Synology Hybrid Backup, Part 3

August 30, 2015 Leave a comment

This is the third installment of the 3-2-1 backup workflow that I have established using Synology’s DSM 5.2 software.

My goal is to illustrate a multi-tiered backup plan using my Synology equipment and the built-in tools to establish a resilient method for surviving data loss.

In the first post, I discussed some of the considerations of backups and a provided a general overview of Synology’s tools to accomplish the tasks. In the second, I went through some of the specific step-by-step for backing up a wide variety of disaggregated data volumes to my DiskStation DS1813+, complete with versioning.

In this post, we’ll look at the next stage of data availability, which is syncing to the secondary DS1511+ and preparing the data for off-site backup:

  • Prepares the data for cloud storage environments
  • Creates a copy of the most recent backed up data
  • Creates independent backups for easier troubleshooting and restoration
High level logical flow. Note the colors

High level logical flow. Note the colors

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Synology Hybrid Backup, Part 2

August 25, 2015 3 comments

In the first article, I started talking about how to use the Synology to solve my various backup problems. I’m a bit picky about how the way I like my data organized, and as usual your mileage will vary, but because of the nature of my setup I need to use a variety of tools available within the Synology ecosystem.

In a nutshell, I wanted a backup methodology that ensures revisions, on-site copies for fast restoration, and encrypted off-site backups for “last-resort storage.”

Logical backup workflow for my environment

Logical backup workflow for my environment

Let’s take a look at the first stage of this process – getting the files from the Mac to the DS1813+. Read more…

Synology Hybrid Backup, Part 1

August 25, 2015 3 comments
Where is my data!?

Where is my data!?

We’ve all had it happen: that moment when the computer freezes, and hours of work is lost forever. But when the loss is catastrophic – a bad disk drive, the dreaded ‘clicking’ noise that signals you’re in deep, deep trouble, etc. – you know just how soul-crushing it can be.

I have a particular plan in mind for satisfying my own personal paranoia about data loss. After spending numerous days and weeks fighting with individual external hard drives, a few years ago I decided to move to network-attached storage (NAS) devices. I’ve made no secret that I consider my move from Drobo to Synology one of the best ones I’ve ever made as a consumer.

A few months ago, Synology announced some major work done in their operating system, DSM, to include some robust backup strategies, including encryption, cloud storage, and synchronization. As I wrote at the time, this could be a big deal (especially for me), and I’ve been dying to try it out.

I finally got the chance. Read more…

August GoodGuys Car Show, California (Pictorial)

August 23, 2015 1 comment

Had some fun walking around in the sun in Pleasanton, CA, looking at the gorgeous cars on display.

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Guest Post: Pluto, A Once-In-A-Lifetime-Event

July 14, 2015 4 comments

By Landon Curt Noll

Pluto, 2015 (NASA)

I want to call your attention to a significant event in our solar system: for the first time in history a spacecraft called New Horizons will pass by the Double Dwarf Planet pair Pluto and Charon. Read more…

Lies, Damn Lies, and IT Consultants on FCoE

June 5, 2015 4 comments

This will be short, but sweet.

Recently, on June 2, a blog from an independent IT firm went viral concerning Cisco and support for Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE). Bizarrely, the blog stated that Cisco was no longer developing, nor supporting, FCoE products.

This is not true.

Unfortunately, it caused quite a bit of unnecessary consternation among partners, customers, and colleagues.

Allow me to state, categorically, that Cisco has a long, varied, and deep FCoE development roadmap. Not only that, but Cisco is working closely with industry partners to expand and continue FCoE application in new Data Center paradigms.

This 3rd party company – who shall not be named so as not to dignify the claim – merely sought to generate attention for themselves. I’ll leave the ethical nature of their decision to promote this falsehood up to the reader.

Gonna need better bait

Gonna need better bait

One more time for those in the back:

Cisco continues to develop and support FCoE technology, products, and solutions, and has a prime investment for the future. 

When companies do unethical things

When companies do unethical things

[Note: This was originally posted on Cisco’s blog sites, but was removed due to scheduling issues. Nevertheless, this is official Cisco policy regarding FCoE as of this writing.]

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Enrico Signoretti Is Not A Writer (For Real) – an FCoE Allegory

“What? Yes he is!”

“No, he isn’t. For real.”

“He’s still writing blogs!”

“Yeah, but no one reads them.” Read more…

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