W. Curtis Preston

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W. Curtis Preston – known as Mr. Backup – is an expert in backup, storage and recovery, having worked in the space since 1993. He has been an end-user, consultant and analyst.

Most recently he has joined the team at Druva, a cloud-based data protection company. He’s written three books on the subject, Backup & Recovery, Using SANs and NAS and Unix Backup & Recovery.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of W. Curtis Preston and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

5 metrics you need to know about your backup and recovery system

Coronavirus prep could prompt better disaster recovery

Coronavirus prep could prompt better disaster recovery

On the chance that the COVID-19 virus forces masses of employees to work from home, this could be the time to review your disaster-recovery plans and address shortcomings

For secure data backup, here’s how to do the 3-2-1 rule right

For secure data backup, here’s how to do the 3-2-1 rule right

The venerable 3-2-1 rule for backing up data remains a tried-and-true method for insuring the integrity of copied data that is essential to disaster recovery efforts, but it has to be done properly.

How to back up Kubernetes and Docker

How to back up Kubernetes and Docker

You don’t have to back up everything about every container, but it’s important to back up configurations for running and managing them in case of disaster.

Do containers need backup?

Do containers need backup?

It’s not always the case, but there are circumstances when it’s important to back up Docker and other containers to avoid costly loss.

Object storage in the cloud: Is backup needed?

Object storage in the cloud: Is backup needed?

Block storage in the cloud that is not properly backed up can result in lost data, and while object storage in the cloud is more resilient, it pays to be careful.

What is instant recovery? A way to quickly restore lost files and test backup systems

What is instant recovery? A way to quickly restore lost files and test backup systems

Instant recovery makes backups directly accessible for quick restoration of files but also enables checking whether the backup system itself is actually working.

How to deal with backup when you switch to hyperconverged infrastructure

How to deal with backup when you switch to hyperconverged infrastructure

Vendors of hyperconverged infrastructure provide options for making it easier to backup data on-site, in the cloud or both, but which is best?

How to pick an off-site data-backup method

How to pick an off-site data-backup method

When determining how to move data to a backup facility, you must balance cost, risk level, speed of data recovery, and how much data you can afford to lose.

The correct levels of backup save time, bandwidth, space
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The correct levels of backup save time, bandwidth, space

Backup and recovery done efficiently require use of multiple backup levels carefully thought out so a full backup isn’t needed as often if incremental and differential backups are properly planned.

What is data deduplication, and how is it implemented?

What is data deduplication, and how is it implemented?

By eliminating redundant blocks of data within a dataset – deduplication – enterprises can reduce the size of backups 90-99%.

Backup vs. archive: Why it’s important to know the difference

Backup vs. archive: Why it’s important to know the difference

Backing up and archiving data have distinct functions, and not recognizing that it’s important to have both can lead to access problems and even legal troubles.

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