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.


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!


SOS Online Backup for Business Version 5.3 is Here!

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.


SOS Online Backup Prepares for World Backup Day

March 28, 2012

Did you know that all of the people on this earth will create 1.8 zettabytes of data this year? We are  constantly tweeting, taking photos, creating videos, writing documents, completing credit card transactions, and storing all of these records digitally. Businesses and individuals alike are wise to backup this data in a reliable and secure off-site data center, so that no harm can ever come to them.

World Backup Day is here to draw attention to the billions of files that are lost every year. Of course, they wouldn’t be lost, or ever at risk of it, if they were backed up properly. World Backup Day reminds us of a few very important facts about online backup:

1. It’s easy!

SOS Online Backup allows you to backup all your data with one account and schedule backups automatically. Backing up is so simple and effortless with SOS because it’s impossible to forget to do it!

You can quickly download a 175GB free trial from SOS Online Backup for Business by clicking here.

2. It’s affordable

Backing up five PCs at home is simple and affordable. SOS Online Backup for Home plans cost as little as 21 cents per day!

3. External hard drives and flash drives aren’t backup

If backups aren’t online, they aren’t secure. If backups aren’t automatic, then they aren’t guaranteed to get done as frequently as we need to do them. SOS goes the extra mile to encrypt all backed up data in three different tiers: locally, in transit, and at rest in the data center. Online backup shouldn’t just be simple, it should be secure, too!

Learn more about World Backup Day at worldbackupday.com. Join the 500,000 SOS Online Backup customers around the world in protecting your data reliably and regularly!

Download your free SOS Online Backup for Home trial here.

For businesses, with more than five PCs, download your SOS Online Backup for Business trial here.


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.


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!


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.


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