Highly Reliable Systems: Removable Disk Backup & Recovery

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10 Reasons why Highly-Removable Drives are better for BackUp
than Cloud or conventional NAS/BDRs

Posted on by Annie M

Highly Removable Drives are better than cloud services and conventional NAS/BDRs for Data BackUp because: 1.They invulnerable to remote or virus attacks (when removed). It’s simple, it can’t be manipulated, deleted, or otherwise hacked  if it’s powered off or sitting … Continue reading

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NAS System Speeds vs DAS Backup Performance

Posted on by Olin Coles

As more data moves across the Internet to it’s home in the cloud, many are still retaining primary and backup data within physical reach on their servers and backup appliances. This makes good business sense, considering that when disaster strikes the speed of transfer from cloud storage could take days compared to hours for a backup appliance such as our NetSwap NC350 Network Attached Storage (NAS) system. There are two scenarios administrators must plan for: backup and disaster recovery, commonly referred to as BDR. Continue reading

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Comparing iSCSI and Windows Network Shares

Posted on by Darren McBride

You can’t tell by looking at the physical connection whether a machine is using iSCSI or a Windows share. Both iSCSI connections and shared Windows hard drives use an Ethernet connection to attach storage. Since they use the same physical connection and network cable, it can be confusing to understand the difference. It used to be that an appliance that “shared” it’s drive was called a NAS (Network Attached Storage), and one that used iSCSI was called a SAN (Storage Area Network). This was because iSCSI was setup by installing a second network card in the server, and a dedicated link or Ethernet network was used for just storage traffic (hence the term storage area network versus local area network). Nowadays it’s not uncommon for even low end NAS devices to support the iSCSI software protocol, so the line can be somewhat blurry. Continue reading

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Understanding Deduplication and Single Instance Storage

Posted on by Darren McBride

The new Workstation Backup Appliance is a Windows based NAS with a removable drive that includes software to backup windows and Mac workstations.  One of the key features in this product is file level deduplication.  This feature was written for … Continue reading

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