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39 minutes | 6 days ago
Public Health Expert Explains COVID-19 Vaccine News
Lindsey Schulz MD/MPH joins once more on the podcast to discuss the great news we have had in the last few weeks around the Coronavirus (COVID-19). There are THREE vaccines that have been announced that all exceed the goals the medical community set, and will all be applying for emergency use authorization from the FDA. She explains the pros and cons of each of the three vaccinees we know about at this point, as well as giving a little info about another vaccine that is expected to announce soon. This is great news!
44 minutes | 13 days ago
Doctor & Public Health expert explains current state of the pandemic
Lindsey Schulz MD/MPH visits us again to give us an update on the current state of COVID-19. There is good and bad news, here, as we are in the midst of a third wave of cases and deaths. But the good news is that health care professionals have learned a lot about the virus in the last several months that have helped to reduce the death rate somewhat, and improve quality of life for those suffering from the illness. Next week's episode will focus on the vaccines that we now know about, but this week we will just talk about the current state of the disease itself.
60 minutes | 20 days ago
Election poll site manager explains US election systems
In a departure from our normal coverage, I decided to bring on Mark Thompson, who was the Site Manager for the election polling site I volunteered at last week. He gives us insight into how elections are managed in the US, and what we do to prevent fraud and ensure the overall integrity of the system. We talk about the technology used on the front end of the polling process, which in San Diego county including Electronic Poll Books (EPBs) and Ballot Marking Devices (BMDs). We then also talk briefly about the checks and balances in the actual counting process. Although this is a departure from our normal fare, I think a lot of people will benefit from the info we discuss. Also, I also posted a blog post about this topic here: http://www.backupcentral.com/why-its-really-hard-to-rig-a-national-election/
42 minutes | a month ago
Dissecting two ransomware attacks on hospitals
Prasanna and Curtis talk about two recent ransomware attacks on hospitals and what we can learn from them. They also discuss things you can do to protect yourself from such attacks, and how to prepare to respond if you get one. We especially talk about the 3-2-1 rule and the remote desktop protocol (RDP) and how these figure into protecting yourself from such things.
41 minutes | a month ago
Tape may be cheap, but disk is better for backups
This isn't a rebuttal to last week's podcast, but it might seem that way. Last week we talked about the advantages of tape for very long term retention (e.g. 10 years), one of which is a significant cost advantage. This week we will discuss how backup, recovery, and disaster recovery are very different use cases, and why disk and cloud is a much more appropriate place for that use case. Joining us to discuss this topic is Druva's CTO, Stephen Manley, who has spent many years at companies that use disk for this purpose.
62 minutes | a month ago
Why Tape is Cheaper than Glacier for Long Term Storage
Matt Starr, CTO of Spectra, comes on the podcast to discuss the advantages of tape for long term storage. We talk about how tape is actually better at holding data long term than disk is – 10,000 times better if you compare it to SATA disk. We also talk about the advancements in tape in the last 10-20 years that have made libraries like Spectra's even more reliable than they used to be. Finally, we talk about the Spectra T-Finity library that can now hold an Exabyte of data in a single unit! What started this whole idea of bringing Matt on was Spectra's eBook that said that the T-Finity tape library was significantly cheaper than Glacier Deep Archive if you store your data for a long period of time (e.g. 10 years or more). Here's the eBook that got the conversation started: https://bit.ly/37BtTkK
49 minutes | 2 months ago
Why is it so hard to backup consumer SaaS products?
Daniel Rosehill, a self-described "backup anorak," joins us to discuss how difficult it can be to backup consumer SaaS services, such as Evernote. Daniel used to use EverNote on Linux, and sent a message to their support system on how to backup its data. They had no answer unless you were using it on Windows. We talk about Google Drive, Dropbox, and other consumer-grade cloud services, and how the challenges of backing them up should be a concern for any users of these platforms – not just backup anoraks. (An anorak is a slightly prejorative term that refers to someone who is interested in a not-so-leading idea – like backups.)
42 minutes | 2 months ago
The Dangers of Improperly Secured Cloud Accounts
The Palo Alto Networks’ Unit 42 threat hunting team found that a big customer of theirs had misconfigured two critical Amazon Web Services (AWS) services. If these misconfigurations were exploited by hackers, it could have created a data breach that could have cost the customers tens of millions of dollars. Prasanna Malaiyandi and W. Curtis Preston (Mr. Backup) discuss this misconfiguration, and what you can learn from it to protect backups you store in the cloud.
47 minutes | 2 months ago
Real Life Hurricane Disaster Recover Story
A mystery guest from a multinational corporation that experienced a disaster during a recent hurricane describes their mostly-disk NetBackup environment and how they used it to recover from a hurricane that ravaged an island. (Company and location names are changed or not mentioned so "Harry Potter," our mystery guest, can speak freely.)
46 minutes | 2 months ago
Backing up Sharded NoSQL Databases
Tony McGarry, Senior Principal Engineer at Druva, joins W. Curtis Preston and Prasanna Malaiyandi to talk about backing up large, multi-node, sharded NoSQL databases like DynamoDB, Cassandra, and MongoDB.
53 minutes | 3 months ago
What is it like to actually use VMware Cloud on AWS? (AKA VMC)
Adam Fisher (@BonzoVT), Cloud & DevOps Engineer at RoundTower Technologies, visits the podcast to talk about VMware Cloud on AWS (AKA VMC), and what it's like to actually use and administer it in a production environment. We also talk about how people backup VMC.
45 minutes | 3 months ago
What makes Rust a good, safe programming language?
Carol Nichols and Jake Goulding, the authors of the Rust in Motion video series, join us to talk about Rust and why it makes such a "safe" programming language. We discuss what it means to be a safe programming language and how Rust accomplishes that. We also discuss the upcoming free Live@Manning Rust Conference. Finding Rustaceans weird but intriguing? Secretly wanting to become one? Tune-in, Sep 15, to the live@Manning #Rust conference to find your #Rustlang pincers! http://mng.bz/qNoA Somewhere in the podcast we also give out a 40% discount code for anything at Manning.com.
42 minutes | 3 months ago
Proliferation of the edge, containers, & how to protect them
Gina Rosenthal (@gminks) joins us on this week's podcast to talk about the edge, Kubernetes, and how to protect it all. Good conversation that also includes som Texas Brisket talk! We also mention the Women in Tech conference that will go live on October 13. Here's what they have to say about themselves: When the girls get coding!. Join us on your screens, Oct 13, for the live@Manning “Women in Tech” conference to celebrate the rising movement of women in technology. http://mng.bz/7GZm We still have a long way to go to achieve diversity, inclusion and equality in technology. Our contribution is the live@Manning “Women in Tech” online conference, Oct 13, starring the women rocking the tech boat! http://mng.bz/7GZm Cloud navigators and serverless gurus; algorithm sorceresses and community advocates; we proudly bring you the women creating the tech world we live in. Oct 13, live@manning “Women in Tech” Twitch conference! #womenintech #womenwhocode
28 minutes | 3 months ago
9 Tips for Disaster Recovery
Prasanna and Curtis discuss their opinion of an ITPro article called Nine Tips to Improve your Disaster Recovery Strategy. In case you're curious, they are: 1. Have full documentation 2. Assess the risks 3. Drill for disaster 4. Prepare for disasters of different levels 5. Consider the cloud 6. Prioritize resilience 7. Evaluate security practices 8. Revise and Revisit 9. Build a critical response team
38 minutes | 4 months ago
What can we learn from the twitter hack
Scott Lowe (@otherscottlowe) joins us on the podcast to discuss the recent major hack of Twitter, where hundreds of accounts were compromised using backdoor access gained via a Twitter employee.
27 minutes | 4 months ago
How to backup a NAS filer?
W. Curtis Preston and Prasanna Malaiyandi discuss the pros and cons of the various ways to backup a NAS filer.
32 minutes | 4 months ago
One big problem with the Right to be Forgotten and Backups
Curtis and Prasanna discuss the very difficult problem of "forgetting" someone using a backup system that is fundamentally designed to remember. This is a direct conflict between GDPR/CCPA and backup.
46 minutes | 4 months ago
Salesfore Expert explains why backing up SFDC is so important
Antone Kom, 7X Certified Salesforce expert, explains to W. Curtis Preston and Prasanna Malaiyandi all the things that can go wrong when you don't backup your Salesforce database.
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