Private Cloud for Enterprise – SOS Online Backup Announces SOS Collaborate Private Cloud

January 30, 2012

SOS Online Backup is proud to announce SOS Collaborate Private Cloud. Visit the website and learn more here – SOSCollaborate.com.

SOS Collaborate Private Cloud is an enterprise-grade groupware solution for deployment inside a firm’s private network. The private cloud deployment enables IT managers and company officers to use administrative controls included in SOS Collaborate that monitor and control user behavior. These administrative features go a long way to enhancing security of a firm’s online collaboration activities.

Click here to view the entire SOS Collaborate Private Cloud press release.

On January 30th, SOS Online Backup’s CEO Ken Shaw discussed SOS Collaborate Private Cloud bringing an enhanced level of security to document management solutions:

“Consider an employee of a defense contractor using something like Dropbox.  What happens to those files when the employee leaves the company?  That’s enough to give any CIO or CTO heartburn,” said Ken Shaw, CEO of SOS Online Backup. “Think of SOS Collaborate as a secure, enterprise-friendly Dropbox that a company can host on their own infrastructure.  I can put a file in the SOS Collaborate folder on my desktop, and immediately have it in the cloud. Then I can share it, edit it,  access it from all my devices, and without realizing it as a user, I’m doing it all over my company’s own secure infrastructure.”

SOS Collaborate brings multiple document management features to organizations of any size.

  • Sync
  • Large file sharing
  • Web-based document editing, commenting, and group notifications
  • Share secure links to files and folders
  • Flexible administrative controls
  • Audit trail reporting

Pay a visit to SOSCollaborate.com and let us know what you think!

UPDATE: On February 7th, 2012, Sharon Fish at Network Computing released this article on SOS Collaborate. Click here to take a look!


2012 Market Outlook for IT Managed Service Providers : MSP Guide

January 26, 2012

Are you a managed service provider? Are you considering becoming one? 2012, 2013, and 2014 are going to be very exciting years for the online backup and cloud service industries. IDC estimates that the cloud service industry is worth $22 billion today. Better yet, the same research indicates that it will be worth twice that – around $50 billion – by 2014.

Download our free guide, authored by SOS Online Backup, that covers what MSPs can do in the next few years to take advantage of the coming boom in demand cloud services.

This white paper covers the following topics:

  • How do your clients think of cloud backup?
  • How many small to medium sized businesses and enterprises already have online backup?
  • What do I need to do to make my clients feel secure about online backup?
  • What do I need to offer to ensure I keep my online backup clients?
  • What can I do to get bigger businesses as online backup clients?

Click here to download this handy and informative guide for MSPs.


What’s your backup plan for business data? – Online Backup Saves the Day for Dougherty County Clerk of Court’s Office

January 23, 2012

WALB.com reported on January 23rd, 2012 that the Dougherty County Clerk of Court recently experienced what many businesses fear:  complete data loss by a simple “computer glitch”. More than 11 months of office data were wiped clean. The office estimated that it would have taken one year for employees to manually enter the data back into the system, which relies on data being stored electronically.

More than 11 months of records from Dougherty County civil and criminal cases disappeared from their computer files Wednesday.

This afternoon they were restored, but the city Information Technology folks aren’t sure what happened. Clerk of Superior Court Evonne Mull says fortunately the computer back up worked as it was supposed to. If it had failed it could have meant a monumental amount of work.

Now she has already taken steps to make sure the glitch doesn’t happen again. 

Workers at the Dougherty County Clerk of Courts office were relieved when their computer backups restored all the data files since February 11th, 2011 until January 18th, that just disappeared Wednesday.

Fortunately, Dougherty County Clerk of Courts’ story has a happy ending. Their data backup plan allowed them to quickly restore their lost records and save tax payers hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The I.T. department continues to look into the computer glitch, to find out what happened, and make sure their hardware doesn’t have any issues.

Evonne Mull has worked with her case management service, that provides the back up system, to make sure it is reliable. Now they will test the back up programs daily.

She recommends anyone that keeps data should make sure those back ups are in place and working properly. Mull had already applied for overtime for her office workers to re-input all those files.

Fortunately, they won’t have to do that.

Many businesses experience the same unexpected data loss that Dougherty County Clerk of Courts office did. For those that aren’t properly backing up data, it’s a very costly disaster. Data destruction comes in many forms: computer glitches, human error, deletion, theft, and of course, natural disaster. Develop a strategy for backing up your data. Whether you have servers, PCs, a laptop fleet, or external drives to backup  – SOS Online Backup has a solution.

View the original article on WALB.com by clicking here.


FBI and DHS Recommend Data Backup to Lessen Risk of Cyber Attacks : Data Backup & Recovery Plan 2012

January 22, 2012

Have you ever wondered how easy it is for criminals to access your files on your PC? Unfortunately, it’s very easy. It goes without saying that your data is very valuable to you. All kinds of sensitive information is stored on your computer: financial data, taxes, photos, and even items like music that you’ve paid for. If you own a business with several computers in use, you’re probably keeping valuable customer data as well as proprietary company data on those PCs. All of this data, if not properly backed up, is vulnerable to erasure or theft at any time.

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security recently released a report on cyber attacks. This report provided several recommendations on mitigating the risk of cyber attacks on individuals and businesses, which mainly employ the tactic of backing up data and protecting it safely off site, where it cannot be tampered with or accessed.

The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) encourage businesses and individuals to use mitigation strategies and best practices like:

  • Implement a data back-up and recovery plan to maintain copies of sensitive or proprietary data in a separate and secure location. Backup copies of sensitive data should not be readily accessible from local networks.
  • Regularly mirror and maintain an image of critical system files.
  • Encrypt and secure sensitive information.
  • Use strong passwords, implement a schedule for changing passwords frequently, and do not reuse passwords for multiple accounts.
  • Enable network monitoring and logging where feasible.
  • Be aware of social engineering tactics aimed at obtaining sensitive information.
  • Securely eliminate sensitive files and data from hard drives when no longer needed or required.
As a business or an individual, keep in mind that laptops are particularly vulnerable to theft. They are mobile, lightweight, and contain precious data. By scheduling backups regularly, you’ll always be able to recover data to a new machine or laptop quickly and easily.
The report was originally posted on US-CERT on January 19th, 2012.

Cloud Backup Review 2012 : Four Myths About Backing up Business in the Cloud

January 20, 2012

Many business owners have already adopted the cloud for a variety of reasons. The four most common reasons, and benefits of online backup, being:

1.  Need for compliance

2. Inability to maintain an on-site data center

3. Ease of use and implementation

4. Comfort with the level of security provided.

However, some businesses out there (as many as 69% of them, according to IDC) are considering moving their data backup to the cloud, but haven’t done so yet. Some may be avoiding it, because of some cloud backup myths.

Despite all the good reasons for backing up business data online, there are four major myths that still keep businesses from adopting online backup quickly.

Today, January 20th, InfoWorld’s David Linthicum published the article 4 cloud myths that won’t go away. The article includes four very telling anecdotes about why business may avoid online backup and why these reasons are due to go to the way of the do-do.

Myth #1: If I use public clouds, I give up security.

This one is tossed at me about once a day, and I’ve addressed it in this blog many times. The fact is, when you use public clouds, you do not necessarily put data and processes at a security risk. The degree of risk comes down to your planning and the use of the right technologies — just as it does in an on-premises deployment.

Myth #2: Cloud computing will put my job at risk.

Chances are, if you’re worried about the use of some technology taking your job, you’re already at risk. In reality, cloud computing won’t displace many jobs in enterprise IT, but IT roles and responsibilities will change over time.

Myth #3: Cloud computing is an all-or-nothing proposition.

Not really. You can move to cloud-based systems, such as storage and compute services, as needed, both intersystem and intrasystem. Moreover, you can move in a fine-grained manner, shifting only certain system components, such as user interface processing or storage, and leaving the remainder on premises. You do have to consider the co-location of data for data-process-intensive system components.

Myth #4: Cloud computing requires a complete replacement of the enterprise network.

This is true only if your existing network is awful and needs replacement anyway or if you plan to keep most of the data in the cloud, with the data processing occurring within the firewall (a bad architectural call). Other than that, bandwidth is typically not an issue. However, bandwidth does need to be considered and monitored, as it is a core component to the overall business systems that use cloud platforms.

Click here to view the original article at InfoWorld.com.

Backing up your business can save you millions of dollars in the long run. Avoiding a cloud backup solution for even your most basic business data, contained on workstations and laptops, your business is at risk. You may be at legal risk by not complying with government regulations, you may be at risk of losing customer information, or simply at risk of losing competitive advantages if important business information is lost. Disaster is surprisingly common. Make it a business practice to backup your data.


Kind Attention Cloud Backup Partners / Resellers / MSPs – Revenue from Cloud Services to Reach $55.5 Billion : IT World

January 18, 2012

Cloud backup is popular. There is no doubt about it. Many IT professionals out there are keenly aware of why the cloud backup is so popular.

  • Storage costs are becoming less and less expensive
  • Internet bandwidth and accessibility is improving
  • Understanding of cloud security is improving
  • Tape backup is similar in cost, or more expensive, and less advantageous
To illustrate this point, just look at the numbers put forth by IDC and ITworld.com.
Worldwide revenue from cloud services is expected to reach $55.5 billion in 2014, according to IDC. With a compound annual growth rate of 27.4%, the cloud is set for quite a trajectory.

Today, ITworld.com republished an article by CFOworld.com on the looming cloud backup decision for CFOs: is it more cost-effective to expand an internal data center? Or go to the cloud?

Depending on what your business needs are, the factors for making the decision vary widely. Though no one can discount the value of cloud backup and it’s capacity to decrease administrative costs, while being secure.

CFOs are at the apex when it comes to pulling interests of software-as-a-service, infrastructure-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service and other cloud strategies vs. maintaining servers, switches and storage under the organization’s roof….Manage too much in-house and you’ll strain your staff, infrastructure and budget.

As a managed service provider, or business owner, ask yourself about the benefits you can experience from cloud storage. Consider that it’s pretty handy to have your data center backed up as well.

View the entire ITworld.com article here.


The Laundry List – Why Online Backup? : Online Backup Solution for Business Productivity in 2012

January 12, 2012

Managed services are the key to keeping your customer happy as a reseller.  Let’s take the easiest service to provide and discuss some of the benefits, both obvious and less obvious as selling points when you approach your customers.

Online Backup Service

The quickest and easiest managed service to provide your customers is Online Backup Service.  You can lower a company’s backup Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) by moving their backups online.  Here is a laundry list of selling points I use to convince my clients of what I already know; online backup is the way to go.

Benefits of Online Backup

  • True Disaster-Proofing – Traditional backups are done onsite and are susceptible to the same disasters that require a backup in the first place.  A catastrophic event at the office such as fire or flood will wipe away backups along with the original data.  Cloud backup provides offsite storage as a first line of defense.
  • Cost Savings – Total Cost of Ownership of an online backup solution is generally lower.  Without the outlay of new backup media, software licensing and maintenance fees, the monthly charges for an online backup service remain a consistent and stable charge for the organization
  • Versioning – Most online backup providers offer different retention policies that allow you to keep multiple versions of your files.  With traditional backup methods, once a corrupted file has been backed up, the uncorrupted version may be gone forever.
  • Restore From Anywhere to Anywhere – With traditional backup, you have to be onsite to load the correct media, unless your company is large enough to have a library system.  With online backup, one file can be restored by the user, from any location in the world.
  • Lower Administrative Costs – Most traditional backups require some intervention by a user, whether it is swapping tapes or carrying media offsite in a rotation.  Intervention takes time and that adds an additional level of cost to the backup procedure.  By storing data offsite in the first place, these costs are eliminated.
  • Monitoring – Online backup is easily monitored.  As a reseller, you may choose to receive the notification emails and only work with your client when there are failures.  This opens another line of communication to the client and the client will benefit from the proactive nature of the monitoring.

Let’s start the new year off right with your customers by moving to a managed services model.  Will a little work, the next backup solution you install may carry your favorite brand name.  Yours.


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