Should You Backup Locally, to the Cloud or Both?

By John Bedrick, guest blogger, Seagate, CSS

There’s been a lot of attention lately about the cloud and if you should trust your data in the cloud or not. Whether you agree with him or not and whether you want to admit it or not Edward Snowden has changed the data security dialogue within company IT departments forever. Despite the existence of data privacy laws and regulations it isn’t just about hackers and malware gaining access to confidential information but governments (both foreign and domestic) stealing data as well.

cloud-trustLet’s face facts – most of us already suspected that government agencies like the NSA had access to our data. The only thing we weren’t sure of is whether it occurred through some back room deal with technology companies or through other, more clandestine methods. Snowden’s actions not only confirmed these suspicions but provided much more information about the extent to which government agencies can access the world’s data with relative impunity. Continue reading

Four Ways Cloud Can Enhance Your DR Plans

By Chris McBride, Senior Network Engineer

You’ve probably already heard that 70 percent of small companies that experience major data loss go out of business within a year¹.  And maybe you’ve also heard that 77 percent of companies that test their tape backups found backup failures², or that 50 percent of tape backups fail to restore³. So you probably already know that yes, disaster recovery is really important, and that just making backup tapes is unlikely to be enough to save your business’ bacon if there’s a fire in the data center or a hurricane in the area. Continue reading