About Dan Larson

As the Storage Architect at Peters & Associates Dan is responsible for SAN and Backup design leadership as well as mentoring and troubleshooting guidance. He has many years of heterogeneous system integration with multiple hardware and software vendors. Dan has over three decades of experience working at Peters & Associates He has experience with SANs from multiple vendors on various infrastructures, primarily Fibre Channel and iSCSI. He has experience with multiple backup software products using various hardware platforms including DR, replication and cloud. Dan is also involved in providing optimal designs and sizing to support virtualizing mission critical applications on multiple virtualization platforms including VMware and Hyper-V.

Office 365 – to backup or not backup?

As each day passes, more and more organizational data is making its way to Office 365 as a repository.  Whether you’re just beginning your journey to O365 or are already there, you inevitably have asked: “Do I need to backup my data in Office 365?” Our experience is that most organizations have chosen NOT to [...]

By |2019-02-28T14:33:52-06:00February 7th, 2019|Collaboration, Office 365|Comments Off on Office 365 – to backup or not backup?

When, Why, and How to Encrypt Your Veeam Backups

Backups should be encrypted whenever they contain any data that is important to an organization and there is any chance that the data could be accessed by non-authorized entities.  This usually means that all backups on tape should always be encrypted! Considerations for why to encrypt Backups should be encrypted whenever data will be or [...]

By |2018-12-18T11:10:25-06:00September 7th, 2018|Advisory Services|Comments Off on When, Why, and How to Encrypt Your Veeam Backups

Considerations for Cloud Backup Storage

Data loss or a disruption in service can cause quite a few headaches for your business.  So having a good backup strategy is critical.   However, there are factors that need to be considered when deciding where to backup your data and where to replicate the backups.  In most cases. you will keep some copies of [...]

By |2018-12-18T11:12:02-06:00July 23rd, 2018|Advisory Services|Comments Off on Considerations for Cloud Backup Storage

Simple Offsite File Storage

Do you need offsite storage of your files in case of a site failure? Is fast file recovery in case of disaster important? Disaster Recovery (DR) is something that is very important to all organizations.  However, it doesn’t need to be overly complex or overly expensive.  Microsoft has two offerings that help many organizations meet [...]

By |2018-12-18T11:49:32-06:00April 6th, 2018|Infrastructure Services|Comments Off on Simple Offsite File Storage

The Value of Volume Shadow Copy

Shadow Copy is included as part of Microsoft Windows and provides the ability to take manual or automatic backup copies or snapshots even when files are in use. Configuring Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) on user-accessible disk volumes can remove the need for IT interaction and allow users to self-recover previous versions of documents that [...]

By |2018-12-18T11:33:43-06:00January 17th, 2018|Advisory Services|Comments Off on The Value of Volume Shadow Copy

Where should I backup my data?

We all know backing up our data is important.  This is becoming even more critical in light of all of the security breaches that have recently been taking place.  But, what’s the best strategy for storing all of that data?  Several factors need to be considered when deciding where to backup your data and where [...]

By |2018-12-18T11:34:34-06:00November 13th, 2017|Advisory Services|Comments Off on Where should I backup my data?

Thick or Thin: Choosing the right provisioning method for your virtual machines

One of the many decisions that IT engineers must consider when creating a new virtual machine is how the storage on that machine should be allocated: thick or thin. Put another way, do you want the virtual machine to consume the amount of storage that it can potentially fill or would you like the new [...]

By |2018-12-18T11:54:15-06:00September 18th, 2017|Infrastructure Services|Comments Off on Thick or Thin: Choosing the right provisioning method for your virtual machines

Am I backing up everything I need?

If you are not auditing your backups on a regular basis you may not realize how much your backup data has grown or where vulnerabilities may be. Most backup operators monitor that their jobs run smoothly and successfully, but often do not have time to do an in-depth review of their entire backup environment.  An [...]

By |2018-12-18T11:38:36-06:00June 23rd, 2017|Advisory Services|Comments Off on Am I backing up everything I need?

Encrypting your backups, why and when?

Many organizations have a backup strategy and process, but deciding when and why backups should be encrypted can be a challenge.  Our Technology Infrastructure experts have put together the information below to help you understand how to incorporate encrypted back ups into your overall back up strategy. Considerations for why to encrypt Deciding to encrypt [...]

By |2018-12-18T11:59:13-06:00January 4th, 2017|Infrastructure Services|Comments Off on Encrypting your backups, why and when?