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

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

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

6 Agonizing Problems with Traditional Server Backups

Posted by Mary McCoy on Jul 15, 2015 6:00:00 AM

ARGHHHH! YOU'VE HAD IT. YOU'RE NOT PERFORMING A SINGLE BACKUP AGAIN! 

You've found yourself screaming this, right? For many hosting providers, backups are a beast to manage, but an essential part of protecting sensitive client data. If you're constantly hitting your head against the wall each time you perform a backup, you may be using an outdated BDR solution. To better understand issues you encounter regularly, we reached out to Spiceworks, asking members what problems they've encountered when backing up. Do any of these sound familiar?

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Topics: Server Performance, Continuous Data Protection, Bare-Metal Restore, server backup, block-level backup

Data Storage: The Difference between Backups and Archives

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

Not all data storage was created equal. Data backup and data archiving may seem analogous because they both involve the storage of copied data, but the two were designed with very different purposes.

In this blog post, we'll match these two processes up, explaining the key distinction between the two and examining what each require to be effective for optimal data retention and retrieval.

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Topics: Backups, Bare-Metal Restore, archiving, block-level backup

New Study Diagnoses 30% of Servers as "Comatose"

Posted by Mary McCoy on Jun 10, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Servers don't just take up a lot of space. They also eat up a lot of a hosting provider's budget. When you're spending hundreds of thousands of dollars (if not more) on physical equipment, you need to ask yourself whether you are getting the maximum return on investment (ROI) in your data center.

A new study by Anthesis Group, a global sustainability consultancy, and Stanford researcher Jonathan Koomey finds that up to 30% of servers are in a "comatose" condition. That is, they are turned on and using electricity, but have not delivered information or computing services in at least six months.

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Topics: Continuous Data Protection, server backup, block-level backup

We Want to Hear from YOU! Does Your Backup Stack Up? [POLL]

Posted by Mary McCoy on May 27, 2015 9:53:34 AM

Are you getting the most out of your backup solution? Maybe you're not currently offering business continuity as a service, but recognize the offering as a new revenue stream and are open to shopping around. When it comes to the protection of your customers' data, you can never be too safe. You may not know all the BDR bells and whistles available to you. Did you know you can backup every 15 minutes without overtaxing servers? Perhaps you'd like the ability to move or copy data from one server to the other. Whatever you're looking for in your backup solution, we want to know! Keep reading to take part in our poll.

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Topics: Backups, data protection, disaster recovery, block-level backup

What are the Benefits of Block-Level Backups?

Posted by Ben Austin on Nov 19, 2014 6:30:00 AM

R1Soft takes a slightly different approach to server backup than most traditional backup companies. While traditional, incremental backup products allow you to backup your data at the file level, Server Backup Manager (SBM) enables you to perform backups at the block level.

So what's wrong with performing backups at the file level? First and foremost, file-level backups tend to consume huge amounts of system resources, causing the backup application itself to compete with processes critical to the services the systems are supposed to provide. Aside from performance issues, traditional backups could also result in major limitations. For instance, it's nearly impossible to perform true bare-metal restores with file level backups.

As you may have guessed from the title of this post, block-level backups don't deal with all of the deficiencies that come with their file-level counterparts. Let's take a closer look at how block-level backups can solve many of the pains often associated with performing backups at the file level.

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Topics: Backups, block-level backup

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