Backup Speeds like you’ve never seen

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CTO BLOG – Jacques Swanepoel
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Unrelenting data growth is a worldwide concern that hits close to home. You have witnessed data growth that shows no sign of slowing down in your own environments. Talk in the industry continually centers on stressed and growing file servers.

Like everyone else, you’ve calculated backup times and projected data growth in your company. You can see a time when overnight backups will no longer be a possibility. You need more backup speed.

The Dilemma of Growing Data

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CTO BLOG – Jacques Swanepoel
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The number of files you are responsible for backing up grows almost daily. What used to be a manageable number of files is quickly becoming a mountain. If your company is like the rest, that mountain gets higher every day.

Worldwide studies confirm that unrelenting data growth continues to be a number one concern of CTOs and IT Managers. Gartner identified this serious issue years ago and from all indicators, the trend of massive data growth shows no sign of slowing down.

Cloud in Canada: Ugly step-sister? I think not.

Written by Bruce McKnight on . Posted in S2D Blog

So let’s admit: there is an obvious absence of major US Cloud providers with a footprint in Canada. Rackspace, Amazon, Microsoft, Google all rely on their US operations to provide services to the Canadian market… if they want it. Does that make Cloud in Canada the ugly step-sister? Far from it.

Shaw Communications and Via West. Another POV.

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Shaw Communications and Via West. Another POV.

A few years ago the owners of a family-owned Caribbean resort chain found themselves in a pickle with the US government when they decided to expand into Cuba. Although the chain had no properties in the US, the government used Helms-Burton Act to present a clear choice: ‘pull out of Cuba or we will revoke all your US visas, those of your families and your senior executives’. Moral of the story: When the US government becomes concerned about your affiliation with rival organizations or governments your goose is cooked. What, you may ask, does this have to do with the recent acquisition by Shaw Communications, of US data centre company Via West?

Ransomware hits home.

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Date: February 2014

Hello, your files are encrypted with RSA-4096 algorithm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSA

You will need at least few years to decrypt these files without our software. All your private information for last 3 months were collected and sent to us. To decrypt your files you need to buy our software. The price is $300.

If you will not contact us until 07/15/2007 your private information will be shared and you will lost all your data.

Glamorous team

That letter? An example of a Ransomware email similar to the one that two of our Stage2Data clients received within the past month. 80% of their data had become encrypted without their knowledge.