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Undelete Saves Your Bacon, An In-depth Video Series

by Spencer Allingham 13. May 2019 03:43

Undelete® is a lot more than those simple file recovery utilities that just search through free space on Windows machines looking for recoverable data. Undelete does so much more; protecting files in network shared folders and capturing versions of any number of file types.

If you've ever had to rely on restoring from backup or a snapshots to get a deleted file back, watch now to find out how Undelete makes the recovery faster and more convenient on workstations, laptops and Windows servers.

Undelete, the world’s #1 file recovery software, as a first line of defense in your disaster recovery strategy can save your bacon!

“Undelete saved my bacon.” — Ken C, Cleveland State University

Why are some deleted files not in the Windows Recycle Bin?

Were you aware that the Windows Recycle Bin falls short of capturing all file deletions?

Whilst the Recycle Bin is very quick and convenient, it doesn’t capture:

· Files deleted from the Command Prompt

· Files deleted from within some applications

· Files deleted by network users from a Shared Folder

Undelete from Condusiv Technologies can capture ALL deletions, regardless of how they occur.

“It saved our bacon when a file on my system was accidentally deleted from another workstation. That recovery saved hours of work and sold us on the usefulness of the product.”

“Our entire commissions database was saved by the Undelete program. Very happy about that. We would have lost a week of commissions (over 2000 records easily). We were very grateful that we had your product." Frank B, Technical Manager, World Travel, Inc.

Watch this video for a demonstration of why the Recycle Bin falls short and how the Undelete software can pick up the slack and truly become the first line of defense in your disaster recovery strategy. 

What is Undelete File Versioning?

Have you ever accidentally overwritten a Microsoft Word document, spreadsheet or some other file?

Would it be helpful to have several versions of the same file available for recovery in the Windows Recycle Bin? Sorry, but the Recycle Bin can’t do that.

However, the Undelete Recovery Bin can!

“I'm glad I found yours -- it works very well, and the recovery really saved my bacon!” — John

Watch this video to see a demonstration of how capturing several versions of the same file when they get overwritten can really help save time as well as data.

Searching the Undelete Recovery Bin

Recover deleted files quickly and conveniently with Undelete’s easy search functions.

Even if you only know part of the file name, or aren’t sure what folder it was deleted from, see in this video how easy it is to find and recover the file that you need.

“I would recommend undelete as it has saved my bacon a couple of times when I was able to recover something that I deleted by accident.” — Joseph

Inclusion and Exclusion lists in Undelete

Find out how to use Inclusion and Exclusion Lists in the Undelete software to only capture those files that you really might want to recover and exclude all of those files that you don’t really care about.

Have you ever needed to get a file back that was deleted during a Windows Update? Probably not, so why have those files take up space in your Recovery Bin?

“It saved my bacon a few times.” — Jason

Watch this to see how configurable the Undelete Recovery Bin is.

Emergency Undelete Software

See a demonstration showing how easy it is to recover deleted files, even BEFORE you install the Undelete software from Condusiv Technologies.

Prevent that awful moment of extreme realization when you delete a file that isn’t backed up.

Oh! And if you’ve found this page because you need to recover a file right now, click here to get the free 30-day trialware of Undelete. We hope this helps you out of the jam!

“It has saved my bacon a couple of times when I was able to recover something that I deleted by accident.”

How to safely delete files before recycling your computer with Undelete

Want to get a new computer, but worry what would happen to your personal data if you recycled your old one, or sold it?

Watch now to see how to securely wipe your files from your computer’s hard drives with SecureDelete®, which is included in the Undelete software from Condusiv Technologies, before recycling your old computer, selling it, or passing it on to a friend.

We hope these videos help you navigate Undelete like a pro, and perhaps save your bacon, too!

Watch the Series - here!

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Condusiv Introduces Undelete 11, World’s Leading Windows Enterprise Data Protection and Instant Recovery

by Dawn Richcreek 14. January 2019 11:03

Undelete® 11 protects Windows® servers, desktops and laptops from data protection gaps that risk data loss, productivity downtime and money.

 

New Undelete 11, dramatically enhances the capabilities of our industry-leading Undelete series of data protection and recovery software. New functionality in Undelete 11 makes file recovery easier, faster, provides version protection for custom file types as well as cloud support to offer additional protection from security threats like ransomware

 

Undelete Fills Data Protection Gaps

“Help! I just deleted a file from the network drive!” That’s a support call any IT professional knows all too well. “When I hear that organizations are relying only on backups or snapshots or even ‘the cloud’ as a complete data protection solution, I cringe,” says Condusiv CEO James D’Arezzo. “That leaves too many gaps for a modern data center. Undelete fills the gaps and provides a first line of defense since Undelete provides true continuous data protection for easy recovery of individual files. Undelete is tailored for quick recovery of single files that are lost or overwritten.”

 

Traditional data recovery measures such as backups or snapshots, notes D’Arezzo, can require hours to restore a single file, during which time IT personnel are pulled away from more productive activities. Backups, moreover, do not capture changes made since the last backup, so work performed during the time between backups is not recoverable or protected. While snapshots can fill some of these gaps, scheduling constant snapshots and managing space utilization only adds to the system administrator’s workload.

 

Undelete’s Powerful Recovery Bin

With Undelete 11, when a file is deleted—including files deleted or overwritten from shared network folders or deleted by the Windows command prompt—it is automatically captured and stored in the Undelete Recovery Bin. The Server, Professional, and Client editions of Undelete provide access to Recovery Bins on remote computers, allowing IT staff or users (just files they have rights too) to recover deleted files across the network. This makes it unnecessary to search backups or Windows shadow copies when a user accidentally deletes a file from the server. Undelete’s own “Dig Deeper/Emergency Undelete” feature enables the user to search a drive or directory for files that were previously deleted, enabling the restoration of files that were deleted even before Undelete was installed.

 

Undelete Saves the Day

Over 50,000 organizations rely on Undelete for instant file recovery. “We frequently hear customers say, “Undelete Saved the Day!” by being able to recover files they never thought they would be able to get back, and Undelete recovered them instantly,” added D’Arezzo.

 

“Engineers have accidentally deleted very critical files on a network share.  We've been able to quickly find/recover those files.  In addition, the versioning capability has also been very valuable in that we could go back one or two (or more) versions.  It's much better/faster than retrieving from a backup.  Since backups are nightly, the last backup might not even have the file if it were created and deleted on the same day.” Bob Sauers, Senior IT Manager, PCTEST Engineering Laboratory Inc.

 

“We use Undelete so often that almost all of our users know we have it, and count on it, to save them time in recovering files or folders that were accidentally deleted.” John Brigan, Sr Infrastructure Analyst, Marion County Board of County Commissioners

 

“We have a process where our clients 'upload' billing files to us for processing.  Due to PCI compliance we have to receive the file, seamlessly move it to the Secure LAN segment and delete it off the DMZ Web Server.  The successful moving of the file fails when there is a breakdown across the network, for whatever reason, but the Local Delete always works.  So instead of having to call the client and have them re-upload the file, we simply go to Undelete, recover the file and move on.  No company likes to call the customer to ask them to take action to solve an internal technical problem.  Undelete works.” Kem Sisson, President, Money Movers Inc.

 

“Helped us recover CAD files when a large amount was accidentally deleted. Saved us time as we did not have to mount backup drives.” Jeff Hafer, Applications Developer-Systems Administrator, Batesville Tool & Die

 

“We use this tool constantly and has been very vital in several situations where executive staff had been working on a presentation or spreadsheet for an hour or more and somehow deleted it and called our help desk to see if we could recover a file they had just created and accidently deleted it.  The ability to recover that file has been crucial and being able to provide the customer service with immediate results is great.” Steve Lauer, Senior Systems Administrator, Maricopa County Clerk of the Superior Court

 

New Undelete 11 Features

Recovery Bin – Provides complete file protection by capturing all deleted files, including files deleted from network shares, allowing instant recovery with just a few clicks.

(New) New User Interface – Easy to use, simple to navigate and intuitive – Familiar File Explorer-like interface makes finding and recovering deleted files even easier.

Version Protection for Microsoft Office files – Captures old versions of Microsoft Office files allowing recovery on intermediate versions of documents.

(New) Expanded File Version Protection – File versioning has been expanded to include custom file types in addition to Microsoft Office files such as CAD, Photoshop files, PDFs and more. Simply customize what files types you want to apply version protection to in settings.

(New) Enhanced Search Features – Easy to search for deleted files by multiple criteria. One button search wizard. New capabilities include options to search by a date range, deleted by a particular person or from a specific folder.

(New) Faster Search and Recovery – the speed of search and recovery has been improved.

(New) Cloud Support – The Recovery Bin can now be stored in the cloud using OneDrive and other popular file hosting services for additional protection from security threats like ransomware.

(New) Inclusion List – Provides the ability to customize only specific deleted files, folders or file types to be saved by Undelete.

(New) Drag and Drop – Users can drag and drop files from their local Recovery Bin to a local drive. 

Dig Deeper/Emergency Undelete – Recover files deleted before Undelete was installed.

Secure Delete® – In compliance with corporate governance or governmental regulatory requirements for secure data deletion, securely erase files deleted so they are virtually unrecoverable. Using a bit pattern specified by the National Security Agency (NSA) for the Department of Defense, SecureDelete not only deletes a file but overwrites the disk space the file previously occupied making it virtually impossible for anyone to access. This is an important feature to assist with right to be forgotten provisions in regulations, such as in the GDPR. 

Wipe Free Space – Securely erase free space so remnants of data cannot be recovered.

Supports removable disks such as ZIP drives, Flash or Thumb Drives and Memory Cards

(New) Windows Desktops Themes – Your favorite Desktop Theme is now supported in Undelete Professional edition.


 

Available Undelete Editions

Undelete 11 Server – Protects server files, including those deleted by network clients. Manage Undelete Server and Professional on remote systems.

Undelete 11 Desktop Client – Allows a user on connected laptops, workstations and VMs to recover their own files from Undelete Server recovery bins

Undelete 11 Professional – Protects locally stored files and allows files to be recovered from Undelete Server recovery bins

Undelete 11 Home – Provides comprehensive protection of locally stored files

 

Undelete customers with current maintenance contract: Login to you account to access your Undelete 11 software

 

Learn more: Watch Undelete 11 videos

 

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Can you relate? 906 IT Pros Talk About I/O Performance, Application Troubles and More

by Dawn Richcreek 8. January 2019 03:44

We just completed our 5th annual I/O Performance Survey that was conducted with 906 IT Professionals. This is the industry’s largest study of its kind and the research highlights the latest trends in applications that are driving performance demands and how IT Professionals are responding.

I/O Growth Continues to Outpace Expectations

The results show that organizations are struggling to get the full lifecycle from their backend storage as the growth of I/O continues to outpace expectations. The research also shows that IT Pros continue to struggle with user complaints related to sluggish performance from their I/O intensive applications, especially citing MS-SQL applications.

Comprehensive Research Data

The survey consists of 27 detailed questions designed to identify the impact of I/O growth in the modern IT environment. In addition to multiple choice questions, the survey included optional open responses, allowing a respondent to provide commentary on why they selected a particular answer.  All the individual responses have been included to help readers dive deeply on any question. The full report is available at https://learn.condusiv.com/2019-IO-Performance-Study.html

Summary of Key Findings 

1.    I/O Performance is important to IT Pros: The vast majority of IT Pros consider I/O Performance an important part of their job responsibilities. Over a third of these note that growth of I/O from applications is outpacing the useful lifecycle they expect from their underlying storage. 

2.    Application performance is suffering: Half of the IT Pros responsible for I/O performance cite they currently have applications that are tough to support from a systems performance standpoint. The toughest applications stated were: SQL, SAP, Custom/Proprietary apps, Oracle, ERP, Exchange, Database, Data Warehouse, Dynamics, SharePoint, and EMR/EHR. See page 20 for a word cloud graphic. 

3.    SQL is the top troublesome application: The survey confirms that SQL databases are the top business critical application platform and is also the environment that generates the most storage I/O traffic. Nearly a third of the IT Pros responsible for I/O performance state that they are currently experiencing staff/customer complaints due to sluggish applications running on SQL. 

4.    Buying hardware has not solved the performance problems: Nearly three-fourths of IT Pros have added new hardware to improve I/O performance. They have purchased new servers with more cores, new all-flash arrays, new hybrid arrays, server-side SSDs, etc. and yet they still have concerns. In fact, a third have performance concerns that are preventing them from scaling their virtualized infrastructures.  

5.    Still planning to buy hardware: About three-fourths of IT Pros are still planning to continue to invest in hardware to improve I/O performance. 

6.    Lack of awareness: Over half of respondents were unaware of the fact that Windows write inefficiencies generate increasingly smaller writes and reads that dampen performance and that this is a software problem that is not solved by adding new hardware. 

7.    Improve performance via software to avoid expensive hardware purchase: The vast majority of respondents felt it would be urgent/important to improve the performance of their applications via an inexpensive I/O reduction software and avoid an expensive forklift upgrade to their compute, network or storage layers. 

Most Difficult to Support Applications

Below is a word cloud representing hundreds of answers to visually show the application environments IT Pros are having the most trouble to support from a performance standpoint. I think you can see the big ones that pop out!

The full report is available at https://learn.condusiv.com/2019-IO-Performance-Study.html

 

The Simple Software Answer

As much as organizations continue to reactively respond to performance challenges by purchasing expensive new server and storage hardware, our V-locity® I/O reduction software offers a far more efficient path by guaranteeing to solve the toughest application performance challenges on I/O intensive systems like MS-SQL. This means organizations are able to offload 50% of I/O traffic from storage that is nothing but mere noise chewing up IOPS and dampening performance. As soon as we open up 50% of that bandwidth to storage, sluggish performance disappears and now there’s far more storage IOPS to be used for other things.

In just 2 minutes, learn more about how V-locity I/O reduction software eliminates the two big I/O inefficiencies in a virtual environment 2-min Video: Condusiv® I/O Reduction Software Overview

Try it for yourself, download our free 30-day trial – no reboot required

 

When It Really NEEDS To Be Deleted

by Dawn Richcreek 26. October 2018 04:53

In late May of this year, the European Union formally adopted an updated set of rules about personal data privacy called the General Data Protection Regulation. Condusiv CEO Jim D’Arezzo, speaking with Marketing Technology Insights, said, “Penalties for noncompliance with GDPR are severe. They can be as much as 4% of an offending company’s global turnover, up to a total fine of 20 million.” 

A key provision of GDPR is the right to be forgotten, which enables any European citizen to have his or her name and identifying data permanently removed from the archives of any firm holding that data in its possession. One component of the right to be forgotten, D’Arezzo notes, is called “right to erasure,” which requires that the data be permanently deleted, i.e. irrecoverable.

Recently, the EU government has begun cracking down on international enterprises, attempting to extend the EU’s right-to-erasure laws to all websites, regardless of where the traffic originates. Many affected records consist not of fields or records in a database, but of discrete files in formats such as Excel or Word. 

So to stay compliant with GDPR—which, the EU being the world’s largest market and twenty million euros being a lot of money—you need to be able to delete a file to the point that you can’t get it back. On the other hand, files get deleted by accident or mistake all the time; unless you want to permanently cripple your data archive, you need to be able to get those files back (quickly and easily).

In other words, you need a two-edged sword. For Windows-based systems, that’s exactly what’s provided by our Undelete® product line. Up to a point, any deleted file or version of an Office file can be easily restored, even if it was deleted before Undelete was installed.

If, however—as in the case of a confirmed “right to erasure” request—you need to delete it forever, you use Undelete’s SecureDelete® feature. Using specific bit patterns specified by the US National Security Agency, SecureDelete will overwrite the file to help make it unrecoverable. A second feature, Wipe Free Space, will overwrite any free space on a selected volume, using the same specific bit patterns, to clear out any previously written data in that free space.

So with Undelete, you’re covered both ways. Customers buy it for its recovery abilities: you need to be able to hit the “oops” button and get a file back. But it can also handle the job when you need to make sure a file is gone.

 

"No matter how redundant my backups are, how secure our security is, I will always have the one group of users that manage to delete that one critical file. I have found Undelete to be an invaluable tool for just such an occasion. This software has saved us both time and money. When we migrated from a Novell Infrastructure, we needed to find a solution that would allow us to restore ‘accidentally’ deleted data from a network share. Since installing Undelete on all my servers, we have had no lost data due to accidents or mistakes."
–Juan Saldana II, Network Supervisor, Keppel AmFELS Juan Saldana II,
Network Supervisor, Keppel AmFELS

 

For Undelete help with servers or virtual systems, click Undelete Server

To save money with Undelete on Business PCs, click here Undelete Professional

You can purchase Undelete immediately online or download a free 30-day trial.

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Big Data Boom Brings Promises, Problems

by Dawn Richcreek 7. September 2018 04:40

By 2020, an estimated 43 trillion gigabytes of data will have been created—300 times the amount of data in existence fifteen years earlier. The benefits of big data, in virtually every field of endeavor, are enormous. We know more, and in many ways can do more, than ever before. But what of the challenges posed by this “data tsunami”? Will the sheer ability to manage—or even to physically house—all this information become a problem?

Condusiv CEO Jim D’Arezzo, in a recent discussion with Supply Chain Brain, commented that “As it has over the past 40 years, technology will become faster, cheaper, and more expansive; we’ll be able to store all the data we create. The challenge, however, is not just housing the data, but moving and processing it. The components are storage, computing, and network. All three need to be optimized; I don’t see any looming insurmountable problems, but there will be some bumps along the road.”

One example is healthcare. Speaking with Healthcare IT News, D’Arezzo noted that there are many new solutions open to healthcare providers today. “But with all the progress,” he said, “come IT issues. Improvements in medical imaging, for instance, create massive amounts of data; as the quantity of available data balloons, so does the need for processing capability.”

Giving health-care providers—and professionals in other areas—the benefits of the data they collect is not always easy. In an interview with Transforming Data with Intelligence, D’Arezzo said, “Data center consolidation and updating is a challenge. We run into cases where organizations do consolidation on a ‘forklift’ basis, simply dumping new storage and hardware into the system as a solution. Shortly thereafter, they often discover that performance has degraded. A bottleneck has been created that needs to be handled with optimization.”

The news is all over it. You are experiencing it. Big data. Big problems. At Condusiv®, we get it.  We’ve seen users of our I/O reduction software solutions increase the capability of their storage and servers, including SQL servers, by 30% to 50% or more. In some cases, we’ve seen results as high as 10X initial performance—without the need to purchase a single box of new hardware. The tsunami of data—we’ve got you covered.

If you’re interested in working with a firm that can reduce your two biggest silent killers of SQL performance, request a demo with an I/O performance specialist now.

If you want to hear why your heaviest workloads are only processing half the throughput they should from VM to storage, view this short video.

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