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Azure Backup cuddles up real close to Windows Server

Microsoft keeps getting closer and closer to being a decent backup vendor. Last week the company switched on a test of a feature allowing Windows Server Backup to send Windows Server System State data to Azure, then allow restoration of Windows Server from the Redmondian cloud. Windows Server System State data describes the …

Backup crack-up: Fasthosts locks people out of data storage for days amid WCry panic

Fasthosts left some customers without access to their backups for roughly six days – after it tore down systems it feared were vulnerable to the WannaCry malware. The Brit web hosting biz confirmed to The Register that it pulled the plug on gear hosting some of its customers' online storage service last Friday. These systems …
Shaun Nichols, 17 May 2017
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Netgear says sorry four weeks after losing customer backups

Neatgear has cocked up its cloud management service, losing data stored locally on ReadyNAS devices' shared folders worldwide – and customers have complained to The Register about only being informed four weeks later. This week, the San Jose-based networking business sent an email to customers, seen by The Register, confirming …
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Dell backs out of in-cloud backup business by selling Spanning

Dell has sold its in-cloud backup SW biz Spanning to private equity house Insight Venture Partners, ending just four years of ownership. Spanning backs up data from in-cloud applications to other locations in public clouds, such as Amazon and Google's, and, it says, provides far more comprehensive data protection than the …
Chris Mellor, 21 Apr 2017
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Data trashed? When RPO 0 isn't enough

World Backup Day came and went – did you notice? It seems the only thing we've learned is that everyone wants Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs) of 0. Unfortunately, aggressive RPO targets are hard. They affect the design of real world environments, and are sometimes not possible. And RPO of 0 means "no data loss". With RPO 0, …
Trevor Pott, 19 Apr 2017
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Can nothing stop the Veeam tank? We hate to save you a click but: No

Has Veeam's record-breaking growth halted? Er, in a word, no. In its first 2017 quarter, the enterprise backup biz claims it added close to 12,000 total paid customers, taking the total to 242,000, in line with its historical average new-customer acquisition rate of approximately 4,000 per month. It reported, it says, another …
Chris Mellor, 19 Apr 2017

KCL external review blames whole IT team for mega-outage, leaves managers unshamed

Exclusive An external review into last October's catastrophic data loss at King's College London has placed the blame squarely at the feet of the IT technical team, which it found neither understood nor followed the university's system for backing up data. The probe found that "IT did a pretty good job of managing the actual incident" …
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Dell EMC's 'Spanning' SaaS backup outfit expands into Australia

Dell EMC's software-as-a-service backup outfit, “Spanning”, has expanded into Australia. If the very premise of SaaS backup sounds a bit odd, given the universal promise that SaaS runs from super-redundant bit barns so you don't have to worry about things like backup, know that Spanning's schtick is not primary backup. …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Feb 2017
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UK uni KCL spunks IT budget on 'reputation management' after IT disaster headlines

Exclusive While front-line techies at King's College London have been slaving away to solve the problems of last October's IT disaster, their embarrassed superiors have been dipping into the IT budget to “reputation manage” the incident. Last October, a one-fault-tolerant RAID array running the entirety of the UK university's IT estate …

GitLab.com melts down after wrong directory deleted, backups fail

Source-code hub GitLab.com is in meltdown after experiencing data loss as a result of what it has suddenly discovered are ineffectual backups. On Tuesday evening, Pacific Time, the startup issued a sobering series of tweets we've listed below. Behind the scenes, a tired sysadmin, working late at night in the Netherlands, had …
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Veeam vaunts its va-va-voom as 2016 revenues unveiled

It's news but kind of expected: Veeam has seen almost 30 per cent year-on-year growth in its final 2016 quarter, and full-year revenues of $607.4m. The stats keep on coming: 230,000 customers worldwide: Veeam added close to 50,000 total paid customers in 2016, keeping pace with the historical average of approximately 4,000 …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jan 2017

Meet the Tesla of the backup world – Datos IO (no, it doesn't make boxes that catch fire)

Analysis Startup Datos IO is the Tesla of the backup industry, redesigning data protection for distributed apps and focussing on high-end customers with code to solve specific problems no one else can solve anywhere near as well. It now has ten paying customers for its RecoverX distributed database backup product, six months after its …
Chris Mellor, 5 Jan 2017
How the Veeam Linux backup agent does its funky thang

Riddle me this: What's green and freezes cloudy penguins?

Veeam has given the world a Linux Backup Agent. It's a backup tool so you know what it does, namely give you the ability to create copies of files, volumes or whole computers and put them in a safe place where you can get your hands on them should things go awry. The agent integrates with Veeam Backup & Replication, so you …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Dec 2016
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Microsoft kindly offers VMware-to-Azure backup

Microsoft has a new offer for VMware users: agentless backup for vSphere VMs – to an on-premises target or Azure - made possible through a vCenter API. Redmond's been keen on offering cloud services to VMware users for some time: it already offers a disaster recovery service that preserves vSphere VMs in Azure and even runs …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Nov 2016

Psst. Need some spy-on-employees tech? Ask Oriium

IPExpo Yorkshire-based "IT solutions" firm Oriium was hawking its CX:inSync spy-on-your-employees platform at ITExpo Europe today. Its cx:inSync product is sold as an endpoint device management solution. Its big selling point is the ability for network admins to implement deduplicated backups of end-user devices. Bundled with that …
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Microsoft baits backup blimps with Azure upgrade

Backup and disaster recovery are brilliant applications for cloud and Microsoft now reckons it has made Azure an enterprise-grade contender, at least for workloads and data already in Azure. Redmond's revealed that Azure Backup's had an upgrade that delivers the following: Ability to view all backup policies in a Recovery …
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Veeam: You know what's not a disaster? Our software mega-update

The backup and disaster recovery firm Veeam has announced an updated Availability Suit, and the Veeam Availability Platform for the Hybrid Cloud. It's a bundle of VAS, VAL, VAM, VAO, VAC and VCC, as you will see. VAS - Veeam Availability Suite for virtualised servers* VAL - Veeam Agent for Linux for public clouds and …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2016
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Commvault's growing, even if profits dipped into losses this quarter

Commvault has sustained its recovery for a third quarter although it has recorded a loss after a much smaller income tax benefit was applied than a year ago. The first fiscal 2017 quarter saw a 9.6 per cent rise in Commvault's revenues to $152.4m: they were $139.1m a year ago, and $159.6m in the seasonally higher preceding …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jul 2016

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