Keys to an Effective Backup Strategy [PODCAST]

Posted by Nate Teplow on Oct 28, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Backup is a big market opportunity for channel companies these days, whether you're a managed services provider (MSP), Web Hosting Provider, Reseller or IT Solution Provider. In order to take advantage of this opportunity, you need to choose the right backup solution and make sure you can successfully manage backups for your clients.

In this podcast, we chat with David Wells, Account Manager at R1Soft, about how both MSPs and Web Hosting Providers can create effective backup strategies and bring on new clients.

Tune in now and start growing your BDR line of business!

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Topics: Backups, Webhosting, hosting, backup strategy

Cutting through the Buzz of Virtual Containers and the OCI

Posted by Mary McCoy on Jul 30, 2015 6:00:00 AM

With all of the recent buzz around the Open Container Initiative (OCI), a program developed to create open industry standards for a container format and runtime software, the topic of virtual containers and how they're different from virtual machines (VMs) has been widely discussed. Recently, Google released a version of its Kubernetes software that manages virtual containers, leading many to consider whether this is the more efficient virtualization approach to take. Kubernetes has more than just a cool name. It lets you partition applications into several pieces and store them in virtual containers that are easier to move around and copy across multiple servers.

You know it means something when Google gives something its stamp of approval, and with the prevalence of press around the OCI, many believe this newer form of virtualization has staying power. Before we discuss potential advantages and disadvantages of this model, let's first learn more about these containers that everyone is talking about.

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Topics: Backups, virtual backup, backup strategy

When It Comes to Backup, Reliability Is Key

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

A few months back, we wrote a post highlighting the fact that 30% of people have never run a backup of their data. That number is staggering, but on the flip side it also means that 70% of people HAVE run a backup. What we don't know in all of this is how many of that 70% were running consistent backups on a reliable system.

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Topics: Backups, server backup, backup strategy

The Big Three: Components that Set R1Soft Apart

Posted by Ben Barker on Jun 3, 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

Building Out A Successful BDR Sales and Marketing Strategy

Posted by Ben Austin on Apr 8, 2015 7:58:10 AM

Last week’s observance of World Backup Day got me thinking about the vast amount of data that is being generated across the globe every single day. At each individual company, whether it’s a tech giant or a small e-commerce site, all of this data is the fuel that spurs growth and keeps the lights on week after week. Regardless of its size, protecting the data that is generated online should be of the utmost importance for any business with an online presence.

Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.

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Topics: How-To, backup strategy

30% of People Have Never Backed Up; Let's Change That

Posted by Ben Barker on Mar 25, 2015 5:30:00 AM

Backup is important no matter who you are. Of course, some files are more important than others, but nobody likes losing their data. March 31 is World Backup Day, and according to the website, 30% of people have NEVER performed a backup of their data. Pretty staggering statistic, huh?

World Backup Day should serve as a time to backup your data, but also as a time to spread awareness about the importance of data protection. You may understand the risks that come along with expanding backup windows, but do your end clients? I'm willing to bet that web hosting providers don't often play into that 30% of the population that has never performed a backup. With World Backup Day approaching, take some time to make data backup a selling point and emphasize its importance to those who might not realize it.

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Topics: data protection, data recovery, data loss, backup strategy

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

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

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

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