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.


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.


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.


SOS Online Backup and SOS ServerSave Featured in InfoStor : Bare Metal Backup

December 20, 2011

InfoStor’s Kenneth Corbin recently released his interview with SOS CEO, Ken Shaw, on the topic of the future of SOS Online Backup and new capabilities of SOS ServerSave. SOS ServerSave brings SOS partners and clients the opportunity to create more efficient businesses and IT departments by creating a complete server backup solution. SOS ServerSave is a complete solution for IT managers – including cloud backup for servers and complete end-point protection for workstations and laptop fleets.

Kenneth Corbin from InfoStor and Ken Shaw from SOS chatted about the flexibility and opportunity SOS ServerSave brings to the server backup marketplace.

However, increasingly the company is moving into the business space, particularly with ServerSave, its solution for the workplace that safeguards content from an organization’s litany of servers and PCs.

“Our aim for SOS ServerSave was to backup all servers and workstations — SQL, Exchange, Windows, fileservers, full local machines — and provide an end-point solution for workstations and laptops,” said Ken Shaw, CEO of SOS Online Backup. “With all these components, SOS ServerSave’s ultimate goal for the IT manager is to eliminate the pain of managing these different pieces from different portals.”

According to Shaw, the market for server backup technology in the public cloud is headed for a “price-functionality inflection point,” one that will dramatically reshape the value proposition of the market.

“Server backup is going to start doing more for less money, and SOS ServerSave is poised to be the first to spearhead this trend,” he said.

The company’s ServerSave product offers bare-metal backup and restore of Windows, SQL, SharePoint and Exchange servers with management consolidated in a single portal, dubbed Pulse Centralized Management, and an unlimited headcount for a single account.

Click here to view the full article. If you’d like to learn more about SOS ServerSave, click here to view one of our recent SOS ServerSave webinars.


Take a Journey Through SOS ServerSave : Server Backup Reseller Program

November 27, 2011

At SOS, we’ve spent a lot of time working on how to make our products the best for our partner resellers. We realize how difficult it is to make it in a competitive marketplace, with constantly changing technology, and clients whose understanding is constantly changing as well.

That is why we’re offering daily webinars for the SOS ServerSave partner program. These webinars take prospective and existing SOS partners through all of the cost-effective, high margin, opportunities SOS offers to reseller partners.

The SOS ServerSave reseller program is the complete package. In our webinars, you’ll take a guided tour through the SOS ServerSave portal, the web integration package, Pulse Centralized Management, and the new partner dashboard. These are all included in one price when you start reselling SOS ServerSave.

If you’d like to ask your own questions about the SOS ServerSave reseller program, please reach out to our Partner Specialists at 877.893.3611 or sign up to attend an upcoming webinar.

You can take a look at a webinar right now, hosted by SOS CEO Ken Shaw or Partner Product Manager Derek Wood. Click here to review some past webinars!


SOS Online Backup Introduces SOS ServerSave : Server Backup solution for your business

November 1, 2011

We at SOS Online Backup are proud to announce our newest technology leading creation: SOS ServerSave.

SOS ServerSave is truly the next generation in total cloud backup for business. SOS ServerSave brings you a wide array of quality, industrial strength server backup in combined in one centralized area. Managing your backup business and managing your backups has never been easier.

SOS ServerSave offers:

  • Backup and recover Exchange, SQL, Sharepoint, and more
  • Full local bare metal backup and recovery
  • Exchange Granular Recovery allows you to backup and recover by mailbox and by message
  • Manage, deploy, and report on backups with Pulse Centralized Management
  • Backup and recover laptops, workstations, fileservers, and files and folders.
  • Military-grade encryption
  • Send transactionally consistent bare metal images of your backups to the cloud

Check out the SOS ServerSave page, learn about our features and talk to an SOS expert about pricing options. Backup and recovery for servers has never been easier – SOS is here for you every step of the way.

Don’t be shy – take a look around!

SOS ServerSave Overview

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