December 09, 2013
The popular subreddit /r/sysadmin has a Wiki post on backup that lays out the requirements for a complete high-reliability backup. Let’s take a look at how Zetta’s enterprise cloud backup & DR solution meets the requirements. (Note: text in italics is from Reddit.)
The definition begins by stating what a backup is not:
All of this is true, of course. So let’s go through the elements that do comprise a proper backup. There are two key elements given:
1. A solution with the ability to restore any given file in the decided amount of time. Maybe a week.
Zetta’s DataProtect solution has this point clearly covered. In fact, daily snapshots enable any file to be restored to any previous day’s version for at least the last seven years; longer if required.
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December 05, 2013
Stack Overflow is, “a question and answer site for professional and enthusiast programmers.” And those professionals and enthusiasts have been enthusiastic about it, with 12 million unique visitors over the past month, according to Quantcast, making it the 165th most visited site in the U.S.
Stack Overflow, and the other 100+ sites that are part of Stack Exchange let people post questions for others to answer. Users can vote on the best answers and the person who posed the question can state which answer was best for them. The questions are rarely simple, and usually involve detailed scenarios covering technical issues developers run into.
Recently Nick Craver, a software developer for Stack Exchange, posted on his blog some data on Stack Exchange’s traffic for a single day, and the hardware used to support the sites.
In keeping with the way Stack Exchange operates, we decided to post our own question and answer about how Zetta’s enterprise cloud backup solution could be deployed to protect Stack Overflows high-performance IT environment:
Q: What would it take to back up Stack Exchange using Zetta DataProtect?
A. To answer this question, let’s look at four areas: the amount of traffic and WAN capacity, the servers and storage that are being used, how Zetta would back these up, and the cost for backup.
November 27, 2013
According to Symantec, service providers will no longer be able to sell Backup Exec.cloud subscription licenses or renewals for Backup Exec.cloud as of January 6, 2014. Existing customers will be able to utilize the product until the end of service availability on January 6, 2015 or the end of their current term (whichever comes first). After January 6, 2015, customers and partners will not have access to the service, data or technical support.
So, that’s why we’ve decided to offer a migration offer for businesses affected by Symantec Corp.’s Backup Exec.Cloud shutdown:
November 19, 2013
The presentation above and post below were originally developed by Rich Webster, Zetta’s Director of Operations, who has 20+ years of exerience protecting enterprise IT envrionments at such companies as Netscape, eBay, and Shutterfly.
IT disasters happen every day, in every company. With the right preparation, no one ever hears about them. Without it, these disasters can make the evening news. The key to any DR effort is realizing that disasters in the IT business will happen and if the IT staff has done its due diligence, users will not know that anything was wrong.
IT Disasters come in a multitude of flavors. This can be defined as anything from the loss of network connectivity to the loss of a data center. The simplest components are often the culprits: Datacenters don’t normally go down, power supplies do. Network providers don’t normally go down, NIC cards do. Fortify yourself against the small issues and you will have protected yourself against 90% of issues that may impact your customer base.
November 18, 2013
Zetta co-founder and Chief Scientist Lou Montulli has received some recognition over the years.
Now, Lou’s latest recognition comes in the 2014 Guinness World Records, which credit him with creating the world’s first internet cookies: states that “Http cookies – small pieces of data deposited within your web browser by websites to remember details such as your password or shopping preferences – were invented by Lou Montulli (USA) while working for Netscape in 1994.”
In May, Lou discussed how he came to develop cookies on his personal blog: