AVG Partners with SOS Online Backup Parent Company, Infrascale

April 15, 2013

Infrascale has partnered with AVG Technologies N.V., provider of internet and mobile security, privacy, and optimization in a strategic agreement to produce additional security-related opportunities benefiting SMBs.

Read the official press release here. 

This partnership will allow the two firms to drive long-term development of AVG’s data protection services. SOS Online Backup has been a market leader in online backup and business continuity since its launch in 2001. AVG provides internet and mobile security, privacy and optimization to 146 million users.

“Today’s announcement represents the culmination of many months’ careful assessment of the market to find the right associate for the long-term development of data protection services,” said Mike Foreman, General Manager, SMB, AVG Technologies. “In selecting Infrascale we believe we have found a partner whose established industry profile and credentials within the small business channel are an ideal fit to help broaden our range of data protection and security services in this space.”

SOS Online Backup has excelled in the data protection market due to its commitment to security and scalability. This makes the alignment with AVG an ideal opportunity to introduce market-leading data security features and products to businesses around the globe.

“AVG is a globally respected brand with one of the largest active user bases of any security company in the market,” said Kenneth Shaw, CEO of Infrascale. “What makes the prospect of working together so exciting is how closely their focus on providing small business services that are simple-to-use, reliable and channel-friendly is aligned to our own.”

Look for further announcements from AVG and Infrascale in the coming months as we roll out new products and development plans for online data security products for SMBs and the IT channel.


The SOS Dashboard: Updates, Enhancements, Improvements

January 16, 2013

At SOS, we’ve aimed to provide businesses and managed service providers a complete backup solution. This means not just offering backup, recovery, and access to an extremely secure private cloud, but offering a centralized management platform to tie these together. The SOS Dashboard has grown into quite a user friendly and omniscient solution for backup management, monitoring and deployment.

Learn more about the SOS Partner Dashboard by clicking here.

Who can access the SOS Dashboard? 

SOS online backup reseller partners as well as SOS for Business users get to take advantage of SOS Dashboard. From here, IT managers and business owners can completely control, monitor, and deploy their online backup solutions.

What’s new about it?

The SOS Dashboard is loaded with new features and downloads.

  • Monitor account usage and backup success
  • Get updates on end users backups
  • Total account usage, compared to provisioned storage
  • Software downloads
  • Access to provision image-based backup licenses
  • MSI for remote deployment
  • Endpoint backup for PCs and Macs
  • Access to support resources
  • News and updates

Click here to learn more about the SOS Dashboard and see screenshots of the solution!

 


Preparing your customers for natural disaster

October 29, 2012

What do Hurricanes and Online Backup Have in Common?

We can’t understate the significance of online backup protection. Technology is woven into every business’ mission critical activities. Companies’ most important information is stored on computers, laptops, and mobile devices (most of this is customer information). Hurricane Sandy is set to strike the eight states on the eastern seaboard. 375,000 people in New York City have been evacuated and over 1 million people in Virginia have already lost power. This is a large storm with high winds and even greater wind gusts moving into areas with many businesses, including the financial center of the United States. Even if you have customers that do not live close to the coast, or in an area potentially affected by Hurricane Sandy, this is a sobering reminder of just how devastating a looming natural disaster can be.

Play it Safe and Back it Up!

So to prevent data loss exposure to Hurricane Sandy or any other natural disaster, your re-branded online backup solution is the most convenient form of disaster management – especially for customers with multiple endpoints to protect. In case of a disaster, your clients can connect to a remote computer, that has all critical data and restore it to dissimilar hardware, in the case that the original hardware was damaged. This way your customers’ businesses will not suffer downtime. The cost is minimal, and backups can be automated. You and your customers always have remote data access and all files will always be protected with three layers of encryption, ensuring the highest level of data security. Most importantly – the data will be stored offsite in a secured facility.

Protecting your Customers

SOS partners have access to a disaster recovery template, pricing guidelines, and compliance information. Offering your customers a total business continuity and disaster recovery solution can be achieved by ensuring that your customers are backing up regularly, that their hardware is up to date, and that they’re running the most recent versions of your re-branded online backup application. Now is an ideal time to evaluate your customers’ online backup and disaster recovery plans, before, during and after Hurricane Sandy.

Learn More About Offsite Storage

Reliable offsite storage is key to business continuity and disaster recovery. SOS operates 12 data centers across the globe. All of which are tier III and tier IV and use diesel generators for additional power. Click here to learn more about SOS’s data centers and infrastructure.


Build your own backup plan at the new SOSOnlineBackup.com!

September 20, 2012

No business online backup plan will match a one-size-fits-all solution. Every business has a variety of needs and rarely a similar environment. That’s why we’ve created a shopping experience at SOSOnlineBackup.com that frees business IT managers, network administrators, and owners to customize their own plan, in just three simple steps.

This new online backup shopping experience is simple. In just three steps, you’ll be able to see pricing for monthly, yearly, and two year plans.

Step 1: Identify the number of Windows-based servers you need to back up. These might be Windows servers, Sharepoint servers, Exchange servers, or others.

Step 2: Identify the amount of cloud storage your business needs.

Step 3: View your calculated monthly, annual, and two year plans!

Not only is buying SOS for Business now easier than ever before, but it now includes centralized management and remote deployment.

Centralized Management

Access centralized management through the administrative Dashboard. Backups in your business is simple. From this single page, you’ll have access to the following tools:

  • Remove management
  • Report scheduling and access
  • Sub-account provisioning
  • Server license provisioning
  • GB usage
  • Username and password creation for sub-accounts

Remote Deployment

  • Remote deployment: Use our MSI to deploy backups across your network, no matter where your offices, workstations, and servers are located.
  • Remote monitoring: Our Dashboard allows you to monitor your backups from any web browser and any internet connection. View backup events behind any firewall (or no firewall at all).
  • Remote account creation: Our Dashboard will enable your IT department to create online backup accounts for existing employees, new employees, and new devices. SOS for Business allows companies to create an unlimited number of online backup accounts.

Complete Bare Metal Backup and Recovery for Servers

  • Windows servers (2003, 2008, SBS 2003, SBS 2008)
  • SQL servers (2005, 2008, and 2010)
  • SharePoint servers (2008 and 2010)
  • Exchange servers (Exchange 2000, Exchange 2003, Exchange 2008, and Exchange 2010)
  • Full local machines – All operating systems, system state, program, and application files
  • Transactionally consistent backups – Application aware backup synchronized to create bare metal backup images only when database transactions are complete.

Plans start as low as $139/month with bare metal backup to the cloud an only $59.99/month for file & folder backup. Customize your online backup plan today!

 

 


SOS for Business Featured in PCMagazine’s Disaster Preparedness Series

September 12, 2012

PCMagazine.com is a go-to source for business and residential online backup information. As such, their writer, Samara Lynn has been hard at work at a disaster preparedness series for business. We’re very excited that she’s chosen to feature SOS for Business!

SOS for Business is renowned for its use of geographically separated data centers (in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and South Africa). PCMagazine makes note of this feature, as well as our military-grade encryption in their article “Disaster Preparedness: Executing the Plan”.

For businesses with highly-sensitive data, some backup providers can address any data security concerns. SOS for Business provides military grade encryption. The company uses a three-tiered approach when it comes to securing backups: data is encrypted locally on the computer before being transferred over an encrypted connection and finally copied to the SOS cloud where the file is kept, encrypted, in multiple, geographically-separated data centers. So your business data is getting a double-layer of redundancy. SOS offers an additional security option, UltraSafe, encrypts data with a private key that only the account-holder has access to, even the team at SOS can’t access the data.

There are some very exciting changes in the works to SOS for Business. Stay tuned, what’s already good about this software is about to become great!

Interested in trying out SOS for Business? Start your free 175GB, 14 day trial today!


Crowdsourcing online backup software features and solutions : SOS Partner Beta Group

September 10, 2012

Our engineering road map has always been a busy one. But what if it wasn’t the right one? What if it could have been made better, if we based it solely on what our customers and online backup reseller partners had to say? We’ve taken the “what if” out of the sentence and made this a reality by creating the SOS Partner Beta Group.

What is the SOS Partner Beta Group?

The SOS Partner Beta Group is a forum for and by our wholesale partners. Our partners, CEO, Product Manager, and Director of Marketing are constantly discussing and voting on features and products that our online backup solution should encompass. This is crowdsourcing at its best!

How does crowdsourcing work in the SOS Partner Beta Group? 

The SOS Partner Beta Group is a permission based group – so you do have to be a partner to join. Right now, there are over 40 features being voted on. Members of the SOS Partner Beta Group can even see which ones are planned and currently in development. New feature suggestions will be voted on and placed in our engineering development cycle to be worked on over the next 2 – 6 weeks. This process will keep going in order to create the best online backup software in the business.

Considering becoming an SOS Online Backup Partner? 

Are you not yet an SOS Online Backup partner, but you’d like to participate in a similar group? Don’t worry, we’ve got your covered. Be one of the first to start a discussion in our “Considering Becoming a Partner” forum. Submit your feature requests, suggestions, and thoughts today!


Cloud Storage Reviews: The Cloud is Here to Stay – Wired.com

March 14, 2012

Wired.com published a fascinating and very revealing article about the use of cloud services in business. At SOS, we love statistics, and this article is chock full of them. Check out some of these insightful statistics about cloud backup in business, brought to you by Wired.com:

1. 70 percent of businesses are either using or investigating cloud computing solutions.

2. In 2011, two-thirds of companies surveyed were planning or had already deployed cloud-based technologies.

3. 30% of small and mid-size businesses (SMBs) used cloud software in 2011.

4. Worldwide IT spending on cloud computing has increased more than 25 percent from 2008 to 2012.

5. 48 percent of U.S. government agencies moved at least one workflow to the cloud following the new requirement that federal agencies adopt a “cloud-first” policy.

For all those businesses that have readily adopted cloud computing and embraced it with open arms, there is a group of hold out SMBs that are resisting the move to the cloud. The article approaches another potent topic – arguments against cloud computing.

Argument 1: cloud computing is just another iteration of SaaS and ASP, which ultimately failed.

Wired counters this argument by observing that bandwidth of much cheaper these days, which was a major impediment to ASP and SaaS in the past.

Argument 2: Security and compliance are weaker in the cloud

Actually, it’s often stronger and better. Wired quotes a 2010 survey that showed 57 percent of respondents agreed that cloud computing actually improved their security.

Argument 3: Cloud computing is too expensive

SMBs often find cloud computing to be affordable and allow for the outsourcing of core competencies such as security and data center hosting. This brings them the benefits of this cloud-centric security knowledge, without the cost. A study cited by Wired notes that 74 percent of the respondents said that using the cloud reduced their infrastructure costs.

Are you considering backing your business up to the cloud? You can start a 175GB 14 day free trial with SOS Online Backup for Business right now. Check us out, see why SOS has won the PC Magazine Editor’s Choice award four times. Download the free 175GB trial here.

SOS also offers affordable server backup solutions (without a hardware purchase requirement!). Backup your entire business – from workstations to Exchange servers to SQL servers with SOS. Learn more about our total business backup solution, SOS ServerSave.


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