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W. Curtis Preston

W. Curtis Preston is known as “Mr. Backup,” having specialized in backup and recovery for 25 years. He started his career as the backup admin for a $35B credit card company, and has since designed and implemented some of the world’s largest backup systems, including dozens of Fortune 500 companies. His passion for protecting everyone’s data includes founding backupcentral.com, writing the O’Reilly books Backup & Recovery and Using SANs & NAS, conducting several hundred backup seminars around the world, as well as speaking at hundreds of webinars and trade shows.

Recent Posts by W. Curtis Preston, Chief Technologist

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    Wake-up Call: Ransomware Makes Cloud DR More Essential Than Ever

    Ransomware has made disaster recovery (DR) way more important than it used to be. It has become so prevalent...

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    Thoughts from Mr. Backup: Getting Back to Basics

    With World Backup Day this Sunday, I find myself going back to the basics. Whether you’ve been doing backups...

  • oracle-backup

    Doing Oracle Backup Right

    “We have absolutely no backups of Paris whatsoever?” were the words I heard that would change the trajectory of...

  • office-365-backup-video

    Data Management Essentials: Backing up Office 365

    Do you need to backup Office 365? Microsoft might have some native protection capabilities, but it does not provide...

  • why-backup-to-cloud

    Future Proofing with Cloud Backup

    Data backup and recovery has been around almost as long as the data center. For the last 30 years,...

  • understanding-rto-rpo

    Data Management Essentials: RPO and RTO

    In this ongoing video series, W. Curtis Preston, aka Mr. Backup, and Chief Technologist at Druva will walk through...

  • what-about-aws-backup

    Thoughts from Mr. Backup: AWS Backup

    Everyone has been asking what I thought about Amazon’s latest announcement: AWS Backup (I got a lot of “What...

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    A Simple Definition: What is an ‘Endpoint’?

    Originally posted February, 2015, updated February 2019 Jargon abounds in the technical world of IT, with obscure-but-precise language sometimes...

  • protecting-corp-data-against-employees

    Protecting Corporate Data…When an Employee Leaves

    Originally published October, 2014, updated January 2019 When someone leaves the company, the human resources(HR) department is quick to grab...