Server Backup Online : Take a Recorded Tour of SOS ServerSave

March 1, 2012

If you have a business, you don’t have time to worry about backup. But even worse, you wouldn’t have time to deal with recovering data if you ever lost it! You probably have at least two servers and dozens of laptops – you have a lot of data to secure. Fortunately, SOS ServerSave gives you a uniquely simple backup solution to protect all of that valuable business data in the cloud. You may have checked out our website a time or two, but aren’t sure this solution is complete enough for you. Worry not! Just take a look at our most recent live webinar to learn more about SOS ServerSave.

View the SOS ServerSave webinar here.

SOS ServerSave is a complete and affordable online backup solution for businesses. With SOS ServerSave, you can perform bare metal backups and send them to the cloud. Backup all of these important devices:

– Exchange servers

– SQL and SharePoint servers

– Windows servers

– Fileservers

– Laptop fleets

– Workstations

Better yet…once you sign up for an SOS Online Backup account, you’ll have free access to our native Android and iPhone apps!


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.


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.


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.


MSPs : Are you Keeping Up With IT Departments? : Best Opportunity for MSP to earn high revenue in 2012

December 28, 2011

IT departments are preparing to make massive investments in backup and recovery solutions in the next two years. According to a recent IDC survey, backup will jump from being a 1.6% chunk of IT budgets, to a whopping 3% piece of the pie. Though those sound like small numbers, they are numbers that are doubling between 2011 and 2014.

As an MSP, are you ready to take advantage of this?

Firms that are early adopters often have internal IT departments. If your role as a managed service provider is to work with these types of clients (or you want to obtain these kinds of clients) you may find yourself constantly trying to catch up with rapidly changing trends in backup technology.

If you aren’t already doing so, part of your offering as a managed service provider should be cloud backup for servers. Businesses, large and small, ought to have a backup and recovery plan for constantly changing Exchange servers,SQL servers, Windows servers, and SharePoint servers. As an MSP, you have a unique opportunity to provide this plan, and consistently increase its value by updating it.

If you want to learn more about providing value to your clients, and increasing your recurring revenue as a managed service provider, drop us a line. SOS Partner Specialists are always happy to help you get started.


Citigroup fined $750,000 for failing to retain emails : Don’t lose your Business Email Database

December 14, 2011

In some firms, data backup (or backup redundancy) is not viewed as a necessity. However, government regulations may disagree. In the case of Citigroup, a business unit failed to retain millions of emails during an email archival system upgrade.  Email retention is a requirement by securities industry rules. Citigroup is now paying out $750,000 in fines to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

The problem at Citigroup Global Markets Inc. occurred during an upgrade of its email archiving system between October, 2008 and late December, 2009, the settlement, dated Dec. 2, said.

Citigroup’s lapse “potentially impacted the Firm’s ability to respond to email requests in FINRA investigations and other matters,” the settlement said.

Citigroup neither admitted nor denied FINRA’s findings.

FINRA noted in the settlement that Citigroup self-reported the problem to the Wall Street watchdog. Industry rules require brokerages to capture and save electronic communications for three years.

“Citi takes matters of email retention very seriously,” a spokeswoman said in a statement. “We self-reported this issue to FINRA, conducted a thorough investigation and adopted enhancements to our systems and procedures. We are pleased to have settled this matter,” she said.

When considering cloud backup solutions for your business, keep in mind that the most common form of business data lost is customer data, and most data loss is unintentional – as in the case of Citigroup. Click here to learn more about business cloud backup options.


New prices available today at SOSOnlineBackup.com : Cloud Backup Pricing Plan for Home & Business

December 13, 2011

We’re excited to announce that we’ve added new prices for business cloud backup and home cloud backup!

Available today, purchase 175 GB of business cloud backup for $299.99  – for unlimited PCs. The possibilities are endless when you’re backing up unlimited PCs. Backup an unlimited number of fileservers, an entire laptop fleet, or PCs in multiple offices with one account. If you happen to backup more than your 175 GB, you can always chat with a SOS representative and upgrade your account.

Click  here to learn more about SOS for Business features, such as HIPAA and SSAE 16 compliance.

We have a new home backup account size as well – backup 150 GB on 5 PCs for $199! Backup your home photos, vacation videos, important tax documents, and anything else you want to keep safe off site.

All SOS Online Backup accounts are protected with military-grade, three-tiered encryption – first locally, then in transit, and “at rest” in the data center. All accounts are also equipped with mobile management. Access and share your documents anywhere, any time!


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