This Week in Data (November 21, 2014)

Posted by Ben Austin on Nov 21, 2014 6:30:00 AM

"This Week in Data" is a weekly infographic that aims to serve as a quick and easy way for our readers to catch up on the latest news about the people and organizations that are shaking up the world of big data, cloud computing, and all thing data storage.

We've got an eclectic set of headlines this week that range from the rise of "mega data centers," to an open source security framework, to pair of big wins for Greenpeace and renewable energy.

As always, you can read more about each story by clicking the links under the graphic, or contribute to the cause by submitting any stories we overlooked in the comments section below.

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Topics: cloud services, Industry News, TWID, big data

What are the Benefits of Block-Level Backups?

Posted by Ben Austin on Nov 19, 2014 6:30:00 AM

R1Soft takes a slightly different approach to server backup than most traditional backup companies. While traditional, incremental backup products allow you to backup your data at the file level, Server Backup Manager (SBM) enables you to perform backups at the block level.

So what's wrong with performing backups at the file level? First and foremost, file-level backups tend to consume huge amounts of system resources, causing the backup application itself to compete with processes critical to the services the systems are supposed to provide. Aside from performance issues, traditional backups could also result in major limitations. For instance, it's nearly impossible to perform true bare-metal restores with file level backups.

As you may have guessed from the title of this post, block-level backups don't deal with all of the deficiencies that come with their file-level counterparts. Let's take a closer look at how block-level backups can solve many of the pains often associated with performing backups at the file level.

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Topics: Backups, block-level backup

This Week in Data (November 14, 2014)

Posted by Ben Austin on Nov 14, 2014 6:30:00 AM

"This Week in Data" is a weekly infographic that aims to serve as a quick and easy way for our readers to catch up on the latest news about the people and organizations that are shaking up the world of big data, cloud computing, and all thing data storage.

This week saw some major fortune telling by Forrester Research and Steve Ballmer, yet another step toward making the Internet of Things a reality for the masses, and an acquisition by Microsoft that will protect their enterprise customers in a hybrid cloud world. 

Looking for more info on each story? Click the links below the graphic for more details, and don't forget to let us know if there are any big time stories that we missed this week.

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Topics: cloud computing, TWID, big data

The Benefits of Continuous Data Protection

Posted by Ben Austin on Nov 12, 2014 9:04:00 AM

Let me quickly run you through a scenerio and see if this sounds familiar:

First you take the time to plan out your backup schedule days in advance. Then Friday hits and you stay at the office an extra hour or two late to set your backup to run over the weekend, giving your system all the time it needs to read through every bit of data as it tries to determine what has changed since last weekend’s backup.

If you're like the vast majority of organizations, you are amassing data at an exponential rate, storing it on hard drives that get bigger and bigger every year while maintaining the same performance and speeds. This means that those weekly incremental backups are going to constantly get slower and slower until that single backup window turns into a weekend-long fiasco, jam-packed with aggravating performance issues.

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Topics: CDP, Continuous Data Protection

This Week in Data (November 7, 2014)

Posted by Ben Austin on Nov 7, 2014 6:30:00 AM

"This Week in Data" is a weekly infographic that aims to serve as a quick and easy way for our readers to catch up on the latest news about the people and organizations that are shaking up the world of big data, cloud computing, and all thing data storage.

This week we've got two stories that feature Big Data being utilized to hinder the spread of some major forces in the world -- violent crime and influenza. Meanwhile, although it's becoming fairly common to hear about major forces in the industry coming together for the common good, but this week we saw something a little more unsuspected -- a partnership between two competitors in the storage space.

Check out our infographic for all the headlines, click the links below for more details on each story, and don't forget to let us know if there are any compelling stories that we missed out on this week.

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Make Server Backup a Selling Point

Posted by Ben Barker on Nov 4, 2014 6:46:00 AM

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In baseball, when center fielders dive for fast-falling fly balls, it’s because they know they have the left and right fielders to gather the ball if they don’t catch it. When police officers find themselves in sticky situations, they know there are always fellow officers nearby that they can call on for help. Backup comes in handy in many situations.

But when it comes to servers, backup isn’t just a convenience -- it’s a must have. So how can you make that clear to your potential clients, and how can you convince them that any extra costs associated with backing up their server data is well worth the price tag? It may not be cut and dry, but here are some good, clear messages to start with.

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Topics: server backup, How-To

This Week in Data (October 31, 2014)

Posted by Ben Austin on Oct 31, 2014 6:48:00 AM

"This Week in Data" is a weekly infographic that aims to serve as a quick and easy way for our readers to catch up on the latest news about the people and organizations that are shaking up the world of big data, cloud computing, and all thing data storage.

This week was dominated by news coming out of IBM's Insight 2014 conference. Outside of a pair of IBM announcements, this week's stories also include a hatrick of aquisitions by EMC, a bit of good news for companies trying to move to the cloud, and some equally bad news for about half of the people living in California. Take a look our the headlines and check below the graphic for links to some more in-depth coverage of each of our stories.

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Topics: cloud computing, TWID

Server Backup Manager 5.8.1 - Cleaning up after POODLE

Posted by Ben Austin on Oct 29, 2014 8:30:00 AM

We are pleased to announce that Server Backup Manager 5.8.1 is now available. This hotfix release addresses two security vulnerabilities in the product, including the recently discovered SSL POODLE exploit

In case you missed it, the Web erupted two weeks ago with the news that a major vulnerability had been found in SSL v3.0. The vulnerability, commonly referred to as POODLE, is a design flaw resulting from the way blocks of data are encrypted under a specific type of algorithm within the SSL protocol. Exploiting this vulnerability could give an attacker access to the data passed within the encrypted Web session, including passwords, cookies, etc.

This release resolves the POODLE vulnerability in Server Backup Manager 5.8.0 and earlier. The fix does convert SSL v3 to TLS, so please make sure to check client libraries for compatibility prior to upgrading.

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Topics: Product Update

This Week in Data (October 24, 2014)

Posted by Ben Austin on Oct 24, 2014 8:41:00 AM

"This Week in Data" is a weekly infographic that aims to serve as a quick and easy way for our readers to catch up on the latest news about the people and organizations that are shaking up the world of big data, cloud computing, and all thing data storage.

This week's infographic features a huge cloud partnership, yet another Google acquisition (shocker!), and a highly-anticipated newcomer in the data security space. Skim through the headlines, check for the links below to read more in-depth coverage on each story, and let us know what we missed in our weekly recap!

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Topics: Industry News, TWID

How Hosting Providers Can Add Value to Small Businesses

Posted by Ben Austin on Oct 23, 2014 6:14:00 AM

Last week at HostingCon Europe, Robert Hoffmann, CEO of 1&1 Internet, gave an interesting keynote covering the basic expectations of small business owners as they build out their online presence. The theme of the keynote was essentially that it is up to hosting providers to go that extra distance to empower the less tech-savvy business owners to be successful as they venture online.

As Hoffmann put it, "As an industry, we must show the value of being online."

According to Hoffmann, the best way for hosting providers to show that value is to focus on the four core needs of small business owners who are trying to build an online presenceBe present, Get found, Interact, and Transact.

Because it was well-received and extremely practical presentation, I wanted to re-iterate a few of the main points that Hoffmann covered, while taking a slightly different look at a few of the suggestions for our own readers. Here are a handful of ways that Web hosting providers can use their domain expertise to improve the lives of their most valued customers: small business owners. 

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Topics: Backups, Webhosting, hosting industry, How-To