Why We've Chosen to Specialize in Linux

Posted by Mary McCoy on Nov 17, 2015 6:00:00 AM

This just in...from now on, all new features we release for the Backup Manager component of our R1Soft Server Backup Manager product will be designed strictly for Linux environments. We’re very excited about this future direction, for several reasons:

  • Technical assessment is better.
  • It’s less expensive -- there are more built-in functions because it’s open source.
  • There are lots of tech forums you can reach out to if you need assistance resolving problems or you want to chat with peers about using Linux.
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Topics: Backups, Webhosting, linux, server backup

ANNOUNCEMENT: Server Backup Manager to Focus 100% of Future Development on Linux!

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

Recently we have been examining the architectures of our backup solution with an eye for improving performance, increasing reliability, and delivering innovative features. Our work has led us to question the viability of Windows as a supported platform for the Server Backup Manager (SBM). While we are 100% committed to protecting servers and systems of all common varieties, the benefits of running the Server Backup Manager on Windows systems fails to meet muster. We have also been deep in work to deliver some exciting and innovative features that can be best realized on Linux systems.

Moving forward, we plan to advance our development efforts focusing on the Server Backup Manager running on Linux operating systems. We are always open to further consideration and would appreciate hearing your concerns and questions. For now, here are key product change details and our reason for backing Linux 100%.

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Topics: linux, Server Backup Manager

Backup Without Borders

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



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

Backup in a Mixed Bag World

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


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

What Are Your Server Backup Plans for 2013?

Posted by R1Soft on Dec 13, 2012 5:30:00 PM

Well it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! That means the New Year is just around the corner. Besides the gifts, family and good times, it’s also a time to reflect on the past year and make plans for the next. So, how about it? How did your server backup plans for this year work out? Tell the truth, did you even have a server backup plan?

Hopefully you did. You probably didn’t back up every one of your servers, but if your organization is like most you may have

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Topics: windows, Backups, data protection, linux, data recovery, virtualization, server backup, recovery

A Chicken In Every Pot, A Car In Every Garage and Every Server Backed Up

Posted by R1Soft on Dec 4, 2012 11:30:00 AM

There has been a lot of press coverage and buzz about the release of the new Idera Server Backup product. With the release of Server Backup 5.0

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Topics: windows, Backups, Idera, virtual backup, linux, virtualization, server backup, physical backup

Wholesale Backup – WTF is that?

Posted by R1Soft on Nov 13, 2012 4:30:00 PM

Not too long ago I walked into Costco to buy, well, the usual stuff anyone buys at Costco. You know, paper towels, beer, chips, diapers, etc. Sometimes when I’m in Costco I just sort of zone out and wander the aisles seeing if there is anything else I can justify purchasing at their discounted bulk price. Am I the only one that does that?

Well, while I was walking the Costco aisles with my family I got to thinking about how enterprise backup software is sold. You have the complicated bandits out there like Symantec BackupExec that have add-ons for disk-based backup, add-ons for dedup, add-ons for databases, and even add-ons for fast backup. Fast backup?… Really? I need to buy an add-on for that?… Crazy! It’s so complex you might need a reseller to help you figure out what to buy.

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Topics: Continuous Data Protection, windows, Backups, linux, server backup

CDP Quick Tip #22 – Linux LVM Bare Metal Restore

Posted by R1Soft on Jan 27, 2012 9:00:00 AM

Today’s Quick Tip focuses on performing Bare Metal Restores with LVM. The value of BMR for disaster recovery is well known, but Linux LVM adds additional complexity to the solution so a more automated solution is key for many of our customers.

Many of our customers that run Linux see value in an automated process for backing up and restoring their LVM configurations, prior to performing a BMR. Starting in CDP 3.18 on Enterprise and Advanced Editions, this Linux LVM BMR process is automated through an on screen wizard. If you are restoring your system partition, you will need to boot your physical or virtual machine from either Live CD or PXE Network Boot. The automated BMR process can then be accessed through the CDP 3.0 web interface by selecting the BMR option for the disk safe associated with your chosen recovery point.

The Bare Metal Restore wizard will guide you through the following steps:

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Topics: CDP Server 3.0, linux, Bare-Metal Restore, LVM, CDP Quick Tips

Upcoming Webcasts - 3/23/10

Posted by R1Soft on Mar 23, 2010 10:00:00 AM

***All attendees will automatically be entered into our Continuous Giveaway for a chance to win an HD Flip Camcorder or an Apple iPad.

Topic: How to Make Money with R1Soft’s CDP Standard Edition
Date: Thursday April 8, 2010
Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM CST
Hosted by: R1Soft

Sign up now to learn about CDP Standard Edition and how it can help you generate additional revenue by offering customer managed backup services.

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Topics: CDP Standard Edition, Continuous Data Protection, windows, Webcasts, Backups, Webhosting, linux

Avoid a Backup Nightmare by Monitoring Your Backups

Posted by R1Soft on Feb 10, 2010 3:06:00 PM

Time and time again at R1Soft we see disasters that could easily be avoided with some basic reporting and attention to the CDP System after it is deployed.

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Topics: Continuous Data Protection, windows, CDP Server 3.0, Backups, linux, NTFS, file systems, ext3

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