Disaster Recovery and Backup are like a Free Puppy


When I was a young boy, I saw a sign on our street that said “free puppies”, with an adorable picture. Excited, I went to see my father and said “daddy daddy”, the puppies are free. Can I have one, pleeeeas? My father reminded me that a puppy is a lot of responsibility. It’s not […]

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Is your organization GDPR compliant?


GDPR, a set of new rules for data collection and storage, took effect on May 25th, 2018. The purpose of the regulation is to provide individuals with more control over their own data and communicate how that data is collected, stored, processed and used – no matter the location. For the first time, monetary sanctions […]

Use Comparative Advantage To Become a Better CIO


Imagine that 3 people want to each open a sandwich shop. One man is a butcher, another is a farmer, and the third is a baker. The butcher is an expert with meats. The farmer is an expert with produce. And the baker is an expert at making bread. Each is the master of their […]

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Alarm Fatigue – When Your Backups Cry Wolf


What would happen if the fire alarm in your office went off at this very moment? Would there be a mad rush for the doors, or would most people just ignore it and keep working until they smelled smoke? As indicated by the Institute for Research in Construction, only about 25% of occupants react to […]

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Backup’s Automation Paradox


In 1992, the Royal Majesty cruise ship ran aground because of an electrical problem with their GPS system. Despite the fact that it should have been clear to any experienced crewmember that the ship had been veering off-course, most simply assumed that the GPS system would correct itself or someone else would take on the […]

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Air-Gap Backups


Imagine the following scenario: You’re the IT administrator for your company. To eliminate human error and physical media failure, you’ve implemented a fully-automated network backup solution that creates redundant backup copies across multiple physical sites. You’re following the greater part of the best practices. In any case, at that point something terrible happens. One of […]

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Happy Holidays From Storagepipe


Happy Holidays From Storagepipe THREAT! The virus scanner pings Your system needs some updating Yes it has been quite a while Your OS is out of style Careful with your documents It’s just good ol’ common sense Always backup your hard drive And any threat you will survive THREAT! The virus scanner pings Cryptocurrency mining […]

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Black Swan Disaster Recovery


The term “Black Swan” dates back to the first century A.D. Originally. The term was ordinarily used to show an event that was exceptionally improbable. For example: “I’ll see a Black Swan before you ever beat me at chess.” “An honest politician is like a Black Swan.” And then, in 1697, something incredible happened. The […]

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How Netflix Thrives In Chaos


In September of 2015, Amazon experienced a major downtime incident that knocked out availability at many leading cloud services, including Amazon’s own Echo smart speaker. Of all the companies affected by this breach, none seem to have fared better than Netflix. Despite the major disruption that knocked out more than 20 critical AWS services, Netflix […]

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