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May 2016
2

Stop Writing Scripts – Free Asigra AWS Snapshot Manager Automates and Simplifies Your Life

 

No doubt if you are an AWS user or administrator, you know it is a tedious process to manage your images of instances in an AWS EC2 environment. Manual labor intensive script writing is how you are managing this process today which can result in the mismanagement of images resulting in higher costs, human error, and lost time. Imagine if you could automate the entire scheduling and management process. Would this make your life better?

Asigra recently announced a software solution called AWS Snapshot Manager that automates the entire image management, scheduling and reporting process within an AWS EC2 environment. And best of all the software is free and available today in the AWS Marketplace.

How Does AWS Snapshot Manager Work?

Asigra AWS Snapshot Manager can automatically create machine images across multiple AWS environments. The software also enables AWS administrators to create schedules, set retention management policies, apply application consistent backups for mission critical applications in seconds and has security built-in with role based permission access controlling user rights.

Key Features of AWS Snapshot Manager

  • Supports Windows and Linux
  • VSS Aware
  • Role based
  • User Friendly UI
  • Automatically restore, copy, delete, migrate between regions, start, stop, launch or delete the images on the fly
  • Email Alerts
  • Reporting and Notifications

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Get started today. Launch the AWS Snapshot Manager AMI from the AWS Marketplace and start optimizing your AWS EC2 environment.

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Apr 2016
26

Talking AWS Snapshot Manager with David Littman

 

AWS-Snapshot-Manager-Graphic-448x262As you may be aware, performing images of instances within an Amazon EC2 environment is cumbersome, time consuming, and difficult. We’ve recognized this problem and have created a solution that addresses it head on - Asigra AWS Snapshot Manager, a free software tool that automates the entire process.

Eran Farajun, EVP of Asigra had a chance to sit down with David Littman of Truth in IT on one of his Xstreaminars to talk about the new Asigra AWS Snapshot Manager. He answers important questions surrounding AWS, cloud backup and common pain points that can be solved.

Take a look at this video to learn more.

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Apr 2016
22

Guest Post: Want to grow your cloud business? Go to the gym!

 

By Todd Hussey

GymFor too many years I was a "gym lollygagger" going to the gym too inconsistently and when I did I measured my results on how much time I would spend there. I was basically checking the health check box and got zippo results. A few years ago I finally came to my senses and signed up for a personal trainer spending a pretty hefty monthly OPEX (Operating Expense) for a committed 12 months.

Yikes what did I do and why? Spending a good chunk of change every month for a 12-month commitment was going to make me take it seriously and also I now had a professional helping me meet my goals. But the light bulb moment came when I started my partnership with HubSpot, an inbound marketing and sales platform that helps companies attract visitors, convert leads, and close customers. What?

What does Investing in HubSpot and a Hiring a Personal Trainer Have in Common?

In early meetings with Hubspot execs they would refer to inbound marketing like going to the gym - you need to do the work every day to get the results. Blogging, social media, SEO, content creation, webinars, campaigns, etc. I was told inbound marketing is like lifting weights, the treadmill, calisthenics etc. - the more you do and the more consistent you are the better the results. If you are an "inbound lollygagger" like a "gym lollygagger" you'll get nowhere.

Why am I writing this? It's pretty simple as I see it. It's impossible to argue that the marketing and sales world hasn't turned upside down - it absolutely has. Just look at retail - brick and mortar sales are plummeting and Amazon sales are going through the roof - people are going through the buyer journey on-line. The buyer is now in control and the seller needs to "get found" and nurture them through the buyers journey. Whether the buyer is looking for a bicycle, TV or Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) – their process is the same. To execute inbound marketing you must go to the gym - if you don't you will fail. I have seen it far too often where the business owner says he/she is committed to inbound but gets impatient after a few short months and opts out. What does he/she usually do then? He/she hires a sales rep, hands that person a list (usually a few years old) and says "start calling". Yikes! Oh, and guess what - that rep is gone in less than six months.

Go to the gym!! Start your inbound marketing training program today. Read our free Inbound Marketing Checklist.

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Inbound Marketing ChecklistTodd Hussey is Co-Founder and Partner at CSBexcellence a business consultancy that specializes in providing Managed Inbound Marketing services that enable scalable, cost-effective growth specifically for MSPs (Managed Services Providers) and CSPs (Cloud Solution Providers). The company was formed in 2010 as MSPexcellence and has become a respected source of strategic advisory services to technology vendors and business-building programs for their MSP and CSP partners.

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Apr 2016
20

Asigra AWS Snapshot Manager Now Available on the AWS Marketplace

 

We’re pleased to announce that our free AWS Snapshot Manager software is now available in the AWS Marketplace. Asigra is an AWS Technology Partner and committed to developing data protection solutions for AWS customers.

AWS Marketplace provides a way for customers around the globe to find, buy, and immediately start using software that runs on AWS by simplifying licensing, purchasing, and deployment of software to the AWS Cloud.

Asigra AWS Snapshot Manager is an enterprise-class, data protection solution for EC2 machines with EBS disks. Using AWS APIs to create machine images across multiple AWS regions, it helps automate and manage the backup environment via schedules, retention rules, notifications and reports.

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Launch the AWS Snapshot Manager AMI from the AWS Marketplace and start optimizing your AWS EC2 environment.

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Apr 2016
20

Asigra Signs Cloud Service Provider Partners and Announces Free AWS Snapshot Manager Software

 

The past few weeks have been busy with a number of new developments, in case you missed them, here are the top Asigra announcements that took place over the past two weeks.

INFINIT Consulting Joins Asigra Global Partner Ecosystem

INFINIT Consulting, a leading provider of digital transformation services has joined the Asigra Global Partner Ecosystem. This partnership will allow INFINIT Consulting to expand its current cloud solutions to include a new branded cloud backup service powered by Asigra as well as expand its line of services to its SMB and enterprise customers and partners.

Read the full press release

Asigra Partner Program Recognized with CRN 5 Star Rating for Fifth Consecutive Year

Asigra has been recognized in CRN’s 2016 Partner Program Guide with a 5-Star rating. This annual guide recognizes an elite subset of companies that offer solution providers the best partnering elements in their channel programs. This rating is assessed based on investments in program offerings, partner profitability, partner training, education and support, marketing programs and resources, sales support and communication.

Read the full ress release

NavLink, an AT&T Affilitated Company Selects Asigra to Deliver Backup-as-a-Service

NavLink, an AT&T Affiliated company has joined the Asigra global partner ecosystem to deliver backup-as-a-service to telcos and enterprises throughout 17 countries across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. As one of the EMEA region’s technology pioneers, NavLink provides end-to-end IT solutions to customers in various sectors including financial, healthcare, media, e-commerce, educational and governmental.

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Asigra Announces Free AWS Snapshot Manager

We recently announced the availability of Asigra AWS Snapshot Manager, a free software tool that automates snapshots through a simple, user-friendly GUI that eliminating the need to write extensive scripts. The Asigra AWS Snapshot Manager is free of cost and offers managed service providers the opportunity to expand their total addressable market, in addition to reaching new customers in the cloud infrastructure services market that continues to be dominated by AWS.

Learn more

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Apr 2016
11

Webinar: MSPs: Learn To Boost Cloud Services Revenue By 50% In 1 Year

 

Date: Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM EST

The IT cloud marketplace is crowded and competitive. Yet, we have helped managed service providers worldwide increase cloud services revenue by half in just one year. We understand that leveraging a successful business model framework is crucial, and want to explain how you can use our framework to identify your corporate organizational goals to properly execute a plan to succeed.

Register for this webinar to hear Asigra’s Executive Vice President Eran Farajun explain how to increase cloud services revenue, as well as how to:

  • Expand your total addressable market
  • Drive top line revenue
  • Sign on and retain new accounts
  • Increase wallet share with existing customers
  • Leverage Asigra’s outstanding technologies to power your success

Join us and learn about the Asigra Business Model Framework and how this framework can help you to capture the growing opportunities for MSPs through Software-as-a-Service and Infrastructure-as-a-Service delivery models.

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Apr 2016
7

Selecting a Backup Solution to Protect Against Crytolocker and Ransomware

 

Recovery is everything signYou’ve heard the stories. There has been no shortage of organizations affected by the likes of Cryptolocker, Crytowall, and Ransomware. Many would prefer to not admit that they were a victim. However, we can’t hide from the fact that these vicious malware issues exist in the marketplace and without the proper data protection solution in place, companies will remain vulnerable targets for data loss.

The number one reason for data loss beyond hardware malfunctions is user/employee error. An employee over writes data, maliciously deletes data, or receives an email with an attachment containing an executable file and because the email states it is from a trusted source they click on the attachment which releases the virus into company’s systems.

As a cloud-based backup and recovery vendor working with hundreds of Solution Providers around the world, we have heard many stories lately about companies being hit by Cryptolocker and although these stories could be disastrous, our Partners have been able to help companies recover their data and resume their business operations quickly and efficiently.

Recently, a Midwest based Asigra Partner helped an American organization restore 66,000 files after they were hammered by the Cryptolocker virus. And Databarracks, a veteran Asigra Partner located in the UK, helped a customer plagued by Cryptolocker recover their files immediately without the need to pay the ransom demand. Check out the full case study to find out how Databarracks helped Major Players, a leading marketing and creative recruitment agency, beat Cryptolocker with backup.

So, what are the top 4 things that you should consider when implementing a data protection solution to protect your organization against ransomware.

  1. Are all of your data sources protected?  Do you have a data protection solution deployed across your organization to protect data on physical and virtual servers, desktops, laptops, smartphones, tablets, and SaaS-based applications like Office 365, Google Apps and Salesforce.com? Don’t leave any data vulnerable. Choose a comprehensive secure cloud-based data protection solution that can protect all data sources to reduce your total cost of ownership.
  2. Agent vs Agentless. An agentless solution will allow you to avoid installing agents on all devices across your entire organization. This will reduce the risk of security breaches and minimize time associated with ongoing maintenance updates.
  3. Security. This should be your number one consideration. Ensure that you select a solution that provides maximum security with encryption of the data in-flight and at rest. You should look for a NIST FIPS 140-2 certified solution that also uses AES-256 data encryption and provides customer-controlled encryption key management.
  4. Recovery assurance.  Being able to back up your data is only one aspect of the solution. Being able to recover your data when you need it is really the desired business outcome. If your organization is hit with a malware virus, you want to know without a doubt that you can recover your data. Viable data protection solutions should include capabilities such as autonomic healing to verify the logical and physical integrity of the data written to the storage systems and restore validation to ensure that the data is actually restorable by simulating real recovery – without actually writing the restored data.
  5. WAN optimization. If you are going to take the plunge to consider a cloud-based protection solution make sure it is WAN Optimized to ensure the data flow across the wide area network is efficient.  Especially if you have branch and remote offices, are using SaaS based applications or have remote workers in the field using laptops that contain corporate data.

Don’t let your company be a victim of data loss.  Implement a comprehensive data protection solution that can protect all data sources across your entire organization to fight against present and future malicious malware attacks.

Have an experience you want to share – let us know. Or if you have had the unlucky experience of data loss as a result of Crytolocker, Crytowall or Ransomware, give us a call at 416-736-8111 to discuss how we can help.

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Apr 2016
5

Asigra Cloud Backup™ Version 13.1 Has Arrived. What’s New?

Posted by Eran Farajun in Cloud Backup
 

We’re excited to let you know that the latest edition of our data protection software, Asigra Cloud Backup™ Version 13.1, has been released. This new version includes many new enhancements to help solution providers secure new business opportunities and enhance competitive position with businesses seeking the industry’s most advanced data protection software solution.

This blog provides a quick overview of the key enhancements, updates and additions in the new release. To schedule a demo of V13.1 or to find out how a partnership with Asigra can help increase your monthly recurring revenue, please contact us at info@asigra.com.

Hyper-V Data Protection Enhancements

As organizations increasingly embrace virtualization, Asigra Cloud Backup continues to expand its features to enable more comprehensive data protection in virtual machine environments. In Asigra Cloud Backup Version 13.1, we offer a number of data protection enhancements for Microsoft Hyper-V, including incremental backup for virtual machines in both standalone and cluster Hyper-V server configurations, enabling faster backup by retrieving only changed blocks in VMs from one backup session to another.

New Support Matrices

Asigra Cloud Backup Version 13.1 also features a number of new support matrix additions and updates including VMware 6.0, Windows 10, backup and data restore on Oracle 12c, backup for Oracle Database on Solaris 11, and bare metal restore for the Windows 2012 R2 Server core. These new capabilities can help solution providers expand their total addressable market by enabling new Backup-as-a-Service offerings for new data sources while meeting existing customer reqirements.

Support for Oracle Linux

Version 13.1 supports Oracle Linux as an installation platform for DS-System, Backup Lifecycle Management (BLM) Archiver, and Remote Virtual Disaster Recovery (RVDR).

Configurable Geo-location APIs for Flexibility in Endpoint Data Protection

A key security feature for endpoint data protection is the ability to geo-locate and remotely wipe lost or stolen devices. In Asigra Cloud Backup Version 13.1, solution providers now can self-configure the geo-location capabilities within the DS-NOC, Asigra’s web-based management console, for either Google or Skyhook for geo-location APIs and Google Maps or HERE Maps for geographic positioning and location data.

New on-premise Exchange data protection with Exchange Web Services (EWS) Backup Set

For Microsoft Exchange 2013 and higher, Asigra recommends using the new EWS backup set (included in Asigra Cloud Backup Versions 13.1) for item-level backup and recovery with on-premise Exchange deployments.

Contact us for more information

To schedule a demo of Asigra Cloud Backup Version 13.1, please contact us today at 1-877-736-9901 ext. 1453 or email info@asigra.com.

For existing Asigra partners, please download the V13.1 Release Notes from the Technical Support Portal or the Hybrid Partner Portal. For questions, please contact your dedicated Partner Success Manager or email client.services@asigra.com.

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Mar 2016
30

Case Study: MOREnet Partners with Dataedge to Offer Asigra’s Data Protection Solution to Education Market

 

MOREnet LogoMissouri Research and Education Network (MOREnet), an Internet connectivity company, wanted to ensure the reliability and manageability of its backup infrastructure while improving data availability and fast response to support issues. With 10TB of data under protection, MOREnet’s top goal was to deliver data protection services to their clients confidently while reducing costs. In order to strengthen their business relationship with existing customers and drive monthly recurring revenue, they turned to Dataedge’s cloud-based data protection solutions powered by Asigra.

MOREnet chose Dataedge’s solution powered by Asigra based on the following reasons:

  • Constant data availability
  • The ability to remotely manage clients with the web based NOC tool
  • Added data security, via encryption of data in transit and at rest
  • Secondary replication of data, to keep data protected even in the event of a significant hardware failure
  • A high level of personal support and proactive monitoring
  • A second set of eyes to monitor client reports

“The bottom-line result is peace of mind for our customers” says Jim Long, System Administrator, MOREnet. He also mentions their customers “know that with this solution they are able to restore data at the time and place of their choosing to maintain productive operations”.

Read the full case study here.

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Mar 2016
28

Meet Asigra at Cloud Expo Europe 2016

Posted by Alex Dubko in Cloud Backup
 

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Date: April 12-13, 2016
Location: ExCeL Exhibition Centre, London, United Kingdom

If you are attending Cloud Expo Europe, make sure you stop by our stand #632 to learn how to lower your total cost of ownership with one comprehensive cloud backup and recovery software platform for virtual, physical, mobile and cloud environments.

Spin to Win!

Stop by our stand and play Asigra’s prize wheel for your chance to win cool prizes and learn how Asigra can help you:

  • Ensure affordable, fast and flexible virtual disaster recovery
  • Dramatically improve recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery performance objectives (RPOs) for VMs
  • Eliminate, or significantly reduce IT resources related to backup
  • Allow IT teams to focus their efforts on other strategic projects.
Book a Private Meeting with Us

Discover why users continue to choose Asigra as the top Enterprise Backup Application two years in a row. Asigra swept all categories in the 2015 TechTarget Storage Magazine Quality Awards and received the highest overall ranking of 6.38 out of 8 compared to all the other contenders. Asigra also recently won Storage Magazine’s 2015 Products of the Year Silver award in the Disaster Recovery Software and Services category.

Need to register for Cloud Expo Europe 2016? Register for your free tickets here.

We look forward to meeting you in London! If you have any questions prior to the conference, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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