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Niko - Snow, Backup, Disaster Recovery, and Continuity What do snow, backup, disaster recovery, and continuity have to do with each other? I work from Boston 4 days a week and we're in the middle of a blizzard. (Note: I commute to Boston.  I live 4 days a week at Unitrends' Boston/Burlington offices and 3 days a week at Unitrends' Columbia South Carolina offices.  So it's fair to note that given my South Carolina roots that a single snowflake could cause a massive panic attack.  Nevertheless, I think Winter storm Niko is a fairly big deal even to folks who have lived their whole lives in the Northeast.)  It reminds me of all of the winter-related disasters I've seen since I joined Unitrends. Snow, backup, and continuity are an interesting mix.  In terms of snow- and winter-related disasters, we tend to see problems ranging from frozen pipes in smaller businesses to... (more)

SAN Backup – or How to Make DMVs Even More Hellish

SAN backup, or the lack of SAN backup, is in the news.  The failure of the EMC DMX-3 SAN for the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has made not only the technology press but the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and others. No wonder.  The lack of a SAN backup strategy left 26 of 83 of Virginia's state agencies down. From Sam Nixon, Virginia's Chief Information Officer A piece of equipment went down that is meant to never go down, went down. [...] The recovery time has been unacceptable. From 2001: A Space Oddessey Interviewer: HAL, you have an enormous responsibility on ... (more)

VAR Rejects Higher Priced Deduplication One Trick Ponies

Unitrends, a provider of integrated and scalable backup solutions, today announced that its successful partnership with nexusSTOR has created a strong competitive advantage for the reseller. Kyle King, owner of nexusSTOR, extensively examined the other competitors Exagrid, Overland Storage and FalconStor to find “they are typically 30 percent more expensive and still have to rely on third party backup software.” “Deduplication has evolved beyond the ‘one trick pony’ stage; the smartest VARs and buyers have realized that they need affordable all-in-one backup appliances that can b... (more)

VMware and Windows Quiescing for Crash-Consistent Backups

Unitrends offers VMware VADP-level backup protection in its backup appliances beginning with release 5.  One of the primary objections to using this for some Windows clients has been what’s known as the application-level quiescing problem – the fact that applications running within a Windows GOS (Guest Operating System) such as SQL or Exchange would not produce crash-consistent backups – in plain speak, when you went to recover you’d have to perform integrity tests to attempt to recover partial data for these applications. With VMware 4.1, this is now supported.  The tables and... (more)

Enterprise Online Backup and Losing a Lady Gaga MP3

Recently there was an interesting blog post by Scott Raymond entitled “Where Are the Affordable Enterprise Online Backups?” I made a comment to it – to the effect that bandwidth and RTO (Recovery Time Objective) are incompatible.  That caused some other comments to be made.  I decided to write a bit longer post concerning the entire phenomenon on this blog. First of all, the term “enterprise online backup” is a bit misleading.  What the author of the post was complaining about was that there are no unlimited storage options with associated flat-rate pricing of the sort in the co... (more)