Mary Anne Halligan

Mary Anne Halligan is Product Marketing Director for backup solutions at Continuum Managed Services, driving marketing programs, partner engagement and cool events for the R1Soft server backup and Continuity247™ backup and disaster recovery product lines. She brings extensive technical experience and a passion for creative marketing, developing new revenue opportunities for the company’s more than 3,500 partners. With a particular focus on software, services, storage and platforms, Mary Anne was previously in product management for several years at EMC, product marketing at HP, and served as an independent consultant for several Boston area small businesses.
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Server Backup Advisory: Are You about to Get Sacked with Data?

Posted by Mary Anne Halligan on Nov 10, 2015 6:00:00 AM

One of the perpetual challenges web hosting companies face is estimating backup needs. It’s a conundrum we understand well here at R1Soft, because it’s our job to help you better serve your customers. 

Recently, I went out to buy a new snow blower. I live in the Boston area, so my new machine needed to be able to keep up with last year’s record snow in our area (110 inches!) as well as the Old Farmer’s Almanac prediction for 2016.

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Topics: Backups, Webhosting, hosting industry, server backup

My Top 5 Takeaways from 451 Research's Hosting + Cloud Transformation Summit [VIDEO]

Posted by Mary Anne Halligan on Nov 4, 2015 6:00:00 AM

451 Research's Hosting + Cloud Transformation Summit (HCTS) may be long-over, but the trends discussed during the three-day event are anything but! I was lucky enough to attend HCTS this year, joining over 500 senior decision-makers representing international cloud service providers, vendors and financial institutions. Aside from being held in electric Las Vegas, Nevada, the conference was packed with educational sessions detailing the cloud's role in web hosting and where the hosting market is headed. Here are my top 5 takeaways!

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Topics: Webhosting, hosting industry, cloud services, Industry News

Cave Paintings, Backup, and the Art of Replication

Posted by Mary Anne Halligan on Oct 1, 2015 1:00:00 PM

During the stone age, humans used the most advanced tools available - charcoal, sticks and dye - to record their stories. Two outstanding examples of this cave artwork is found in France, at the Lescaux and Chauvet Caves. These priceless, original treasures have drawn visitors from all over the globe to get a peek at what and how ancestral humans were recording their daily lives.   .   

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Why Rumors of On-Prem Backup’s Death are Premature Part 2

Posted by Mary Anne Halligan on Sep 29, 2015 6:00:00 AM


The controversy continues to swirl: Is On-Prem Backup Dead? In our last blog post, we introduced Randy Bowie, R1Soft’s VP of Backup Products & Engineering, whose response to this question is a resounding no. “We agree!” say our Spiceworks colleagues, in a conversation that has sparked nearly 100 comments so far. 

Clearly this is a hot topic. So how are companies resolving their backup challenges?

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Topics: Backups, Webhosting, cloud, hosting industry, cloud computing

Why Rumors of On-Prem Backup’s Death are Premature

Posted by Mary Anne Halligan on Sep 22, 2015 6:00:00 AM


Backup is critical. No one questions that fact.

The rapid increase in cloud-based business management solutions has led to growing use of the cloud for backup. There are some distinct advantages, and the cloud seems pervasive. So a recent blog post published in Solutions Review floated the question, “Is the Cloud an On-Premise Backup Killer?” The article quoted several cloud industry experts who suggested that, if not yet dead, on-prem backup is on its way out.

“The premise of the blog is exaggerated.”

So says Randy Bowie, VP Backup Products & Engineering at R1Soft. As a veteran engineering manager, Randy has designed lots of software and is well-known in the industry. He says on-premise backup is not at all dead, for one simple reason: most cloud solutions are limited by the facts of physics. 

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Topics: Backups, cloud, hosting industry

Wait, What?? R1Soft Has New Product Updates?

Posted by Mary Anne Halligan on Sep 10, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Our team at R1Soft has released a new version of our wildly popular Server Backup Manager this week. So what's new?

Well, lets start with our approach. The R1Soft Team is continually looking to improve the product based on the feedback of our partners. We want to provide you with a backup system that is tailored to the needs of our hosting providers. We listen, we really do.

Here are the highlights of our release 5.12.0 

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Topics: Product Update, Server Backup Manager

10 Books and Sites Hosting Providers Should Add to Their Fall Reading Lists!

Posted by Mary Anne Halligan on Sep 3, 2015 9:34:48 AM

Ahhh, the change of seasons. Leaves are starting to fall, days and evenings will get cooler . . . it’s perfect weather to curl up with a good business management book. Or to spend some time catching up with your peers and the latest industry news online.

Why do that? Your web hosting company and your very small business customers face many of the same challenges. It takes the same combination of perspective, skill and business savvy to make your business grow and thrive as they need to grow theirs. You aren’t simply a service provider, you’re “one of them.” And that can make you a powerful business partner.

So while you’re doing something for yourself this fall, you’re also doing something valuable for your business -- making yourself more relatable to your customers.

What should you read? Where should you network? Here are our Top 10 Must-Haves for Fall -- 5 books and 5 websites.

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Topics: Webhosting, hosting industry, Industry News

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