I realize that many of you are now putting together your summer plans,but I’ve also committed to putting together a summer Disaster Recovery(DR) plan. Earlier this year, the company’s directors asked the IT team to give them plans on how to use technology to make the company better.
On May 12th 2016 Salesforce lost a large amount of their customer’s data. Salesforce is still trying to fully understand what went wrong and of course how to stop it from recurring. However, it needs to be pointed out that even with a skilled staff and an infrastructure designed with redundancy in mind problems occur and critical customer data can be lost.
For those unfamiliar with ransomware it’s a rather nasty kind of malware as it encrypts all your important files making them unreadable, until you pay the ransom demanded. Once you make payment the hacker should unencrypt your files. I say “should” as there are known instances where the hacker took left the files unusable.
By now you’ve probably heard of ransomware. Over the last few months a number of high profile attacks have occurred and since 2013 there have been well over 100,000 reported instances. Because ransomware is so disruptive many are characterizing it as a disaster event and treating it as such.
With Salesforce becoming the de facto PaaS provider, thousands of loyal customers should be aware that Salesforce doesn’t backup your data. To Salesforce’s credit they continue to aggressively develop their platform gaining access to more clients and more data. But as they offer more services data backup becomes that much more important.
The recent revelation that Mossack Fonseca, a very prominent Panamanian law firm, lost 11.5 million documents has forever damaged the reputation of the country and many of the investors who use the Central American nation as a safe haven.
Prior to any planned power outage, data backup and recovery validation should be completed. A backup and recovery test is the process of assessing the effectiveness of an organization’s software, systems and methods of recovering data should the need arise.
Planned power outage (PPO) are a common practice for all office buildings in Japan. The power will be completely shut down during maintenance for a set period of time. Building tenants in turn need to plan for this power down to limit potential damage to network infrastructure.
One of the most indefensible threats today’s enterprises face is known as a “zero-day attack”. A zero-day attack is first found as vulnerability or software flaw that leaves an enterprise exposed to an attack before a patch or workaround is available.
Blueshift approaches data backup and recovery from a slightly different angle than most traditional backup companies. Traditional backup technology is typically based on the concept of incremental backups which means your backups are performed at the file level, Blueshift DataProtect enables you to perform backups at the block level.
Ideally, backing up should be a fairly simple process. However, the backup process is designed to solve a number of problems in many different situations. For this reason, a number of specialized technologies have been developed to facilitate the data protection process and different scenarios
Most organizations backup their data using standard software available in the marketplace names such as Backup Exec, ARCServe and NT Backup. The Backup policy usually includes important data that resides on file servers, database servers, mail servers, etc. The backups are typically stored on tapes or more recently, disc based storage. Generally, the backup process is “local”.