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

Stay on top of data protection and backup trends, best practices and products with this guide to our Back Up to Basics podcasts.


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.

1Tips and trends-

Experts detail best practices and technology developments

Do you have what it takes for proper backup and BC/DR planning? These podcasts provide background on important elements to consider, historical pieces of the data protection puzzle and techniques for being ready for threats.


Get out in front of ransomware

Recovery from ransomware is possible, even when it spreads fast. Analyst George Crump provides valuable advice for data protection and backup, as well as how to recover when an attack hits. Continue Reading


The evolution of BC/DR

BC/DR has evolved over the last five decades. Expert Paul Kirvan takes you through the history, how the profession has changed with the times and what may lie ahead. Continue Reading

2Vendors and products-

Explore 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.


Veeam's CEO talks goals, plans, tests

Veeam Software is one of the fastest-growing companies in the backup and recovery field and has evolved from its original focus on virtual data protection. Co-CEO Peter McKay speaks to how the vendor got to its position and what it needs to do. Continue Reading


Carbonite transformation detailed by CEO

It once tailored to consumers, but now, Carbonite serves mainly businesses. CEO Mohamad Ali takes you through Carbonite's purchase of Mozy backup, its in-house developments and the threats companies face. Continue Reading


Igneous Systems' chief exec gets 'unstructured'

Igneous focuses on backup and archiving of unstructured data. CEO Kiran Bhageshpur explains the difference between the two disciplines and why it's so important to protect and manage that type of data. Continue Reading


It's a cloud-to-cloud world for Spanning

With SaaS applications such as Salesforce and Office 365 increasing in popularity, users need to protect their data, just as they would other workloads. Mat Hamlin, vice president of products at Spanning, dishes on cloud-to-cloud backup and restore, as well as his company's roadmap. Continue Reading


CloudBerry Lab tackles backup, recovery, ransomware protection

Cloud backup is a strong element as part of your overall data protection platform. CloudBerry Lab's Doug Hazelman details best practices and his impressions of the cloud backup field. Continue Reading


Important terms discussed in the podcasts

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

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