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Fog Computing: Living on the Edge

We live in a connected world where we can control devices such as door locks, thermostats, sprinkler systems, cameras, and lights – all from our mobile devices and thanks to the power of the cloud. We’ve discussed the cloud in detail before, but simply put, it allows us to access and store data over the Internet instead of using local storage and computing.  For many things the cloud is ideal.  …Read More

Blockchain: Beyond Bitcoin

In late 2008, an electronic payment system called Bitcoin made its way into the world.  Created by an unidentified programmer (or group of programmers) under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, its main purpose was to allow the ability to securely move the aptly named cryptocurrency, bitcoin, without utilizing a central bank or third-party.  The technology behind Bitcoin is called blockchain, a distributed database that maintains a continuously growing list of ordered …Read More

Mission-Critical Servers: Protecting the Nest

We’ve discussed in previous posts how the growth of cloud computing, mobile transactions, and social networking is changing the computing landscape and how organizations will meet the demands of this ever-changing environment.  At the core of this growth, mission-critical servers allow enterprises to work across multiple channels and devices to support their employees, customers, and e-commerce.  As the demand and dependency on these servers increases, so too does the need …Read More

Introducing the Kroll Ontrack Data Academy

On a daily basis, our data recovery engineers are busy recovering precious data for our customers, but have you ever wondered about the “magic” that goes on behind the scenes?  If so, we invite you to sign up for the first course in the Kroll Ontrack Data Academy, where one of our own data recovery engineers will share their knowledge with you and reveal the secrets of the data you …Read More

Lost in the Cloud

On any given day, most of us rely on the cloud to store, upload, and retrieve various types of data – work files, songs, pictures, videos, apps, etc. It’s a proven, reliable service that we’ve grown accustomed to working with – maybe even taken it for granted. We’ve discussed the pros (and cons) of cloud computing before – reliability, affordability, and accessibility – but have you ever wondered, even with …Read More

Shutting the Door on SQL Server 2005

After a decade on the market, support for all versions of SQL Server 2005 is officially coming to an end on April 12, 2016.  Although mainstream support for SQL Server 2005 ended in 2011, Microsoft released a reminder announcement last year, giving companies time to execute their migration plans. So, if you haven’t made the move to SQL 2014 or Azure, what does end of support for SQL Server 2005 …Read More

Connecting to an Office 365 Mailbox with Ontrack® PowerControls™

As we discussed in a prior blog, organizations moving to Office 365 typically don’t move all email to the cloud.  Instead, they implement a hybrid cloud approach – moving mailboxes from a specific date forward into their Office 365 environment and keeping everything prior to that date in their on-premises Exchange Server.  However, companies may need to reach back into that Exchange Server to restore data stored in an EDB …Read More

Email Management in Hybrid Cloud Environments – The Best of Both Worlds

Imagine, your organization has signed up for Office 365 and now you’re going to migrate your email into Office 365.  Now the real “fun” begins. If you’re a smaller company with a handful employees, the move into the cloud isn’t much of an issue. However, if you’re a medium to large enterprise, you’re probably not going to go ‘all in’ and make the move completely into Office 365.  Due to …Read More

Office 365: Tips for Managing Cloud Backups

Office 365 – Different subscription models, different backup possibilities. One of the most frequently talked about topics in the IT field is the cloud. It seems to be almost everywhere, and as we have pointed out in previous blogs, there are definitely some advantages to this concept. By reducing capital costs – licensing, hardware, and software – companies are able to streamline and improve accessibility and flexibility across the organization. …Read More

Data Storage Reliability – What to Choose so You Don’t Regret it Later

It goes without saying that the amount of data we create is continually increasing. Methods of storing it are numerous and hard drive manufacturers are tempting us with greater capacity, speed, and – for a change – lower prices. So what storage medium should you choose? What are the Choices? Optical Storage Hard Disk and Solid State Drives Flash Memory Cloud Services Magnetic Tape Optical Storage Just a few years …Read More