A Hosting Provider's Marketing Guide to Attracting New Clients

Posted by Mary McCoy on Jun 3, 2016 11:52:44 AM


The web and app hosting world is changing. As a small provider, you’re excited to make the most of new opportunities. Here at R1Soft we applaud your foresight. And your fortitude – it’s not easy facing major change with a smile. But you have a plan. 

It takes strategic marketing to activate your business plan. How can you reach out to people most effectively? How can you stay in touch with them, so you can convert prospects into customers and customers into long-term loyalists?

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Topics: Backups, Webhosting, Marketing

How to Achieve Higher Density with Your Backups

Posted by Mary McCoy on Dec 30, 2015 11:38:27 AM

Once you have an effective backup system in place, you should be thinking about ways to achieve higher density, or the number of servers that can be backed up. That’s good advice from R1Soft’s Product Manager, Ben Thomas. 

After investing in a backup system like Server Backup Manager (SBM), fine-tuning your system can result in improved performance as well as higher density. That can give you more RAM, more storage, more processor power.

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Topics: Server Performance, Backups, Server Backup Manager

How Offsite Data Replication Saved Toy Story 2

Posted by Mary McCoy on Dec 16, 2015 9:39:24 AM

image source: http://highdefnews.blogspot.com/2010/03/toy-story-2-blu-ray-review.html

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Pixar's computer-animated, Academy-Award winning film, Toy Story. Originally released in 1995, Toy Story was succeeded by two additional films that continued to follow the adventures of Andy's toys as the little boy matured into a young man. What you may not know, however, is that Andy's journey to adulthood was almost cut short, with little hope of Woody, Buzz or a slice of Pizza Planet's finest saving the day.

Have you ever seen data vanish into thin air? For the creators of Toy Story 2, panic struck the Pixar offices when the movie was almost permanently deleted due to a rogue command and improper backup and disaster recovery (BDR) practices. 

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Topics: Backups, data recovery, server backup, site-to-site

How Can I Trust that My Backed Up Data is Secure?

Posted by Mary McCoy on Dec 9, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Reliable data is mission-critical, for your web hosting business and for each of your customers. If you can’t trust your backups, your entire business could be at risk. But the relationship between backups and data integrity is often misunderstood, according to Ben Thomas, R1Soft’s Product Director. Backing up does not automatically ensure data integrity, he says. “It’s as simple as that.”

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Topics: Backups, data protection, Disk Safe, block-level backup, Server Backup Manager

Why We've Chosen to Specialize in Linux

Posted by Mary McCoy on Nov 17, 2015 6:00:00 AM

This just in...from now on, all new features we release for the Backup Manager component of our R1Soft Server Backup Manager product will be designed strictly for Linux environments. We’re very excited about this future direction, for several reasons:

  • Technical assessment is better.
  • It’s less expensive -- there are more built-in functions because it’s open source.
  • There are lots of tech forums you can reach out to if you need assistance resolving problems or you want to chat with peers about using Linux.
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Topics: Backups, Webhosting, linux, server backup

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

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

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

CryptoWar of the Worlds: Why You Should Arm Yourself with Encrypted Backup

Posted by Christina Hurley on Sep 25, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Last week our team traveled to scenic Denver, CO to sponsor and exhibit at the 10th annual cPanel Conference. The three-day event was full of informative sessions, keynotes, and training courses for hosting providers. In the exhibitor hall, our team had the chance to reconnect with long-time partners and meet several of our newer users. Our friends at SoftLayer held the ever popular Server Challenge II, where players reconstructed a scaled down version of their servers. The fun continued into the evening with networking events that included a raffle at Casino Night, dancing and games at The Viewhouse, and a brewery tour of the Wynkoop Brewing Company.

One of the highlights of the conference was Co-founder and CEO of CloudFlare Matthew Prince's keynote, The Next Crypto Wars: What Every Host Needs to Know. As we head into the second Crypto War, a battle between technologists and policy makers, it’s important for you to understand the history behind the first, how the second will affect you as a hosting provider, and how to adequately prepare your business for all possible scenarios.

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Topics: Backups, encryption, cPanel

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

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