This week, we hosted a Live Webinar based all around the Uncomfortable Truths about your Backups.
Our resident Backup guru, Michael Davey was joined by Arcserve expert, Steve Butterfield and between them they covered
✅ Microsoft 365 data protection
✅ Immutable storage & Ransomware Protection
✅ How are you storing your data & the 3-2-1 rule
✅ Scaling your infrastructure with Backup & DR
✅ How to combat storage creep
Did you miss it? Or would you like to watch it again? Well, the good news is that we recorded it and you can check it out here:
Your Questions, Answered.
We received lots of questions throughout the webinar. Unfortunately we weren’t able to answer them all during the live session so we have compiled them all and asked Michael and Steve to answer them again.
Remember, if you you would like to find out more about backup in general or speak about your own backups specifically, get in reach out to your Planet IT account manager, call 01235 433900 or email email@example.com
Would cycled tapes not be immutable being out of the drive most of the time?
Tape and especially WORM tape were the original air-gapped / immutable storage
While out of the drive then tapes are largely immutable outside of extremes involving strong magnets, But you do have to put them in the libraries to use them which brings two issues,
1. They are available to be overwritten while in the library.
2. They require manual intervention to remove/replace.
However, definitely a big improvement over no airgap.
What is the licensing model? Is it based upon per user for 365 and per source TB for onsite storage?
Universal licensing which runs on your own hardware or VM covers all data sources including O365 and so is
licensed per TB of protected data, no limits on retention and can be any mix of Physical machines, Virtual machines and O365
Per user licensing is also available and may be of interest if you are adding it to existing Arcserve licensing.
Per user or per TB licensing is available from our cloud (SAS Offering )subject to a max of 100 users per TB for capacity based licensing )
The reason people do Full backups is because incremental backups all depend on the previous ones , isn’t that a disaster waiting to happen with incremental forever ?
Our Incrementals act and restore like Full backups, they do not depend on any other incremental backup therefore one “Broken” incremental affects neither the incremental before or after it.
What is the most common security breach you see that can also impact backups?
I think Michael answered this but a stat for you from Sophos “The state of Ransomware 2021”
37% of the 5400 respondents surveyed were hit by Ransomware in the last year
Ransomware is still the major threat
A pretty bold statement was made “Completely Ransomware Safe” Can you back this claim with something factual?
Like Unsinkable ships, Completely ransomware safe is conditional on the type of attack i.e. Nothing is completely safe if Physical access is allowed for instance , however we believe that our Ransomware capability is the strongest and most complete in the industry and we are the only backup vendor to offer a Money Back Guarantee.
For 0365 backup only do we need an onsite appliance?
You have choice, You can purchase Arcserve UDP and have it protect O365 in the following ways
- An Appliance running on Prem or in hosted Colo
- Software running on your own hardware, VM or in your own public or private cloud instance
- Software as a service running from our Cloud based from our Datacentre in Manchester or AWS in London ( Other Geo’s are available )
While On-Prem may seem an odd choice to some for a cloud based service, do remember the 3-2-1 rule and the fact that even in the event of an Internet or Azure outage you could still access your data locally. The main thing is it is held elsewhere so we would always caution against any service backing up O365 which is hosted in Azure