AWS Online Tech Talks – July 2018

Join us this month to learn about AWS services and solutions featuring topics on Amazon EMR, Amazon SageMaker, AWS Lambda, Amazon S3, Amazon WorkSpaces, Amazon EC2 Fleet and more! We also have our third episode of the “How to re:Invent” where we’ll dive deep with the AWS Training and Certification team on Bootcamps, Hands-on Labs, and how to get AWS Certified at re:Invent. Register now! We look forward to seeing you. Please note – all sessions are free and in Pacific Time.

 

Tech talks featured this month:

 

Analytics & Big Data

July 23, 2018 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT – Large Scale Machine Learning with Spark on EMR – Learn how to do large scale machine learning on Amazon EMR.

July 25, 2018 | 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM PT – Introduction to Amazon QuickSight: Business Analytics for Everyone – Get an introduction to Amazon Quicksight, Amazon’s BI service.

July 26, 2018 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT – Multi-Tenant Analytics on Amazon EMR – Discover how to make an Amazon EMR cluster multi-tenant to have different processing activities on the same data lake.

 

Compute

July 31, 2018 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT – Accelerate Machine Learning Workloads Using Amazon EC2 P3 Instances – Learn how to use Amazon EC2 P3 instances, the most powerful, cost-effective and versatile GPU compute instances available in the cloud.

August 1, 2018 | 09:00 AM – 10:00 AM PT – Technical Deep Dive on Amazon EC2 Fleet – Learn how to launch workloads across instance types, purchase models, and AZs with EC2 Fleet to achieve the desired scale, performance and cost.

 

Containers

July 25, 2018 | 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM PT – How Harry’s Shaved Off Their Operational Overhead by Moving to AWS Fargate – Learn how Harry’s migrated their messaging workload to Fargate and reduced message processing time by more than 75%.

 

Databases

July 23, 2018 | 01:00 PM – 01:45 PM PT – Purpose-Built Databases: Choose the Right Tool for Each Job – Learn about purpose-built databases and when to use which database for your application.

July 24, 2018 | 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM PT – Migrating IBM Db2 Databases to AWS – Learn how to migrate your IBM Db2 database to the cloud database of your choice.

 

DevOps

July 25, 2018 | 09:00 AM – 09:45 AM PT – Optimize Your Jenkins Build Farm – Learn how to optimize your Jenkins build farm using the plug-in for AWS CodeBuild.

 

Enterprise & Hybrid

July 31, 2018 | 09:00 AM – 09:45 AM PT – Enable Developer Productivity with Amazon WorkSpaces – Learn how your development teams can be more productive with Amazon WorkSpaces.

August 1, 2018 | 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM PT – Enterprise DevOps: Applying ITIL to Rapid Innovation – Innovation doesn’t have to equate to more risk for your organization. Learn how Enterprise DevOps delivers agility while maintaining governance, security and compliance.

 

IoT

July 30, 2018 | 01:00 PM – 01:45 PM PT – Using AWS IoT & Alexa Skills Kit to Voice-Control Connected Home Devices – Hands-on workshop that covers how to build a simple backend service using AWS IoT to support an Alexa Smart Home skill.

 

Machine Learning

July 23, 2018 | 09:00 AM – 09:45 AM PT – Leveraging ML Services to Enhance Content Discovery and Recommendations – See how customers are using computer vision and language AI services to enhance content discovery & recommendations.

July 24, 2018 | 09:00 AM – 09:45 AM PT – Hyperparameter Tuning with Amazon SageMaker’s Automatic Model Tuning – Learn how to use Automatic Model Tuning with Amazon SageMaker to get the best machine learning model for your datasets, to tune hyperparameters.

July 26, 2018 | 09:00 AM – 10:00 AM PT – Build Intelligent Applications with Machine Learning on AWS – Learn how to accelerate development of AI applications using machine learning on AWS.

 

re:Invent

July 18, 2018 | 08:00 AM – 08:30 AM PT – Episode 3: Training & Certification Round-Up – Join us as we dive deep with the AWS Training and Certification team on Bootcamps, Hands-on Labs, and how to get AWS Certified at re:Invent.

 

Security, Identity, & Compliance

July 30, 2018 | 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM PT – Get Started with Well-Architected Security Best Practices – Discover and walk through essential best practices for securing your workloads using a number of AWS services.

 

Serverless

July 24, 2018 | 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM PT – Getting Started with Serverless Computing Using AWS Lambda – Get an introduction to serverless and how to start building applications with no server management.

 

Storage

July 30, 2018 | 09:00 AM – 09:45 AM PT – Best Practices for Security in Amazon S3 – Learn about Amazon S3 security fundamentals and lots of new features that help make security simple.

What’s the Difference Between Data Integration and Data Engineering?

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Dell to buy out VMware tracking stock in move to go public again

(Reuters) – Dell Technologies Inc said on Monday it would buy the tracking stock of VMware Inc (VMW.N) in a cash and stock deal, taking a step closer to a return to the public market and ending a months-long review

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When AI meets DevOps: Getting the best out of both worlds

DevOps has been widely embraced by businesses under pressure to get competitively advantageous digital deliverables to market at the fastest possible cadence—especially given the reality of limited coder headcount and the need to rigorously avoid brand-toxic snafus in the customer experience. Artificial intelligence (AI), in stark contrast, is a potentially transformative digital discipline that is still very new to most enterprise IT organizations.

But while it’s certainly important that CIOs nurture AI adoption with appropriately resourced pilots, it’s also essential to link nascent AI efforts to maturing DevOps concept-to-production pipelines. Here’s why.  

The data science silo

“AI” has become a catch-all term to describe a broad range of algorithm-based disciplines such as machine learning and natural language processing capable of discovering patterns, trends and anomalies in large volumes of diverse data. Given the wealth of data increasingly available to businesses, this AI-based discovery can potentially deliver significant benefits—from anticipating customer needs to identifying emerging market risk.

The algorithms that fuel AI, however, bear little resemblance to classic application code. Code is written by developers to execute actions in some logical sequence. If you want to change those actions, developers have to change the code.

Algorithms, on the other hand, are crafted by data scientists to tease hidden insights out of data. Data scientists may certainly tweak those algorithms over time to enhance the resulting insights—but, to a large extent, well-crafted algorithms inherently respond to change without explicit human intervention.

Due to these unique characteristics and skill-sets, organizations typically initiate their AI efforts in sandboxed pilots where the main challenge is determining which types of algorithm can uncover the insights that are most valuable—which typically also means most actionable.

This experimentation is good and fitting. It’s tough to on-board data science talent, and it’s tough to connect raw technical data science talent to the real-world needs of the business. So we all have a lot of learning to do when it comes to AI.

That learning can’t take remain in a silo forever, though

Escaping the AI island

In an increasingly digital marketplace, actions take place in code. For the insights revealed by our new AI environments to actionably impact businesses, they must be acted on programmatically.

In some cases, this programmatic action may be sending an alert to a customer’s phone. In some cases, it may be changing the price of a SKU. In others, it may be re-prioritizing workflow to internal staff.

Regardless of the specific use-case, there is clearly a need to connect AI insights with application code.

This has several implications when it comes to DevOps. For one thing, developers must be able to code and test calls to AI systems in much the same way as they do to databases and other resources.

For another, ops teams must be able to ensure that the new generation of hybrid AI-application systems reliably perform at required levels even as workloads spike. Such performance SLAs can be particularly challenging given the intensity and volatility of AI processing.

Change management is another key consideration. Developers must preserve the integrity of AI calls, even when they add, delete, or modify other aspects of their applications. And, conversely, when data science staffs modify their AI environments, we must somehow ensure that there aren’t unexpected adverse impacts on end-to-end system behaviours.

Security and compliance are considerations as well. AI ingests and egests a lot of potentially sensitive data. The safety and proper governance of that data in these increasingly complex environments doesn’t just happen. Nor should they be grafted on to systems as an afterthought. That’s another reason AI and security and DevOps—or, as many of us have taken to calling it, DevSecOps—must come together.

Chaperoning the DevOps-AI courtship

Given the imperatives above, CIOs and other digital leaders in the enterprise need to take several steps now to ensure that any future relationship between AI and DevOps will be a cordial and productive one.

Suggested steps include:

  • Begin mapping processes and workflows in your DevSecOps toolchain that will provide the same automation, QA, and auditability of Ai integrations as you’re presently implementing for  APIs, database calls, cloud connectivity, and the like.
  • Ensure that your data governance methods and technologies can be uniformly applied across platforms, environment, and data sources.
  • Get your DevOps and data science people together. Their tools, skills, and cultures may be markedly dissimilar—but ultimately, for your business to win, they will have to collaborate in much the same way as we are driving developers, QA teams, ops staff, security professionals, and business analysts to collaborate.

AI will transform business in the coming years. But it won’t do so by itself. Only in concert with a holistic approach to digital transformation can businesses reap the full potential value of AI.

Formula 1 races to AWS as official cloud provider, cites importance of machine learning capabilities

It has been described by Citrix as a ‘never-ending technology arms race to optimise performance’ – and now Formula 1 has gotten a further boost by selecting Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its official cloud and machine learning provider.

The move will see Formula 1 move the vast majority of its infrastructure from on-premises data centres to AWS, and use a variety of products to help improve broadcasts, data tracking, and race strategies.

Amazon SageMaker – AWS’ service to help developers build, train and deploy machine learning models – will be put to task by Formula 1’s team of data scientists against more than 65 years of race data. The data, collected in real time by Amazon Kinesis and stored in Amazon DynamoDB and cold storage product Glacier, will be crunched to extract performance statistics and make predictions for upcoming races.

Other AWS products being utilised by Formula 1 are AWS Lambda for serverless capabilities, and AWS Elemental Media Services for greater video options.

“For our needs, AWS outperforms all other cloud providers, in speed, scalability, reliability, global reach, partner community, and breadth and depth of cloud services available,” said Pete Samara, Formula 1 director of innovation and digital technology in a statement. “By leveraging Amazon SageMaker and AWS’s machine learning services, we are now able to deliver these powerful insights and predictions to fans in real time.”

This is by no means the first customer to cite machine learning as a key element of future strategies. In May, Ryanair announced it was going all-in on AWS, saying greater data insights and better customer experience through machine learning was vital to its decision. The airline is using Amazon Lex, the technology underpinning smart assistant Alexa, on a trial basis.

Why optimal hybrid cloud champions will lead the market

Vendor revenue from sales of infrastructure products — server, storage, and Ethernet switch — for cloud IT grew by 45.5 percent year-over-year in the first quarter of 2018 (1Q18), reaching $12.9 billion according to the latest worldwide market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

IDC also raised its forecast for total spending on cloud IT infrastructure in 2018 to $57.2 billion with year-over-year growth of 21.3 percent. Let's consider the key trends that are driving this phenomena. What really matters most, going forward?

Cloud infrastructure market development

Public cloud infrastructure quarterly revenue has more than doubled in the past three years to $9 billion in 1Q18, growing 55.8 percent year-over -year. Private cloud revenue reached $3.9 billion for an annual increase of 26.5 percent.

The combined public and private cloud revenues now represent 46.1 percent of the total worldwide IT infrastructure spending, up from 41.8 percent a year ago. Traditional (non-cloud) IT infrastructure revenue grew 22 percent from a year ago, although it's declined over the past several years — at $15.1 billion in 1Q18 it still represents 53.9 percent of total worldwide IT infrastructure spending.

"Hyperscaler datacenter expansion and refresh continued to drive overall cloud IT infrastructure growth in the first quarter," said Kuba Stolarski, research director at IDC. "While all infrastructure segments continued their strong growth, public cloud has been growing the most."

IDC expects this trend to continue through the end of 2018. Digital transformation initiatives such as edge computing and machine learning have been bringing new enterprise workloads into the cloud, driving up the demand for higher density configurations of cores, memory, and storage.

As systems technology continues to evolve towards pooled resources and composable infrastructure, the emergence of these next-generation workloads will drive net new growth beyond traditional enterprise workloads.

All regions grew their cloud IT Infrastructure revenue by double digits in 1Q18. Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan) grew revenue the fastest, by 74.7 percent year-over-year.

Next were the U.S. market (43.6 percent), Middle East & Africa (42.3 percent), Central and Eastern Europe (39.2 percent), Latin America (37.7 percent), Canada (29.4 percent), Western Europe (26.1 percent), and Japan (15 percent).

IDC's cloud IT infrastructure forecast measures total spend (vendor recognized revenue plus channel revenue). Of the $57.2 billion in cloud IT infrastructure spend forecast for 2018, public cloud will account for 67 percent of the total, growing at an annual rate of 23.6 percent. Private cloud will grow at 16.7 percent year-over-year.

That said, worldwide spending on traditional 'non-cloud' IT infrastructure is expected to grow by just 4.2 percent in 2018 as enterprises continue to refresh their legacy platforms. Traditional IT infrastructure will account for 54 percent of total end user spending on IT infrastructure products — that's down from 57.8 percent in 2017.

Outlook for cloud computing growth

This represents a decelerating share loss as compared to the previous four years. Moreover, the growing share of cloud environments in overall spending on IT infrastructure is common across all regions.

Long-term, IDC expects spending on cloud IT infrastructure to grow at a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.5 percent — reaching $77.7 billion in 2022, and accounting for 55.4 percent of total IT infrastructure spend.

Public cloud datacenters will account for 64.7 percent of this amount, growing at a 10.2 percent CAGR. Spending on private cloud infrastructure will grow at a CAGR of 11.1 percent.

Some analysts already believe that it doesn't matter who leads the cloud infrastructure market, since it's essentially a commodity business with rapidly shrinking profit margins. So, what does really matter? Which vendors are best positioned to champion and lead the 'Optimal Hybrid Cloud' environment?

Best Hybrid Backup for Business 2018: Solutions for the Entrepreneur

A hybrid backup client helps implement what backup strategists call the 3-2-1 backup rule, an approach that hinges upon the entirely justifiable belief that the best way to secure data is to maintain three copies of your critical files: two stored locally on different devices and the third stored remotely.

While the theory behind 3-2-1 backup doesn’t defy understanding and the benefits should be clear enough to sell the idea to any business relying on data, sloppy implementation can cause an organizational headache, leading to potential data gaps, data loss and, for some industries, regulatory problems.

Rather than try to manage backup to local and remote drives separately, it’s far smarter to find a backup tool that lets you manage both together. To help narrow the field of potential provider candidates for your business, in this article, we run down our picks for the best hybrid backup solutions for business.

These tools are designed to backup to on-premise backup solutions like external drives or, even better, network-attached storage devices, while also offering backup to the cloud. We culled our picks from our best online backup guide, searching for those that support hybrid data protection and are designed for small to mid-sized businesses.

For those familiar with the backup industry, it might come as little surprise that our top backup pick for businesses of all sizes is CloudBerry Backup, a roll-your-own solution that integrates with over 50 different cloud services. Before we get to why CloudBerry triumphs when it comes to hybrid backup, however, a look at our overall thinking should help pave the way.

Best Hybrid Backup Solutions for Business 2018

1
www.cloudberrylab.com
  • Continuous Backup
  • Incremental Backup
  • External Drive Backup
  • NAS Backup
  • Unlimited Backup
  • Versioning
  • Private Encryption
Plan Amazon S3
Price Plan
$ 2 00monthly
Storage 100 GB
Details

Sample storage pricing for Amazon S3. Actual prices may vary depending on your needs.

ReviewVisit Cloudberry Backup

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www.acronis.com
  • Continuous Backup
  • Incremental Backup
  • External Drive Backup
  • NAS Backup
  • Unlimited Backup
  • Versioning
  • Private Encryption
Plan Advanced 250GB Advanced 500GB Premium 1TB Premium 2TB
Price Plan
$ 49 99yearly
$ 79 99yearly
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$ 69 99yearly
$ 99 99yearly
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$ 149 99yearly
$ 159 99yearly
$ 139 9810 months
$ 189 98yearly
$ 199 98yearly
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ReviewVisit Acronis True Image Cloud

3
www.spideroak.com
  • Continuous Backup
  • Incremental Backup
  • External Drive Backup
  • NAS Backup
  • Unlimited Backup
  • Versioning
  • Private Encryption
Plan SpiderOak ONE Trial SpiderOak ONE 100GB SpiderOak ONE 250GB SpiderOak ONE 1TB SpiderOak ONE 5TB
Price Plan
Freemonthly
$ 5 00monthly
$ 59 00yearly
$ 9 00monthly
$ 99 00yearly
$ 12 00monthly
$ 129 00yearly
$ 25 00monthly
$ 279 00yearly
Storage 150 GB 400 GB 2000 GB 5000 GB
Details

21-day free trial.

ReviewVisit SpiderOak ONE

4
www.idrive.com
  • Continuous Backup
  • Incremental Backup
  • External Drive Backup
  • NAS Backup
  • Unlimited Backup
  • Versioning
  • Private Encryption
Plan Free Personal 2TB Personal 5TB Business 250GB Business 500GB Business 1.25TB
Price Plan
Freemonthly
$ 52 12yearly
$ 104 252 years
$ 74 62yearly
$ 149 252 years
$ 74 62yearly
$ 149 252 years
$ 149 62yearly
$ 299 252 years
$ 374 62yearly
$ 749 252 years
Storage 5 GB 2000 GB 5000 GB 250 GB 500 GB 1250 GB
Details
ReviewVisit IDrive

5
www.carbonite.com
  • Continuous Backup
  • Incremental Backup
  • External Drive Backup
  • NAS Backup
  • Unlimited Backup
  • Versioning
  • Private Encryption
Plan Basic Plus Prime
Price Plan
$ 59 99yearly
$ 99 99yearly
$ 149 99yearly
Storage Unlimited GB Unlimited GB Unlimited GB
Details

Doesn’t include external hard drives.

Includes external hard drive backup and automatic video backup.

Includes courier service.

ReviewVisit Carbonite

What Makes the Best Hybrid Backup for Business

It may seem like we’re stating the obvious here, but this point is critical: the first thing we looked for in making our picks is whether they support hybrid backup. Specifically, we looked at how well each service handles it in terms of system resource consumption and ease of use.

Most backup tools fail miserably here, requiring that you create separate backup plans for local and remote devices, which means more work for you and a higher chance for mistakes. Often, that approach also means you have two backup processes running concurrently, which can put a strain on your CPU and make it hard to get other work done.

While preserving computer resources is important, we also looked for speed. Speed is important for hybrid backups, as you will have to backup to two different locations.

Backup can take a long time, especially for the initial file backup and when sending files to the cloud. Algorithmic approaches such as multithreaded backup and block-level backup can make a big difference, as can cloud-server infrastructure, which usually means more data centers and servers.

In business, IT overhead and the bottom line are important, so we took value into account. For hybrid backups, value rests not only on price but device support and capacity as well.

We’ll touch on many of these in more detail in our list, as well as additional features such as those designed to enhance security. We’ll start with our top pick, CloudBerry Backup.

Best Hybrid Backup for Business: CloudBerry Backup

CloudBerry’s backup solution is an oddball in the industry because the company doesn’t maintain its own cloud server network. This is actually a positive feature, because it lets you pick a cloud service that fits your business budget and needs.

Many of the 50-plus cloud services supported by CloudBerry Backup qualify as cloud IaaS services. IaaS is short for “infrastructure as a service” and gives you access to remote server space to host your files.

Among the cloud IaaS services supported by CloudBerry are fast but expensive options like Amazon S3 and Rackspace Cloud Files, as well as cheaper, slower options like Wasabi and Backblaze B2. Additionally, CloudBerry Backup can be used to turn traditional cloud storage services like Dropbox and Google Drive into backup repositories.

For other connection options, have a look at our CloudBerry Backup review.

In addition to providing better scalability than you’ll get with a fixed-capacity solution like IDrive for Business or Carbonite Pro, CloudBerry takes an efficient approach to backup that IT professionals will appreciate.

When you create a backup plan using the CloudBerry Backup desktop client, you’re given the choice of creating either a cloud-only or hybrid backup plan. By selecting a hybrid plan, you can create a single plan that sends files to your external hard drive or NAS device, then to the cloud from that device.

Any NAS device can be incorporated into this plan, and we’ve named CloudBerry Backup the best backup for NAS.

CloudBerry Backup supports block-level backup. With this feature enabled, when changes are made to files that have already been backed up, only the changed portion of the file gets replaced in the cloud rather than copying the entire file all over again. This is a key time-saving feature for businesses that frequently alter files.

For increased speed, at some system resource cost, you can also manually set how many backup threads you want to run at once.

The client lets you set up file compression, which can reduce storage costs, but we find compression also slows backups down due to the additional algorithms that need to run to reduce file sizes.

CloudBerry Backup supports private encryption as a security measure, letting you scramble files before sending them to your NAS device and the cloud. The encryption protocol used is the Advanced Encryption Standard, which is commonly used by banks, government departments and many cloud services.

Because only you know the encryption key when private encryption is activated, only you can decrypt your files. While encryption is end-to-end, to further protect uploads and downloads, files in transit are also protected using HTTPS.

Other Reasons We Like CloudBerry Backup

CloudBerry Backup supports another customizable feature that can help protect your business against accidental file changes, deletions and file corruptions. With versioning enabled, you can rollback files to previous states.

Versioning is also useful for protection against ransomware, which works by corrupting files. Plus, the client has built-in ransomware detection that looks for encryption changes and prevents file backup in those cases without admin approval first.

The backup client can be purchased for Windows, macOS or Linux, and it’s a one-time cost for a lifetime license. That cost is $49.99 for Windows or $29.99 for macOS and Linux. There are more expensive server backup plans for Windows Server, Linux Server, MS SQL Server and MS Exchange.


Plan Amazon S3
Price Plan
$ 2 00monthly
Storage 100 GB
Details

Sample storage pricing for Amazon S3. Actual prices may vary depending on your needs.


You can try the software with a 14-day free trial. If you need help sorting through the features, our guide to setting up hybrid backup for businesses highlights CloudBerry Backup.


www.cloudberrylab.com
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Acronis Backup

Acronis Backup is one of CloudBerry’s top rivals for business users and provides capable hybrid backup performance. While the service takes a less flexible approach to backup by providing its own remote file hosting in Acronis Cloud, many people may find that makes it easier to deal with.

Acronis lets you manage backup processes via a desktop or web-based client. Both are easy to use while providing many essential backup features to customize your data protection. Our Acronis Backup review goes into more detail.

One disadvantage of Acronis Backup is that, unlike CloudBerry, local and remote backup have to be set up separately and they run simultaneously. To consolidate the process, consider setting up your NAS backup using the software included with your NAS device, then backup your mapped network folder to Acronis Backup.

While all that can be a hassle, the service supports block-level backup to help keep things moving. Plus, the Acronis Cloud isn’t a single data center but a global network of servers, which means your data has less distance to travel.

Acronis Backup supports client-side, end-to-end encryption with a password that only you know. It provides multiple levels of AES, including 128, 192 and 256 bits. Two-factor authentication isn’t supported, which, for some businesses, is a good reason to look elsewhere.

Other Reasons We Like Acronis Backup

Acronis supports customizable versioning policies and provides a ransomware-protection feature called Acronis Active Protect, which scans for patterns in file alterations that might indicate an attack.

For businesses that need HIPAA compliance, the company also offers a Business Associate Agreement ratifying compliance.

You can use Acronis Backup to protect computers, servers and mobile devices. It supports Windows Server and Linux Server for servers and Android and iOS for smartphones.

Bad news for businesses on a budget, though: Acronis Backup isn’t cheap. In addition to a software license, available by year or perpetually, you have to pay for Acronis Cloud server space.


Plan Advanced 250GB Advanced 500GB Premium 1TB Premium 2TB
Price Plan
$ 49 99yearly
$ 79 99yearly
$ 99 99yearly
$ 69 99yearly
$ 99 99yearly
$ 119 99yearly
$ 99 99yearly
$ 149 99yearly
$ 159 99yearly
$ 139 9810 months
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Rather than paying for what you use like you do with a cloud IaaS, you pay for what you think you’ll need. 250GB of storage costs around $240 per year, while 1TB costs over $700.

For smaller businesses, Acronis True Image, geared toward home users, provides a cheaper alternative that also supports hybrid backup.


www.acronis.com
Acronis True Image Cloud Review Visit Acronis True Image Cloud

SpiderOak ONE

SpiderOak ONE doesn’t distinguish between home and business plans, nor does it have some of the handy admin features of Acronis Backup. On top of that, unlike Acronis Cloud or many of the IaaS options for CloudBerry, SpiderOak has a limited server network, with all of its data centers located in the midwestern U.S.

The limited network affects backup speed, as you can read in our SpiderOak ONE review. Block-level backup is supported to help speed things along, but multithreaded backup is not.

SpiderOak supports NAS backup for those in need of a hybrid solution. As with Acronis Backup, you’ll need to backup files to your NAS device separately, probably using your NAS software. Then, after you’ve mounted your NAS backup as a mapped drive on your computer, you can include that drive in your SpiderOak backup plan.

SpiderOak ONE’s hallmark is security. It provides zero-knowledge data protection, as well as two-factor authentication, which Acronis does not. However, two-factor authentication is only available to legacy customers as SpiderOak revamps its client.

SpiderOak has a ransomware mitigation feature called “point-in-time recovery.” It lets you roll back your files to before the malware corrupted them. Unlimited file versioning and deleted-file recovery are supported as well.

Other Reasons We like SpiderOak ONE

SpiderOak ONE borrows a few tricks from cloud storage that you won’t get from CloudBerry Backup and Acronis Backup. Those include file synchronization and file sharing.

Enhancing the value of that sync feature, SpiderOak has clients for Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS and Android, but the smartphone apps can only be used to access synced data and you can’t backup smartphone files.

While pricier than some value-based services like IDrive and Backblaze, SpiderOak ONE is still more affordable than either of our first two picks.


Plan SpiderOak ONE Trial SpiderOak ONE 100GB SpiderOak ONE 250GB SpiderOak ONE 1TB SpiderOak ONE 5TB
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Freemonthly
$ 5 00monthly
$ 59 00yearly
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$ 99 00yearly
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$ 129 00yearly
$ 25 00monthly
$ 279 00yearly
Storage 150 GB 400 GB 2000 GB 5000 GB
Details

21-day free trial.


If you need help getting started, we have a SpiderOak ONE guide.


www.spideroak.com
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IDrive for Business

IDrive is a favorite for home backup and it has business plans, too. Both can be used to backup external storage devices and the service has clients designed for some of the popular NAS options.

The basic IDrive desktop client makes backup to NAS and the IDrive cloud simple. From the backup tab of the desktop client, you can click on either a radio button to design a cloud plan or one to send files to your local device.

The IDrive development team was short-sighted, though, because there’s no way to replicate your cloud backup plan for NAS backup. Additionally, assuming you’re running continuous backup, both plans run concurrently, which doesn’t bode well for slower computers.

A more pressing issue with IDrive is that it isn’t fast. While we’ve tested good backup speeds from the east coast of the U.S., many users report slow initial backups to the cloud. IDrive does support block-level backup and offers a free courier backup and recovery service that will speed up the process, which you can find out more about in our IDrive review.

Like Acronis, IDrive misses by not offering two-factor authentication but it does provide an option for private encryption.

We’re lodging quite a few complaints about a service we’re ranking fourth, but that’s because the field for hybrid backup isn’t that impressive. There are things to like about IDrive, including that a subscription can be used to backup smartphones. We rank IDrive one of the top services for mobile device backup, in fact.

It also provides server backup, with support for MS SQL, MS Exchange, MS Sharepoint, Oracle and Office 365 Mailbox.

Other Reasons We Like IDrive for Business

In addition to backup space, an IDrive subscription gets you matching cloud storage space. This can be used to free up gigabytes on your hard drive, sync files between devices and share files.

IDrive for Business isn’t cheap, but it is quite a bit less expensive than Acronis Backup. 250GB of backup will cost you around $75 for the first year, after which it increases in price. 2.5TB of backup cost around $800.


Plan Free Personal 2TB Personal 5TB Business 250GB Business 500GB Business 1.25TB
Price Plan
Freemonthly
$ 52 12yearly
$ 104 252 years
$ 74 62yearly
$ 149 252 years
$ 74 62yearly
$ 149 252 years
$ 149 62yearly
$ 299 252 years
$ 374 62yearly
$ 749 252 years
Storage 5 GB 2000 GB 5000 GB 250 GB 500 GB 1250 GB
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The plan comes with decent admin features for monitoring your business backup, too.

If you’re a really small business, you might get away with using the much cheaper IDrive Personal plan, which also supports NAS backup. With that plan, you get 2TB of backup for just over $50 per year.


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Carbonite Safe Pro

Our last recommendation for hybrid backup is Carbonite Safe Pro. Like IDrive, user experiences with backup speed vary considerably with Carbonite’s business backup solution. Also like IDrive, that’s thanks, in part, to a small server network. Unlike IDrive, however, Carbonite doesn’t offer courier backup, only recovery — and that’s expensive.

Carbonite Safe Pro does support NAS backup, so it can be used for hybrid backup. You’ll need to create separate backup plans for both cloud and NAS backup, so the best approach may be to backup your computer to your NAS using your NAS’s native software, then create a Carbonite backup plan for your network drive.

The problem with this approach is that NAS backup isn’t continuous with Carbonite. The client will scan your NAS device for changes once an hour, then backup any new or changed files within 24 hours. That leaves a bit of a gap in your protection, so keep that in mind if you have critical business files to safeguard.

Carbonite provides two-factor authentication for password protection, an advantage over Acronis and IDrive. It also supports private, end-to-end encryption using 256-bit AES. In our experience, private encryption and file compression, if enabled, tend to slow Carbonite backups down quite a bit.

Block-level backup is supported to speed up the backup of edited files. Give our Carbonite Safe Pro review a read for more features.

Other Reasons We Like Carbonite Safe Pro

Carbonite supports backup by file-type, which can save considerable time in creating a backup plan. A single subscription can be used to backup unlimited computers and NAS devices, too.

A basic subscription for Carbonite Safe Pro costs a little under $300 for 250GB of backup space, however, which won’t protect many computers. Each additional 100GB costs $99 a year, with no cap on storage space.


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Doesn’t include external hard drives.

Includes external hard drive backup and automatic video backup.

Includes courier service.


For those that don’t need NAS backup for their business, consider CrashPlan Small Business instead of Carbonite. We have a comparison review that highlights the reasons we think CrashPlan beats Carbonite as an all-around backup provider for the workplace.


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Final Thoughts

If you’re looking for a powerful hybrid backup tool that comes with a slew of customization options and handles backup to both remote and local drives with minimal hiccups, there’s only one backup provider that stands out. That provider is our top pick, CloudBerry Backup.

The degree of data protection and backup speed you get with CloudBerry — not to mention the cost of backup — will depend on the cloud service you pair it with. However, with over 50 options, there should be something for everyone.

Both Acronis Backup and SpiderOak ONE make for interesting choices, even if neither support hybrid backup as seamlessly as CloudBerry Backup. IDrive and Carbonite are reasonable options for hybrid backup, though perhaps only relative to the many other online backup services that didn’t make our list.

That’s our take, anyway. As always, we welcome comments, questions and outraged differences in opinion, which you can leave below. Thanks for reading, and happy backups.

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Puppet secures $42 million in series F funding to help with automation push

Software delivery and automation provider Puppet has raised $42 million (£31.9m) in series F funding to complement its recent expansion.

The round, which was led by Cisco Investments, alongside EDBI, Kleiner Perkins, True Ventures and VMware, comes only a few weeks after Puppet announced the acquisition of Reflect, a company which provides data visualisation as a service. Total funding for the company now stands at $149.5 million across seven rounds in total.

Puppet certainly has reasons to be bullish about its scope. According to the company’s 2017 DevOps report, 66% of DevOps engineers and 69% of software engineers polled in the US get paid more than $100,000 per year, with the overarching message being that enterprises are getting to grips with new ways of delivering IT services and software.

It is evidently this route of giving users insights to deliver better services – whether it’s through data visualisation, as in the Reflect acquisition, or otherwise – driving Puppet’s recent gains. The company cited Gartner figures from earlier this year which argue that by 2020, 90% of the top 100 global companies will be using DevOps practices to significantly cut operational inefficiencies.

“Our rapid growth and international expansion is a testament to the rising demand for DevOps transformation, software automation and the pressing need for enterprises to navigate the new world of software delivery,” said Sanjay Mirchandani, CEO of Puppet. “That’s why we’ve been so focused on expanding our product portfolio – to empower customers to discover, deliver and operate software across their cloud and containerised environments.”

The company opened five new offices over the past year, in Seattle, Singapore, Sydney, Timisoara and Tokyo. When this publication focused on Puppet in May last year, the first three were in the pipeline, with the company saying there was ‘global momentum’ in its results.

Facebook still evasive over Cambridge Analytica and fake news: UK lawmakers

LONDON (Reuters) – Facebook is continuing to be evasive in its answers to a British parliamentary committee examining a scandal over misuse of the social media company’s data by Cambridge Analytica, the committee’s chair said on Friday. Cambridge Analytica said

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SD-WAN: It’s time to become the master of your network

He-Man may have been a master of the universe, but us mere mortals may have to set our goals slightly lower. For many network managers, the network is their own mini universe, but unfortunately, they often don’t have the control or visibility over it that they would like.

Software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) has been identified by some as the solution to this problem, solving businesses’ digital transformation and legacy infrastructure woes. But it is important that this, like any hyped B2B technology, doesn’t attempt to be a silver bullet solution to these complex issues. Prince Adam used the “Power of Grayskull” to transform into He-Man, but sadly the business world is a bit more nuanced.

For me, SD-WAN is really about the agility and flexibility that application level control of the network enables. Today’s IT managers demand control and visibility for good reason. With many businesses embarking on digital transformation strategies, it is crucial to have real-time actionable insight into network performance, and the adaptability to support the future demands that users will place on the network. Without this, poor performance or even outages could arise and you risk losing the customer loyalty that you’ve worked so hard to build up.

The race towards digital transformation

He-Man was known for his great speed and strength, but he would defend with his intellect and strategy. Businesses across all sectors are committing to fast-developing digital strategies to enable a more engaging and positive customer experience, but need to support these broad objectives with the finer details that will enable long term success.

Perhaps the most crucial of all these details is the network. In the case of many network managers, legacy technology is holding back their organisation from their digital transformation goals. Yes, a lack of skills and a resistance to change at board level can also lead to a digital transformation roadblock, but so many businesses are embarking on bold digital strategies with a network that just isn’t fit for the modern day.

Connecting your application “islands”

By simply embarking on a digital strategy without the right network to support it, you’re essentially building intelligent “islands” that communicate with each other in a very rudimentary manner. To work towards real success in digital transformation, the network must be a central component of the whole process, not just an afterthought. Replacing legacy equipment and improving your mastery of the network with next-generation technologies such as SD-WAN can help businesses achieve their digital strategy goals.

At a basic level, digital transformation creates an entirely new set of applications for the network to deal with. If the network cannot differentiate between those services, then your business is essentially being held back by part of your infrastructure. Deploying application-centric networking such as SD-WAN allows you to, in effect, tune your network, allowing the priority traffic to behave the way it needs to.

Master of the universe (or maybe just your network?)

Many IT managers want more control and visibility over their networks. Currently this visibility often solely extends to a report at the end of the month detailing how much bandwidth you’ve used, or what applications have been used the most. However, this is retrospective and doesn’t give enough insight to allow you to tune your network as you go. Next-generation WAN enables reporting that tracks and analyses end-to-end application performance in real time, so the network can quickly react to any changes.

Customer complaints about slow application performance are a major and frequent problem, which means that major network improvements must be made if businesses want to improve customer experience. SD-WAN works in conjunction with next-generation applications to help them operate properly, so that the business receives the full benefit of adopting those applications in the first place.

The power of a software-defined future

It’s also becoming increasingly clear that the early adopters of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) will dominate the business landscape in years to come. However, there are also intriguing use cases for processing the masses of data points produced across the network and made visible through the analytics engines that many SD-WAN solutions have inbuilt.

As a result of the application visibility and analytics capabilities of SD-WAN, some businesses are now collecting millions of pieces of information from every part of the network. When harnessed and analysed correctly, this information is invaluable when it comes to understanding the impact of new services, and monitoring the usage and performance of applications, allowing greater insight and leading the way to future automation.

Galactic Guardians: The importance of a trusted partner

A common catalyst for implementing SD-WAN is a desire to cut costs within the business. However, to view it simply as a money saving exercise is to miss the point slightly. We find that businesses that are becoming increasingly application-centric are successfully embracing SD-WAN because of the control and flexibility it gives their network.

But the transition can’t be done alone. If you are migrating existing services and existing networks from an existing service to an SD-WAN service, this requires a lot of project management and consultancy to make it a success. As part of the process, it is crucial to properly plan out what you want from it as a business, and track this with sensible metrics. A slightly inferior solution, implemented properly, will be better for you as a business than a technically superior solution implemented poorly. Therefore, selecting the right partner is all-important.

When deployed correctly and for the right reasons, SD-WAN can be your guide towards digital transformation, and in the shorter term, control over your network. However, with great power comes great responsibility; use it wisely! And watch out for Skeletor…