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Myth Busters

Data recovery myths uncovered and explained.

Big Data = Big Advancements in Technology

There have been some big developments surrounding enterprise storage and management of big data within the last few years.Examples are: virtualisation and Software Defined Storage (SDS) lowering the hardware cost of storage, ISO standards for cloud storage adding trust to the cloud, hybrid storage for speed, and the list goes on. The issue that enterprise storage manufacturers and managers alike have realised is that the amount of data is constantly  growing at alarming rates. …Read More

Advantages and risks of Software Defined Storages (SDS)

In recent years, companies have had to contend with a large increase in data volumes and this trend will continue in the years to come. With each approaching year, more and more data is collected and stored.  According to a study conducted by EMC, our digital universe is growing 40 per cent a year into the next decade.  Just think about how much data you collect and store today versus five years …Read More

Using SMART Tools to Predict HDD Failure

In our previous blog, MTBF: Hard drive failure prediction?, we noted that the best-known methods for predicting hard disk drive (HDD) failure aren’t exactly scientific. Grinding and thrashing noises are a reliable indicator that a HDD is about to fail, for example, but that’s not very comforting when your drives are sitting out of earshot in a remote data centre. Using a metric called Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) for …Read More

Erasure Verification Service – Who and Why?

In our last blog we discussed the methods of data erasure, but how do you know your erasure methods are 100% effective. What if you need to provide third-party proof of erasure to your clients or for regulatory purposes?  Erasure Verification Services offer companies and manufacturers a written report detailing the effectiveness of their erasure process. We all know data security has been a hot topic in the news. Companies …Read More

One iPad’s Trip

One of our customers accidentally dropped his iPad from a train, in a remote woodland area. Amazingly, they were able to locate the iPad, but it was severely damaged and all the data was lost. Our data recovery engineer reviewed the device to evaluate the damage and if a data recovery was possible. He found: The digitiser was destroyed, so the iPad did not respond to touch The second layer comprised of the LCD (which …Read More

Data Erasure – The End of the Data Lifecycle

In last week’s blog we discussed data encryption and data security. Encryption is just one area of data security and data security rolls up into the larger category of data management. What do you think about when you hear the term “data management?” Does the word “security” come to mind? Maybe you think of BIG data. How many of you think of end of life data and data erasure? Data …Read More

The Internet of Things and Storage of Everything

The future is made of intelligent objects and…data The fact that the amount of digital data that surrounds us is constantly increasing is not new. As we go throughout our day each of us produces a trail of new data along the way. Not only do we create data on a professional level, but on a personal level as well. Every social media update, text message, email, YouTube comment and …Read More

Data is Data

When we think of creating data, we typically think of a computer, tablet, smartphone or wearable. What we don’t typically think about are industry-specific devices, unless we are using one. We recently came across one such device, a Trimble Recon Rugged Handheld Computer used to document parameters of pipe fusion processes. This little device, also known as a “Data Collector” or “Controller”, looks like an ultra-rugged GPS.  Pipe inspectors use …Read More

NetApp: The Importance of Trust

Author: Mike Scanlin, Information Assurance Program Manager, NetApp, Inc. NetApp understands the importance of security. “Trust but verify” is the foundation for NetApp’s position as the #1 provider of data storage and management to the U.S. Federal government. Corporations and agencies in Energy, Financial, Healthcare, and Government sectors trust NetApp because of our longstanding commitment to security certifications and verified security capabilities. In 2005, NetApp became the first storage provider …Read More

When Cloud Becomes Fog

With the rapid uptake of cloud services by lots of businesses around the globe, we tend to forget that the “cloud” is still a data centre somewhere out there that stores your data. Like any data storage facility or device, it has its good days and it bad days. Most cloud providers are offering a SLA of 99.9% availability (uptime) but even 99.9 still means 8.76 hours of downtime. So …Read More