According to a recent Acronis survey, a third of us have experienced some sort of data loss. However, 22% of us don’t backup our computers or mobile phones, at all.

We’ve all thought about what we’d grab from our house in case of a fire or natural disaster: photos, videos, important documents, and jewelry are probably at the top of your list. These physical objects are something we value a lot. The things we touch, see and feel everyday become an important part of our lives – so it’s natural to want to protect them.

Our digital data holds the same value. Thousands of pictures and videos, precious personal files and information, and important work now live in digital form on our mobile phones, tablets, and desktop and laptop computers. Today, our data is our life. 

 

How are you protecting your digital life?

Many people think that backup is simply about copying data and then copying it back if needed. The process probably was that simple in 1960 — as simple as punching another set of computer cards and keeping them in a safe place. Technology has advanced rapidly in the past 50 years, so backup processes have also had to advance. Backup covers a variety of use cases from simple file recovery to recovery of complex systems

 

Companies have protected their data ever since carbon copies were stored in bonded warehouses, but times have changed. The techniques for protecting information and recovering from disastrous data loss have also changed. Let us bring you up to speed on modern data protection.

 

Windows 10 is coming soon and many individuals are planning to upgrade their personal PCs. If you are one of these individuals, follow these 7 tips to ensure you have a positive Windows 10 upgrade experience and that you don’t lose any data.

1. Plan your upgrade – If you have multiple PCs, don’t rush into installing Windows 10 on all your machines right away. Choose one computer and upgrade to Windows 10. This will help you learn what to do and what not to do, and make the upgrade process easier for your other PCs.

Microsoft has just released Windows 10 – the last Windows version number ever released. Instead of releasing major new versions, the Redmond software giant is going to drive a regular stream of improvements through frequent Windows updates.

"Right now we're releasing Windows 10, and because Windows 10 is the last version of Windows, we're all still working on Windows 10," said Jerry Nixon, Microsoft's developer evangelist, at the Ignite tech conference.

With this monumental Windows release, IT desktop administrators everywhere have an opportunity to check off the huge, expensive, and daunting task of Desktop OS Migration. As you may know, Windows XP support ended on April 8, 2014, yet almost 16% of all PCs worldwide are still using it.

In today's world of striving to gain competitive advantage and doing more with less, cutting edge technologies to increase sales - like digital marketing - are on the forefront of every CEO’s mind. As a result, many companies are currently advertising for new marketing professionals, especially in the digital marketing sector.

And what’s their device of choice? Today’s young and bright marketing graduates who have been “digitized” since they can walk clearly prefer Macs. Not only do they tend to own their own Macs but they often use up to three mobile devices – and they expect to use them at work!

The need for a company BYOD policy can no longer be ignored. Today’s young professionals (like my 17 year-old son, Louis - a graphic arts student), want to use their Macs at work and wherever they are working.  Unless you can afford to equip each of them with a Mac and properly manage the user experience, your marketing team’s productivity is at risk of going down.

 

April 24, 2003 – July 14, 2015

 

Windows Server 2003 (12) of Redmond, WA left us peacefully on July 14, 2015. As you may recall, Windows Server 2003 greeted the world on April 24, 2003. It created a lot of excitement for then IT professionals, replacing previous server versions – and adding support for 64-bit systems. Windows Server 2003 also brought up a whole generation of Windows System Administrators in a post-dotcom era.

Windows Server 2003 was the main workhorse on numerous servers in both small and big data centers. Not without its drawbacks, it served millions of users reliably and faithfully. Windows Server 2003 is survived by Windows Server 2008/R2, Windows Server 2012/R2 and Windows Azure.

Windows Server 2003 will continue to be in our memory for all the long nights of server rollouts and configuration bashes, Active Directory and DNS configurations, and re-configurations.

Acronis Backup Cloud part of Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator Platform

Last week Flexiant and Acronis announced a new partnership integrating Acronis Backup Cloud into the Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator Platform. You can read the press release here!

 

Flexiant’s Simon Freedman covered the announcement on Flexiant’s blog on July 9th. You can take a read below and check out the Flexiant Blog for more information and the complete post. Thanks for reading!

 

“Data protection should be a key concern for every one of your customers today. If just one of their virtual machines (VMs) were to fail for any reason, chances are that it would have a detrimental impact on their business – in the most extreme cases it can even put the company out of business.

 

It’s a fact that Macs have gained a lot of traction in SMBs and enterprises over the past few years. You cannot deny it: Employees love their Macs. Why? Macs are especially good at certain tasks like design, creative services, and production. They are easy to use and reliable with more and more employees that use Apple devices in their personal lives asking to use them at work. And of course, they are cool.

 

As the survey below shows, employee preference is the top reason why companies support Macs. While employee satisfaction is no doubt a key driver, there are many other factors that need to be taken into account by IT to support the “Mac invasion” as some people refer to it.

 

 

Imagine you are an IT administrator at a small company of 30 people or so. You juggle hardware, software, the network – and even phone systems and the occasional electrical failure or power outage on any given day. So, when your CEO calls you and says, “I cannot open my sales forecast file,” you rush into action. You check your CEO’s PC and find that the file is somehow corrupted. Then you notice a small red icon at the bottom corner of the desktop with a prompt reading: “Your files have been encrypted. Pay $500 for a decryption key within 10 days or your data will be deleted — click here for payment instructions.”

 

If your company has a mixed environment of Windows and Macs and you've recently tried to upgrade to the latest version of Mac OS X, you have no doubt encountered frustrating incompatibility issues. Why is that? Well, perhaps Apple forgot to tell you something!

Mac OS X has always supported two network protocols: AFP (Apple Filing Protocol), which is Apple’s native file sharing protocol for Macs, and SMB (Server Messaging Block), which is the native file sharing protocol for Windows and is typically used for NAS storage.

With each OS X update, Apple has tried to improve Mac SMB compatibility. But, even with the latest SMB3 support in OS X 10.10 Yosemite, Mac users continue to report frustrating problems, especially with key applications such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite.