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Pieces of Interest

Data recovery, data destruction and data management pieces of interest.

ISO 27018: Cloud Quality and Control

Among main characteristics of the ISO 27018 standard, there are those which require Cloud Service Provider (CSP) to allow users to control the quality of services for their data. The reporting given by the CSP gives interesting pieces of information about tools which are set up to enable this type of control. Currently, there are not a lot of cloud platforms which comply with ISO 27018, the ones that do …Read More

ISO 27018 – Adding Trust in Cloud Storage

The purpose of the ISO/IEC 27XXX family is to standardise the use of information technology. The ISO 27018 – that Microsoft claims to be the first one with certification on its Azure platform – is dedicated to Cloud services. What are the new standards? What does that involve? What does it mean? The standardisation of cloud storage seems to be almost impossible, yet, it is a question of methodology. One …Read More

The Pros and Cons of Database Virtualisation

Businesses have been steadily increasing the virtualisation of desktop applications, servers, and storage, so it should be no surprise that virtualising databases offers some undeniable advantages. In addition to less physical hardware, savings in energy, and simplifying the management of databases, virtualisation proves particularly well for very resource hungry applications, such as CRM or ERP systems. Benefits include: Live migration: Virtual databases can be migrated from one physical server to …Read More

How much is the data on your smartphone worth to you?

A survey commissioned by Lookout last year set out to find the answer to this question. According to the results of the US based study, 50 per cent of phone theft victims would be “somewhat likely to extremely likely” to pay up to $500 to retrieve their lost data. Over 70 per cent said they would even resort to vigilantism to get it back. Back in Australia, the problem of smartphone …Read More

Data Loss in the Virtual Environment is Very Real (2)

In the last post we explained why the virtual environment is not immune to data loss and gave some real life examples of the problems that can occur. This time, we are going to pass on some advice from Tim Black, Kroll Ontrack’s Senior Lab Engineer specialising in VMware, about how to respond to some of the more common virtual environment scenarios. Problem: Deleted or Missing Virtual Machine/VMDK The first …Read More

Dark Data on Corporate Tapes

Dark data is the everyday operational data generated by companies as they go about their business. Defined by Gartner as the “information assets organisations collect, process and store during regular business activities, but generally fail to use for other purpose”, it includes log files and archives that are never analysed or monetised. They just exist as a compliance measure, usually stored on legacy tapes, waiting for the day when they …Read More

“It’s End of Life Jim, but not as we know it” – The Demise of Tape

While in the blogosphere the debate over tape’s demise is still raging, I believe the ‘Alive and kicking’ fraction is winning, everyday storage users are working out strategies to deal with the dreaded End-of-life announcements by vendors. End-of-life announcements related to tape storage like IBM’s 3480/3490 and the StorageTek T9840D tape drive are a reminder of the time and effort we spend on keeping our data secure and in a …Read More

Tape regains its cool factor

We have seen the tape market decline for several years now and it is trending toward withering to a niche solution. In the last decade tape lost much favour for backup applications, being replaced by the combination of HDD/SSD storage and de-duplication. But what a massive niche! Tape is ideal for long term archiving of enormous amounts of data whilst providing decent access times from huge energy efficient libraries, with …Read More

Data Recovery Basics: The World’s First Data Recovery

Almost 30 years have gone by since Kroll Ontrack performed the world’s first successful commercial data recovery.  How this significant milestone was reached can be traced back to 1985, when a company named Ontrack Computer Systems built a software program called Disk Manager®, which made it easy to install a computer hard disk. Humble beginnings At the time, due to operating system and BIOS constraints, computers weren’t able to maximise …Read More