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.
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!
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.
October 5, 2012
SOS Online Backup is a company built by software developers and propelled by them. Another important feature that sets SOS apart from other online backup and cloud storage companies is its partner program. SOS has been paving the way for years with helpful features like the Partner Resource Center and the Web Integration Package – we create these things to help our partners be successful in selling online backup.
Now, we’ve introduced something even better: the SOS Partner Beta Group. This is a vote-based crowdsourcing community for our Managed Service Providers. SOS founder and CEO, Ken Shaw, refers to the SOS Partner Beta Group platform as “American Idol style product feature development.” Every partner in the group gets one vote, and every vote counts towards declaring a specific feature a winner. These votes and comments shape the upcoming product development plans.
SOS Online Backup’s partners are invigorated by the new approach to crowdsourcing. Clayton Reeves, Operations Manager at Utah Tech Solutions is involved on a daily basis. “The discussion with other partners is probably the most valuable piece that I get out of it.” Reeves also notes that his knowledge of technology gives him a special appreciation for the SOS Partner Beta group, “Being someone who writes software, the ability to help shape the future of such an iconic piece is amazing.”
Michael Papazachariou of Ominous Technology Solutions has been involved in the SOS Partner Beta Group from the beginning. “MSPs and resellers rarely have the opportunity to be so directly involved in the product’s lifecycle. SOS is doing a remarkable job by allowing this via the SOS Partner Beta Group.” Papazachariou added, “The SOS Partner Beta Group is an excellent idea, bringing partners face-to-face with the product development team.”
SOS is moving quickly to introduce software updates and enhancements to the market. Just this week we introduced the private cloud deployment option to our Managed Service Providers. Click here to learn more about this new option for selling online backup that can be hosted in your own network or data center.
July 27, 2012
SOS Online Backup for Business Version 5.3 rolled out last week. On our quest to continue to develop award-winning online backup software, we’ve added several features that our business and enterprise users will find very, very useful.
- IT administrators can now define and backup network locations
- We have again improved the speed of initial backup
- And, our engineers have made some code changes to improve the speed of subsequent backups
For our SOS online backup reseller partners, these changes have also been released to Online Backup & Recovery Manager. You can learn more by downloading the release notes in your Partner Dashboard.
If any of our existing business backup customers haven’t upgraded yet, you can do so for no charge! Just head over to our downloads page and upload the new version!
We’re continuing to develop enhancements and improvements to make your online backups easier, faster, and more intuitive. We love to get your feedback. Join the conversation in our new support centerand feel free to submit a feature request.