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After last month’s WannaCry outbreak, a new strain of ransomware yesterday spread like wildfire across parts of Europe and as far as Britain, The United States, Australia and India. Though most are calling it “Petya” (a malware that has been around since 2016) due to arguments over its...
Despite what you may think, Apple’s exclusive OS X operating system is not naturally safe from new mac ransomware threats. A new ransomware variant is now targeting Apple’s Mac computers, and although it is crude, it is certainly effective. What’s inside the guts of t...
Let’s start with the facts. On May 12th, 2017, a new ransomware variant known as WannaCry spread throughout the internet. It notably infected 60 organizations that were part of the UK’s National Health Service, shut down operations at FedEx, and brought Spain’s Telefonica to a halt. De...
Unitrends vs. Rubrik: How to cut through the marketing.   This type of post is something you should always be skeptical about – one vendor comparing its solution to another vendor’s. That said, the goal here is to help IT pros understand how to compare technologies ami...
IT professionals are heroes, doing whatever it takes to ensure that the infrastructure that helps keep their business running is available 24 x 7 x 365. Automated provisioning, introduced in Unitrends Backup Software version 10,  is designed to address this challenge – increase I...
In an industry that seems to pride itself on complexity, Unitrends makes backup easier with SLA policy automation introduced in Unitrends Backup Software version 10. You no longer need to concern yourself with the how of data protection, but on what and when. In our overview of Unitren...
Unitrends v10 Disrupts Enterprise Data Management with New Approach that Dramatically Increases IT Productivity and Confidence Unitrends announced today the release of version 10 for its Recovery Series backup appliances and Unitrends Backup virtual appliances, finally giving Enterpris...
Ransomware and Channel Partners Ransomware.  The word strikes terror in the hearts of unprepared channel partners.  And for good reason.  The growth and ubiquity and Ransomware is staggering.  More than 4000 Ransomware attacks have occurred each day since the beginning of 2016.  This r...
Unitrends is one of the few backup, productivity, and continuity vendors that offers a contractual SLA (Service Level Agreement) with respect to spin-up times in Unitrends Cloud.  We also offer a version of our Unitrends Cloud DRaaS (Disaster Recovery as a Service) that has no contract...
Mike Vizard at IT Business Edge wrote a great article on our Ransomware detection feature.  There was one particular comment that caught my eye, to wit: Backup and recovery, for as long as anyone can remember, was considered one of those mundane tasks to be left in the hands of the low...
Mike Vizard at IT Business Edge wrote a great article on our Ransomware detection feature.  There was one particular comment that caught my eye, to wit: Backup and recovery, for as long as anyone can remember, was considered one of those mundane tasks to be left in the hands of the low...
Office 365 Backup Mistakes: 5 Surefire Ways to Lose Office 365 Data One of the most common Office 365 backup mistakes is assuming data protection isn’t necessary. There’s a misconception among some IT administrators that Office 365 doesn’t require backup because it runs in the cl...
Office 365 Backup Mistakes: 5 Surefire Ways to Lose Office 365 Data One of the most common Office 365 backup mistakes is assuming data protection isn’t necessary. There’s a misconception among some IT administrators that Office 365 doesn’t require backup because it runs in the cl...
WORLD BACKUP DAY | APRIL FOOLS EDITION On April 1st, Unitrends stunned the backup industry by announcing that it has made a strategic decision to embrace Ransomware and Ransomware-susceptible Windows as its base operating system for backup.  Unitrends announced that it would aband...
WORLD BACKUP DAY | APRIL FOOLS EDITION On April 1st, Unitrends stunned the backup industry by announcing that it has made a strategic decision to embrace Ransomware and Ransomware-susceptible Windows as its base operating system for backup.  Unitrends announced that it would aband...
World Backup Day on March 31 each year has a slogan ready-made by the calendar; don’t be an April Fool, backup your data. And that is what we do, we backup data day after day, month after month, year after year. All this backup activity begs the question, is a backup truly a backup if ...
World Backup Day on March 31 each year has a slogan ready-made by the calendar; don’t be an April Fool, backup your data. And that is what we do, we backup data day after day, month after month, year after year. All this backup activity begs the question, is a backup truly a backup if ...
Satan is a Ransomware as a Service and may be the easiest access point ever created to get into the ransomware business. Ransomware programmers continue to fine tune RaaS (Ransomware as a Service) opportunities for prospective cyber criminals. Since the introduction of the ransomware p...
[Preface: Unitrends has a quite a few customers who have a disaster but are reticent about publicly disclosing this information.  And yet new buyers quite often ask us for this kind of information.  For that reason I’m going to share stories about Unitrends customer disaster recovery e...
Open source Ransomware and Ransomware as a Service (RaaS) is making malware so accessible that even your grandfather can do it. For those who don’t know, Ransomware is a form of malware that locks up access to an enterprise’s data. Then ransomware distributors demand (untraceable bitco...
Unitrends this week released Enterprise Plus.  Why Unitrends Enterprise Plus?  Because our mission is to increase uptime and confidence in a world in which IT professionals must do more with less.  We didn’t say “IT professionals in small companies” or “IT professionals in large compan...
What is Unitrends Release 9.2? ­­­­­ It’s the latest release for our Recovery-Series physical purpose built backup appliances (PBBAs) and for our Unitrends Backup virtual PBBAs for VMware, Hyper-V, and XenServer – and recently launched support for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsof...
What is backup self-service?  Rather than immediately jumping into TCO (Total Cost of Ownership), RTO (Recovery Time Objective), and other TLAs (Three Letter Acronyms) – let’s take a step back. What is self-service?  It’s simply the practice of some form of automation allowing one to s...
As Unitrends has grown in enterprise backup, we’ve increasingly been asked to support ROBO backup (Remote Office Branch Office backup). In one sense, we’ve always supported ROBO backup with physical Purpose Built Backup Appliances (PBBAs) deployed on physical appliances and virtual app...
Unitrends this week announced Ransomware protection using an innovative Ransomware detection feature in its release 9.2. Why? It seems to me that every backup vendor is warning about it and advocating their backup product to recover from Ransomware attacks.  It makes sense.  Ransomware...
Fake news, fake backup appliances.  What do they have in common?  One is hoaxes, propaganda, and disinformation delivered via e-mail campaigns, social media, and other techniques designed to mislead its readers.  The other is fake news. I’ve recently seen a rash of software backup tool...
Google recently announced that a team of researchers have broken SHA-1 in practice. So what does this have to do with enterprise backup – and enterprise backup deduplication?  That’s what we’ll explore in this blog post. So what is SHA-1?  SHA-1 is a 20-year old cryptographic hash func...
[Preface: This is the fourth and last in a four-part series that uses the AWS outage as a springboard to discuss our technology vision for backup and continuity.  Part 1 discussed the AWS outage of February 28, 2017.  Part 2 discussed the concept of black swans and this AWS black swan ...
[Preface: This is the third in a four-part series that uses the AWS outage as a springboard to discuss our technology vision for backup and continuity.  Part 1 discussed the AWS outage of February 28, 2017.  Part 2 discussed the concept of black swans and this AWS black swan in particu...
Future proofing IT  is a popular term in the technology world, particularly when referring to cloud computing. A quick Google search will produce 1000s of cloud solutions touted as future proofing one task or another, a particular component of IT infrastructure, or a myriad of other ho...
[Preface: This is the second in a four-part series that uses the AWS outage as a springboard to discuss our technology vision for backup and continuity.  Part 1 discussed the AWS outage of February 28, 2017.] AWS black swans?  So AWS had a major outage in February, and in 2015, and qui...
[Preface: This is the first in a four-part series that uses the AWS outage as a springboard to discuss our technology vision for backup and continuity.  Just as we talked in earlier posts about Unitrends vision, mission, and values – this series of posts describes the technology vision...
Shocking! A backup schedule is actually an insanely important component to shrinking RPOs and of your entire data backup and continuity strategy. The big question we are going to help you address here lies with backup scheduling functionality – should it be really, really simple…or doe...
Unitrends Telemetry is a new feature recently added to our product. It automatically gathers thousands of metrics and events from all Unitrends appliances around the world. For years we configured SNMP notifications to send traps to our cloud or to a customer’s own monitoring ser...
In my inaugural blog post at Unitrends, I’m going to talk about company values.  Unitrends values.  Mark has already written blog posts about our vision and mission; the Unitrends values support those, but values are so much more.  Values are what we stand for; they are our core identi...
Over the past few years, we have seen many new companies that try to classify themselves in a new market category called Copy Data Management or Copy Data Virtualization. In my opinion, this is a marketing effort to try to differentiate them from established and mature backup vendors. ...
It is being a long time since we published our last Unitrends Powershell post and I want to share with our readers some news about the project. As we announced last year, we have an open-source community-driven project to provide Unitrends Powershell Cmdlets. These are used to automate...
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 t...
Elastic Stack is a great big data and analytics platform that can be used for multiple purposes and its core functionality is free. We are using it internally on different projects but I want to share today how you can use it to collect and visualize some analytics from VMware. Elastic...
Often when we talk about backup and continuity we focus on the dramatic. Fire. Flood. Snow. Ice. Tornadoes. Hurricanes. Meteors. And yet we don’t focus on a leading cause of needing backups – human beings. Human beings make mistakes. Backup helps us “erase” those mistakes. Human beings...