What Are Your Backup Requirements and Objectives? Let Us Know at cPanel! 

Posted by Mary McCoy on Sep 14, 2015 6:00:00 AM

It's the first day of the 2015 cPanel conference, and we're so excited to be exhibiting here in Denver, Colorado! For those unacquainted with this huge industry event, each year, cPanel Conference brings together entrepreneurs, developers, hosting providers and website owners for an immersive three days of workshops, discussions, and hosting exploration. Stay tuned for some of our top takeaways in the coming week!

In the meantime, start thinking about how you're going to pick our brains at the R1Soft booth. This post will get you started by examining how hosting providers can exceed customer expectations with premium backup service. This starts with having the right requirements and objectives. If this is a topic of interest for you and/or you want to learn more about our involvement at the cPanel conference, keep reading!

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Topics: Backups, Webhosting, hosting industry, cPanel

The Definitive Backup Quiz for Hosting Providers

Posted by Mary McCoy on Sep 8, 2015 6:00:00 AM

With yesterday being Labor Day, it truly feels like the lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer are coming to an end. Today, many little ones will stock their backpacks with brand new folders of homework assignments, pen "what I did last summer" essays, and line up at the bus stop to regale their parents with colorful tales of their first day back at school. 

Why should kids be the only ones who get schooled today? Kick off the work week with this short, twelve-question backup quiz! Just as the latest crop of pupils wouldn't be caught dead without a new set of #2 pencils, hosting providers must equip themselves with the latest in efficient backup technology innovation to scale their services and reduce data loss. Are you on the path to data retention or data detention? Play along now!

No cheating.

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Topics: Backups, server backup, block-level backup

9 Times You Should've Backed Up Your Site (But Didn't)

Posted by Mary McCoy on Sep 1, 2015 6:00:00 AM

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Shoulda, woulda, coulda. 

Do you ever kick yourself when "hindsight is 20/20" situations arise? You should have left the office earlier to beat rush hour or you should have grabbed a muffin with your morning coffee because you have to work through lunch. Sure, these are scenarios that you'd like to avoid, but nonetheless happen, and it's not the end of days.

When it comes to safeguarding data, businesses cannot afford to take the "shoulda, woulda, coulda" approach especially with the many ongoing threats to their data security. As hosting providers, you should recognize the need to offer backup and disaster recovery (BDR). In case you're having a hard time selling these services or aren't sure of the value in it, here are nine common contributors to data loss and downtime that can shut down a business for good. 

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Topics: Backups, data protection, data loss

7 Other Anniversaries in Technology to Celebrate This Month!

Posted by Mary McCoy on Aug 26, 2015 6:00:00 AM


August has been the month of exciting firsts for the R1Soft team. Earlier this month, we celebrated the one year anniversary of our new brand and enhanced backup technology. Just yesterday, we even hosted our first webinar, What Does Your Backup Service Look Like?

With all of these new achievements this month, we thought it would be fun to take a look back on innovative moments throughout history. The following list demonstrates that August is indeed the month for technological progress. Enjoy!

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Topics: Backups, data loss, block-level backup

Put the Machines to Work for You - Automate Backups with Our API!

Posted by Mary McCoy on Aug 18, 2015 6:00:00 AM


If you've been following along with our blog, you know that August is the month of the Tuxinator, our fun spin on the Terminator movie franchise that returned to theaters this summer. This week, we're continuing our celebration of the R1Soft one year anniversary and encouraging you to trust in the backup technology behind it.

API automation is a hosting provider's secret weapon - not the kind of weapon that could wipe out the human race - but nonetheless, effective. If you're looking to cut costs and streamline business processes, put the machines to work for you, and look for a server backup solution with a built-in API! 

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Topics: Backups, API, Server Backup Manager

Hard Drives Fail - Here Are 5 Stats that Prove Why You Need Backup!

Posted by Mary McCoy on Aug 13, 2015 6:00:00 AM

"Failure is not an option." - Apollo 13

When the livelihood of your business depends on the profitability of your clients' businesses, you can't afford to leave anything to chance. Sadly, you're gambling with the integrity of their data if you think hard drive storage is sufficient for web hosting. Hard drives fail. It's inevitable. 

Cloud backup provider Backblaze recently compared hard drive failure for the January-June 2015 period against their data for 2014, across various models and sizes. While their research findings help hosting providers determine which hard drives are most likely to endure over time, they also serve to remind us that while choosing the right hardware may lessen the pain, you always need backups in place to prevent data loss. 

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Topics: Backups, Webhosting, hosting industry

The Energizer Penguin - A Year of Progress with New Backup Webinar on the Way!

Posted by Mary McCoy on Aug 11, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Between sponsoring HostingCon Global 2015, celebrating our one-year anniversary, giving our website a makeover, and setting the Tuxinator free so that you could claim your commemorative T-shirts, it's been a busy couple of weeks for the R1Soft team.

There's more where that came from! With no plans to slow down just yet, we're continuing to equip you with the insight you need by delivering the latest informative and industry-relevant blog posts, as well as a new webinar, What Does Your Backup Service Look Like?

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Topics: Backups, Server Backup Manager

Celebrating One Year Anniversary with Newly Enhanced Website and T-Shirt Giveaway!

Posted by Mary McCoy on Aug 4, 2015 10:03:00 AM


NOTE: Due to the incredible response to our Tuxinator T-shirt giveaway, we've closed the contest. Thank you to all who participated and celebrated this exciting milestone with us!

I'll be back (up).

Today, on this the fourth day of August, we're excited to announce the launch of Skynet and more importantly, the launch of the new, more robust R1Soft website. What could possibly go wrong?

Like the T-800, we've improved upon the original. The new website release commemorates the one year anniversary of the rebirthed R1Soft. With last year's acquisition by Continuum and a full year of exciting Server Backup Manager (SBM) updates under our belts, we're here to tell you that the R1Soft brand you know and love is back (up).

Keep reading to learn about new website features and how to get your fins on a sweet Tuxinator T-shirt!

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Topics: Backups, server backup, Server Backup Manager

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

5 Premium Backup Service Differentiators to Set Your Business Apart!

Posted by Mary McCoy on Jul 28, 2015 6:00:00 AM

If you're a hosting provider that's already recognized and seized the market need to offer clients back up services, you're halfway there. How are you truly ensuring that your solution is better than your competitors? Are your clients getting the maximum value from your business continuity platform?

Backup systems for hosting providers vary widely across the industry. With the variety or workloads, system designs, and Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs), it’s no wonder why we see so much variance in backup system design. So which one is right for you? Look for a platform with these five features!

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Topics: Backups, hosting industry, HostingCon, data recovery

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