Data Backup Free Trial – SOS Online Backup Announces Version 5.2 : Faster, Simpler, Stronger

March 12, 2012

Today we’re excited to announce version 5.2 of the SOS Online Backup and SOS ServerSave backend upload agent. To put it succinctly, this new technology is faster, simpler, and stronger.

First, we’ll roll out this new technology to our SOS ServerSave users. Very soon, you’ll receive information about how to download the new executable, which will install right over your existing client.

Here are some major feature updates that you can look forward to. If you’ve been waiting to get started on SOS ServerSave – now’s the time!

SOS was fast before, now we’re even faster.

SOS ServerSave has been updated with version 5.2 of the backend upload agent. This new upload agent will increase your upload speeds nearly 2x. The following examples illustrate how much faster the new SOS ServerSave upload capabilities are:

  • A 15 GB file uploads 25% faster
  • A 200 GB file uploads 28% faster
  • On a 100,000 file set, it uploads 43% faster.

SOS software is designed to perform the fastest initial uploads. 

SOS ServerSave and SOS Online Backup now benefit from improved Intellicache functionality. This means that the software is able to cut down on network and disk usage.

SOS has never throttled your back ups, but now you can better maximize your connection speed with version 5.2. This new version of the upload agent actually adapts to the network connection quality that is being used, and improves upload speed. Additionally, if you happen to lose your internet connection during a backup, you’ll be able to resume the transfer at any time.

Speed is also a benefit of our improved compression and encryption performance, which does apply to bare metal images as well as standard files and folders. SOS software still encrypts data locally, in transit and at rest in the data center – but now we do it faster.

Enhanced Recovery Features

SOS Online Backup and SOS ServerSave’s recoveries will now be faster, and resumable. Recovery will no longer require temporary disk space.

New Centralized Management and Reporting

Pulse Centralized Management is getting a new role in SOS ServerSave. It is no longer necessary to install Pulse as a separate management agent, because it’s now included in Online Backup & Recovery Manager.  You’ll also be able to receive email reports with a list of the “top 20 errors”. We’ve also made detailed backup progress descriptions available.

Hey you – are you shopping around? 

If you are shopping around and considering SOS ServerSave for your business’ server backup solution, click here to request a free trial!

Or if you’d like to get into the nitty-gritty of what SOS ServerSave offers, click here to view our features grid.


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.


2012 Market Outlook for IT Managed Service Providers : MSP Guide

January 26, 2012

Are you a managed service provider? Are you considering becoming one? 2012, 2013, and 2014 are going to be very exciting years for the online backup and cloud service industries. IDC estimates that the cloud service industry is worth $22 billion today. Better yet, the same research indicates that it will be worth twice that – around $50 billion – by 2014.

Download our free guide, authored by SOS Online Backup, that covers what MSPs can do in the next few years to take advantage of the coming boom in demand cloud services.

This white paper covers the following topics:

  • How do your clients think of cloud backup?
  • How many small to medium sized businesses and enterprises already have online backup?
  • What do I need to do to make my clients feel secure about online backup?
  • What do I need to offer to ensure I keep my online backup clients?
  • What can I do to get bigger businesses as online backup clients?

Click here to download this handy and informative guide for MSPs.


FBI and DHS Recommend Data Backup to Lessen Risk of Cyber Attacks : Data Backup & Recovery Plan 2012

January 22, 2012

Have you ever wondered how easy it is for criminals to access your files on your PC? Unfortunately, it’s very easy. It goes without saying that your data is very valuable to you. All kinds of sensitive information is stored on your computer: financial data, taxes, photos, and even items like music that you’ve paid for. If you own a business with several computers in use, you’re probably keeping valuable customer data as well as proprietary company data on those PCs. All of this data, if not properly backed up, is vulnerable to erasure or theft at any time.

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security recently released a report on cyber attacks. This report provided several recommendations on mitigating the risk of cyber attacks on individuals and businesses, which mainly employ the tactic of backing up data and protecting it safely off site, where it cannot be tampered with or accessed.

The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) encourage businesses and individuals to use mitigation strategies and best practices like:

  • Implement a data back-up and recovery plan to maintain copies of sensitive or proprietary data in a separate and secure location. Backup copies of sensitive data should not be readily accessible from local networks.
  • Regularly mirror and maintain an image of critical system files.
  • Encrypt and secure sensitive information.
  • Use strong passwords, implement a schedule for changing passwords frequently, and do not reuse passwords for multiple accounts.
  • Enable network monitoring and logging where feasible.
  • Be aware of social engineering tactics aimed at obtaining sensitive information.
  • Securely eliminate sensitive files and data from hard drives when no longer needed or required.
As a business or an individual, keep in mind that laptops are particularly vulnerable to theft. They are mobile, lightweight, and contain precious data. By scheduling backups regularly, you’ll always be able to recover data to a new machine or laptop quickly and easily.
The report was originally posted on US-CERT on January 19th, 2012.

Kind Attention Cloud Backup Partners / Resellers / MSPs – Revenue from Cloud Services to Reach $55.5 Billion : IT World

January 18, 2012

Cloud backup is popular. There is no doubt about it. Many IT professionals out there are keenly aware of why the cloud backup is so popular.

  • Storage costs are becoming less and less expensive
  • Internet bandwidth and accessibility is improving
  • Understanding of cloud security is improving
  • Tape backup is similar in cost, or more expensive, and less advantageous
To illustrate this point, just look at the numbers put forth by IDC and ITworld.com.
Worldwide revenue from cloud services is expected to reach $55.5 billion in 2014, according to IDC. With a compound annual growth rate of 27.4%, the cloud is set for quite a trajectory.

Today, ITworld.com republished an article by CFOworld.com on the looming cloud backup decision for CFOs: is it more cost-effective to expand an internal data center? Or go to the cloud?

Depending on what your business needs are, the factors for making the decision vary widely. Though no one can discount the value of cloud backup and it’s capacity to decrease administrative costs, while being secure.

CFOs are at the apex when it comes to pulling interests of software-as-a-service, infrastructure-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service and other cloud strategies vs. maintaining servers, switches and storage under the organization’s roof….Manage too much in-house and you’ll strain your staff, infrastructure and budget.

As a managed service provider, or business owner, ask yourself about the benefits you can experience from cloud storage. Consider that it’s pretty handy to have your data center backed up as well.

View the entire ITworld.com article here.


The Laundry List – Why Online Backup? : Online Backup Solution for Business Productivity in 2012

January 12, 2012

Managed services are the key to keeping your customer happy as a reseller.  Let’s take the easiest service to provide and discuss some of the benefits, both obvious and less obvious as selling points when you approach your customers.

Online Backup Service

The quickest and easiest managed service to provide your customers is Online Backup Service.  You can lower a company’s backup Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) by moving their backups online.  Here is a laundry list of selling points I use to convince my clients of what I already know; online backup is the way to go.

Benefits of Online Backup

  • True Disaster-Proofing – Traditional backups are done onsite and are susceptible to the same disasters that require a backup in the first place.  A catastrophic event at the office such as fire or flood will wipe away backups along with the original data.  Cloud backup provides offsite storage as a first line of defense.
  • Cost Savings – Total Cost of Ownership of an online backup solution is generally lower.  Without the outlay of new backup media, software licensing and maintenance fees, the monthly charges for an online backup service remain a consistent and stable charge for the organization
  • Versioning – Most online backup providers offer different retention policies that allow you to keep multiple versions of your files.  With traditional backup methods, once a corrupted file has been backed up, the uncorrupted version may be gone forever.
  • Restore From Anywhere to Anywhere – With traditional backup, you have to be onsite to load the correct media, unless your company is large enough to have a library system.  With online backup, one file can be restored by the user, from any location in the world.
  • Lower Administrative Costs – Most traditional backups require some intervention by a user, whether it is swapping tapes or carrying media offsite in a rotation.  Intervention takes time and that adds an additional level of cost to the backup procedure.  By storing data offsite in the first place, these costs are eliminated.
  • Monitoring – Online backup is easily monitored.  As a reseller, you may choose to receive the notification emails and only work with your client when there are failures.  This opens another line of communication to the client and the client will benefit from the proactive nature of the monitoring.

Let’s start the new year off right with your customers by moving to a managed services model.  Will a little work, the next backup solution you install may carry your favorite brand name.  Yours.


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.


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