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Backup Central's Restore it All
62 minutes | Aug 2, 2021
Mr. Backup Grills StorOne on Their Data Protection Story
Mr. Backup and Prasanna grill George Crump, CMO of StorOne, a software-defined storage company, about their product. We start with an overview, alon with George's claims about not needing backup... .then we challenge him on that topic. George used to be Curtis' boss, so this one's a fun one.
56 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
Emmy Winning Sound Mixer Explains Movie Archiving
We are super excited to have the Emmy Winning sound mixer Larry Blake on the podcast to talk about his upcoming book "Solving The Digital Dilemma." It is a response to "The Digital Dilemma," which is a paper released in 2007 by the Academy's Sci-Tech Council that discusses long term archiving of a movie. (It describes a very NON-digital solution.) He has edited the sound on over 60 motion pictures, over 30 of which with Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh. This is both a very entertaining and very informative podcast about the about the art and science of archiving motion pictures.
42 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
Information Security Expert Says it Must Evolve
Wolfgang Goerlich, Advisory CISO, explains the current state of information security, and why he thinks many environments are focusing on the wrong things. We speak about ransomware, extortionware, and phishing, even giving examples where we know we have personally been phished! He explains how this illustrates his point that we need more emphasis in different areas of information security.
39 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
Are You Vulnerable to an Attack like the one on Kaseya?
Mr. Backup and Prasanna discuss the Kaseya attack that happened over the July 4th weekend of 2021. First, we talk about how bad actors use long weekends for attacks, then discuss various things you can/should do to ensure that your environment would not be vulnerable to such an attack. We talk about the kinds of questions that even an unskilled person can ask to help mitigate this risk, including (especially) the all-important questions about backups. We also talk about the need for establishing a "bat-phone" type connection between your environment and any providers you may be using. We have a short talk about the impact that all these attacks are having on ransomware costs, and how you can use your DR site to test patches.
63 minutes | Jul 5, 2021
Tape Drive Designer Schools Mr. Backup on Tape
Joe Jurneke has been designing the innards of magnetic devices since 1973, and now he's here to answer our questions. He started with disk, and moved over to tape over thirty years ago, and is now retired – but consults with the tape industry from time to time. We talk in detail about how tape drives work they way they do, their reliability and more. We take down a couple of myths from the guy that was there, even correcting a misunderstanding Mr. Backup has had for many years. If the phrase "magneto crystalline anisotropy" has been used on any other podcast, we'd be surprised. This is a good one you won't want to miss.
63 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
Why you need a copy of Modern Data Protection
We cover my latest book, Modern Data Protection, by O'Reilly & Associates on this podcast. I give an overview of the book, which covers the "Why, What, Where, and How" of backup, archive, and disaster recovery. After giving an overview of the book, I talk about why I wrote, and what it's like to write a book for O'Reilly. Prasanna acted as a tech editor on the book, so he offered his unique perspective as well.
45 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
Can OVH properly redesign their backup infrastructure?
Prasanna and Curtis discuss whether or not can (or will) OVH properly redesign their backup infrastructure to prevent another incident like what happened in March, where many customers lost their sites forever. As we discussed in our previous podcast, OVH had a backup service already that people paid for, and it was not up to the task. OVH"s CEO made an 8-minute video where he discussed some of the things they were going to do to make things better, and we discuss what he said. We talk about their idea of a centralized region just for backups, and whether or not that's a good idea. We also talk about how big of a job they have in front of them. We applaud what we see, but have many concerns that the brief video do not address. We also talk about how this plan is supposed to take five years, and what do OVH customers do in the meantime?
58 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
ComplyTrust: Remembering those you need to forget
We talk to Mike Johnson of ComplyTrust, who says they "remember those you are supposed to forget." We talk about the data management challenges created by data subject access requests (DSARs), right-of-erasure (ROE, AKA right to be forgotten, or RTBF) requests, and the fact that we have many parts of the datacenter that are much better at remembering than forgetting. Backups are a particular challenge, but Mike brings up other challenges, such as mergers and acquisitions, and salespeople importing old data. ComplyTrust SaaS offering has a unique solution to this problem by remembering (on your behalf) those you are supposed to forget, and continually checking to see that they stay forgotten.
44 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
OVH's Backup Service Didn't Work
This week we discuss further lessons from the OVH fire, which starts with an admission by the CEO that some customers who paid for the backup service lost their backups in the fire. It then morphs into a discussion about designing resilient systems, starting with the concept of designing for failure. You have to protect against both physical and logical damage to your apps and data. We talk about using both cloud-native apps that have resiliency built in, vs having to add resiliency to your own app. Most importantly, know how your app/data is protected, and don't tolerate wishy-washy terminology in your service agreements. Above all, test, test, test!
48 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
How do You Prove Your Backup Service is Real?
This week we discuss a topic brought up by the OVH fire. It appears some people actually had a contractual backup service that wasn't doing it's job. How do you verify that a service you're paying for is real, and is doing what it claims to be doing? Especially how do you make sure they are storing data offsite? We've got some ideas.
53 minutes | May 24, 2021
Datacenter manager Dan Frith discusses the OVH Fire
Datacenter manager Dan Frith (@penguinpunk) joins us on the podcast for our first discussion of the #OVHFire. A massive fire destroyed a datacenter of a large cloud provider in Europe, and millions of websites disappeared. We talk about the lessons we can learn from this event. Dan talks about how outsourcing the servers doesn't outsource the responsibility for data protection. I make the point that this fire shows what happens when you completely rely on a single entity for both production and data protection. We end up talking about the 3-2-1 rule and how it applies in this scenario. I also give a discount code during the podcast for my new O'Reilly book Modern Data Protection, which is now available for purchase. If you use the URL below and the code I give on the podcast, you can get 35% of the retail price. https://shop.aer.io/oreilly/p/Modern_Data_Protection_Ensuring_Recoverability_of_/9781492094050-9149
70 minutes | May 17, 2021
Dave Russell answers our questions about Veeam
It only took us 100 episodes, but we finally got Dave Russell, VP of Enterprise Strategy at Veeam, as our guest on the podcast. Dave and Curtis go way back, and this was a great discussion. We cover the proper use of tape, and what it was like for Dave when he went to Veeam. Another big discussion point was Dave clearing up misconceptions (some of which may have come from this podcast) about what Insight Partners acquiring Veeam really meant. We then get into a great discussion about how Veeam works, ending that discussion with Dave explaining what Veeam is doing to address concerns about Windows and ransomware.
46 minutes | May 10, 2021
Fortune 100 company considers changing backup product
Our anonymous guest this week is from a Fortune 100 company who is considering swapping out their backup product. Our guest has been at the company for over 20 years, and remembers swapping out NetWorker for NetBackup many years ago. Now he is considering swapping out NetBackup to address his challenges with that product. We discuss a number of topics, including the age-old argument of who should be in charge of database backups, as well as the challenges of moving to a modern backup product when you are still using operating systems not usually supporting by such products. Our guest's final thoughts center on the importance of a good relationship with the vendor in question.
56 minutes | May 3, 2021
Veeam User Warns About Item-Level Retention in Microsoft 365 Backup
A Veeam user warns of what he felt is a confusing option in Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365. He says he likes the product, but that the first retention setting mentioned in the documentation (item-level retention) might not do what you think it does. He thinks everyone should use snapshot-level retention, which behaves more traditionally. We also discuss IBM Spectrum Protect (AKA TSM) a little bit, as they also use that product. Our guest is speaking on conditions of anonymity, so we gave him a fake name (Puddleglum) and altered his voice in the recording. (Want to talk about your environment, but don't want to use your name? We'd love to have you on and we'll keep you anonymous too!)
50 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
Securing & speeding up network traffic w/o VPN or SD-WAN
Adi Ruppin, founder of Ananda Networks, joins us on the podcast to discuss how they secure – and increase the performance of – network traffic without deploying a VPN or SD-WAN. He talks about how the technologies we use for networking are actually very old designs that come with a lot of downsides. Ananda Networks aims to address those downsides while giving you everything a VPN and SD-WAN do – and more. Faster and more secure internet connections without the technologies we usually use for such things.
59 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
What we learned in 100 episodes of Backup Central's Restore it All
It's hard to believe, but this is our 100th episode! Prasanna and Curtis discuss the favorite topics we've had over 100 episodes, as well as the many things we've learned along the way. We talk about containers and K8s, tape, COVID-19, election security, and how recoveries are impacted by other factors. We also talked extensively about ransomware, and talked to someone who had actually been through a recovery from an attack. We talked about DDI, cloud backups, the importance of segregating your Windows backup server, and many things about the 120+ database products that have to be backed up. Thank you so much to our listeners! We look forward to 100 more episodes!
55 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
Kubernetes Expert Explains K8s, the CSI, and backups
Russ Cantwell (@rcantw3ll), CTO of SHI Corp, joins us to talk about Kubernetes, the Container Storage Interface (CSI), and backups. Before we get to that, however, we talk about how he, his pregnant wife, and two-year old child all got COVID-19. We discuss how that went and continues to go, and then we talk about Kubernetes. (If you're not interested in our banter, and just want to hear about K8s, just fast-forward to 11:50.)
52 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
Porteguese University Using Open-Source Backup Tools
Another industry veteran, Jose Calhariz. joins us this week to explain how he uses the community versions of two open-source backup tools to meet his university's backup needs, while saving money. We have a very interesting discussion that includes coverage of dump, tar, and Amanda. Jose also tells a great story of a huge recovery he had to do, that took several days.
51 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
Create a physical air-gap without using tape using portable disk
Darren McBride, CEO of Highly Reliable Systems (http://high-rely.com/ ) joins us on this podcast to talk about their product, which he says is designed for SMBs to get reliable offsite backup without using tape or an Internet connection. They have purpose-built appliances that support mirroring, but with removable disks. This product has been on the market for almost twenty years, but is having a surge in demand due to the desire by many companies to have an air-gapped backup for ransomware protection purposes.
62 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
Ransomware Victim Tells HIs Story
In May of 2020, Tony Mendoza of Spectra Logic found out his company had been attacked by ransomware. Hear his harrowing tale of how long it took just to get the data center ready for a restore, and then the various tools they used to bring things back online. He did not want to pay that ransom! Spectra Logic is actually a tape vendor, so Tony has a unique viewpoint. We thank him so much for being so candid about his experience. You will learn a lot.
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