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Virtualisation misconceptions: Replication is a backup

Virtualisation offers us many different ways of backing up our data, in addition to being able to ensure that business-critical systems remain online in the event of an emergency. One misunderstood and valuable tool is that of replication. Replication is a process whereby a virtual machine (VM) or any other chosen data is copied to a backup environment in real time. What this means is that if you make a …Read More

Limiting data loss from data stores: Virtualisation vs Physical Harware RAIDs

The advent of virtualisation in the IT industry has brought about many drastic changes in the way that corporate data is stored: administrators everywhere are looking at this technology in order to consolidate old hardware and to find a streamlined solution for their storage needs. The big question from a data recovery point of view is: which is safer, data stored in a virtualised environment or data stored directly on …Read More

Sun, Sand and SQL: Remote recovery of a massive database

Remote data recovery (RDR) is one of our most powerful and efficient options when it comes to corporate data recovery, never was this better illustrated than in this case. A telecommunications company based in Spain had a huge server containing a massive SQL 2000 database which one day wouldn’t mount, so they were unable to access business-critical data. Following a call to our Spanish office, the job was then referred …Read More

Solid State Hybrid Drives (SSHD): the next big thing?

Over the past few years we have seen the gradual introduction of Solid State Drives (SSDs) in to the hard drive market. Although they have made a big impact within the industry, some consumers still have concerns over price and questions over reliability when looking for data storage media for their PC or laptop. We have seen many different types of SSD with varying types of failure in our lab, and …Read More

Small but nasty

If you were to ask people which environmental factors could potentially cause data loss, most people would say water, fire, earthquakes and so on. It is unlikely that anyone would consider ants to be a risk. There is a variety of ant which can – and has – caused irreparable damage to IT equipment in the USA. The ‘Raspberry Crazy Ant’. Seemingly insignificant, but the cause of hundreds of millions …Read More

PCIE storage and what it means for SSD recovery

Following the increase in popularity of SSDs and the demand for slimmer and lighter devices, more companies are now looking at PCIE-based storage as a replacement for the SATA interface. Essentially, these drives connect directly in to PCIE (Peripheral Component Interconnect Express) slots, meaning that data transfer rates are much faster than traditional hard drives. In addition, by using these devices the overall form factor of the host machine can …Read More

When the chips are down, we can help with SSD recovery

The advent of SSDs has brought on a whole new set of data recovery challenges for Clean Rooms across the world, not only because they are complicated devices, but physically working on SSDs is time consuming and complex. Flash recovery is nothing new, but the differences between the 32MB USB sticks of old and the modern day 320GB SSDs of today is huge. Not only are the electronics far more …Read More

The dangers of trying too hard with data recovery software

When faced with a data recovery (DR) situation, many people turn to widely available DR software tools. Whether they be free or paid ones, a user’s ultimate aim is to try everything they can before having to send their hard drive to a professional company for recovery (mostly due to cost implications). Although understandable, this can sometimes be detrimental. Running software recovery tools on a drive which is not mechanically sound, …Read More

Virtualisation, and why your server room could end up empty

There are many ways in which SMB’s can implement cloud computing and virtualisation: from cloud-based exchange email to virtual servers, the possibilities are mind blowing. In addition, many businesses are looking at virtualisation as a way of consolidating existing hardware and unifying their operating systems and services in to a single manageable environment. The most common way of deploying this, is to install virtualisation software on existing (or new) hardware. …Read More

Can encrypted data be too safe? [video]

Keeping your data safe is important, and there are many different ways to ensure no-one but you has access to your files. One of the most common methods of protecting data (both on a personal and a corporate scale) is to use encryption. There are numerous programs you can use for this and in the past year we have seen a big increase in the number of encrypted jobs in …Read More