This Week in Data (October 31, 2014)

Posted by Ben Austin on Oct 31, 2014 6:48:00 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 thing data storage.

This week was dominated by news coming out of IBM's Insight 2014 conference. Outside of a pair of IBM announcements, this week's stories also include a hatrick of aquisitions by EMC, a bit of good news for companies trying to move to the cloud, and some equally bad news for about half of the people living in California. Take a look our the headlines and check below the graphic for links to some more in-depth coverage of each of our stories.

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Topics: cloud computing, TWID

Server Backup Manager 5.8.1 - Cleaning up after POODLE

Posted by Ben Austin on Oct 29, 2014 8:30:00 AM

We are pleased to announce that Server Backup Manager 5.8.1 is now available. This hotfix release addresses two security vulnerabilities in the product, including the recently discovered SSL POODLE exploit

In case you missed it, the Web erupted two weeks ago with the news that a major vulnerability had been found in SSL v3.0. The vulnerability, commonly referred to as POODLE, is a design flaw resulting from the way blocks of data are encrypted under a specific type of algorithm within the SSL protocol. Exploiting this vulnerability could give an attacker access to the data passed within the encrypted Web session, including passwords, cookies, etc.

This release resolves the POODLE vulnerability in Server Backup Manager 5.8.0 and earlier. The fix does convert SSL v3 to TLS, so please make sure to check client libraries for compatibility prior to upgrading.

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Topics: Product Update

This Week in Data (October 24, 2014)

Posted by Ben Austin on Oct 24, 2014 8:41:00 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 thing data storage.

This week's infographic features a huge cloud partnership, yet another Google acquisition (shocker!), and a highly-anticipated newcomer in the data security space. Skim through the headlines, check for the links below to read more in-depth coverage on each story, and let us know what we missed in our weekly recap!

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Topics: Industry News, TWID

How Hosting Providers Can Add Value to Small Businesses

Posted by Ben Austin on Oct 23, 2014 6:14:00 AM

Last week at HostingCon Europe, Robert Hoffmann, CEO of 1&1 Internet, gave an interesting keynote covering the basic expectations of small business owners as they build out their online presence. The theme of the keynote was essentially that it is up to hosting providers to go that extra distance to empower the less tech-savvy business owners to be successful as they venture online.

As Hoffmann put it, "As an industry, we must show the value of being online."

According to Hoffmann, the best way for hosting providers to show that value is to focus on the four core needs of small business owners who are trying to build an online presenceBe present, Get found, Interact, and Transact.

Because it was well-received and extremely practical presentation, I wanted to re-iterate a few of the main points that Hoffmann covered, while taking a slightly different look at a few of the suggestions for our own readers. Here are a handful of ways that Web hosting providers can use their domain expertise to improve the lives of their most valued customers: small business owners. 

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Topics: Backups, Webhosting, hosting industry, How-To

This Week in Data (October 18, 2014)

Posted by Ben Austin on Oct 18, 2014 7:45:00 AM

Data runs our world. Whether it's the medical advancements expected to be made by IBM's Watson supercomputer or the mass release of classified information collected by the NSA, it's hard to overstate the importance of storing, securing, and making sense of the ever-increasing amounts of data being collected across the globe every second of the day. But in a field that is constantly evolving, it can be tough to find the time to stay up-to-date on everything happening in the world of data.

"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 thing data storage.

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5 Must-Ask Questions when Choosing a Backup Provider

Posted by Ben Austin on Oct 15, 2014 6:17:46 AM

Too often in this industry people jump the gun and make major decisions based on limited information or short-sighted business needs. To be honest, I understand that it's easy to skip over some of the fundemendal steps of this decision when you have dozens of end-users breathing down your neck to provide them with a backup solution -- aka, a Web hosting insurance policy.

Still, it's important for your business that you recognize the long-term impact that this choice will have on you and your customers before you rush into a years-long agreement. It may seem tedious, but here's a list of the handful of questions that you must ask and thoroughly consider before choosing to purchase a new server backup solution. 

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Our Takeaways from cPanel’s 'Hands on Houston'

Posted by Ben Austin on Oct 8, 2014 7:51:00 AM

As a newbie to the Web hosting space, I wasn’t sure what to expect from my first (of what I hope will be many) industry event this week: cPanel’s Hands on Houston conference. And while it was a relatively smaller show in the hometown of both cPanel and R1Soft, it was definitely a valuable learning experience for me.

From the insightful keynotes to the raucous Beastie Boys cover band to the fantastic conversations our team had during the show, here are the top themes and tips that I took away from the two-day conference.

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Topics: Webhosting, Events, server backup, cPanel

Bigger, Better, Bolder... Server Backup Manager 5.8

Posted by Ben Barker on Aug 27, 2014 12:35:36 PM

The day that you’ve been anxiously awaiting has finally arrived. R1Soft has released Server Backup Manager 5.8! I know what you’re thinking, “how could I possibly contain my excitement long enough to read the rest of this blog?” It’s understandable, but please, do your best.

The new product release comes with some amazing new enhancements. Basically, its the same amazing product, just better. Some of our new features are listed below…

Added Support

Maintained backup of configuration database

More logging information

Enhanced API offerings

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R1Soft + Continuum = Awesome!

Posted by R1Soft on Aug 25, 2014 9:34:00 PM

When Continuum®, the industry's only channel-exclusive provider of fully integrated managed IT services solutions, acquired R1Soft Server Backup Manager (SBM) from Idera earlier this month, some current customers took a wait and see view of the new owners.  Now, with a quarterly release on track, two customers specifically pointed out the value.  More than 2,500 cloud infrastructure providers currently use R1Soft SBM to protect more than 300,000 servers worldwide, making it one of the leading commercial backup software for web hosting providers.

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Topics: Backups, R1Soft, server backup

Backup Without Borders

Posted by R1Soft on May 31, 2013 9:00:00 AM

Much like the world in the novel and film 1984, there was a time when computing was neatly broken into three distinct monolithic empires— Microsoft, Apple and Linux. Yes, there were distinctions among different flavors of Linux, and even some old Unix variants. There were different versions of Windows to contend with. But between the three there was not much interaction. What worked in one empire, usually did not work in the others. Backup solutions reflected this reality.

Beyond breaking into distinct OS camps, the backup market was even more fragmented. There were backup solutions for databases, backup solutions for applications, backup for just data, configuration backup and on and on. How many different backup solutions could you manage? How many did you want to manage? Let’s not, for now, even discuss the cost of all of these backup solutions.

The good news is that much like that iconic hammer in Apple’s 1984 commercial, Idera’s server backup solutions have smashed through these monoliths, breaking down the borders and bringing freedom to backup solutions.

Today we live in a cross-platform world, where Windows can run on a Mac, where Microsoft’s Azure cloud runs Linux. It is not unusual to use open source databases that are owned by Oracle or so called “NoSQL” databases that run across 10’s of nodes. There is an app for everything and everything has an app. With all of this it is only logical that you should want to use just one backup solution to backup all of these.

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Topics: Continuous Data Protection, windows, Backups, data protection, virtual backup, linux, disaster recovery, virtualization, recovery point, Disk Safe, server backup, restore, recovery