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The Cloud Could Mitigate Data Protection Complexity in the Connected Future

Before connected devices and the emerging Internet of Things, companies produced and stored the majority of data in the digital universe. But with a new generation of devices like Nest, Google Glass and Apple Watch, consumers are adding to the piles of data that needs to be backed up and stored.  

More than 212 billion "things" will be connected in 2020, predicts IDC, and as companies store data from users around the world, they will rely on multiple data ingestion points to keep data stream flowing. 

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Introducing Acronis True Image 2015: The Most Complete, Safe and Easy Backup Solution Available

With the launch this week of Acronis True Image 2015, a great product just got better. The latest update makes Acronis True Image 2015 the only solution that gives users full system image backup and recovery and offers and dual protection (both local and to the cloud) across both PC and Mac environments.

Built on Acronis’ innovative AnyData Engine technology, Acronis True Image 2015 ensures that all data in a user’s system is completely protected — including email, music files, photos, videos, documents and even browser settings. Everything. On PC and Macs.

But data backup isn’t the only function that’s quick and easy with Acronis True Image 2015. Recovery is simple, too. Now, users have total control over the recovery process and can choose to recover individual files, or the entire system, to any hardware.

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What IT Leaders Can Learn from Facebook's Extreme Data Center Test

Just because a system and its data are backed up doesn't mean the underlying data protection methods will work if something goes wrong. To find out, IT must verify that the systems are in place and function correctly. Facebook recently took that advice to the extreme by shutting down one of its data centers to test how the infrastructure and systems would perform. 

"This is tens of megawatts of power that basically we turned off for an entire day to test how our systems were going to actually respond," Jay Parikh, global head of engineering at Facebook, said at the @Scale Conference in San Francisco. 

The team's motivation for performing the tests was to learn to embrace failure and to react and recovery quickly, Parikh said. 

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4 Data-Driven Skills for the Modern IT Pro

Demand for data-driven insights is insatiable for most companies, and many of them are turning to their information technology departments for guidance. This year 32 percent of companies planned to increase the headcount in their IT departments, according Computerworld’s 2014 Forecast survey.

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Exposing the Specter of ‘Shadow IT’

These days, consumers are bringing their own devices — and their own apps — to work. Sure, the consumerization of IT is not a new threat, but it’s one that many companies still struggle to contain.

While there are benefits to employees using tools they know and like, experts caution about the security and data protection downsides. Tech Page One writer Scott Koegler offers seven tips to control the “Shadow IT” menace, including:  

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Spinning Beats: How One DJ Backs Up His Music

A DJ without music makes for a pretty dull concert. For DJ John DeAscentis, that means protecting his valuable collection of high-end music files is a top priority. 

DeAscentis first began experimenting with DJ software his sophomore year of college. He grew up playing instruments, so he was familiar with the basic tenants of music, but Electronic Dance Music (EDM) was a far cry from the guitar and violin.

After graduating, DeAscentis returned home to Boston where he began to play more shows throughout the New England area whenever he could find the time. Slowly, he began to meet other DJs and became a part of the growing EDM scene. As his music library expanded, he started seeking out new backup methods — and new ways to share his music.

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“You know how a lesser-quality video is more grainy?” DeAscentis asks. “It’s the same thing with MP3 files. You want to be using the highest quality you have."

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Acronis ExtremeZ-IP: Fast File Search and Sharing in Any Environment

Increased Mac adoption in the enterprise has challenged IT departments to solve the incompatibility issues in Windows-based environments. Acronis recently released ExtremeZ-IP 9.0, the latest version of its software to solve those problems and provide users with a seamless experience.

Here, Brian Ulmer, product management director at Acronis, explains the challenges that ExtremeZ-IP solves and shares the new features for enhanced content indexing and search that are now available: 

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NASA to Perform Intergalactic Backup on Mars Rover

Data protection isn’t an easy task in the modern enterprise. Adoption of cloud, mobile and virtual technologies — not to mention the exploding amounts of data that companies must protect — has made IT environments more complex than ever.

But at least most IT pros are on the same planet as their infrastructure. The scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory are planning to reboot and reformat the Mars Rover’s flash storage. The first step? Perform a complete backup for the device that is more than 100 million miles from Earth.

“The team plans to upload all the data stored in Opportunity's [one of two Mars rovers] memory banks for backup on Earth,” according to The Register.  “A reformatting command will then be sent to the rover early next month, which will clear healthy circuits and identify the duff ones to be avoided in the future.”

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How to Verify Your Data Backup Actually Worked

When a system crashes or an iPhone is stolen, that’s usually when someone grasps the importance of data backup. But just because someone is using Time Machine or iCloud as a backup method doesn’t necessarily mean all the data is protected. If the house is flooded or a large scale disaster occurs, all of that data could disappear. So how does a consumer know if the family photos, thousands of music files and other important documents are safe?

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Flash Storage and Backup Is Lightning Fast

IT pros never have enough time to get all of their work done, which is why they love any technology that can reduce the time required to complete a task. While flash memory is often seen as having a small storage capacity and high cost, it delivers quick data storage. Contrary to the past, IT pros are turning to flash to streamline the backup process and let IT teams focus their time on other tasks, according to Drew Robb at Tech Page One

“Unfortunately, many [businesses] are missing out on the opportunity to accelerate backup and restores by thinking of flash as being expensive compared to traditional storage when the real value is in terms of boosting productivity,” says Greg Schulz, an analyst at StorageIO Group.