A podcast dedicated to making sure you can restore everything you need to restore. Hosted by W. Curtis Preston (Mr. Backup) and Prasanna Malaiyandi.
Fortune 100 company considers changing backup product
Our anonymous guest this week is from a Fortune 100 company who is considering swapping out their backup product. Our guest has been at the company for over 20 years, and remembers swapping out NetWorker for NetBackup many years ago. Now he is considering swapping out NetBackup to address his challenges with that product. We discuss a number of topics, including the age-old argument of who should be in charge of database backups, as well as the challenges of moving to a modern backup product when you are still using operating systems not usually supporting by such products. Our guest's final thoughts center on the importance of a good relationship with the vendor in question.
Veeam User Warns About Item-Level Retention in Microsoft 365 Backup
A Veeam user warns of what he felt is a confusing option in Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365. He says he likes the product, but that the first retention setting mentioned in the documentation (item-level retention) might not do what you think it does. He thinks everyone should use snapshot-level retention, which behaves more traditionally. We also discuss IBM Spectrum Protect (AKA TSM) a little bit, as they also use that product. Our guest is speaking on conditions of anonymity, so we gave him a fake name (Puddleglum) and altered his voice in the recording. (Want to talk about your environment, but don't want to use your name? We'd love to have you on and we'll keep you anonymous too!)
Securing & speeding up network traffic w/o VPN or SD-WAN
Adi Ruppin, founder of Ananda Networks, joins us on the podcast to discuss how they secure – and increase the performance of – network traffic without deploying a VPN or SD-WAN. He talks about how the technologies we use for networking are actually very old designs that come with a lot of downsides. Ananda Networks aims to address those downsides while giving you everything a VPN and SD-WAN do – and more. Faster and more secure internet connections without the technologies we usually use for such things.
What we learned in 100 episodes of Backup Central's Restore it All
It's hard to believe, but this is our 100th episode! Prasanna and Curtis discuss the favorite topics we've had over 100 episodes, as well as the many things we've learned along the way. We talk about containers and K8s, tape, COVID-19, election security, and how recoveries are impacted by other factors. We also talked extensively about ransomware, and talked to someone who had actually been through a recovery from an attack. We talked about DDI, cloud backups, the importance of segregating your Windows backup server, and many things about the 120+ database products that have to be backed up.
Thank you so much to our listeners! We look forward to 100 more episodes!
Kubernetes Expert Explains K8s, the CSI, and backups
Russ Cantwell (@rcantw3ll), CTO of SHI Corp, joins us to talk about Kubernetes, the Container Storage Interface (CSI), and backups. Before we get to that, however, we talk about how he, his pregnant wife, and two-year old child all got COVID-19. We discuss how that went and continues to go, and then we talk about Kubernetes. (If you're not interested in our banter, and just want to hear about K8s, just fast-forward to 11:50.)
Porteguese University Using Open-Source Backup Tools
Another industry veteran, Jose Calhariz. joins us this week to explain how he uses the community versions of two open-source backup tools to meet his university's backup needs, while saving money. We have a very interesting discussion that includes coverage of dump, tar, and Amanda. Jose also tells a great story of a huge recovery he had to do, that took several days.
a fine fine technical podcast!
Good content, good host energy that helps add color to what could easily be dry material!
FDR once gave this wise speaking advice:
"Be sincere, be brief, be seated."
This podcast does a nice job of this.
Funny and informative
I really enjoy this podcast. I learn something every week. Curtis is so informative and wise, and I love just listening to him. I feel that every IT professional responsible for keeping data available during small and large disasters should listen to this. There was also a very informative detour about COVID-19 with a medical professional when COVID-19 was first wracking the world.
These guys really break it down for the listener, and the guests that Curtis brings on add a ton of color to the topic at hand. 5/5 for sure.