pro WX Wireless USB disk drive

    Posted November 19, 2009 - 5:39 pm

    A company called Imation Corp. today unveiled a $449.99 product called the Pro WX Wireless USB hard drive.
  • Cartoon caption contest winner: "Full backup"

    Posted July 14, 2009 - 9:00 am

    With his twist on redundancy and backups, random_cole is the winner of this week's contest. See the winning caption (along with some very funny honorable mentions) and Phil Johnson's original cartoon.

  • Western Digital Announces 2TB “Green” Hard Drives

    Posted April 20, 2009 - 5:33 pm

    I didn't really notice when the first 2TB (TeraByte, which is 1,000 GigaByte) drives started shipping In January this year. I knew they were coming because I had seen 1.5TB drives, but I just missed the hoopla, if there was any.
  • Video

    Open Source + Amazon Storage = Less Backup Cost

    Posted February 17, 2009 - 2:32 pm

    Let's be honest: half of the companies reading this today are NOT backing up their data properly. That's the optimistic figure, because some backup industry analysts say about two-thirds of companies have backup issues that cause them grief. But there's hope for the unprepared half or two-thirds of you out there.
  • Bootstrapping tomorrow, today

    Posted February 16, 2009 - 10:53 am

    As a species, we generate some unconscionable amount of new digital data every day. The number is so big that no member of our species, that I know of, really has a good feel for the number. To try to wrap our heads around it we resort to desperate analogies e.g.
  • The Backup We Really Need

    Posted January 12, 2009 - 2:36 pm

    Technologies. They provide a backup service framework for service providers, and provide their own backup service to small businesses. Their card followed the backup idea, as you might think, but with a twist. They showed a file structure ready to restore, but instead of folders like “My Documents” there were folders like Economy 2006, GDP, Housing Prices, and My Investments with Bernie Madoff. You know, the things we really wish we could back up.

  • Security Concerns in the SaaS Environment

    Posted January 9, 2009 - 6:18 pm

    Concern about security is cited as one of the greatest hurdles to implmenting SaaS. I had the opportunity to talk to a few SaaS providers regarding security concerns and would like to share what I learned from these providers.
  • A Really Useful Personal Data Storage Gift Idea

    Posted December 5, 2008 - 12:42 pm

    eWeek put out a slide show last week on “personal data storage gift ideas.” This was a thinly disguised ad for a variety of USB-based backup hard drives. At first I was going to link to the story, but decided to instead highlight some really useful backup gifts. A USB drive for backing up your files is better than nothing, but not good enough. Giving a year of online backup service will provide much better protection for your friend or family member.
  • Get Syncy With IT

    Posted December 4, 2008 - 1:25 pm

    PC file synchronization tools have been around since users needed to sync files on their floppy disks to their new-fangled hard drive. I liked them in theory in the past, but needed them to do something more than sync local files to other local folders. Now, with products like GoodSync and BeInSync that handle local and remote syncing including backup, these tools have really become useful.
  • Danger: 8GB USB Drive for $10

    Posted November 6, 2008 - 1:33 pm

    Don't you love the way technology prices drop and drop? Think about an 8GB storage device attached to your keyring. The cost of solid state memory keeps plummeting at an amazing rate, and I applaud the chip makers and manufacturers integrating such memory into their products.
  • More Online Backup Storage for Less

    Posted August 1, 2008 - 10:26 am

    The two leading consumer oriented online backup leaders, Mozy.com and Carbonite.com, started out with quite similar offerings. Mozy added their MozyPro service to back up servers rather than just workstations, while Carbonite remains focused on the consumer market. When EMC bought Mozy last year, people knew a price increase loomed, and the prices did go up. But good news today, as storage prices for MozyPro have dropped by over two-thirds, from $1.75 per GB down to $.50 per GB.
  • Say Bye-Bye to Tape

    Posted June 30, 2008 - 11:20 am

    Let me first say thank you to the nice people in Charlotte who made me feel so welcome when I spoke at the ITEC IT conference there on June 25th and 26th. During the MasterMind Security Panel on the 26th, the issue of tapes came up in two different areas. The result? Time to wave goodbye to tapes of all kinds.

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