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Hosted by Mr. Backup himself, this podcast is dedicated to ensuring that its listeners can always “restore it all” – even when the worst happens. W. Curtis Preston (AKA Mr. Backup) has been specializing in data protection since 1993, and has written four O'Reilly books. Our co-host, Prasanna Malaiyandi, is another industry veteran who specializes in data protection, storage, and privacy. You won't find a more educational, lively, or entertaining duo on the planet!

This podcast covers backup, disaster recovery, archive, disk architecture, disk backups, cloud backups, tape backups, long-term storage, databases, cyber security, privacy, and anything else that interests two storage nerds.

Backup Central's Restore it All (and related blog posts) can be found at https://www.backupcentral.com

Backup Central's Restore it All Backup Central's Restore it All

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    • 4.6 • 16 Ratings

Hosted by Mr. Backup himself, this podcast is dedicated to ensuring that its listeners can always “restore it all” – even when the worst happens. W. Curtis Preston (AKA Mr. Backup) has been specializing in data protection since 1993, and has written four O'Reilly books. Our co-host, Prasanna Malaiyandi, is another industry veteran who specializes in data protection, storage, and privacy. You won't find a more educational, lively, or entertaining duo on the planet!

This podcast covers backup, disaster recovery, archive, disk architecture, disk backups, cloud backups, tape backups, long-term storage, databases, cyber security, privacy, and anything else that interests two storage nerds.

Backup Central's Restore it All (and related blog posts) can be found at https://www.backupcentral.com

    Is M-Disc the ultimate archive medium for SMBs and home users?

    Is M-Disc the ultimate archive medium for SMBs and home users?

    This week we talk about this exciting "new" medium for archiving data that is especially attractive to SMBs and home users. It's an optical disc that looks like a DVD and is readable in all Blu-Ray drives, but underneath it's something very different. If you haven't heard of it, then you're in luck! Thanks to Daniel Rosehill, backup anorak and friend of the show, we're going to talk about it – and its competitors on this week's episode! We discuss the good and bad about using all of the following for archiving: paper, SSD, disk, tape, DVD, Blu-Ray, ending with M-Disc. Learn what's wrong with these other mediums, and what's so great about this one in another fun episode of Restore it All!
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Free eBook version of O'Reilly's Modern Data Protection
    For a limited time, you can get a free ebook copy of my latest O'Reilly book, Modern Data Protection. Just go to druva.com/podcast and download it!

    • 47 min
    Backup practitioner tells stories from the trenches

    Backup practitioner tells stories from the trenches

    Someone that knew Bill Gates when he was a boy in on the podcast this week, although we only talk about Bill Gates for a moment. He has 30+ years in backup experience and tells us what it's been like to adapt to all of the backup changes over the years. His first backup was to punch cards and punch tape, and he was in the same Boy Scout troop as Bill Gates. Fans of the podcast know his name already, as it comes up randomly on the show as a friend of Curtis. But this is the first time Stuart Liddle has graced us with his presence.
    Like Mr. Backup, his career starts with a data loss story that actually involved people having to re-enter data. We discuss a lot of configuring and running backups, including deciding on retention periods, treating all backups the same (or not), virtual tape libraries and other dedupe systems, and how important a change management data database (CMDB) is. We also talk about the danger of becoming entrenched in a specialty like backup, knowing only one specialty or product. We talk about how it's not good for you or your company.
    Finally we talk about the different way people are using the cloud today for IT and backup, and how that affects cost. Curtis and Prasanna use a great analogy that helps it make sense.
    This week's episode is fully of useful information.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Free eBook version of O'Reilly's Modern Data Protection
    For a limited time, you can get a free ebook copy of my latest O'Reilly book, Modern Data Protection. Just go to druva.com/podcast and download it!

    • 48 min
    Just do something! (about your security and your backups)

    Just do something! (about your security and your backups)

    Today we are joined by security expert and host of the Secure Talk podcast, Mark Shriner, to discuss information security. We talk about it from a personal perspective, as well as for organizations. Mark, Curtis, and Prasanna talk about what are the bare minimum things you should be doing as an individual to protect your personal information and data, both from a security and backup perspective. We then move on to talking about it from a company perspective, and how very important things like MFA (while good) do not solve everything, and then we talk about many other things you could be doing. Then there was the moment that created the title of the podcast, where Prasanna disagreed with Curtis – but not quite. When it comes to information security and data protection (and many things in life), perfect is the enemy of good. Try not to be overwhelmed with all the things you could or should be doing; just pick something and do something. Something is always better than nothing when it comes to these areas. This episode is jam-packed with good information you won't want to miss.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Free eBook version of O'Reilly's Modern Data Protection
    For a limited time, you can get a free ebook copy of my latest O'Reilly book, Modern Data Protection. Just go to druva.com/podcast and download it!

    • 47 min
    Seven reasons why your restore may slower than your backup

    Seven reasons why your restore may slower than your backup

    So many people are surprised when their restore is slower than their backup. You shouldn't be, as it's quite common. The good news is there are things you can do to make it faster – if you know them in advance. W. Curtis Preston (Mr. Backup) and Prasanna Malaiyandi tackle the seven reasons why your restore may be slower than your backup. Topics covered include RAID penalties, tape issues, database concerns, and others. You'll walk away knowing what to do in order to find out how slow your restores are – and how to fix them. This podcast is packed with good info! (And the death of a USB hub.)
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Free eBook version of O'Reilly's Modern Data Protection
    For a limited time, you can get a free ebook copy of my latest O'Reilly book, Modern Data Protection. Just go to druva.com/podcast and download it!

    • 47 min
    Data protection warrior explains LTO & RDX

    Data protection warrior explains LTO & RDX

    Pat Mayock is a Data Protection Warrior for HPE, and he helped us to understand where he thinks LTO and RDX (a removable disk technology) sit in the market. He explains how much tape is used today in enterprise and cloud environments, especially in the public cloud that so many think is a tapeless world. He says the cloud vendors are some of LTO's biggest customers! We talk about what LTO is good at, what it's not so good at, and what that means for how you should use it. Then we shift gears to talk about RDX, a removable disk product that has been around for roughly 15 years. It consists of a docking station and a disk-based cartridge that is built to kind of resemble a tape! Each cartridge contains a single disk drive that you can use very much like you would use a tape, except it appears as a drive letter (mounted filesystem) versus a tape drive. He explains what its target market is and how it meets a niche in the removable storage market in between removable USB disks and a standalone LTO tape drive. This is a fascinating episode you won't want to miss.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Free eBook version of O'Reilly's Modern Data Protection
    For a limited time, you can get a free ebook copy of my latest O'Reilly book, Modern Data Protection. Just go to druva.com/podcast and download it!

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Top seven things you must stop doing with your backups

    Top seven things you must stop doing with your backups

    This whole episode is a Mr. Backup rant, where he talks about things that people should really stop doing with their backup systems, starting with backing up directly to tape. There is a place for tape, but it is NOT at the front end of the backup system. Curtis and Prasanna passionately discuss and explain several relics of the ways we used to do things, and why they no longer make sense. Another one is repeated full backups - synthetic or otherwise. Many of them can be addressed by just changing how you use your backup product, but a few of them may cause you to think about making a change. (Hint: if your backup product has been around for more than 20 years, it probably can't get away from some of the relics of the past.)
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Free eBook version of O'Reilly's Modern Data Protection
    For a limited time, you can get a free ebook copy of my latest O'Reilly book, Modern Data Protection. Just go to druva.com/podcast and download it!

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

RobWorman ,

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.

Metwork Engineer ,

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.

Ashley Frizzie ,

Awesome content

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.

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