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Get Ready for AWS Pi Day 2022

Now that March is here it’s almost that time of year again. No, I don’t mean St. Patrick’s Day. It’s almost time for AWS Pi Day 2022. Amazon S3, the first AWS service, was launched 16 years ago on Pi Day, March 14, 2006. On March 14th, 2022 Amazon will host its 2nd annual AWS…

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Amazon Adds AWS Backup to S3

There’s no doubt that file systems are some of the most fundamental cloud services, as they provide storage for cloud-native apps, hybrid apps, and on-premise backups. Amazon Web Services (AWS) Backup enables you to centralize and automate data protection across your AWS services. Using AWS Backup and its new support for S3, you can centrally…

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Disaster Recovery for Kubernetes

A lot of businesses are in the process of modernizing their applications as a part of their digital transformation strategies and the adoption of Kubernetes is a big part of this trend. As businesses have begun migrating toward containers and micros-service type applications, Kubernetes has been quickly becoming the defacto standard for container management and…

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Big Announcements at AWS re:Invent 2021

This year’s AWS re:Invent conference is taking place from Nov. 29 through Dec. 3, 2021 at the Venetian Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The re:Invent conference is the biggest AWS event of the year. Unlike last year’s conference which was only online, this year’s re:Invent is a hybrid event that is both in-person and…

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Protecting the Different Types of Microsoft 365 Data

Microsoft 365 is an indispensable collection of tools for businesses. While Microsoft is responsible for the availability and ongoing functionality of all the Microsoft 365 apps, the responsibility for protecting Microsoft 365 data is the customer’s obligation. Let’s take a closer look at the different types of Microsoft 365 data and the kind of protection…

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How to Avoid Disaster Recovery Failures

Experiencing a disaster is one of the worst possible events for both businesses and their IT departments. However, there is one worse event – failure to recover from the disaster.  While every IT department should have a disaster recovery (DR) plan, that doesn’t mean every DR plan will work. In the best case, a failure…

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Amazon ECS io2 Block Express Volumes is a SAN in Cloud

On July 19th 2021, Amazon announced the general availability of their new Amazon ECS io2 Block Express volumes service.  Amazon io2 volumes have been available since 2020 and they are essentially provisioned SSDs designed to deliver 99.999% durability. Amazon ECS io2 Block Express are io2 volumes running on the EBS Block Express architecture. ECS io2…

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Using DR to Protect Against Ransomware

While 2020 will surely be remembered as the year of the pandemic, it’s quite possible that 2021 will be remembered as the year of ransomware too. Ransomware attacks seem to be running amok through 2021 and almost daily occurrences have been reported. Ransomware is a type of malware that blocks access to a company’s files…

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The Driving Forces of Disaster Recovery Evolution in 2021

There’s no doubt that there’s been a huge focus on disaster recovery (DR) beginning in 2020 and carrying over into 2021. The high-profile and wide-ranging SolarWinds breach along with the rise in ransomware and malware attacks has caused a lot of organizations to reevaluate their DR strategies. In the past, many businesses just viewed DR…

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How to Search Azure Services by Region

I do most of my Azure work in both North Central US and Central US. However, I had a recent project where I needed to deploy some Azure storage in the new South Africa North region. Random, I love how the names get names by their dates of entry and there is a funny story…

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