Backup 101: Incremental vs differential vs synthetic full backup

Backup methods pros and cons: Full, incremental, differential, synthetic full, incremental forever, and reverse incremental. We set out the advantages and drawbacks of each But traditional backup, where copies of data or changes to data are made at regular intervals, is still very much a mainstream approach to data protection. Here we run through the main backup types available – full, differential, incremental, and hybrids created from these such as synthetic and incremental-forever – and where appropriate discuss their pros and cons. Full backup This is the most fundamental type of…

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Trafalgar assures agents of 86% definite departures to Europe and Britain

Trafalgar is making it easier for agents to secure additional 2017 sales to the Europe and Britain. It has confirmed that an unprecedented 86% of departures are now definite for this year. From living la dolce vita with private dining after-hours at The Vatican, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland and savouring the flavours of Spain, Portugal and Morocco, the wealth of authentic, effortless and fun travel options available are unparalleled. Gavin Tollman, CEO, Trafalgar commented, “There is no doubt that Britain is back and Europe…

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Mali suicide bomber kills at least 50 people in Gao military camp

A suicide bomber in a vehicle full of explosives has attacked a camp in northern Mali, killing at least 50 people and wounding dozens of soldiers and former fighters. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but suspicion quickly fell on Islamic extremist groups operating in the area. The attack marks a significant setback for efforts to achieve peace in the region. The blast hit the joint operational mechanism base in the city of Gao, home to Malian soldiers and hundreds of former fighters who had signed a peace agreement…

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Germany: new agency members, website for FDSV

Astur in Fulda and Lingoschools in Frankfurt joined the association bringing its total membership to 29 agencies. Meanwhile, the FDSV website has an enhanced course search function making it easier for German students to peruse courses offered by agency partners. Peter Schuto, managing directer at Astur, which recruits students to Germany as well as sends German students overseas, said joining FDSV allows the agency to attract more attention on the global stage. “We recognised that the FDSV itself grabs more and more attention from our international agents” “Astur decided to…

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Seychelles marks annual growth of 42% on Indian arrivals

Seychelles recorded 42% annual increase in tourist arrivals from India in 2016 compared to 2015. Around 11,000 tourists from India visited Seychelles in 2016 compared to around 8,000 in 2015 and as a result India broke into the list of top 10 source markets for the tourism board. This increase can be attributed to the India tourist office’s committed focus on promotion of the destination, interest and efforts from the hotels and DMCs to capture the Indian market, increased customer awareness due to Bollywood associations and innovative digital presence along…

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How information security professionals can help business understand cyber risk

Information security is continually moving up business and board agendas, but information security professionals find it challenging to help business leaders to understand fully the cyber risks across increasingly digital businesses. The challenge comes as businesses are becoming increasingly reliant on digital and online systems, making it all the more difficult to achieve a good understanding of cyber risks across the whole company. In the digital era, new points of entry are opening up for most business from email to cloud environments, from mobility to applications, from the payment gateway…

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The secret of Namibia’s ‘fairy circles’ may be explained at last

The marks on the ground in the Namib desert resemble a vast sheet of polka dots, or to the less romantic observer, perhaps a bad case of chickenpox. In local myths, the bare, red circles fringed with grass are footprints of the gods, or patches of land once poisoned by the breath of a subterranean dragon. But even among scientists, who strive for more convincing theories, the curious, repetitive patterns have proved hard to explain. Since “fairy circles” became the focus of scientific study, researchers have proposed a host of…

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Liden & Denz opens Russian school in Siberia

The new school, Liden & Denz Irkutsk, will open this year and will offer Russian language classes. It will consist of six classrooms, and will host a total of 60 students at capacity. “Opening in Irkutsk adds Siberia, a very attractive tourist region, to our portfolio of destinations” Individual classes will be offered from April, while group classes will run in the summer period between the start of June and mid-September. The centre will be run by Swiss national, Félix Baumann, who has 15 years of experience teaching foreign languages….

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FCM Travel Solutions and KPMG release white paper on “Business Travel in India”

FCM Travel Solutions and KPMG today released industry first insights via a white paper titled “Business Travel in India” Emerging Trends & Opportunities. With business travel rapidly evolving, and travel gradually emerging as the second-largest area of controllable business spend for corporates, the paper delivers a comprehensive look at where and how business travellers in India are spending. The report also details business travel spending in top 15 countries across multiple sectors over a period of five years. India is all poised to lead this growth and accordingly by 2030…

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Lack of diversity risks creating big gaps in AI

In a panel discussion at this week’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Joi Ito, director of MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Media Labs, warned that many computer scientists and AI (artificial intelligence) engineers generally come from similar backgrounds. This meant that AI systems could often be programmed in a way that their trainers see the world, leading to gaps in knowledge. “I think that people who are very focused on computer science and AI do not like the messiness of the real world,” said Ito. “You do not get the…

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