Have You Outgrown Your Current Backup Solution?

Posted by Ben Austin on Mar 4, 2015 6:30:00 AM

In this fast-paced, digital age it's becoming more and more common to hear about startups that suddenly experience extreme growth spurts in a matter of weeks. With this type of rapid growth, it tends to be painfully obvious to the leaders of the business that new infrastructure, processes, and tools need to be implemented in order to feed the continued growth. Because the growing pains are so acute in these situations they become more obvious and tend to be addressed fairly quickly.

The hosting industry is a bit different, though. The industry has seen solid growth over the last few years and, while some hosting providers grow more rapidly than others, we have typically seen moderate, steady growth for small and medium businesses in this market. While this consistency is great, it can create an atmosphere where those growing pains start occurring in the background without the leaders of the company realizing they exist. As a result, it can be a lot more difficult for steadily growing hosting providers to realize when they need to invest in improved infrastructure or tools.

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Topics: backup strategy

This Week in Data (February 27, 2015)

Posted by Ben Austin on Feb 27, 2015 2:00:00 AM

"This Week in Data" is a weekly infographic that aims to serve as a quick and easy way for our readers to catch up on the latest news about the people and organizations that are shaking up the world of big data, cloud computing, and all things data storage.

This week saw a historic ruling on Net Neutrality from the FCC, a big announcement about fiber optic internet connections coming into another major city, and an investigation into the failed hacking attempt by the U.S. and British governments.

There were pleny of other major stories that we didn't cover, so let us know what other big news caught your eye this week by commenting below. 

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The Big Three: Components of "High-Performance" Backups

Posted by Ben Barker on Feb 25, 2015 6:30:00 AM

When it comes to backing up your data, you need to be sure that you're choosing the right solution. Your backup solution has to be fast, reliable and efficient in order to keep you data fully protected and your business fully operational. 

But how do you know if you're making the right choice?

"The Big Three" was created to convey the expertise of our industry-leading R1Soft team in short, digestible bites. With each installment, you'll be able to walk away with a few helpful pieces of information that you can apply to your current business practices.

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Topics: How-To, backup strategy, The Big Three

This Week in Data (February 20, 2015)

Posted by Ben Austin on Feb 20, 2015 6:30:00 AM

"This Week in Data" is a weekly infographic that aims to serve as a quick and easy way for our readers to catch up on the latest news about the people and organizations that are shaking up the world of big data, cloud computing, and all things data storage.

This week saw some very bad news for Lenovo customers, some great news that HTTP fans have waited 15 years to hear, and some surprising news about a highly-sophisticated malware that may have gone undetected since the 1990s.

Check out each story by reading the infographic and clicking on the links below. And as always, feel free to give us any feedback on the stories we covered, or the stories we missed.

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Developing a Cost-Effective Backup and Disaster Recovery Strategy

Posted by Ben Austin on Feb 18, 2015 6:21:00 AM

No matter what organization you're working for, IT budget is always going to be tight. And while it's becoming more and more obvious that it is well worth investing in security and data protection, CIOs still have to fight for every cent that their team wants to spend. 

I recently came across a report from last year that said, on average, the IT budget in a company ranges somewhere between 4-6% of the company's revenue. Consider then that backup-related costs will make up less than 10% of IT budget, and you're looking at a very slim amount of your company's budget that is devoted to a fairly important aspect of keeping the business up and running.

So, how do you make sure that you're making the most out of the budget that have for your backup needs, and how do you ensure that your business continuity plan is up to snuff? It's important to understand that a true backup and disaster recovery strategy isn't just about being able to recover your data and get back to a normal state within some identified time frame. A truly effective backup plan enables your organization (and your end-clients) to continue performing mission critical operations before, during, and after an issue - foreseen or not - occurs.

Looking at this through the eyes of business efficiency, let's consider a few ways to help tighten up a backup plan in a way that will save money in the long-term without putting your, or your customers', data in jeopardy in the short-term.

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Topics: server backup, backup strategy

This Week in Data (February 13, 2015)

Posted by Ben Austin on Feb 13, 2015 10:37:21 AM

"This Week in Data" is a weekly infographic that aims to serve as a quick and easy way for our readers to catch up on the latest news about the people and organizations that are shaking up the world of big data, cloud computing, and all things data storage.

Happy Friday the 13th! First, a quick PSA to make sure those backups are functioning correctly and continuously, just in case disaster does strike on this notoriously unlucky day. Now... let's get to the news:

This week we saw Microsoft fix a 15-year-old Windows vulnerability, a report by a U.S. senator tells us we may need to lock our cars in a way that doesn't involve physical keys, and Box has decided to hand over their keys (the encryption kind) to their customers. 

Find more details for all of our stories in the graphic and links below, and feel free to let us know if we missed any big stories in the world of cloud, big data, or data security.

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INFOGRAPHIC: SingleHop's 2015 Cloud Predictions

Posted by Ben Barker on Feb 10, 2015 7:08:00 AM

We would all love to have a crystal ball that tells us what to expect in the future. Unfortunately, they don't exist. However, what does exist is a channel full of well-informed thought leaders who can make predictions on the future based on their past experiences. 

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Topics: cloud, cloud services, cloud computing

This Week in Data (February 6, 2015)

Posted by Ben Austin on Feb 6, 2015 12:16:35 PM

"This Week in Data" is a weekly infographic that aims to serve as a quick and easy way for our readers to catch up on the latest news about the people and organizations that are shaking up the world of big data, cloud computing, and all things data storage.

This week saw what may have been the largest health care data breach in history, the announcement of a cloud-based technology that could help protect consumer data in the future, and the appointment of a new Federal CIO by the president of the United States.

Looking for more details? Click the links below the graphic to read full articles on each of these stories.

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Topics: TWID

This Week in Data (January 30, 2015)

Posted by Ben Austin on Jan 30, 2015 5:30:00 AM

"This Week in Data" is a weekly infographic that aims to serve as a quick and easy way for our readers to catch up on the latest news about the people and organizations that are shaking up the world of big data, cloud computing, and all things data storage.

Along with Wednesday being Data Privacy Day, we had a lot of good data-based news this week. Google is defending itself against the wrath of WikiLeaks, Singapore is protecting itself against cyber criminals, and those who tried to protect their privacy by using a Blackphone got an unwelcome surprise.

Itching to learn more? Check out the links below the infographic to get the full scoop on each of these stories.

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Topics: TWID

Keep Your Data Safe When Disastrous Weather Hits

Posted by Ben Barker on Jan 27, 2015 12:44:00 PM

If you live in the Northeast, you've probably spend the past few days preparing for Winter Storm Juno. Nobody wants to get snowed in without the proper euipment and supplies. Being stuck indoors with no power, no food and no water certainly aren't on most people's mid-week plans.

Keeping yourself safe from a potentially disastrous storm is a priority, but in a perfect world, you'd probably want to protect your data too, right? What happens if the 65 mph winds take down a power line and cut out the power? Or worse, a tree or heavy snow comes down on your place of business? Is your data lost? Do you still have access to it?

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