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Why We Redesigned Server Backup Manager's UI for Enhanced UX

Posted by R1Soft on Nov 7, 2016 12:05:01 PM


User experience (UX) encompasses the interaction our partners have with our server backup product. Here at R1Soft, we can't be successful unless our partners are successful and, because of that, one of our company-wide goals is to ensure that our customers have the best possible interaction when working with our backup solution. More importantly, we strive to make sure the product is simple enough to use that it supports partners' work rather than hinder it.

Earlier this year, the design team at Continuum, our parent company, was tasked with creating a new user interface (UI) for the Server Backup Manager (SBM) in an effort to improve the experience for all of our partners. The resdesign of the SBM has been a long but rewarding process, and as with all our endeavors, feedback from users was central to producing the much improved UI we're excited to deliver to you in the coming weeks.

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Topics: Server Performance, Server Backup Manager, UX

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

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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, R1Soft's server backup solutions have smashed through these monoliths, breaking down the borders and bringing freedom to backup solutions.

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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

Server Backup - If It Ain't Easy, It's Too Hard

Posted by R1Soft on May 21, 2013 12:00:00 PM

Recently we released version 5.2 of our Server Backup product. For a point release, it’s chocked full of new features and improvements. There was one overriding theme for this release, however, that inspired us in just about everything we added: Ease of use for the customer.

In speaking with literally hundreds of our customers we came to recognize that whether they are backing up to their own servers, to off-premises backup, or using one of our partners for backup-as-a-service, they take for granted that the storage capacity and ability to copy data from one location to another is pretty much a given in today’s backup products. How fast they can perform a restore is a great way to differentiate one backup product from the next. But ease of use was their single biggest concern.

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Topics: Continuous Data Protection, windows, Backups, Idera, data protection, Bare-Metal Restore, disaster recovery, R1Soft, Disk Safe, server backup

Backup in a Mixed Bag World

Posted by R1Soft on Mar 8, 2013 9:30:00 AM

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There has been quite a bit written recently about the usually static world of backup undergoing sweeping changes. The post-PC era—with the cloud, app-centric strategies, virtualization and diverse operating systems—has put more pressure and higher performance demands on backup solutions than ever before.

In a recent article in Channelnomics, Rethinking Data in a Multifaceted World, the author makes the case that the old one-to-one paradigm of backup to server is gone. Virtualization imposes not only new opportunities for backing up physical servers, but also new responsibilities for backing up virtual servers. In another article on Channelnomics, author Stefanie Hoffman makes the case for the new priorities in backup. 

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Topics: Continuous Data Protection, windows, mysql, Backups, MS SQL Server, Idera, data protection, virtual backup, linux, disaster recovery, virtualization, recovery point, xen, Disk Safe, Hyper-V, server backup, restore

Free Backup Doesn’t Have to Be a Gamble

Posted by R1Soft on Feb 20, 2013 2:00:00 PM

Parlay your bet with Idera Server Backup.

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Topics: CDP, windows, Backups, data protection, linux, recovery point, server backup, restore, free backup

Closing the Virtualized Backup Gap

Posted by R1Soft on Feb 12, 2013 1:00:00 PM

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A few days ago there was a good article by George Crump in Information Week about the gap between traditional backup and recovery solutions and virtualized backup solutions. Crump says that while virtualized backup solutions have some features that are very attractive, especially for virtual server backup, overall they lack some of the high-end features that traditional backup solutions offer.

On the other hand, Crump says that the traditional solutions don’t have some of the attractive features that the virtual solutions offer. He calls this the “Virtualized Backup Gap.” It’s a gap that all of us here at R1Soft seek to close.Truth be told, the virtualized backup gap, much like the old US-USSR “missile gap,” is more perception than reality.

The fact is most virtualized backup solutions have more than enough features to satisfy 99% of the market. The traditional backup solutions that are optimized for big single-use boxes and the old tape infrastructure are quickly becoming dinosaurs. The cloud, virtualization, and new models of backup are making them obsolete.

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Topics: data protection, disaster recovery, VMWare, virtualization, xen, Hyper-V, server backup

IBM says the Future of the Midmarket is Managed Services, including Managed Backup/DR

Posted by R1Soft on Jan 31, 2013 10:00:00 AM

Last week, over on my Network World Blog, I posted an interview with Ed Abrams, VP of marketing and strategy for the SMB at IBM. Ed talked about the 2012 IBM Technology Trends report. Unlike other reports that companies publish to push their own agenda, IBM actually draws up their agenda based on reports like the Tech Trends report. It is both a podcast and an article, and if you are interested in the SMB and midmarket, go check it out.

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Topics: Backups, data protection, service provider, hosting, disaster recovery

Two Great New Whitepapers from Idera Server Backup

Posted by R1Soft on Jan 29, 2013 9:00:00 AM

I wanted to let everyone know that two great whitepapers the team has been working on here at Idera Server Backup are now available for free download. Each of these papers gives some unique insight into why you should be backing up all of your servers right now.The first paper addresses the convergence of server backup and compliance. We all hear the names—Sarbanes-Oxley, PCI, HIPAA, HITECH, etc. Depending on what industry you are in, one or more of these rules and regulations may be a significant factor in your decisions regarding IT. The good news is that most of these regulatory compliance initiatives are based on best practices for data security. But what about backup specifically? What do these rules and regulations mandate you do about back up? What and how should you backup? If these are questions you need answers to, read this whitepaper, which includes a matrix pointing to specific sections of the regulations and how you can comply with Idera Server Backup.

The second paper is a look back at some of the biggest data breaches and losses of 2012 and how a better backup solution might have helped mitigate or prevent the losses. The number of data breaches last year was staggering. So much so, I am not sure anyone can really get their head around

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Topics: data protection, disaster recovery, server backup, compliance, data loss

Reflections in Server Backup

Posted by R1Soft on Jan 15, 2013 10:00:00 AM

Our own VP of server backup David Wartell, sat down with blogger/podcaster Alan Shimel recently for a look back at 2012 and a look ahead in 2013 for the

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Topics: Backups, server backup

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