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How to optimize your VMware Backups with the all-in-one solution for VM security

By Marijan Kozic Primer on Backup strategies When designing the best backup strategy for a particular business environment, the goals are always the same – providing maximum data protection with minimum restore times, while reducing the impact on production resources. Approaching these goals without compromising data security distinguishes a good backup strategy from a bad one. Virtual machines share the same hardware resources. Therefore, it is important to ensure that one machine’s backup does not negatively influence other running machines’ performances. In fact, business requirements often demand that not even the target VM should be excessively impacted. A constant availability […]

Understand Agent vs. Agentless Backups and Protect Your VMware Data with the Benefits of Both

By Marijan Kozic Virtualization brings unquestionable advantages and benefits. However, with its increasing presence, system administrators also face new challenges in maintaining and protecting the growing number of virtual servers. Traditional administration methods prove to be inadequate. Therefore, a change in approach becomes necessary, especially considering data protection and backup.

4 Risks of Virtualization, How to Avoid Data Loss and Protect Your VMware Setup

By Dr. Marc M. Batschkus and Marijan Kozic The benefits of virtualization have triggered its incredible popularity amongst IT professionals. With its ease of use and consolidation of hardware, discarding many separate servers for individual services becomes a no-brainer. VMware is unmistakably the leader of this trend. However, the gains in efficiency also carry some risks that must specifically be considered.

4 Criteria to Choose the Right LTO Tape, Build an Archive & Save Money Along the Way

LTO Tape is more attractive than ever and applicable in more circumstances. Text by Dr. Marc M. Batschkus Infographic by Lana Tannir In rapid succession, LTO-8 has quickly appeared in addition to the already impressive LTO-7 tape standard. The market’s drive for more capacity presumably triggered the early release. What are the features and benefits of LTO-8? How do the LTO generations compare? What LTO tape should you choose for which application? These are some of the questions that arise. To simplify the comparison of LTOs and gain more insight, we prepared an infographic with all the important features and […]

How to Simplify VMware Backups with Archiware Pure

by Archiware Staff Virtualization is a well-established, future-proof technology. It increases efficiency, reduces downtime and expands datacenter utilization. The IT industry relies on server virtualization to reduce costs and improve productivity. Now, it is also becoming an important trend in the Media and Entertainment business.

Cyber-Attacks: The Backup-Medium for Maximum Security

by Archiware Staff Ransomware attacks impact organizations of all sizes and sectors. Out of 540 organizations in North America, Canada, the U.K. and Germany, nearly half have experienced ransomware attacks in 2016 (Osterman Research Survey). Therefore, intelligent backup mediums are necessary to ensure maximum security.

Archive or Backup?

by Priscila Ferrari from Drivesys, Brazil Since the 2000s, the technology sector and digital market have undergone prominent changes. These have greatly affected all users, businesses, and industry professionals. With the advent of high-performance computers, digital equipment and digital media, users have accumulated large amounts of media and content. This raises the question of how to store them without slowing down and clogging up the production infrastructure. It’s very common for people to confuse archive and backup. For this reason, they frequently opt for the more familiar and simpler solution or the one that comes to mind first. However, the correct way […]

Disk, Tape, Cloud – Which type of storage is right for your business?

by Julia Friedrich & Ibrahim Tannir When planning a data management strategy, there are a number of questions that need to be considered: Do I need an immediate failover solution? What is an acceptable backup frequency? What is the maximum retention period for past data? How can I make sure my data is safe in case of a natural disaster? 

Disk-to-Disk-to-Tape strategies

by André Kühnemund   When data security is key, a simple backup may not be enough to ensure data is available at all times, while a data sync does not offer long retention times and safe offsite storage. The solution is simple: Combine Archiware P5 Synchronize and P5 Backup for a Disk-to-Disk-to-Tape strategy and have the best of both worlds: immediate availability AND security. Backup to Disk to Tape (D2D2T) using P5 Synchronize and P5 Backup is a good way to leverage the advantages of both – some of which are: P5 Synchronize: Fast disk-to-disk copying of data Ability to maintain multiple file system snapshots […]

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Boost index performance through SSD

Jan 17, 2014 – SSD ’s (solid-state drives) have become more widespread in the storage world, mainly because of their lower access time and latency. This gives them an advantage compared to regular hard drives and make them particularly useful for hosting P5 Backup and Archive indices. We have been using Elgato’s Thunderbolt SSD as well as the PROMISE Pegasus J2 during our VideoVisions tour and have seen how well this can work, even in a desktop Archive setup. Improve P5 Backup & P5 Archive performance Backup and Archive indices are at the heart of the P5’s functionality. The index manages all […]

Tape-Drive Cleaning

February 4, 2013 – Disk and tape drives both use a thin magnetic film layer to store Bits of your data, which are impressed on this film via a magnetic read/write head. A disk drive is produced in a super-clean dust-free environment and the disks that are coated with the magnetic film are enclosed in a hermetically sealed encapsulation. While reading or writing data, the disks are quickly spinning and the magnetic heads are not in direct contact with the disks, but are separated by a thin layer of air in between. In contrast, the tape drive’s head and the […]

To Backup or to Archive, That is the Question!

December 3, 2012 – PresSTORE comes with a Backup and an Archive module. Both can use tape to save a copy of the data offline. So what exactly is the difference then? To Backup means to create a safety copy. Ideally, one will never need to use this copy. However, equipment fails and accidents happen. That is when you need to reach for the backup and recover either parts or all of your data. Accidents are generally twofold, either the online hardware fails and data in its most recent state that needs to be recovered gets lost, or the data […]

LTFS Reality Check

May 7, 2012 – The fifth generation of the LTO (Linear Tape-Open) standard is known for its embracing of LTFS (Linear Tape File System). The goal of incorporating LTFS was to broaden LTO’s range of use, increase flexibility and facilitate the exchange and transport of data. It provides users disk-like access to browsing and OS level functionality without the need for software. But while LTFS does represent a major milestone for tape-based archiving, much work still remains to be done before this technology can be considered fully developed. Tape as a storage medium has historically had its share of detractors […]

P4 Training MasterClass

March 19, 2012 – Our English distributor JPY runs regular technical trainings for their P4 reseller network. They have recorded a training session and made it available as a free web-resource. In the P4 MasterClass you’ll learn how to install, configure and troubleshoot P4 via a collection of HD videos. Join David Fox as he presents a training course to engineers from UK resellers, including live demos, questions from the audience and whiteboard explanations. Videos available at