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

6 Notorious Cases of Data Loss All Hosting Providers Can Learn From

Posted by Mary McCoy on Jun 17, 2015 10:35:00 AM

Since the dawn of time, people have misplaced things and information has been lost. Whether it be through the manipulation of ancient manuscripts or the improper configuring of computer scripts, all data has the potential to be compromised or lost completely. As hosting providers, protecting sensitive client data is part of your job description, so every known case of data loss offers an opportunity to learn and refine your technology and internal processes. What are some of the most notable instances over the years (or centuries)? Keep reading!

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Topics: data recovery, data loss

Is the New Venom Virtualization Vulnerability Deadly to Data Centers?

Posted by Mary McCoy on May 21, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Last Wednesday, news broke about a new zero-day vulnerability that has the web hosting community hissing. Originally discovered by security firm CrowdStrike, VENOM - or Virtualized Environment Neglected Operations Manipulation - is a buffer bug that lives in the virtual floppy drive code of the open source QEMU platform that could potentially allow hackers to compromise entire data centers by gaining access to virtual instances on the hosts within.

Just how serious is this CVE-2015-3456 security concern? Which computer virtualization platforms have been affected and which have released patches? Almost a week after detecting this flaw, are we right to equate its impact with Heartbleed or should we shed that comparison like an old layer of skin? Learn more about the VENOM virtualization vulnerability, how hackers can exploit it to gain access to virtual machines and what web hosts can do to mitigate the damage!

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Topics: data protection, hosting, data loss, Industry News, security

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

Redditors Share their Worst Data Loss Stories of 2014

Posted by Ben Austin on Dec 31, 2014 5:30:00 AM

A recent post on Reddit's Sysadmin subreddit asked users to talk about their most notable tale of data loss, security breach, or IT SNAFU from this past year. With these types of incidents seemingly becoming more and more prevalent over the last 18 months - including making some of the top news headlines of 2014 - it's interesting to hear about lesser-known stories from normal, every day system administrators.

While you may never actually have to worry about a highly publicized breach the likes of Sony Pictures or Target, the following stories (although somewhat bizarre) could very well happen to any of us if we're not careful.

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Topics: data loss

This Week in Data (November 29, 2014)

Posted by Ben Austin on Nov 29, 2014 7:00:00 AM


"This Week in Data" is a weekly infographic that aims to serve as a quick and easy way for our readers to catch up on the latest news about the people and organizations that are shaking up the world of big data, cloud computing, and all thing data storage.

This week the United States senate was thankful for server backup, Sony Pictures wasn't so thankful for its costly security breech, and Cloudfare showed how thankful it really is for all of its users on mainland China.

Check out our infographic for all of our big headlines of the week. As always, feel free to share with your friends and followers, or let us know about any major stories we overlooked this week.

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Topics: data recovery, data loss, Industry News, TWID

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 to 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

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