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  • Posted on: 2/02/2012

    RAID Recovery

    A RAID array can offer a boost in performance, an enhancement in storage capacity or greater data stability through redundancy, at a lower cost than using separate drives.

    Depending on which level of RAID array you choose, you'll either get enhanced performanced and redundancy or enhanced storage capacity, but a few levels, including RAID 4 and RAID 5, offer benefits in all aspects.

    RAID 4 and RAID 5 arrays achieve better stability and security of data through a process called parity. Parity is sometimes confused with the mirroring that takes place in a RAID 1 array, where the contents of the drive are duplicated on a second drive. In a RAID 1 array, if one drive fails the array can go on, business as usual.

    Parity saves money by providing the same level of redundancy as mirroring at 1/20 of the cost on a five-drive array. This drops to 25 percent if you use four disks, and 33 percent if you use three, but it's still less expensive than the one-to-one added cost of a RAID 1 array. Note that you need at least three drives for a RAID 4 or RAID 5 array, which both use parity. Don't confuse the number of drives with the RAID level.

    Instead of mirroring all the data on each disk onto another identical disk, as in a level 1 RAID array, the RAID 5 controller stripes parity data across all the drives. If a RAID disk drive fails, the RAID array controller will re-write the parity across the remaining drives, providing the stability and redundancy that is so appealing in a RAID array.

    In a RAID 4 array, parity is confined to one drive in the array rather than striped across all the hard disk drives. 

    If more than one disk drive fails in your RAID 4 or RAID 5 array, you'll need professional data recovery to reconstruct parity and recover your RAID data.

    24 Hour Data employs experts in RAID data recovery for all RAID levels, with recovery success rates that are well above the industry standards. We offer affordable pricing and a free diagnostic within 24 hours of receiving your RAID array. 

    Click here to learn more about our RAID data recovery processes http://www.24hourdata.com/data-recovery/raid-data-recovery and how we can help you recover lost data from your RAID 4 or RAID 5 server. 

  • Posted on: 1/30/2012

    VM Recovery

    NexGen Storage, a Louisville, Colo. company, recently introuced a new virtual machine storage system that combines the benefits of solid state drives (SSDs) and hard disk drives (HDDs) and makes it easier to set up storage for virtualized servers for organizations running mission-critical applications.

    The NexGen n5 Storage Systems http://searchvirtualstorage.techtarget.com/news/2240110388/NexGen-emerge... apply granular Quality of Service (QoS) levels to let users provision performance the same way they provision capacity. It does this by partitioning storage in blocks across three tiers: RAM, PCIe SSDs, and hard disks. Users can provision 30,000 IOPS for mission-critical apps, 25,000 IOPS to business critical apps, and a slower 5,000 IOPS to non-critical apps. As NexGen VP of Marketing Chris McCall explains, “We are saying, 'Just tell us how fast you need to go.'”

    The n5 Storage System uses a staged data deduplication process called Phased Data Reduction so that deduplication does not affect performance, according to the manufacturer, resulting in faster processing speeds and less interruption of applications.

    Storage Capacity of the NexGen n5

    The n5 system includes:

    - two 640 TB PCIe solid state storage cards from Fusion-io

    - 48GB of RAM

    - 32 TB of SAS drives

    Optional 640 GB SSD performance packs and 32 TB SAS capacity packs are also available for greater scalability. The NexGen n5 storage system is a 3U iSCSI Storage Area Network and includes a choice of 16 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) or four 10 GbE ports.

    Experts in Virtualization and Virtual Data Recovery

    As the need for virtual machines for mission critical applications grows, tiered service based on performance gives business owners even more options.

    But as virtual machines grow more complex, with multiple types of storage devices on one SAN, knowing who you can trust when a drive fails is even more critical. 24 Hour Data is constantly spending time in our R&D labs to develop the latest data recovery techniques for today's new virtualization technology.

  • Posted on: 1/26/2012

    Cloud Recovery

    If we had to pinpoint two of  biggest trends for 2011, which we expect to continue and expand in 2012, it would be virtualization and cloud storage. 

    If you're new to the IT world, or are responsible for managing an IT staff but don't know much about it yourself, the two terms may confuse you. Some people mistakenly use the words interchangably, but they're not the same thing at all.

    Defining Cloud Storage

    Cloud storage is simply storage “in the cloud,” or via the Internet. When you put your data in the cloud, though, it still resides on a server somewhere. Cloud storage is considered one of the safest forms of data storage, since your data is protected off-site, housed on servers with much better security and better protection against natural disasters, shock or power surges, than most individuals can provide.

    However, data “in the cloud,” is still on someone's server. And no storage media is completely secure or safe from failure. Make sure to keep back-ups of your data in another format, just in case your data becomes inaccessible for any reason. 

    Defining Virtualization

    Virtualization is something else entirely, and has little do with the Internet -- although you can certainly have a virtual machine using cloud storage. When you have a virtual machine, you (or, more accurately, your IT staff) create a separate Operating System, or multiple Operating Systems, on one server. It's like a machine within a machine. Virtualization improves storage capacity and processing speeds. You can click here to read more about virtualization and its benefits. 

    However, if your VMware machine should crash, it requires experts in data recovery to navigate the complicated landscape of a virtual machine and recover your mission critical data.

    We hope we've cleared up some confusion regarding these two common IT terms; we know you'll be hearing a lot more about them in 2012.

     

  • Posted on: 1/24/2012

    VMware Recovery

    Here at 24 Hour Data, we like to advocate three forms of data back-up to avoid the need for emergency data recovery. Now, new vStorage APIs for Data Protection http://www.vmware.com/products/vstorage-apis-for-data-protection/overvie... from VMware have made it even easier to back up your data from your VMware virtual machines running vSphere.

    These new APIs let you perform full, differential and incremental image back-up and restore functions on virtual machines using Windows and Linux OS across multiple vSphere hosts or virtual machines without requiring separate agents in each environment.

    vStorage APIs make back up faster, easier, and more cost-effective with a centralized backup solution. You can reduce your dependency on back up windows and run back-ups with virtually no downtime. You can even run back-ups while others are logged in and using applications on the virtual machines.

    Virtual Machines Grow in Popularity in 2012
    As virtual machines become even more popular to help companies  reduce the physical size of their server farms and achieve faster processing and more storage at lower costs, it's important to know that you have support staff you can trust. Your IT staff knows the intricacies of virtualization, but they're not experts in data recovery.

    When something goes wrong with your VMware virtual machine, we'd like you to think of 24 Hour Data as your IT team's best friend in a time of crisis. We'll recover your data promptly, whether it's been days, hours or minutes since your last back-up. And you can even save money by joining our partner program, which offers your IT staff discounts and referral commissions on every data recovery they send our way.  

  • Posted on: 1/19/2012

    SSD Recovery

    Storage Visions 2012, an Entertainment Storage Alliance Event, will take place just prior to the International CES. The Storage Visions show will be held at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas January 8 - 9, one day before CES begins at the Las Vegas Convention Center. 

    While CES showcases all consumer electronics trends and products, Storage Visions is devoted to exploring the new technology and challenges faced by the storage media industry.

    The theme of this year's event is Heavy Storage for Thin Clients, and focuses on cloud-based storage vs. local storage as well as cost-effective solutions for storage of the massive amounts of content created by businesses and consumers today. 

    The conference will explore how  digital content will be created, protected and stored in the future, and will feature keynote speeches, forums and more from industry leaders, including representatives from SanDisk, Micron, SeaChange International, DiskTrend, Samsung and many others.

    Some of the challenges in this new era of data storage include managing the convergence of digital content creation and storage, especially as resolution of digital media increases and it becomes easier for anyone to create high quality content.

    As new storage methods evolve, it becomes even more important to have a reliable source for data recovery services. Today's storage media are extremely complex; data recovery, especially physical recovery, should not be attempted by anyone other than professionals to minimize the risk of catastrophic data loss.

    As leaders in the data recovery industry, 24 Hour Data will keep you posted on new technology introduced at the show and we will explore trends discussed during the event in future posts. 

  • Posted on: 1/16/2012

    Flash Drive Recovery

    Have you ever lost the cap to a USB or thumb drive and then needed data recovery when sensitive components got bent or damaged?

    USB drive manufacturers EMTEC and Dane-elec may have the solution to data loss caused by a damaged USB drive with clickable and cap-less USB flash drives.

    EMTEC C600 and C650 Flash Drives

    EMTEC C600 and C650 flash drives “click” open like a ballpoint pen, so there's no cap to lose. The C650 offers USB 3.0 performance for applications where fast data transfer is a must. It's available in storage capacities from 8 to 64GB. The C600 is a USB 2.0 version of the same concept, with storage capacities up to 16GB.

    EMTEC will be showcasing the new technology at the International CES in January 2012.

    Dane-Elec Cap-Less USB to Prevent Lost Data

    Dane-elec's cap-less USB drive incorporates the body, delicate solid state storage, and the cap all in one piece. Simply pull the plastic piece back toward you to reveal the USB hub, and push forward to close it and protect your data.

    It comes in sizes from 2 to 32GB and makes a great gift, according to the tech writers at DigitalFamilyAdvisor.com. http://www.digitalfamilyadvisor.com/2011/11/some-of-our-picks-for-the-ho...

    Handle USB Drives with Care to Avoid the Need for Data Recovery Services

    Any flash drive should still be handled with care, and never removed from a computer during use, since this could result in file corruption and loss of data. 

    These new capless drives may protect your data if the flash drive is accidentally put in the washing machine. You also don't have to worry about losing the cap and then potentially losing the data by crushing or bending the delicate USB hub.

    If something does happen to the data stored on your USB drive, give us a call for a free diagnostic. 

  • Posted on: 1/11/2012

    Duracell Flash recovery 

    Photographers and flash memory cards go hand-in-hand. Professional photographers -- especially wedding, event and family photographers -- carry extensive insurance to cover data recovery costs or, worst case, data loss, if something should happen to their flash memory cards and the irreplaceable photo memories stored on them.

    Duracell gets in on the flash memory game with a special line of flash memory cards designed with pro photographers in mind. The Pro Photo line of Compact Flash (CF) and Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) cards work fast to complement the performance of today's professional and pro-sumer DSLR cameras. The SDHC cards transfer image files directly from camera to card for fast operation. The CF cards read up to 90 MB per second.

    This advanced technology requires the most up-to-date data recovery methods if something goes wrong. Flash memory cards can suffer all kinds of damage, including file corruption, water damage, shock damage and even getting crushed, resulting in catastrophic data loss and the need for emergency data recovery. 

    We get calls from professional photographers at all hours of day and night for our data recovery services. It makes our day to save someone's priceless wedding memories -- and possibly save a business, as well! Photographers rely heavily on word-of-mouth, and lost photos could mean lost future business.

    We know your photos are important, too. Whether you're a professional or just like capturing family memories (and decide to use some of the best technology available to do so), 24 Hour Data provides reliable, affordable data recovery for all forms of flash media, including the latest in CF and SDHC flash memory card technology. 

  • Posted on: 1/09/2012

    RAID 0 Recovery           RAID 1 Recovery

    Several different types of RAID arrays exist. If you are new to RAID technology, setting up a RAID server in your home or for your small business, or have just never encountered RAID before, the different levels can be confusing.

    Two common terms used in RAID arrays are “mirroring” and “striping.” What do they mean?

    Striping In RAID Arrays

    When you use striping to write data to the hard disk drives in a RAID array, you divide the data (in stripes) across the various drives. A RAID 0 array uses two or more hard drives and stripes data across all drives. This provides the greatest performance and efficiency. The smaller the stripes, the faster the array.

    However, many experts say RAID 0 is not a true RAID array, since it lacks the crucial element of redundancy. One failed hard drive in the array could mean the need for emergency data recovery services.

    You can also use striping techniques with mirroring to deliver a boost in performance and stability. Which brings us to a second term commonly used in RAID technology: Mirroring

    Mirroring in RAID Arrays

    Mirroring is simply when you “mirror” or duplicate data on one hard drive in a RAID array on another drive, creating redundancy and reducing the chances that you'll need emergency RAID recovery if a hard drive in your array fails.

    You can combine striping and mirroring techniques as long as you have an even number of hard disk drives in your RAID array. This creates a RAID system that is both stable and faster than a single hard drive.

    Need Emergency RAID Data Recovery

    Whatever techniques you use in your RAID array, RAID data recovery in the event of catastrophic drive failure is a complicated process. Always trust your RAID data recovery to data recovery professionals. 

     

  • Posted on: 1/03/2012

    Data Recovery Service

    Today's storage environments, including RAID arrays, VMware, virtual servers and solid state drives (SSDs) are complex, and data recovery often requires more than a do-it-yourself solution.

    When people call us here at 24 Hour Data, they often have concerns that our data recovery services will be expensive. It's true that data recovery -- depending on the storage media -- sometimes costs more than the cost of the storage device (especially if you are talking about a smaller capacity hard disk drive or even a USB drive or flash memory card.)

    But when you are recovering lost data, it is not the cost of the storage media that is of concern -- it's the overall value of the data. 

    Worth More Than the Paper It's Printed On?

    To use an old-fashioned, analog example, the post office will not permit businesses or individuals to insure printed material beyond the cost of the material itself.

    In other words, if a bestselling author were to mail his completed manuscript to a publisher (before we kept back-ups on computers or even word processors) the author could not insure the work for its true value as a potential bestseller, only the cost of the paper it was printed on. (That's why smart authors kept duplicate copies of their submitted work.)

    Evaluating Data Recovery Prices

    If you were to evaluate data recovery pricing based on the cost of the storage media, you'd be making a similar mistake. USB drives sell for less than $10 each. You can pick up a hard disk drive for well under $100. But what is the value of the content (whether it's text, audio or video) on that storage media? This is what you have to evaluate when you decide if data recovery is worth the cost.

    Obviously, if you don't have back-ups in place -- or your back-ups are inaccessible -- a successful data recovery becomes much more critical, and much more valuable to you as a business or an individual.

    Is data recovery expensive? At 24 Hour Data, we keep our prices affordable to be able to provide services to a wide range of businesses and individuals. But if you still believe data recovery is expensive, compare it to the cost (either real or emotional) of losing your data forever. 

  • Posted on: 12/26/2011

    Virtual Recovery

    Virtualization, the process where a server is set up to act as multiple servers for storage purposes, is a growing trend in the IT world. Data recovery of virtualware (VMWare) and virtualized servers requires specialized knowledge of both data recovery and virtualization processes. Data recovery of a virtual server should not be attempted by anyone but data recovery specialists, to avoid the potential of losing mission critical data.

    However, virtualizing data storage has many benefits that can save your company time and money.

    1. Increase storage capacity for less money, without investing in larger or additional hard drives. RAID arrays that utilize mirroring for redundancy sacrifice at least 50 percent of their storage space. Creating a virtual server increases storage capacity without adding hard disk drives or expensive SSDs 

    2. Make back-ups faster with virtualization software by eliminating drops in communication speeds between the application server and back-up server. Your IT staff will spend less time managing back-ups and your system will experience less downtime.

    3. Add storage space to a database automatically, without the need to call in your IT staff to make manual updates.

    4. Run different operating systems on the same virtual Storage Area Network without hassles or special configurations. 

    5. Save real space in your server farm or equipment rooms with virtual servers.

    6. Save costs on equipment and maintenance as well as energy costs with Virtual Machines.

    7. The snapshots taken by virtual servers can sometimes make disaster recovery easier, but they are not a substitute for regular back-ups or professional data recovery if a hard drive experiences logical or physical damage, or if files are corrupted or accidentally deleted.

    If any of the hard drives in your virtual server begin making strange noises or fail to boot, call data recovery specialists immediately for a free diagnostic to avoid the loss of mission critical data. 

     

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