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The term "Backup" means the methods and processes involved to copy computer data (system data as well as application data) to media other than the ones where the data originally live (disk, tape, optical, cloud). "Restore" in turn means the methods and processes involved in data recovery, i. e., bringing back copied computer data to their original location. Backup/Restore primarily serves as a means of protection against data loss, be it due to disaster, corruption or sabotage. It can also be used for recovering data from an earlier point in time and even for cloning machines or applications. There is a wide variety of backup/restore software available, from expensive commercial products to free or open source tools.

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Windows Server 2003 introduced persistent Volume Shadow Copies and made 2003 a must-do upgrade. Since then, it's been a must-implement feature for all servers doing any kind of file sharing.
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Concerto Cloud for Software Providers & ISVs
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Concerto Cloud for Software Providers & ISVs

Can Concerto Cloud Services help you focus on evolving your application offerings, while delivering the best cloud experience to your customers? From DevOps to revenue models and customer support, the answer is yes!

Learn how Concerto can help you.

Backup
"Any files you do not have backed up in at least two [other] places are files you do not care about."
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Backups and Disaster RecoveryIn this post, we’ll look at strategies for backups and disaster recovery.
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RamChip
This article shows how to use a free utility called 'Parkdale' to easily test the performance and benchmark any Hard Drive(s) installed in your computer. We also look at RAM Disks and their speed comparisons.
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Modern OS from Windows 7 onwards will disable disk cache and you will not have performance gain on using a RAMDisk.

Besides, the wearing from disk read and write will not have a significant impact to your SSD.

https://www.howtogeek.com/256859/dont-waste-time-optimizing-your-ssd-windows-knows-what-its-doing/

I have changed the HDD to SSD for a number of desktop PC for more than 18 months and they are still running to top speed like Day 1.

Before I changed to SSD, I did use RAMDisk to make Windows 7 ran faster by moving all cached and temporary files to the RAMDisk and my experience shows that the article in the link above is correct.

Besides, unless you are staying with 32 bit MS Windows, you will not have spare RAM for RAMDisk and it is better to let the OS to handle memory management.
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I found that on my Windows 10 64 bit machine with a 256gb boot SSD (1tb data drive HDD 7200rpm), RAMDisk made a huge difference.  I found the same on my brand new laptop (Lenovo Yoga) with SSD.  I even bought the software.
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Your data is at risk. Probably more today that at any other time in history. There are simply more people with more access to the Web with bad intentions.
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Absolutely true! Backup is mandatory these days. I would recommend multiple backups (different hosts). The most common threat these days is indeed Ransomware and that's because it is very different from other types of viruses. Learn more about it and what you need to do to keep your data safe. Remember to always keep everything patched and updated!
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Acronis - CreatorsUpdate
Microsoft will be releasing the Windows 10 Creators Update in just a matter of weeks. Are you prepared? Follow these steps to ensure everything goes smoothly and you don't lose valuable data on your PC.
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In this article we will learn how to backup a VMware farm using Nakivo Backup & Replication. In this tutorial we will install the software on a Windows 2012 R2 Server.
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Microservice architecture adoption brings many advantages, but can add intricacy. Selecting the right orchestration tool is most important for business specific needs.
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The article will include the best Data Recovery Tools along with their Features, Capabilities, and their Download Links. Hope you’ll enjoy it and will choose the one as required by you.
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If you are an windows user then you can now recover your personal documents,files from any kind of hard disk drive with <a href = "https://blogs.systweak.com/2017/02/7-best-free-data-recovery-software/"> data recovery software </a> and bring lost data back with safe recovery.
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If you are an windows user then you can now recover your personal documents,files from any kind of hard disk drive with <a href = "https://blogs.systweak.com/2017/02/7-best-free-data-recovery-software/"> data recovery software </a> and bring lost data back with safe recovery.
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Are you looking to recover an email message or a contact you just deleted mistakenly? Or you are searching for a contact that you erased from your MS Outlook ‘Contacts’ folder and now realized that it was important.
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Deduplication
VM backup deduplication is a method of reducing the amount of storage space needed to save VM backups. In most organizations, VMs contain many duplicate copies of data, such as VMs deployed from the same template, VMs with the same OS, or VMs that have some (semi) identical files (database entries,
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Workplace bullying has increased with the use of email and social media. Retain evidence of this with email archiving to protect your employees.
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A very good read on an issue that affects us all.  Voting Yes.
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This article is an update and follow-up of my previous article:   Storage 101: common concepts in the IT enterprise storage

This time, I expand on more frequently used storage concepts.
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Great job!
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Thanks for publishing such a great article here Carlos !
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A Bare Metal Image backup allows for the restore of an entire system to a similar or dissimilar hardware. They are highly useful for migrations and disaster recovery. Bare Metal Image backups support Full and Incremental backups. Differential backups are not supported.
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Create your own, high-performance VM backup appliance by installing NAKIVO Backup & Replication directly onto a Synology NAS!
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Hi Anna,

What about QNAP NAS ?
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Hello, ITSystemEngineer.

The most of this integration is already done. We're just waiting for QNAP team to fully migrate their QTS to 64-bit architecture. According to QNAP, the migration should happen with the next QTS release.

Best regards.
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How to update Firmware and Bios in Dell Equalogic PS6000 Arrays and Hard Disks firmware update.
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VM backups can be lost due to a number of reasons: accidental backup deletion, backup file corruption, disk failure, lost or stolen hardware, malicious attack, or due to some other undesired and unpredicted event. Thus, having more than one copy of your business-critical VM backups...
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By default, Carbonite Server Backup manages your encryption key for you using Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 128-bit encryption. If you choose to manage your private encryption key, your backups will be encrypted using AES 256-bit encryption.
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Pen drive recovery
Storage devices are generally used to save the data or sometime transfer the data from one computer system to another system. However, sometimes user accidentally erased their important data from the Storage devices. Users have to know how data recovery tools work.
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You could also go for  Removable Data Recovery Tool providing a late binding feature which is a novelty and may not be present in above mentioned softwares.
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Get free NFR key for Veeam Availability Suite 9.5
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Get free NFR key for Veeam Availability Suite 9.5

Veeam is happy to provide a free NFR license (1 year, 2 sockets) to all certified IT Pros. The license allows for the non-production use of Veeam Availability Suite v9.5 in your home lab, without any feature limitations. It works for both VMware and Hyper-V environments

How to fix error ""Failed to validate the vCentre certificate. Either install or verify the certificate by using the vSphere Data Protection Configuration utility" when you are trying to connect to VDP instance from Vcenter.
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Thanks for the feedback. I have re-sized the image to remove the space taken by blank corner of the frame.
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A quick step-by-step overview of installing and configuring Carbonite Server Backup.
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Retrospect selectors offer a surprisingly  powerful method to precisely control what does, or does not get backed up. However creating complex selectors can be a bit mind bending.

This article discusses nesting selectors within each other to create a flexible backup management toolset.
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Glacier Costs
AWS Glacier is Amazons cheapest storage option and is their answer to a ‘Cold’ storage service.  Customers primarily use this service for archival purposes and storage of infrastructure backups.  Its unlimited storage potential and low storage cost makes it a popular storage choice.
 
What can be sometimes overlooked are the retrieval costs of your data, depending on how much you retrieve and over what time period can make a huge difference.  This article will cover these costs and help you understand the considerations of data retrieval.  Its important to note that AWS prices are exclusive of any GST or VAT chargeable (more information on these fees can be found here.)
 
Retrieval Costs
 
When you find yourself in a situation where you need to retrieve data from Glacier you need to understand some of the costs to ensure you can complete it in the most cost effective way. 
 
You will probably be aware that AWS boasts a retrieval rate of $0.01 per GB; however this is not as simple to calculate as it seems.
 
It’s important to note that you can retrieve up to 5% of your total AWS Glacier for free each month which is monitored on a pro rata basis daily.  Therefore if for example you have 15TB of data stored on Glacier you could retrieve 25GB a day for free (15TB * 5% (0.05) / 30(days) = 25GB).  25GB would be your daily free allowance.
 
Any data retrieved over this amount per day will be chargeable based upon other …
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Well written and illustrated.  Voting Yes.
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In this technological trend, we all know the importance of our data. Instead of storing it in a physical device, why not to keep it over the cloud and let it follow you wherever you go. Being in a digital world, Cloud Backup is one such thing every internet consumer should acquire.
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Hard drive sizes are not given in binary, so I didn't go that route.
I also didn't bother to take TCP connection overhead into account either
We're looking for ballpark figures here.
You clearly live someplace with good, cheap network connections -- but you wrote an article for a global audience.
Our shop is in a new area of one of the fast growing regions of our nation.
To get symmetric DSL of 10 Mbps, I'd have to pay $5500 to get fiber to the door and $1350 / month for the service.
A connection like yours  20 Mbps (~120 Mbps download) is simply not available unless you'd pay the astronomical costs of a partial T3 frame relay.

You've missed my point.  It doesn't matter what the Cloud has to offer if you have to sip through a very expensive straw -- and the numbers you posted about your differentials are not making sense for your argument

75 MB change every day : 30 minutes to do the daily upload

To get the whole 130 GB up there in the first place
130 GB = 130,000 MB
150 MB per hour
868 hours
36 days.

My point is simple.
If you are going to talk about Cloud-based DR scenarios, the VERY FIRST POINT of discussion has to be effective networking speeds and costs, otherwise, you are wasting your own time and everyone else's

And with your own numbers, if your download is 6x your upload, you are looking at 6 days to pull your data back down.  What business can afford that?

I also backed everything up to two separate outboard hard drives which are my backup backups running EMC backup software.

Good idea.  Because in the breach, the usefulness of Cloud-based DR is very limited.
And your article fails to discuss such pitfalls.
Indeed,
Instead of storing it in a physical device,
Your article does not give the impression that you intend the cloud as a tertiary contingency -- which is what it really should be.
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Sorry to hear you're not happy with Carbonite's 30 day retention policy. Carbonite was designed as a backup rather than a journaling or archiving service so we wanted to make sure that when you did need to do a restore from your backup that you wouldn't get a lot of data that you had deleted on purpose. Our research indicated that data that wasn't restored within 30 days was usually deleted on purpose so we set up our retention that way.

If you'd like our Carbonite Server Backup offers configurable retention and you can set it to never remove any deleted files: http://www.carbonite.com/en/cloud-backup/business-solutions/server-plans/

If you wanted to learn more about why we set up Carbonite that way or wanted to give more feedback feel free to leave a note back, or Private Message me here on the site. Thanks!
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This article is essential to make secure Yahoo Mail connection without facing any issue. It is providing simple steps to configure your Yahoo Mailbox to Hard drive using Microsoft Outlook.
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The term "Backup" means the methods and processes involved to copy computer data (system data as well as application data) to media other than the ones where the data originally live (disk, tape, optical, cloud). "Restore" in turn means the methods and processes involved in data recovery, i. e., bringing back copied computer data to their original location. Backup/Restore primarily serves as a means of protection against data loss, be it due to disaster, corruption or sabotage. It can also be used for recovering data from an earlier point in time and even for cloning machines or applications. There is a wide variety of backup/restore software available, from expensive commercial products to free or open source tools.