Data is the Most Valuable Asset of the Digital Economy — Better Protect it with Xcellis Scale-out NAS

The quote “Data is to this century what oil was to the last” is one that profoundly resonates with me.  In the early 20th century, it was oil that powered the new machines that reshaped both the world economy and political landscape.  Fast-forward to the second decade of the 21st century, and the parallels are readily apparent – data is changing how we work, how we live, and just as importantly, the kinds of products and services organizations we are now bringing to market. 

For the Love of Tape

As we head into the celebration of Valentine’s Day, we look to the heartfelt version of tape – with some surprising statistics on sales of cassette tapes in 2017. Did you know (according to Nielsen Music), US cassette sales had a 35% increase over 2016 with 174,000 sold. We accredit this trend to “hipster” artists bringing back an old trend to differentiate their record launches including Lil Uzi Vert’s Luv is Rage, DJ Khaled’s Grateful, and Lana Del Rey’s Lust for Life.

Backup Administrators: The #1 Advice to Deal with GDPR and the Right of Erasure

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new privacy regulation across the European Union (EU) that will take effect on May 25, 2018. It provides EU individuals (aka “data subjects”) with more control over their personal data, ensures transparency about the use of data, and requires security and controls to protect data. If your company offers goods or services (even for free) to EU residents, monitors EU residents’ behaviors (including via cookies), or has any type of physical presence in the EU, then your organization is probably subject to GDPR compliance.

Tape Is Your Last Line of Defense Against Ransomware, But There Are Other Best Practices for Protecting Your Data

Encryption is a great way to keep data secure, but sometimes it can be used against us. Yes, we’re talking about ransomware. According to Statista, “preventing malware, including ransomware” is ranked as the second most pressing cyber security issue in 2017, according to IT security professionals worldwide, just after “identifying vulnerabilities.”

The Past 24 Hours of New Ransomware…

It’s a casual weekday at work and, armed with a steaming cup of coffee, you tuck, dip, and juke your way past coworkers to avoid spilling the contents of that 12 oz. mug. As you make your way back to your desk, a quick glance at your inbox reveals emails from a slightly familiar sounding domain. At this critical moment, you let down your guard and click on its simplistic message, giving hackers access to your system. An eruption of swearwords follows as you realize what has happened and accidentally knock over that coffee.

Think “Data Management,” Not Just “Data Protection”

Today, everyone seems to understand the ever-growing importance of data protection, often viewing it as a superset of backup combined with snapshots and replication. Typically, a conversation about data protection includes the assumption of a “gold standard” centered on using secondary disk for rapid recovery and tertiary tape for long term retention. Of course, “the cloud” also is always a consideration as part of the next generation of the solution. It’s still all under the banner of “data protection” (DP), the collection of activities, methods, and media used to help recover or restore business information after a crisis or other IT disruption. According to research, primary storage is growing around 40% annually, with secondary storage used for data protection growing at similar rates. Budgets aren’t growing nearly that much. Meanwhile, IT organizations are being asked to do more (i.e., inject more agility, functionality, and resiliency into their operations) while spending as little budget money as possible. In actuality, data protection budgets are growing around 4.6% annually according to ESG research, but that level of increase won’t even let you keep doing what you have been doing at a larger scale.Therefore, you have to do something different. What you should do: ARCHIVE!

Celebrating Quantum’s 35th Anniversary

Yesterday was an exciting day for Quantum. We had the honor of ringing the Closing Bell® on the New York Stock Exchange to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the company’s founding. It was a great feeling to represent the entire Quantum team as we marked this significant milestone and looked forward to building on our rich heritage. The company has changed significantly over the years, but here are 4 areas that have remained constant.

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