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.


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.


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.


Business Owners : Audit Your Backups – What is your Data Backup Strategy for 2012?

January 3, 2012

You’re a smart business person and you know the value of backup.  You may even already be using an online backup service, because you understand the value of not only having a backup, but having it stored offsite.  The question for today is:

How Current is Your Strategy?

When you initially designed your backup strategy, you were probably asked to identify the important data that needed to be protected.  User directories, data folders for accounting software, email databases and the like.  What’s changed since then?  How have your users changed, what are their habits?

Application Data Backup

If you’ve upgraded any of your software, such as accounting or even email systems, it’s possible that the data is now being stored in another location.  The backup software, as smart as it is, isn’t aware that the most current financials are now being stored at c:\accounting 2011\data instead of c:\accounting 2010\data.  Go through your list of directories being backed up and review them on the network.  If you find a directory being backed up that hasn’t had new files for six months, make sure there’s not something you are missing.

Operating System Upgrades

If you’ve moved from Windows XP to Windows 7 like a lot of other users, your data is no longer being stored in the same location.  What used to be stored in ‘My Documents’ is now being stored under ‘Documents’.  Some backup software will be able to tell the difference while others will fail because the old target folder no longer exists.

Users Being Users

Are your users still following the same model?  As many times as you say ‘please store your files in this folder’, people change their habits.  The last thing you want is one of your high-end users losing data, even if it’s because they’re saving to the wrong location.

All in all, if you haven’t reviewed your backups recently, now is the time to do it.  Make sure what you are backing up is still needed, and no new critical data is being missed because it has either changed location or is functioning differently.  Start from scratch by identifying what needs to be backed up again, then go to your backup software and ensure the job is being done correctly.  This is something that needs to be done on a regular basis, so consider scheduling an audit of your backups regularly.  Data security requires good habits and accountability.


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!


In 2012, Move Your Business Backup to the Cloud : Secure your Business Data Now!

December 1, 2011

Today’s entry is for business owners.  I’m going to remind you again at the first of the new year, but let’s get a jump start on those resolutions.  If you don’t make resolutions for your business like you would for yourself, it’s high time to consider it.  Here are a pair of resolutions I think you should consider, for the future of your business:

Move to the Cloud

You’ve heard the buzzword.  What does it mean?  Cloud services basically offload your storage and processing power to servers located offsite and are accessible via the internet.  For you, it means lower cost of equipment as workstations don’t have to have nearly as much horsepower.  Lower to mid-range desktops do just fine with cloud-based applications and services.  This isn’t going away.  Look to see more and more products you use on your desktop to no longer be sold as stand-alone software.  Some cloud services that are available now:

  • Hosted Email – Even for corporate Exchange environments
  • Accounting Software – Online versions of some of the biggest names in accounting are available in cloud service form.
  • Productivity Software – Even MS Office has become a cloud product.  The flat monthly fees mean you don’t have to buy a new version of Office again.

Backup, Backup, Backup

One more time.  Backup.  Can I say it too many times?  Ask yourself these two questions before you skim over this section again.

  • Is everything being backed up?
  • How long has it been since a restore has been tested?

If you’re not 100% in the know of both of these answers, the answers probably aren’t what you would want them to be.  Data loss is one of the killers of businesses.  I have had the unfortunate experience of witnessing two of these cases over my years as a consultant.  Critical data was lost and the company was unable to recover.  Trust me, it’s a reality.

The quickest and easiest entry point into a good backup is by using an online backup service.  Not only are your files backed up automatically, they are securely stored in a remote location, protecting your business from larger-scale disasters such as fire, flooding and theft.

So start planning your resolutions now, or jump right in and make them happen.  At the very least, make yourself aware of what is available and more importantly, make yourself aware of the consequences if you don’t take action.  In today’s modern world, the last reason businesses should fail is data loss.

— The Backup Master


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