How Offsite Data Replication Saved Toy Story 2

Posted by Mary McCoy on Dec 16, 2015 9:39:24 AM

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This year marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Pixar's computer-animated, Academy-Award winning film, Toy Story. Originally released in 1995, Toy Story was succeeded by two additional films that continued to follow the adventures of Andy's toys as the little boy matured into a young man. What you may not know, however, is that Andy's journey to adulthood was almost cut short, with little hope of Woody, Buzz or a slice of Pizza Planet's finest saving the day.

Have you ever seen data vanish into thin air? For the creators of Toy Story 2, panic struck the Pixar offices when the movie was almost permanently deleted due to a rogue command and improper backup and disaster recovery (BDR) practices. 

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Topics: Backups, data recovery, server backup, site-to-site

Regulatory Standards and Their Impact on Backup Processes

Posted by Ben Austin on Nov 12, 2015 10:01:41 AM

Over the last decade-or-so, regulatory standards have become an increasingly important part of doing business across the planet. Whether it’s a small eCommerce site out of Norway or a mega health insurance company in New York City, nearly every modern business has some industry standard that it needs to comply with. And whether it’s a federal law, like the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, or an international industry specification, like ISO 27001, hosting providers (especially those offering backup and disaster recovery) are often responsible for helping their clients achieve and maintain their compliance with these standards.

Let me just get this out of the way now: This article is not meant to provide legal advice for organizations who need to comply with these standards. If that's what you're looking for then, my apologies, this isn't the article you're looking for.

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Topics: data recovery, compliance, security, data retention, HIPAA, PCI

5 Premium Backup Service Differentiators to Set Your Business Apart!

Posted by Mary McCoy on Jul 28, 2015 6:00:00 AM

If you're a hosting provider that's already recognized and seized the market need to offer clients back up services, you're halfway there. How are you truly ensuring that your solution is better than your competitors? Are your clients getting the maximum value from your business continuity platform?

Backup systems for hosting providers vary widely across the industry. With the variety or workloads, system designs, and Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs), it’s no wonder why we see so much variance in backup system design. So which one is right for you? Look for a platform with these five features!

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Topics: Backups, hosting industry, HostingCon, data recovery

6 Notorious Cases of Data Loss All Hosting Providers Can Learn From

Posted by Mary McCoy on Jun 17, 2015 10:35:00 AM

Since the dawn of time, people have misplaced things and information has been lost. Whether it be through the manipulation of ancient manuscripts or the improper configuring of computer scripts, all data has the potential to be compromised or lost completely. As hosting providers, protecting sensitive client data is part of your job description, so every known case of data loss offers an opportunity to learn and refine your technology and internal processes. What are some of the most notable instances over the years (or centuries)? Keep reading!

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Topics: data recovery, data loss

The Benefits of Site-to-Site Data Replication for Customers and Web Hosts Alike

Posted by Mary McCoy on May 13, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Backup is in and of itself a contingency plan, and it can get confusing when we start throwing around terms like data replication. How is that any different than backup, which is literally copying data and storing it somewhere else?

If your clients are already backing up data locally, they may think they’re covered, and it’s up to you to convince them otherwise. At the same time, you can’t assume your own data center is invincible. Do you have a second layer of defense for the copied data you’re already storing should IT hit the fan?

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Topics: Backups, data protection, data recovery, server backup

30% of People Have Never Backed Up; Let's Change That

Posted by Ben Barker on Mar 25, 2015 5:30:00 AM

Backup is important no matter who you are. Of course, some files are more important than others, but nobody likes losing their data. March 31 is World Backup Day, and according to the website, 30% of people have NEVER performed a backup of their data. Pretty staggering statistic, huh?

World Backup Day should serve as a time to backup your data, but also as a time to spread awareness about the importance of data protection. You may understand the risks that come along with expanding backup windows, but do your end clients? I'm willing to bet that web hosting providers don't often play into that 30% of the population that has never performed a backup. With World Backup Day approaching, take some time to make data backup a selling point and emphasize its importance to those who might not realize it.

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Topics: data protection, data recovery, data loss, backup strategy

This Week in Data (November 29, 2014)

Posted by Ben Austin on Nov 29, 2014 7:00:00 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 the United States senate was thankful for server backup, Sony Pictures wasn't so thankful for its costly security breech, and Cloudfare showed how thankful it really is for all of its users on mainland China.

Check out our infographic for all of our big headlines of the week. As always, feel free to share with your friends and followers, or let us know about any major stories we overlooked this week.

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Topics: data recovery, data loss, Industry News, TWID

What Are Your Server Backup Plans for 2013?

Posted by R1Soft on Dec 13, 2012 5:30:00 PM

Well it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! That means the New Year is just around the corner. Besides the gifts, family and good times, it’s also a time to reflect on the past year and make plans for the next. So, how about it? How did your server backup plans for this year work out? Tell the truth, did you even have a server backup plan?

Hopefully you did. You probably didn’t back up every one of your servers, but if your organization is like most you may have

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Topics: windows, Backups, data protection, linux, data recovery, virtualization, server backup, recovery

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