Cloud Storage Reviews : Cloud-Based Backup Continues to Gain Favor with Small to Medium Sized Businesses

February 27, 2012

Last week, Forrester Research released a report titled “Cloud-Based Backup Gaining Favor with SMBs: Report”, which once again confirms that SMBs are moving to the cloud in droves. Cloud backup software as a service and off site data centers are great for the SMBs.   Employing cloud backup services in their businesses allow them to invest in their core competency, rather than their IT services for internal stakeholders.

Why are SMBs moving to the cloud? 

The number one reason SMBs are moving to the cloud is data security. They are comfortable with the new environment and the safety it can provide to their data.

A secondary, though still important, reason for moving to the cloud is speed of implementation and deployment. The SOS ServerSave business backup solution can take as little as 10 minutes for a professional to install and prepare to back up a server. Getting backup processes up and running for an entire business truly is simple.

Growth opportunities for MSPs

Managed service providers selling backup solutions, like the SOS 360 Degree Partner Program, are well-poised to take advantage of this move to the cloud. MSPs are in a position to create complete disaster recovery plans, which include regular maintenance and automatically scheduled back ups. It is cost efficient for the SMB to outsource this work to a managed service provider that isn’t on staff, but is well-trained in data backup and disaster recovery.

Automatic backup is key

The Forrester Research report also highlights the fact that automatic backup is extremely important to cloud backup plans. Humans are inherently forgetful and bad at remembering to do backups at a specific time. It’s always best to employ backup software, like SOS Online Backup, that allows IT managers and MSPs to schedule backups hourly, daily, and weekly.

Learn more about SOS Online Backup’s server backup solution and reseller program by clicking on the links below.

SOS ServerSave is total cloud backup solution for business. This software suite includes:

  • Exchange backup and granular recovery
  • Bare metal backup for servers
  • Cloud Backup for SQL servers, SharePoint servers, Windows servers, and fileservers
  • Laptop fleet backup
  • Simple backup and recovery from the cloud

Click here to learn more about SOS ServerSave.

The SOS 360 Degree Partner Program for MSPs offers a complete business in a box for partner resellers.  The program includes:

  • Option to sell SOS ServerSave and/or SOS Online Backup for files and folders
  • Customized website template with integrated merchant account
  • Re-branded software
  • Re-brandable sales and marketing materials
  • Partner Resource Center
  • Live Trainings

Click here to explore the SOS 360 Degree Partner Program.


Back up Plan Online : Three Huge Reasons Why Proper Online Backup Matters

February 22, 2012

SmallBusinessComputing.com has released a great, and concise, article by Paul Mah titled “3 Reasons Proper Data Backup Matters”. We definitely agree with all three. This is an article certainly worth reading for any business who is looking to institute off site backup.

This article reminds us that online backup isn’t just a mere best practice, but it’s a necessity to true disaster recovery planning. True disasters occur without your detection or knowledge. Which also means you can’t plan for the extent of the damage, so it is necessary to have backed up ALL of your data that could be at risk.

Disasters that destroy business data typically fall into three main categories:

1. Malicious intent

While many of us think that malice generally occurs in the outside of the safety of our offices, this article reminds us that upset employees are capable of compromising internally stored data.

The disgruntled IT worker is hardly a new phenomenon. Indeed, the past year alone has seen some prominent cases where former employees took it upon themselves to erase entire banks of virtualized servers, or even wipe out all the corporate mailboxes in the company. Clearly, the use of a NAS (or SAN) would have offered no defense against such shenanigans by insiders. Only a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy where everything is backed up on a regular basis may have a chance of returning things to normalcy within an acceptable period of time.

2. Damage to storage medium

Flash drives aren’t off site backup – or backup at all for that matter. This is because they are mobile and therefore vulnerable and backups are not done incrementally or automatically to the device. The use of flash drives should be very limited in a business environment.

Many workers make the erroneous assumption that storing data on a portable hard disk drive (HDD) or USB flash drive constitutes a backup. This is certainly not the case, and such portable devices are in fact more susceptible to being misplaced, stolen, or damaged. In addition, it is important to remember that not all storage devices are designed for longevity in mind, or even for robust data preservation.

Do note that some mediums are particularly prone to damage, such as rewritable optical discs made withinferior dyes. Also, don’t be surprised if that suspiciously cheap USB flash drive you bought at the flea market abruptly stops working after a year or two.

3. Accidental deletion

Have you ever had the “uh oh” moment? That’s the moment of terror when your laptop dies, or is unplugged, while you’re in the middle of a 40 page presentation. This can happen inadvertently to emails, attachments and business servers as well. If online backups have been continuously and incrementally taking place, per an hourly or daily schedule, the recovery of these files will be simple.

I had an experience with this exact scenario just this weekend. When transferring thousands of email messages between two email servers, I carelessly opted to initiate the transfer moving key folders directly between the two locations. It was a bad decision because not all the data made it to the destination server before Outlook decided to call it quits (by crashing), even though the deletion from the origin took place immediately.

It’s very easy to start backing up your data securely off site. SOS offers simple and affordable ways to start backing up your data.

1. Free Business Backup Trial: This 175 GB trial is good for 14 days and includes the full-featured, award-winning SOS Online Backup software. It’s easy to upgrade after starting your trial and all your backed up data stays safe off site!

2. Android Backup App: This 15 GB account backs up your Android and your PC. It’s an easy download from the Android Market. Best of all, it’s just $4.95. Just download the software after creating your account inside the application.

3. Free iPhone AppThis app is available in iTunes and comes with 5 GB of online backup for your PC for free! Just download the software after creating your account in the iPhone app.


How to Back up Small Business data for free? SOS Online Backup for Business Version 5 : Offers 175GB Free Trial

February 17, 2012

SOS Online Backup is happy to announce the arrival of the SOS Online Backup Version 5 for Business software. Back in November 2011, SOS Online Backup won the PC Magazine Editor’s Choice award for the fourth time, as a result of the ease of use and security of the Version 5 platform.

Click here to purchase SOS Online Backup Version 5 for Business, or take a look at the features.

175GB Free Trial of SOS Online Backup Version 5 for Business

In addition to releasing this award-winning online backup software for business, SOS is now offering a 175GB 14 day free trial for business online backup. This huge, and free, online backup trial offers enough secure online backup to secure data from your entire business. SOS Online Backup Version 5 for Business offers backup for unlimited PCs – making it an ideal tool for laptop fleet backup and backup of all your business’ workstations.

Click here to download this 175GB online backup trial and backup your entire business.

Get 5GB or 15GB of secure online backup with Android apps from SOS

We’ve had a pretty exciting week at SOS. On top of announcing SOS Online Backup Version 5 for Business, we’re also offering two Android applications. Click here to check them out!


Small Business Online : SMBs are Powering Growth in Online Backup – Back up Data in Cloud

February 16, 2012

The cloud was once something that felt speculative. Businesses were, not long ago, unsure whether to trust this impenetrable and ubiquitous piece of technology in the sky. Based on new information from Parallels Inc. and IDC, it appears that this concern has vanished, and businesses around the world are embracing the power and security of online backup.

This is great news for all of us cloud service providers out there – and great news for businesses.

In 2011, IDC reported that 16% of businesses had already started using online backup. That same survey concluded that 69% of businesses intend to use online backup in their business and are researching it. An article published today by Maggie Holland at ITPro.co.uk adds color to this spike in demand for online backup by SMBs.

“There are 148 million small businesses out there waiting to be served. The challenge we all have is that it’s such a diverse market,” said Parallel’s CEO Birger Steen during his keynote speech at the event.

IDC has also reported that the cloud services industry is going to double in size between 2012 and 2014. Small to medium-sized businesses are a huge force behind this move.

SMBs with less than 20 employees are three times more likely to use a cloud than on-premise server. In fact, traditional systems administrators working for a small business are no longer going to be people who hug servers in back rooms,” he said.

“In Q4 last year, we had, for the first time, more instances of servers out of the SMB server room than in the SMB server room in the US. The change is happening already. The server has effectively been moved out of the server room.”

Hardware, software, and skills needed to operate online backup and recovery solutions within an organization and outside of an organization are going to be in high demand in the next few years and beyond. SOS strives to offer complete solutions for managed service providers and businesses. These solutions make transitioning to online backup easy, light in resources, and completely affordable.

Learn more about SOS ServerSave and the SOS 360 Degree Partner Program here.


How to Backup Android? SOS Online Backup Releases Android Backup Application With 15 GB of Secure Online Backup

February 14, 2012

We’ve all done it. We’ve lost our phones, broken our phones, dropped them in a toilet or done any number of embarrassing things to damage them. Maybe you had some photos and videos stored on that phone that were irreplaceable. Now it’s possible to back up and restore Android phone and tablet data with SOS Online Backup.

SOS Online Backup is proud to announce our newest brainchild – the Backup Android + PC 15 GB application. This app is available in the Android Market with a PC or Mac software download.

This app is the only Android backup and restore tool that comes with 15 GB of secure online backup. Like all SOS products, you can  access your backed up data in your cloud at any time, from any device.

This Android backup and restore application gives you truly total online backup:

  • Backup 5 PCs
  • Backup your Android SD card and applications
  • Backup your 5 Mac computers
  • Access backed up files from all of these devices in your account at m.sosonlinebackup.com
This new application from SOS Online Backup is only $4.95 in the Android Market – and you get SOS Online Backup for your home PCs too!
  • Get 15 GB of online backup for your PC, Android and Mac
  •  Access your Android, PC and Mac data anytime, anywhere
  •  Android app backup and restore
  •  Android SD card backup – including Android photo, video, and audio file backup
  •  Backup and restore Android apps and files to any device – including a new Android
  •  A total backup bundle for Android, PC and Mac

Don’t risk losing data of any kind – on your Android, your PC, or Mac. Download the Backup Android + PC 15 GB app today. Click here to visit our page in the Android Market.


File Backup & Archive : The Importance of Unlimited Versioning – SOS Online Backup

February 12, 2012

SOS Online Backup is proud to keep all of your data secure, all the time. No exceptions. Once your data is backed up, SOS believes it should stay backed up. This is why all of our plans – for business and for home – offer unlimited versioning.

What makes unlimited versioning such a critical part of online backup?

1. The “uh oh” moment. 

We’ve all had that moment – we accidentally close a document before we’ve saved it. Perhaps your dog  swipes a paw at your power cord and unplugs your computer. Accidental incidents like this are what cause the majority of data loss. Having a backed up all versions of your document on an hourly basis, you will find it much easier to go back and find the right version to work on.

2. Going back in time.

You don’t need a Delorean to go back in time! With SOS you can go back to any version or any file at any time. Would you like to know what changes you made to a financial spreadsheet right before you did your taxes in 2009? No problem, unlimited versioning will help you get there.

3. Compliance

If you’re operating a business, you know that regulation compliance is a complicated issue between your customers, you, and the government.  Some of these regulations involve online backup. Many regulations that request online backup do so for the reason that they want truly unlimited versioning to be a part of your company’s data practice. They want to know that you’ll be able to go back to any of your data at any time – and that you’ll never lose it.

Learn more about unlimited versioning with SOS Online Backup by clicking here. SOS does not limit its versioning capabilities to 30 days, 45 days, or even one year. All backed up versions of your data are stored safely offsite with SOS for as long as you like.


Cloud Backup for Business & Enterprise : Bringing the Cloud Down to Earth for SMBs

February 2, 2012

Today, eMazzanti Technologies, an IT support and computer consulting firm, published an article detailing the big-picture advantages that online backup offers businesses. The article, titled, “Look to the cloud to save money and build business” highlights five different areas that online backup helps businesses grow and progress.

1. Use the cloud to focus on your core strengths

While large enterprises typically adopt the private cloud model, midsize businesses generally find the public cloud more attractive. That’s because midsize companies find tremendous value in focusing on their core services and reducing or re-focusing IT operations. “If you’re a law firm, if you’re a school district,” notes Telford, “for every IT person, that’s one less teacher you can employ or one less lawyer or paralegal you can employ.”

2. Reduce labor costs

When a company uses a public cloud, IT functions move to a provider. With a private cloud, the IT functions that remain in-house increase their efficiency—because management is more efficient in a virtualized environment.

3. Faster time to value

Instead of the weeks or months that purchasing and installation typically require, equipment in the cloud can be ready within hours. Notes Telford, “Rapid provisioning and also being able to be highly elastic—to have lots of processing power for a short period of time—are two ways that you get time to value.”

4. Simplified capital expenses

Cloud computing also can simplify business processes. “The way companies do their accounting,” says Telford, “they have to carve out so much for capital expense, and the way capital is depreciated on the books can be a headache for medium-sized businesses.” Fewer purchases, however, mean not only less money going in and out, they mean less inventory. “That may make it easier for a lot of medium-sized businesses to manage their books.”

5. Lower real estate and energy costs

A public cloud removes large portions of the data center altogether. And both cut the use of energy. “If you have lots of servers spread out across the data center,” says Telford, “they’re taking up space. They’re throwing out heat. If you consolidate those and move those applications to virtualized images that are dynamically provisioned you can cut down drastically on the space required, and you can optimize the way you do cooling in your data center.”

At SOS, we offer cloud solutions for consumers as well as businesses. To date, over 500,000 people across the world have experienced the convenience, affordability, and simplicity of SOS Online Backup. We truly believe that online backup is for everyone. The five benefits outlined above are just a few examples of the ways in which online backup is an investment that quickly pays off.

To read the full article by eMazzanti Technologies, please click here.


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