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.

Backup lessons from a cloud-storage disaster

Ransomware: How to make sure backups are ready for a real attack

Ransomware: How to make sure backups are ready for a real attack

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?

How to make sure data that should be backed up gets backed up

How to make sure data that should be backed up gets backed up

Using selective exclusion to determine what data gets backed up may result in storing some useless data, but it avoids having no backup for the important stuff.

Item-level vs. image-level backup: Why it’s best to use a combo

Item-level vs. image-level backup: Why it’s best to use a combo

Two types of backup – item level and image level – have different strengths, and it’s possible to tap the best of both.

How to backup essential data but not the garbage

How to backup essential data but not the garbage

There’s lots of ways to sort out what to back up and what not to, but the goal should always be to back up everything that needs to survive a crash.

How synthetic full backup works and why you might need it

How synthetic full backup works and why you might need it

Synthetic full backup can eliminate traditional full backup and deliver more efficiency

How to backup hyperconverged infrastructure

How to backup hyperconverged infrastructure

Backing up hyperconvered infrastructure means backing up virtual machines, and that means several options to choose from.

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