W. Curtis Preston

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W. Curtis Preston – known as Mr. Backup – is an expert in backup, storage and recovery, having worked in the space since 1993. He has been an end-user, consultant and analyst.

Most recently he has joined the team at Druva, a cloud-based data protection company. He’s written three books on the subject, Backup & Recovery, Using SANs and NAS and Unix Backup & Recovery.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of W. Curtis Preston and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

Why aren’t optical disks the top choice for archive storage?

Tape backup as a defense vs. ransomware

Tape backup as a defense vs. ransomware

Tape isn’t close to being the perfect backup, but it is pretty impervious to ransomware.

Ransomware recovery: Cloud is the way to go

Ransomware recovery: Cloud is the way to go

Cloud-based DR offers incredible recovery speed as well as the ability to pre-restore data.

Ransomware recovery: Plan for it now

Ransomware recovery: Plan for it now

Make a disaster-recovery plan to address ransomware attacks, and start with stopping its spread, IDing the variant and getting ready to get restore your files.

Make sure your laptop backups can handle ransomware

Make sure your laptop backups can handle ransomware

There’s more than one way to backup laptop data, but not all of them can defeat the tricks attackers have designed into ransomware.

Backup lessons from a cloud-storage disaster

Backup lessons from a cloud-storage disaster

Organizations that failed to make sure their cloud data was backed up properly learned the consequences the hard way when an OVHcloud data center burned last month.

Ransomware: How to make sure backups are ready

Ransomware: How to make sure backups are ready

Avoid paying off ransomware attackers by following these steps to ensure backups can restore infected systems.

How to protect backups from ransomware

How to protect backups from ransomware

Backups can be defended against ransomware attacks by moving them offsite from primary systems, removing file-system access to the backups, and avoiding using Windows as a backup platform.

Disaster recovery lessons from an island struck by a hurricane

Disaster recovery lessons from an island struck by a hurricane

Prepping for disaster recovery needs a plan, testing, and thinking about non-technical necessities like food and shelter for the recovery team.

Facts about backup security that should scare you to death

Facts about backup security that should scare you to death

How to tighten up security for backup systems and avoid malicious activities carried out by lone wolves.

Backing up databases is critical and complex

Backing up databases is critical and complex

Proper database backup is essential because of the importance of the data they contain, so understanding how the work is also a must.

Should you upgrade tape drives to the latest standard?

Should you upgrade tape drives to the latest standard?

A recently released standard for linear tape-open—LTO-9—sets the scene for faster drives with more capacity, but are they a must-have?

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