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Nick Mueller

November 05, 2013

Getting Started With Zetta’s Enterprise Backup Solution

Nick is Zetta's Chief Content Officer, and has been working with writing and social media teams to create digital content since the days when the BBS reigned.

This post is meant to give you a closer look at Zetta’s Service Management Platform (SMP), and show how an admin-level user would go about setting up our enterprise backup solution in their environment.

Enterprise Backup Solution Dashboard

The SMP is a Web UI that allows you to manage certain aspects of your account as well as gather statistics on backup jobs, storage being used, snapshots, and recoveries.

The Enterprise Backup Dashboard

 
After logging in, you’ll be presented with the SMP Dashboard with 4 navigation tabs at the top of the Dashboard which navigate to different sections of the SMP, Dashboard, Storage, Users, and Knowledge Base.
 
On the Dashboard tab you will see three sections, Events, Storage, and Support.
 
The Events section you see on the Dashboard has two tabs, System and Storage. On the system tab you will find events related to the Zetta system and when they will or have occurred. This is where you will see notifications about maintenance, and other Zetta information.
 
On the Storage tab you’ll find events related to the Zetta Storage and when they occurred. Clicking on “View All Events” will present you with a listing of all the events that have taken place and also provide a search tool for the events.
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Nick Mueller

October 30, 2013

How Fast is Fast Enough for Cloud Server Backup?

Nick is Zetta's Chief Content Officer, and has been working with writing and social media teams to create digital content since the days when the BBS reigned.

Fastest Cloud Server Backup Solution
When it comes to cloud server backup, one of the primary considerations is how quickly the nightly backup job completes.

Large enterprises go to great expense to set up disk-to-disk storage systems and virtual tape libraries to make sure that overnight backups get done before users show up for work the next morning.

But what about smaller companies using cloud server backup? How fast do those backups need to be?

Is 100GB/Day Cloud Server Backup Enough?

Carbonite advertises that its “Enhanced Server Backup” service for small businesses comes with “premium features including high-speed uploads.” It defines a high-speed upload as “up to 100GB a day, depending on your Internet Service Provider”

100GB a day would certainly have been enough data transfer a decade ago, when that would have been the entire contents of a good-sized hard drive, but is it enough for current needs?

The answer depends what you are trying to back up. If there are only a few small servers or client devices, 100 GB may be adequate. But getting into cloud server backup and DR that requires and backing up all servers and endpoints, you may run into trouble.

At 100GB/day, it would take 10 days to back up 1TB of data. With a 4TB drive, we’re we’re talking about Biblical cloud server backup – 40 days and 40 – nights to do a full back up. And remember, it’s “up to 100 GB,” so your results may vary.

Now, of course, there’s no reason to take a full backup of all data on a daily basis. Carbonite and other cloud server backup providers do a good job of locating and backing up only the data that changes on a day-to-day basis. In addition, many disks are far from full.

Given the routine daily operations, 100GB may be more than enough to backup that day’s changes. But IT operations aren’t the same day after day after day. Even a simple action such as setting up a new server or PC can use up that 100GB. What happens when you migrate the email to a new platform, create a new database or clean up your file system? What if you push changes out to all the employee desktops and laptops? Can you really afford to wait days or weeks for a backup?

What about 4TB/Day?

Contrast that 100GB limit with Zetta.net’s backup speed that can backup up to 4TB per day – 6X the amount of Carbonite’s premium service. On most days, your company may not need that extra capacity. But when you do make major changes, you don’t have to worry that your data will be backing up, and dragging down network performance for the next week or more.

Ali Jenab

September 19, 2013

Cloud Storage is Just Part of Enterprise Cloud Solutions

Ali Jenab is the CEO of Zetta.net. An industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience, he was previously the CEO of SourceForge. Prior to that, he held leadership positions with Amdahl Corporation and VA Linux, where he played a key role in the transformation from a Linux hardware server company into a software, services and media company that included SourceForge.

Cloud Storage to Cloud Solutions

Innovation never stops, from the Intel 4004 to the latest cloud solutions.

On Tuesday, we all heard the news about enterprise cloud storage provider Nirvanix shutting down. It’s an unfortunate development for Nirvanix customers. It also highlights the fact that cloud storage has become a commodity, offered by companies like Amazon and Google at commodity prices. Cloud storage is still important – but only as a building block of cloud solutions.

Cloud solutions utilize many infrastructure components, including storage, to deliver significantly more functionality, better performance, and improved user experience – with pricing that offers substantially more value than the traditional enterprise software model.

Take Salesforce.com for example, cloud storage is an important part of that product, but it’s not the whole offering. It’s the rich functionality and performance of their solution that’s changing the way businesses drive revenue and maintain relationships with customers.

Offering a complete cloud solution is the path that Zetta.net has taken for the enterprise-grade cloud backup and disaster recovery service we provide – one that’s seen 247% customer growth in the last year.

Cloud Storage is a Commodity

Cloud storage is a commodity that users and customers view as being undifferentiated. In this situation, offering the lowest price per-GB becomes the dominant way for cloud storage providers to win new customers – not features or performance.
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Nick Mueller

June 06, 2013

Zetta.net Wins Red Herring Top 100 North America Award

Nick is Zetta's Chief Content Officer, and has been working with writing and social media teams to create digital content since the days when the BBS reigned.

Zetta Cloud Backup Award

Zetta.net is a winner of Red Herring’s Top 100 for 2013!


Zetta is proud to announce that it has been named a winner of the Red Herring 2013 Top 100 North America award!
 
The award recognizes the most promising privately held companies in North America based on their innovations, technologies, and business models.
 

Being Selected Is No Small Feat

 
“In 2013, selecting the Top 100 achievers was by no means a small feat,” said Alex Vieux, publisher and CEO of Red Herring. “In fact, we had the toughest time in years because so many entrepreneurs have crossed significant milestones so early. But after much thought, rigorous contemplation and discussion, we narrowed our list down from hundreds of candidates from across North America to the Top 100 Winners. We believe Zetta.net embodies the vision, drive and innovation that define a successful entrepreneurial venture. Zetta.net should be proud of its accomplishment, as the competition was very strong.”
 
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Nick Mueller

May 10, 2013

Safety Tips: Password Protection Best Practices

Nick is Zetta's Chief Content Officer, and has been working with writing and social media teams to create digital content since the days when the BBS reigned.

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From devastating computer viruses to user passwords being compromised on popular websites like LinkedIn, eHarmony, and Zappos, password protection continues to become a more pressing issue to the public.
 
Many of us are guilty of using the same passwords on several websites or using our pet’s names as passwords, but just how dangerous can that be? Is your personal information really at risk? Keep reading to find out what experts suggest you should include in your passwords as well as tools to help you manage your online security.
 

What to include (and not include) in your passwords

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