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Asigra Slow Seed Import

We recently discovered that Asigra DS-System v13.0.0.5 seems to have a serious problem with importing seed backups. This problem exposed itself as we attempted to import 5.5TB of seed data. We then performed additional testing by backing up a small Windows 2008 server. The seed backup was a little under 3GB. On v13.0.0.5 the seed import took 55 minutes. On the same infrastructure, the same server seed backup imported into a v12.2.1 DS-System in less than…
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Zerto Backup Fails Unexpectedly

We had a recent issue with Zerto backups that took some time to remedy. There was a combination of issues that exposed the problem, and here is a run down of what happened. We had a customer with about 2TB of VM's replicating via Zerto. We wanted to provide backup copies using the Zerto backup capability. Keep in mind Zerto is primarily a disaster recovery product and not a backup product (read more about that…
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Zerto Backup Overview

Zerto is primarily a disaster recovery solution that relies on a relatively short-term journal that retains data for a maximum of 5 days (at great expense in disk storage). Many Zerto installations only have a 4-hour journal to minimize the storage needed for the journal. Zerto is a great disaster recovery solution, but not as great as a backup solution.  Many customers will augment Zerto with a backup solution for long-term retention of past data. Long-term retention is…
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The Difference Between Disaster Recovery, Backup and Business Continuity

I sometimes see words like backup and disaster recovery used interchangeably, and sometimes in the wrong context. I see a customers asking for a DR solution when they need backup and DR. Some refer to it in the industry as BDR (Backup & Disaster Recovery). So what’s the difference? Why should you care? Disaster Recovery Disaster recovery is about restoring critical IT functions quickly after a disaster. Disasters can be small from a critical server…
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Asigra BLM Archiving – Align the Value of Your Data With the Cost to Protect it

Years ago, we treated all data as being equal. All data originated on one type of storage and stayed there until it was deleted. We now understand that not all data is created equal. Some types of data are more important than others, or accessed more frequently than others. Backup Lifecycle Management (BLM), defines the BLM concept where data is created on one storage system, then migrated to less expensive storage systems as it ages.…
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Veeam v 8 Certificate Error When Upgrading (Authentication Failed Because the Remote Party has Closed the Stream)

We were setting up Veeam cloud connect infrastructure in order to provide Veeam Cloud Backup - which many of our customers were asking us to provide. Everything was going well with the installation and we started out with a self signed certificate for testing.  We then applied a certificate from a well-known Certificate Authority and it still worked fine.  We then got a notifacation from Veeam about an available update (v8 Update 3).  It is import to be on the…
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