Ransomware history highlights: from AIDS Trojan to Locky

Ransomware attacks are not a fake threat – they are real and increasing day by day. The below insights on ransomware history can help you understand the evolution of its delivery and extortion strategies and be better prepared in case you become the victim of an attack.

Ransomware, locker or crypto-malware, has been around for a long time — decades in fact. Originally, ransomware was an annoyance and a con-trick, but today’s ransomware is considerably different and presents much more of a sophisticated threat to systems and users.

Nick Cavalancia
Posted by Nick Cavalancia

Published: October 16, 2017

Plugging into vSphere 6.5 enhancements to increase Availability

It's been nearly a year since VMware released vSphere 6.5 which marked the 12th major release of VMware's hypervisor and hypervisor management product suite. And while VMware has been focusing on more recent products like vSAN and NSX, it shouldn't be forgotten that vSphere still remains at the core of the virtualization platform on top of which all other products are consumed. Veeam has a strong history of working with and supporting vSphere features, and the 6.5 release is no different.

Anthony Spiteri
Posted by Anthony Spiteri

Published: October 11, 2017

Demystifying Recovery Objectives

Downtime is not an option for modern organizations that must fulfill their customers’ needs and expectations. Different types of incidents can occur and impact your business revenue or even existence. Whether it’s a ransomware attack, a power outage, flood or simply human mistakes, these events are unpredictable, and the best thing you can do is to BE PREPARED.

Preparedness means that you should have a solid business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) plan. One that has been tested and that can be put in motion smoothly.

Published: October 9, 2017

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 1.5 is now available

Software as a Service, and especially Microsoft Office 365, has become more and more popular in today’s world. Software as a Service brings many advantages over implementing a service on premises, but also brings forth some new challenges. Here’s a good read on Office 365-related challenges.

However, the most important question you should ask yourself is: How much does my business rely on email?

Mike Resseler
Posted by Mike Resseler

Published: October 3, 2017

How to restore from tapes, if you get “Invalid block size”

Greetings from Veeam Support and welcome to the next episode of our troubleshooting series!

In this article, we will review how to resolve an issue that might be caused by a mismatch between the block size set in your Veeam tape drive properties and the one actually supported by the tape device itself. You will learn why block size can be different and how to fix it.

And even if you’ve never come across such a problem, you may also find this post useful, as under certain circumstances changing the block size can help you increase the processing rate. This is because when you have a higher block size, the drive is supposed to write data more quickly.

Kira Podlesnaja
Posted by Kira Podlesnaja

Published: September 28, 2017

Why hybrid cloud is the new normal for enterprises

We are living in times when it’s hard to imagine our lives without technology. Our center of command is sitting in our pockets, and we are just a few taps away from booking a flight, checking our bank account or reading the news about our favorite football team. Our fast pace of life demands uninterrupted access to each application on any type of device from everywhere. Therefore, organizations need not only speed and versatility, they also need what we call Availability.

Published: September 20, 2017

Veeam for the Microsoft Cloud at Microsoft Ignite

Greetings fellow IT professionals! After more than 20 years of TechEd in the late spring and early summer, Microsoft will give us Microsoft Ignite (formerly TechEd) in the fall from Sept. 25 – 29, 2017 in beautiful Orlando, Florida. I am so excited to get together with 10,000 of my closest IT friends at the Orange County Convention Center and talk about the amazing emerging technologies and innovations that will change the shape of our world for the foreseeable future.

Chris Henley
Posted by Chris Henley

Published: September 6, 2017

Conversational Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery: FREE e-books

Here at Veeam, we understand how important your data is and how it can affect your organization if it’s unavailable. The link between IT systems and the success of each business, no matter the industry, is undoubtable. Unexpected disruptions come in many shapes and forms, from human error, to malicious attacks, to fire, floods or natural disasters. Having a strong Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) plan can prove vital.

Published: September 5, 2017

Ransomware payments: Funding the business of cybercrime

If you were considering becoming a cybercriminal or were perhaps a traditional villain looking to upgrade your skills for the 21st century, I’m sure your business model of choice would be running a ransomware operation. You would, thanks to the simplicity of platforms like Ransomware as a Service and the willingness of victims to pay ransomware fees, be running a very successful business — albeit an illegal business — in a matter of days or weeks. Such is the ongoing success of ransomware as a means of extorting money from victims.

Published: September 4, 2017