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Though 2014 was one of the most exciting years for technology development, pundits have also coined it, “The Year of the Data Breach.” Because of this, reports about business IT security issues have reached everyone’s favorite evening news programs and news publications, causing smb owners and managers to think twice about their own backup and disaster recovery needs. By now, most professionals have been working with computers and laptops for quite some time and personally own at least one smart mobile device, allowing them to have a clear understanding of how machines and devices.
The history of cloud computing started in the ’60’s. However, it wasn’t until ’09 that the concept really took off. Today, there are many uses for the cloud
This article details the steps and procedures of how to restore SQL server for Datto SIRIS and other Datto devices using the ShadowSnap Agent.
Before we dive into the depths of the essentials of hybrid cloud backup, we need to make sure everyone in the boat can swim. A hybrid cloud solution is basically a combination between public cloud and private cloud deployment models.
Monitoring the cloud gives your company real time control over all your cloud services, managed servers and SaaS products. A good cloud management solution provides security, data back-up and redundancy, workstation and server management, and emergency technical support.
“Storage media fails regardless of type; it is just a matter of when. This fact, coupled with the fact that HDDs are still the most prevalent drive is why HDD crashes have and continue to be the most common cause of data loss.”
Cloud management includes so many options for modern businesses, many business owners do not know how to start. Like any activity taken by a business, gathering information is crucial, but so is action. “Act Now!” is advice given by many inspirational teachers, like the great Napoleon Hill.
Today, cloud computing is one of the best ways for companies to implement some of the most cutting edge technology without having to spend a fortune on hardware, software, or IT specialists. Don’t believe me? Check out the top five best examples of cloud computing technology.
As more and more of our technological devices are interlinked and connected to each other, cloud computing is also growing exponentially. Cloud computing is essentially a series of remote servers all networked together. These networks can be public, private, or a hybrid of the two and allow online access to a centralized data storage. As you can imagine, this technology has a host of benefits in today’s ever growing world of linked devices.
Read on and have the Datto SIRIS VSS explained, step-by-step. Here we go! Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service, or VSS is the first process of most image based backup solutions. VSS was first made available for the Windows 2000 Operating System to create volume shadow copies. For VSS backup solutions it is important that only one process on the production machine use these VSS Writers at the same time. If more than one of these processes are running in the same environment then this will cause a conflict between the solutions resulting in the failure of one or more VSS Writers.
This article discusses issues that may be found when backing up Datto SIRIS and Oracle Database using ShadowSnap’s VSS backups as well as Oracle’s Intellisnap backup engine. Datto uses Microsoft Shadow Copy Provider’s Volume Shadow Copy Service, or VSS, and is the first process of most image based backup solutions. VSS was first available for Windows 2000 Operating System to create volume shadow copies. For VSS backup solutions it is important that only one process on the production machine uses these VSS Writers at the same time. If one or more of these processes are running on the same environment then this will cause a conflict between the solutions resulting in the failure of one or more VSS writers.
Losing files is an unspoken calamity, but having to restore an operating system, as well as all of the applications one-by-one, is yet another…and not a way to begin, or end, the day.
Datto SIRIS 2 Backup Insights tool allows you to compare the difference between two backups and determine what file/files have changed.
Before discussing why someone should use the Datto SIRIS Bare Metal Restore, let see a brief discussion about how a typical Datto SIRIS back-up system works. A back-up agent installed on the servers that require to be backed up, and a Datto SIRIS back-up device that normally manages and stores the backed up data.
When thinking about computer backups and system restoration, it is best to be prepared for the absolutely worst case scenarios because they actually do occur. For example, what if your courier carrying the backup tapes from the off-site storage facility gets in a bad traffic accident and all of the backups get destroyed? What if you find out, too late, that your backups only run on an obsolete system that doesn’t exist anymore? What if your disaster recovery site gets hit by lightning and burns to the ground?
When designing a business continuity or disaster recovery plan, cloud storage should be the first priority on a company’s list. Cloud storage offers a level of data protection that cannot be matched by other services. Even in the case of a disaster, businesses can be sure that their information is secured and waiting to be accessed.
Sometimes you wonder if too much technical know-how is detrimental to the decision-making process. You’ve always admired a business associate’s knack for solving a lot of his own company’s computer problems, though you question just how far he’ll go in his quest for DIY solutions.
Is 2014 going to be the year of a compliance crisis due to so many businesses changing to cloud solutions for data storage? Not if you have invested in HIPAA compliant cloud storage. Many in the healthcare industry are adopting cloud storage for its interoperability, archiving, remote storage, and cost reductions.
Nowadays, there is no longer any question about the importance of backing up your data. Although computers have become remarkably robust over the past several years, the medium primarily used to store data–hard disks–remains quite fragile at the core. If you still have any doubts as to whether or not you need to back up or files, put those doubts to rest: you do need to back up your files and one of the best solutions available is cloud backup for mac.
HIPAA isn’t new, it was created in 1996 in order to protect health information and give patients rights concerning their health care information. This pertains to administration, physical and technical aspects of the patient health information.
Most organizations don’t backup their data, and fewer test their data recovery plan. And of those that do, find that their DR and data backup and data recovery plan fails. That’s why it is important to know about data recovery problems with incremental backup.
Did you know you can use Datto VPN clients to connect to the cloud? Well, you can. This article will teach you how to download and install the provided Datto VPN keys to connect to a Datto Cloud Network. This is what you need to know. **Currently OpenVPN 2.2.2 is...
I truly believe, that for small business, Datto Alto is a true Backup Exec alternative, delivering advanced backup, disaster recovery and business continuity that was once never available to the small business budget. It is a solution that is easy to use, cost effective, and provides an insurance policy against costly downtime and interruptions for small businesses.
For small business owners, the importance of a disaster recovery plan template is immense. If natural or man-made disaster strikes, you need to be prepared to ensure the continuity of your business.
When you decided to make the big move from being an employee to being an employer, you probably did it because you were confident in your field of expertise. You had a lot of contacts in the business, and were sure that you would be able to find clients and get the work done in a quality manner. If so, you are like most small business owners across the country. But, like every business owner knows, there is more to running your business than the things you know about your own industry. You need to get insurance, and wire the phones, and get the accounting done, and you need someone to take care of your IT needs. These are important parts of your business that need special attention.
It happens. Servers go down. However, when it happens, it could mean losing business, hurting the bottom line in the end. You could lose emails, databases, and entire systems. Unfortunately, the timing can’t be predicted. The only sure thing is that it won’t happen at a good time.
The reality is that you will lose your data at some point. The only question is how and when. When that time does happen you need to be prepared. 43% of companies without a disaster recovery plan will never re-open, and those that do, 80% fail within 13 months. When you do lose your data, how are you going to efficiently and effectively recover it? Is it necessary, or a smart strategy to store your backups on-site and off-site?
How important is your data to the success of your business? How long could your business function without it? What’s the cost to your business in lost revenue, productivity, unhappy clients and partners?
Are you backing up your data? Do you know if your backups were successful and can be restored? Backing up is a great first start, but it is just that — a start. As we stress to every client, prospect and person we chat to, the key to a successful backup and recovery strategy is in the recovery. Without a recovery of your data, the whole process is a waste of time and effort.
Far too often busy business owners have good intentions — to backup the data which is the lifeblood of their business. They understand how important backing up their business data is to their long term success, yet it’s astonishing many fail to do so. In my conversations with many small business owners, I’ve heard a few common threads. One is they don’t have the technical skills, not sure which backup solution to deploy, they believe data loss will never happen to them, but by far the most common is they tried backup systems that are too cumbersome and not easy to understand.