A data protection and backup podcast primer: Tips, trends, products

Last updated:July 2018

Editor's note

If you're curious about how to best protect your data and what's going on in the backup and recovery market, you've come to the right place.

We've recently launched a podcast series, Back Up to Basics, led by editor Paul Crocetti, covering lots of ground in the increasingly important field of data protection and backup. We've spoken with executives from major vendors, including several CEOs, as well as noted industry analysts.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of threats out there. One of the biggest threats to data protection and backup continues to be ransomware, so we devoted an entire podcast to protecting and recovering from an attack. It's often been said, "It's not if you'll be hit, but when." That's not a scare tactic from vendors that want you to buy their products. It's often noted by experts in the field, and it's a case of being safe rather than sorry. As analyst George Crump said in the podcast: "Don't be complacent. Get out in front of this."

And that's a key element of data protection and backup in general: being proactive, rather than reactive. One way that you can become more proactive is listening to these podcasts and gaining more knowledge of backup and recovery trends, products and best practices. It's always better to plan ahead and test your plans so you know you're ready in the event of an unplanned incident.

You'll even get a short history of business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR), courtesy of expert Paul Kirvan. He asked, "Will automation eliminate the need for BC/DR specialists?" That's a loaded question but an important one for the field and one he tried to answer in the podcast.

Each podcast comes with a transcript, in addition to the audio recording. We hope you enjoy listening and reading about these important issues. And we're planning to add more podcasts on data protection and backup, so stay tuned.

1Explore the data protection and backup market

In this group of podcasts, you'll hear from some of the biggest names in the industry, including the CEOs of Veeam and Carbonite. Products are only the tip of the iceberg, though, as these company representatives detail challenges in the market, risks to consider and key developments.

2Important terms discussed in the podcasts

Improve your base of knowledge with these definitions of key data protection and backup words and phrases.