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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)

GitLab and SysAdmin Mistakes

Last week GitLab went down because of a human error when a sysadmin made a mistake and removed a production folder. When I read that, I remembered my early days working as system administrator. I managed a lot of Linux/UNIX servers and I would make my job easier by automating things using scripts and remote commands […] The post GitLab and SysAdmin Mistakes appeared first on Unitrends Blog. ... (more)

Enterprise Online Backup and Losing a Lady Gaga MP3

Recently there was an interesting blog post by Scott Raymond entitled “Where Are the Affordable Enterprise Online Backups?” I made a comment to it – to the effect that bandwidth and RTO (Recovery Time Objective) are incompatible.  That caused some other comments to be made.  I decided to write a bit longer post concerning the entire phenomenon on this blog. First of all, the term “enterprise online backup” is a bit misleading.  What the author of the post was complaining about was that there are no unlimited storage options with associated flat-rate pricing of the sort in the co... (more)

How to send mail notifications to Office365

If you are an Office365 customer there are a number of steps you need to configure to send mail notifications from your applications or Unitrends Appliance to your Office365 domain mailboxes. Office 365 supports these options for sending email from an application: 1. Authenticate your device or application directly with an Office 365 mailbox (SMTP […] The post How to send mail notifications to Office365 appeared first on Unitrends Blog. ... (more)

3PAR, HP, Dell, Private Clouds, and Disaster Recovery

Imagine you’ve won the lottery.  The next morning you wake up and find that you won again.  That’s how the investors and executives at 3PAR are feeling these days.  The dueling takeover offers from HP and Dell for the relatively obscure 3PAR left many in the investment community – and for that matter in the storage industry – scratching their heads. The heart of this bid – beyond the obviously testerone-fueled frenzy culminating with a bid with sky-high multiples – was a weakness that HP reportedly began attempting to resolve 9 months ago.  HP resells HDS (Hitachi Data Systems) ... (more)