Using AES-256 Encryption and Bare Metal Restore to Protect Your Hosting Business

Posted by Ben Austin on Dec 31, 2015 11:00:00 AM

You don’t have to be in the hosting industry long to recognize the sheer quantity and variety of threats that are targeted at companies within this space. Hosting and cloud providers pose a uniquely appetizing situation for cybercriminals because:

  1. This is an industry that relies almost entirely on online customer interactions.
  2. Service providers aren’t only responsible for storing their own transactional data, they’re also responsible for maintaining their customers’ business-critical data.
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Topics: Bare-Metal Restore, BMR, disaster recovery, encryption

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

Site-to-Site: Disaster Recovery for your Backups

Posted by Ben M. Thomas on Apr 28, 2015 9:00:00 AM

We all know how effective R1Soft’s Server Backup Manager is at protecting your server infrastructure. We hear stories on a weekly basis about how having a reliable backup has saved someone from truly dire circumstances. But have you given much thought about the backup of your backups? 

Over the years, our users have tried numerous approaches to protecting their backup systems. Up until recently, many of those approaches could only be recommended as a solution to the worst possible scenario.

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Topics: disaster recovery, multi-point replication, Product Release, Product Update, site-to-site

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

Closing the Virtualized Backup Gap

Posted by R1Soft on Feb 12, 2013 1:00:00 PM

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A few days ago there was a good article by George Crump in Information Week about the gap between traditional backup and recovery solutions and virtualized backup solutions. Crump says that while virtualized backup solutions have some features that are very attractive, especially for virtual server backup, overall they lack some of the high-end features that traditional backup solutions offer.

On the other hand, Crump says that the traditional solutions don’t have some of the attractive features that the virtual solutions offer. He calls this the “Virtualized Backup Gap.” It’s a gap that all of us here at R1Soft seek to close.Truth be told, the virtualized backup gap, much like the old US-USSR “missile gap,” is more perception than reality.

The fact is most virtualized backup solutions have more than enough features to satisfy 99% of the market. The traditional backup solutions that are optimized for big single-use boxes and the old tape infrastructure are quickly becoming dinosaurs. The cloud, virtualization, and new models of backup are making them obsolete.

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Topics: data protection, disaster recovery, VMWare, virtualization, xen, Hyper-V, server backup

IBM says the Future of the Midmarket is Managed Services, including Managed Backup/DR

Posted by R1Soft on Jan 31, 2013 10:00:00 AM

Last week, over on my Network World Blog, I posted an interview with Ed Abrams, VP of marketing and strategy for the SMB at IBM. Ed talked about the 2012 IBM Technology Trends report. Unlike other reports that companies publish to push their own agenda, IBM actually draws up their agenda based on reports like the Tech Trends report. It is both a podcast and an article, and if you are interested in the SMB and midmarket, go check it out.

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Topics: Backups, data protection, service provider, hosting, disaster recovery

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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