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

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


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 #17 – Bare-Metal Restore of Windows Logical and Dynamic Disks

Posted by R1Soft on Aug 6, 2011 9:00:00 AM

Today’s Quick Tip focuses on the steps involved in restoring Windows Dynamic and Logical disks in CDP 3 Enterprise and Advanced Editions.

A Bare-Metal Restore is the process of reformatting a computer/server from scratch after a catastrophic failure. In conventional methods, the process typically involves reinstalling the operating system and software applications and then, if possible, restoring data and settings. With R1Soft CDP 3 Enterprise and Advanced Editions, you can restore servers directly from disk-based backup. There is no need to first partition your drive and re-install the operating system.
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Topics: windows, advanced edition, Enterprise Edition, Bare-Metal Restore, 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

CDP Quick Tip #4 – How to Backup MS SQL Server Databases Using CDP Enterprise Edition

Posted by R1Soft on Mar 8, 2010 2:48:00 PM

Here’s a quick tip from the Head GEEK to help you backup MS SQL Server databases using CDP Enterprise Edition.

R1Soft CDP Enterprise Edition for Windows uses MS Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) to protect your Windows server and applications like MS SQL Server databases.

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Topics: windows, Backups, MS SQL Server, MS Volume Shadow Copy Service, VSS, R1Soft, Databases

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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