Category : Data Recovery

Cyber Security Threats – Proactive Rather Than Reactive

Word Press PhotosSecurity executives have increasingly urged firms to utilize prevention, encouraging a plan that encompasses Information Technology and business units in order to ensure cyber security.

Why might you ask? As a mere observation, most firms have accepted hackers as a viable threat that will eventually infiltrate their network. Rather than focus on preventative measures, companies have taken to the opposite, strengthening their reactive forces and mitigating the damage a hacker can do once inside. Although important, focus needs to be on cyber security and data breach prevention in addition to recovery after the fact. This change of mindset ensures significant progress can be made to prevent threats, making better use of time and resources for your company.

John Davis, CSO of Palo Alto Networks’ federal division, suggests “Call for a comprehensive risk analysis, mapping out the different segments of the network and examining the needs of the enterprise along with the security concerns.” He encourages information technology teams and cybersecurity teams to work together for a higher level of performance. Prevention tactics bring together these two forces in a more collective manner.



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Database Administration Challenges – DBMS Technology – Database Management | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

Screen Shot 2014-08-26 at 5.24.43 PMToday, all enterprises depend on DBMS technology to store their critical business data. Databases support mission- critical data for banks, hospitals, airlines, defense agencies, schools, retailers, and other industries. Every new database that an organization deploys puts pressure on IT to ensure its availability, integration, security, reliability, and quality. Managing databases with fewer people has always been a challenge, but with databases scaling to terabytes and petabytes, these challenges have grown more acute. Being able to find the correct people via staffing is crucial in keeping your databases within control and manageable. Some of the other challendges that most organizations are experieincing are as followed:

  • Delivering improved performance
  • Lack of staff resources
  • Data integration issues
  • High data volume growth

Easy Reinstall – Windows 8

Windows 8 – Easy Reinstall
Reinstalling Windows used to be a pain because you had to find all your cd’s, dvd’s, product keys and whatever backups you have of your software and or data. Simply re-installing and getting operational again could easily take you more than a day. Windows 8 has streamlined the whole process, making it much easier for you, in less time as well.

First go to the Change PC Settings link from the Settings page. Under the General Tab, you’ll find you can “Refresh your PC” or “Remove everything.” Select the first option to restore Windows to its factory setting while leaving your personal documents, files and personalizations intact. If Windows is running sluggishly, or there’s a problem with the OS settings, or something has gone wrong with your hardware/software setup, then this is the choice to go for.

Using the second option performs a full reinstall, clearing out all your files and wiping the hard drive (so you’ll need to make sure you have everything backed up). Use this when you have a serious problem with Windows (such as a virus or a ton of spyware) and want to go back to square one.

Fast Copy

Fast Copy. Whenever users are transitioning from an old machine to a new machine the biggest issue is how do I move my datat from one location to another and how long is this going to take. Fast Copy is a simply to use software that will allow users to easily copy data from one location to another. Fast Copy has been tested to run faster than the traditional copy and paste (or move) app that is standard with the Windows operating system. So if your in need of a tool to move gigs of data from one location to another, give this tool a shot.

Googledrive vs Skydrive – Cloud Storage

There are A LOT of cloud storage options available today. How do you pick the one that is right for you? I have tested a variety and have come the conclusion, at least for me that Skydrive and Google Drive are the best on the market.

Skydrive offers your 7GB free storage, where Google drive offers you 5GB. Now Skydrive is a Microsoft application that can link to your Windows Live account which links to your many of your Microsoft apps. Google drive links to your gmail account and integrates well with linking everything to that account.

Skydrive: free space is 7gb, file size limit is 2gb, there are various premium pricing available

Google Drive: 5GB free space, 10GB file size limit, Premium pricing is $60/year for 100GB.

Bottom line, they are both great, just depends on the amount of data you plan to use. Each allows you the capability to share your data with other users.

The New Wifi – 1GB Throughput

Over the last few years bva has had to support many different types of wifi with many several different users expectations of speeds.  Obviously the two most popular over the last 10 years have been G and N.  There are many types of wireless routers and access points out there that have finally become stable and reliable.  About two months ago bva got visibility into a new type of wifi called 802.11ac where we were able to test and see with our own eyes what it could do.  This new wireless on the 5 GHz band and see’s LAN throughput of at least 1 gigabit per second with a maximum single link throughput of at least 500 megabits per second (500 Mbit/s).

This is a great product for users that want to replicate data or obviously have high speed bandwidth.  Having a GB connection via wireless to the internal servers is something that I would thought we would not see this quickly so we here at bva are quite impressed.


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Setup iCloud

How to setup iCloud on your iPhone

iCloud doesn’t just store your content, it allows you to access your content from all of your apple devices with iCloud setup. This includes music, phones, calendars, contacts and documents.

To set this up on the iphone

1. Make sure you’re running the latest iOS 5
2. Turn on iCloud – you will need an apple ID, this is what you use as a login into your Apple account. To turn on iCloud tap on SETTINGS and select iCLOUD then enter your Apple ID.
3. Customize your settings. You can turn on or off different iCloud Services.
a. You can also get a free iCloud email account
4. Setup up Automatic downloads so your store purchases are automatically downloaded to your various devices.
5. After you complete the initial setup, turn on iCloud on your other apple devices with iCloud (ie: ipad, iphone, ipod, ect…)

4Sync – Syncing Files so you can access them virtually anywhere

I wrote a blog previously about Dropbox. An application that allows you to sync a folder so that you can access it over the internet, or on whatever PC you have dropbox installed on. I love the application, the only pitfall is that it only gives you 2gb of free space, after which you need to start paying a monthly fee to get more space. I found another application today called 4Sync, its basically the exact same $9.95. Not too bad. I decided to try it out today and I was able to sync a folder and have the folder replicated on two different PC’s. I can also access the files logging into the 4Sync website at or there is even an app for my iPhone that works very well. I was able to open various files and documents with no issues.

Symantec Introduces Backup Exec 3600 Appliance

Symantec has recently release a backup exec appliance called the Symantec Backup Exec 3600 Appliance.  Here are some specifications.

  • It is an all-in-one solution pre-packaged with Backup Exec 2010
  • Includes 5.5 TB of useable disk space.
  • Unlimited software licensing to protect 5.5 TB of disk storage.
  • You can protect an unlimited number of servers and applications both physical and virtual.
  • Web based management console.
  • It includes RAID 5 data drives, mirrored SSDs for the OS, redundant power supplies and battery backup on the RAID controller.

I have yet to first hand see this product in action but it does sound like a pretty neat little box. This appears to me to be a more enterprise level backup solution as the price tag MSRP is around $25,000 dollars, but it packs quite a punch for such a small device.

I tried to demo this but Symantec will not actually send you a demo product. I probably wouldn’t either for the cost of one of the devices.

Form Factor 1U
CPU Quad Intel Xeon 2.4 Ghz CPU
Memory 16GB DDR RAM
OS Windows 2008 R2 Embedded
Security OS Hardened At Factory with Symantec Critical System Protection
Data Storage 2 X 40GB SSD Disks for OS (RAID 1)
4 X 2 TB SATA Disks (RAID 5)
5.5TB of Useable Deduplication Storage Capacity
Disk Management Onboard Hardware RAID 5 controller
I/O One 1Gb Ethernet port (1 additional port dedicated for Appliance Management)
Other I/O Ports One FE management network port / Two USB 2.0 ports

IBM Watson at Cancer Center

IBM’s Watson supercomputer may be best known for single-handedly beating “Jeopardy!” game show champs but IBM has taken it one step further which is proving to be a huge benefit for the healthcare community.

IBM has partnered with WellPoint which will assist in building applications that can be specialized for each doctor and organization. Imagine the applications of this for healthcare in every specialization — quite impressive!

It is now being leveraged to help doctors at Cedars-Sinai’s Cancer Clinic in Los Angeles stay up-to-date on medical breakthroughs and treatments.Watson helps doctors by providing many different cancer treatment options in a matter of seconds by pulling data from current clinical records and treatments, historical records, and past cancer cases.