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Recovery options: Copy-on-write vs redirect-on-write snapshots

Snapshots are virtual copies that can rapidly recover data but depending on the approach can have very different performance characteristics.


Restoring databases from backup requires hands-on practice

You need to practice restoring your databases so when it becomes necessary in your live network, you’ll be prepared to do it right.

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Data center fires raise concerns about lithium-ion batteries

Data center fires aren't common, but they can be devastating. As use of lithium-ion batteries grows, enterprises need to be aware of the risks, Uptime Institute warns.

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Backup: Don’t forget cell phones used for work

The surest way to protect data created on mobile devices may mean backing it up to the cloud and then backing up that backup.

7 ways to secure backup data

Encryption, immutability, tape, and third-party key management are among measures to keep data backups safer.

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9 steps to protecting backup servers from ransomware

Restricting access to onsite backup servers and limiting their ability for outbound communication are among ransomware defenses to protect enterprise data.

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Ransomware: It’s coming for your backup servers

Compromised backup servers can thwart efforts to restore damage done by ransomware and give attackers the chance to extort payments in exchange for keeping sensitive stolen data secret.

Data archiving: It doesn’t have to be on tape

Long-term data storage can be done in the cloud, on disk drives, and optical disks, but each has some drawbacks.

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5 reasons restores can take longer than backups

Backing up data can be fairly quick, but because the steps needed to access the backup and restore it to the live network, restores can be surprisingly slow.

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What is DRaaS and how can it save your business from disaster?

Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) enables enterprises of all sizes to safely backup their data in the cloud and quickly recover from a natural disaster, cyberattack or unplanned outage

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Facebook outage was a series of unfortunate events

A badly written command, a buggy audit tool, a DNS system that hobbled efforts to restore the network, and tight data-center security all contributed to Facebook’s seven-hour Dumpster fire.