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.

5 reasons restores can take longer than backups

Best backup for 7 major databases

Best backup for 7 major databases

There are many backup options for databases, but here are recommendations for Cassandra, DB2, DynamoDB, MongoDB, MySQL, Oracle, and PostgreSQL.

Backup for databases: Get familiar with the type you use

Backup for databases: Get familiar with the type you use

The design of a database determines what method is best suited for backing it up, and those methods vary quite a bit.

Backing up a database depends on how it’s delivered

Backing up a database depends on how it’s delivered

On premises servers, PaaS, and serverless delivery of databases each has its own backup best practices.

The latest tape storage is faster and holds more, but is it better?

The latest tape storage is faster and holds more, but is it better?

The LTO-9 open standard boosts the transfer speed of magnetic tape, which seems like an improvement, but that might not make tape a more attractive option for backup.

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

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

Optical storage can last a century, give faster access to data, and is backward compatible with earlier optical technology, yet disk drives and tape rule in long-term 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.

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