February 15, 2023

Data Backup and Disaster Recovery with Druva’s W. Curtis Preston

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Historically, backup and recovery has been a job relegated to a junior person on the team. It’s the kind of grungy work that all companies know they should do, but no one wants to own it. As such, many companies have a poor backup and recovery posture and aren’t even sure they can recover from a disaster. Additionally, in recent years, homegrown backup systems have been the target of more and more ransomware and cyber attacks.

Attackers target the backups, either deleting them completely and then attacking other parts of the system or steal the backups, break the encryption, and now have access to tons of company data.

W. Curtis Preston has been working in backup and disaster recovery for nearly 30 years and has written five books on the subject. He joins the show to discuss backup and recovery missteps, best practices, and how Druva, the SaaS-based backup and recovery platform helps businesses offload backup responsibility.


  • How did you get interested in the field of data protection and disaster recovery, and what sparked your passion for it?
  • What are some common mistakes that organizations make when it comes to data backup and recovery?
  • What’s the relationship between backups, data protection, and cybersecurity?
  • What’s the best practices around backing up personal user data, like account data or perhaps other sensitive data?
  • What are the common ways data loss happens for organizations?
  • How can organizations ensure that their data is secure and protected during the backup and recovery process?
  • What are some best practices for designing a data backup and recovery system, and how can organizations implement these practices effectively?
  • Can you give some examples of real-world data loss scenarios, and how proper data backup and recovery systems could have prevented or mitigated the impact of those losses?
  • How can organizations test their data backup and recovery systems to ensure that they are working properly and can be relied upon in the event of a disaster?
  • Can you provide an overview of the Druva platform and how it helps organizations protect their data?
  • What sets the Druva platform apart from other data protection and backup solutions on the market?
  • Can you provide some examples of how organizations have successfully implemented the Druva platform to protect and recover their data in the face of disasters or other challenges?
  • What’s the future for this space look like?


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