Upcoming article: Backup testing: what you need to know

For Computer Weekly my next article will look at backup testing.

A backup strategy is only effective, if backups are tested. A business can invest in the latest backup tools, but unless they test that backups work — and that they can recover data from them — that investment could well be wasted.

The article will cover:

  • What is the key aim of backup testing?
  • What needs to be tested, and how often?
  • What does effective testing involve?
  • Who needs to run recovery testing?
  • Which products or services can help?

Please send any ideas or contributions for the article by 1200hrs Monday 2 Nov, by email in the first instance.

Upcoming commission: Computer Weekly: Is there still life in spinning disks?

Conventional magnetic hard drives are being edged out by solid state storage across the enterprise. But there are still use cases where the spinning disk is best.

This article will look at the benefits of NVMe versus that of spinning disks, but also evaluate both technologies on cost, capacity and performance. It will then list the key applications and use cases where SAS or SATA drives are still the best options.

For this feature I am looking for analyst or consultants’ input, though case studies or white papers from vendors are welcome for background. Pitches by email by close of play, Tuesday 20 October – thank you.

Upcoming article: Unified File and Object Storage

For Computer Weekly, I’m looking at the emerging idea of unified file and object storage.

The piece will explain what this is, and more importantly why vendors are proposing it, and ask whether businesses should adopt it.

Are there use cases that could benefit unified file and object, and is this likely to become a significant segment of the market?

The deadline for suggested spokespeople is 1700 BST, Monday 5th October. I will then reply if further material is needed or to set up an interview. For this article, we are able to speak to vendors along with analysts and consultants/systems integrators.

As ever, contact me by email.