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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)

Ransomware Protection: Unitrends Releases Ransomware Detection

Unitrends this week announced Ransomware protection using an innovative Ransomware detection feature in its release 9.2. Why? It seems to me that every backup vendor is warning about it and advocating their backup product to recover from Ransomware attacks.  It makes sense.  Ransomware as a threat continues to grow.  A few of the more alarming […] The post Ransomware Protection: Unitrends Releases Ransomware Detection appeared first on Unitrends Blog. ... (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)

SAN Backup, Broken Legs, Football, and Stupidity

After the SAN backup fiasco in Virgina, I started thinking about how how far we’ve gotten from the concept of what backup is really all about. Imagine the following scenario from a college football game this weekend: [In the middle of a nationally televised football game a linebacker blitzes and catches the quarterback on the blind side; the quarterback's leg snapping is audible to the sideline microphones.] Trainer: Coach, your first-string quarterback, Tom, has a broken leg.  You need to get your backup in there. Coach: Okay.  Let’t get Tom in there. Trainer: I don’t think that... (more)

Backup, Deduplication, and Incremental Forever

We got a great question from a potential customer today.  The essence of the question was […] does Unitrends have the ability to “locate” the deduplicated files/paths as it runs so that a histogram or pie charts (or some other identifying method) can be found to identify and change the backup schedule for areas that obviously don’t need to be backed up often?  Sort of makes sense, right? Why spin the CPU on the appliance backing up data that you already know is redundant?  Saves time on backups, and helps users migrate off old data, or at least change the backup schedule so tha... (more)