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A Brief History of Data Storage

Did you know that all of "Toy Story 2" was nearly wiped out? Or that Kurt Vonnegut predicted the future of storage? From punch cards to clouds, here's a look at man's quest to protect our greatest asset: data.

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Behind the Camera: How One Chicago Filmmaker Protects His Digital Stories

Filmmaking has come a long way since the VHS tapes and bulky cameras of the ‘90s. But along with new technology comes the need for increased data storage capacity — and a higher risk of data loss. 

Todd Hoyer is a Chicago-based filmmaker who owns and operates Vanamonde Media, a video production company that serves advertising agencies and e-learning companies. Hoyer has perfected his data storage and backup methods, coming a long way from his analog video days in college 18 years ago.

The Data

Hoyer shoots most of his video in HD, which means he brings about 64 gigabytes of digital storage cards with him to each shoot. He also brings along a laptop and a 500-gigabyte external drive to copy the final footage onto.

A three- to four-hour shoot results in about 30 minutes of finished, edited footage, and this back-end work is Hoyer’s main focus.

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How MSPs Adapt to New Data Protection Buying Behavior: Q&A with Gigaom's Ashar Baig

As the channel landscape grows increasingly complex, vendors must truly understand the market — and their partners' customers — to provide value. That's true for data protection and backup services alike, though changes in buying behavior have altered the definition of a strategic relationship between vendors and their managed service provider (MSP) partners. Here, Ashar Baig, research director at Gigaom Research and a channel expert, explains the data protection challenges MSPs' customers face, how vendors can help their partners help themselves and what MSPs look for in a vendor partner. 

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Heartbleed Advice for MSPs and the IRS Misses Windows XP Deadline: Weekly Roundup

Unless you've been living underneath a rock for the past two weeks, you've no doubt heard about the panic that the Heartbleed bug has caused among Internet users. MSPs can assuage their customers' concerns by providing them the information they need. Here's the latest on Heartbleed and more data protection news from around the Web this week: 

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Cloud Vendor Buyer's Guide: 4 Ways to Make the Choice a Breeze

A dedicated IT team can help a small business scale and grow quickly, but it's not a luxury all SMBs can afford. But the ever-present threat of a computer crash or other data disasters mean that businesses can't afford not to invest in some kind of IT solution. For many, this means outsourcing at least a portion of IT infrastructure to cloud and other third-party vendors. 

Selecting a reliable cloud provider can be complicated, even for the most tech-savvy buyer. For starters, keep it simple. “Complexity in any mechanism — not just in IT — means too many components working together with a lot of potential tension or incompatibility,” says Sam Roguine, engineering director at Acronis. Here are four basic guidelines to keep in mind when choosing a cloud solution:  

End of Days for Windows XP: 9 Steps Every User Needs to Know

After 13 years, Microsoft finally discontinued support and security updates for Windows XP on April 8th. While the sunset date was no secret, nearly 28 percent of the world’s computers still rely on the massively popular operating system.

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Infographic: Backin' Up The Data

In a recent survey conducted by Acronis, people were asked they value more: their data or their device. The overwhelming answer was data, including precious (and often irreplaceable) photos, videos, music and contacts. However, people are notorious for not backing up that digital data. According to the survey, 40 percent of people hadn't backed up in at least three months. 

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So Long Microsoft XP and What Dark Clouds Mean For IT: Weekly Roundup

Tuesday, April 8 marked the end of an era. Microsoft is no longer providing security updates for XP, its 13-year-old operating system. But despite warnings from security experts, and even Microsofts execs, 36 percent of XP users have no plans to switch. Here's a look at the risks businesses face with lingering instances of XP, tips on how to migrate to a new OS and the latest data protection news from around the Web this week: 

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4 Ways to Stop Mobile Malware in Its Tracks

How much does your workforce know about mobile security? While giving employees the ability to use their personal mobile devices for work, BYOD programs can put an organization at risk for mobile malware when employees' devices are infected. A recent study from Alcatel-Lucent found that the rate of mobile malware infection escalated by 20 percent in 2013 from 2012 — affecting almost 12 million devices. If this should happen to your company, hackers could potentially gain access to sensitive corporate data, says Amber Corrin, contributor for Software Advice, a company that researches IT security solutions. Here are four ways that enterprise mobility experts recommend evaluating mobile malware risk: 

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The No. 1 Priority When Creating a Mobile Policy: Put Employees First

Employees who bring their own smartphones and tablets to work have different ideas about what type of corporate data should be available on their personal devices, and how the company ought to secure those devices. No two companies are alike, so there isn't a template for creating a mobile policy. But there are several components of any successful mobile program — and it starts by treating employees like customers, argues Mani Zarrehparvar, president of Visage Mobile.