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

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

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

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

The Benefits of Site-to-Site Data Replication for Customers and Web Hosts Alike

Posted by Mary McCoy on May 13, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Backup is in and of itself a contingency plan, and it can get confusing when we start throwing around terms like data replication. How is that any different than backup, which is literally copying data and storing it somewhere else?

If your clients are already backing up data locally, they may think they’re covered, and it’s up to you to convince them otherwise. At the same time, you can’t assume your own data center is invincible. Do you have a second layer of defense for the copied data you’re already storing should IT hit the fan?

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Topics: Backups, data protection, data recovery, server backup

How Domain Hijacking Works and What Web Hosts Can Do about It:

Posted by Mary McCoy on May 6, 2015 10:40:00 AM

As web hosting providers, your business is only successful if your customers' websites are live and generating new business for them. Still, there are threats which can lead to downtime that your customers can ill afford.

You're likely already aware of domain hijacking, a targeted attack that manipulates the communication between your customers' domain name and your web server, thereby taking their website offline and replacing with the hijacker's website. Your customers may not know about this risk, and you can't rely on the domain registration company they're working with to provide the resources needed to make them savvier website owners.

That's where you come in! 

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Topics: hosted services, Webhosting, data protection

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

Backup Without Borders

Posted by R1Soft on May 31, 2013 9:00:00 AM

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Much like the world in the novel and film 1984, there was a time when computing was neatly broken into three distinct monolithic empires— Microsoft, Apple and Linux. Yes, there were distinctions among different flavors of Linux, and even some old Unix variants. There were different versions of Windows to contend with. But between the three there was not much interaction. What worked in one empire, usually did not work in the others. Backup solutions reflected this reality.

Beyond breaking into distinct OS camps, the backup market was even more fragmented. There were backup solutions for databases, backup solutions for applications, backup for just data, configuration backup and on and on. How many different backup solutions could you manage? How many did you want to manage? Let’s not, for now, even discuss the cost of all of these backup solutions.

The good news is that much like that iconic hammer in Apple’s 1984 commercial, R1Soft's server backup solutions have smashed through these monoliths, breaking down the borders and bringing freedom to backup solutions.

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Topics: Continuous Data Protection, windows, Backups, data protection, virtual backup, linux, disaster recovery, virtualization, recovery point, Disk Safe, server backup, restore, recovery

Server Backup - If It Ain't Easy, It's Too Hard

Posted by R1Soft on May 21, 2013 12:00:00 PM

Recently we released version 5.2 of our Server Backup product. For a point release, it’s chocked full of new features and improvements. There was one overriding theme for this release, however, that inspired us in just about everything we added: Ease of use for the customer.

In speaking with literally hundreds of our customers we came to recognize that whether they are backing up to their own servers, to off-premises backup, or using one of our partners for backup-as-a-service, they take for granted that the storage capacity and ability to copy data from one location to another is pretty much a given in today’s backup products. How fast they can perform a restore is a great way to differentiate one backup product from the next. But ease of use was their single biggest concern.

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Topics: Continuous Data Protection, windows, Backups, Idera, data protection, Bare-Metal Restore, disaster recovery, R1Soft, Disk Safe, server backup

Backup in a Mixed Bag World

Posted by R1Soft on Mar 8, 2013 9:30:00 AM

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There has been quite a bit written recently about the usually static world of backup undergoing sweeping changes. The post-PC era—with the cloud, app-centric strategies, virtualization and diverse operating systems—has put more pressure and higher performance demands on backup solutions than ever before.

In a recent article in Channelnomics, Rethinking Data in a Multifaceted World, the author makes the case that the old one-to-one paradigm of backup to server is gone. Virtualization imposes not only new opportunities for backing up physical servers, but also new responsibilities for backing up virtual servers. In another article on Channelnomics, author Stefanie Hoffman makes the case for the new priorities in backup. 

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Topics: Continuous Data Protection, windows, mysql, Backups, MS SQL Server, Idera, data protection, virtual backup, linux, disaster recovery, virtualization, recovery point, xen, Disk Safe, Hyper-V, server backup, restore

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