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Dec 2014
8

Gulfshore Bank Achieves Faster Data Recoveries with Cloud-Based Solution

Posted by Zaid Rasid in Cloud Backup
 

Based in Tampa, Florida, Gulfshore Bank, a full-service community bank, had long relied on a tape-based backup solution for theirGulfshore Yotta data protection needs. After growing weary of their data recoveries from their legacy backup environment which was difficult to manage and often lasted several hours, Gulfshore began to seek a cloud-based data backup and recovery solution. In addition, new regulatory mandates for the finance industry increased their urgency to find a new solution. After a review of cloud-based data recovery technology, GulfShore decided to switch to award winning Yotta280 Inc.’s cloud backup service powered by Asigra.

We compiled a case study that highlights the recent implementation of Gulfshore Bank and their decision to choose Yotta280. You can find the case study in its entirety here: GulfShore Bank Selects Cloud-Based Solution for Compliance Advantages and Speedier Recovery Over Legacy Backup Environment

Inside the case study you’ll learn:

  • How a growing number of financial industry requirements and regulatory issues brought the limitations of their current solution to the forefront
  • How the Yotta280 Public Cloud configuration protects 5 physical servers and 2 VMWare hosts
  • How the solution reduced data recover times from hours to a matter of 30 seconds
  • Plus much more…

Read the full case study here: GulfShore Bank Selects Cloud-Based Solution for Compliance Advantages and Speedier Recovery Over Legacy Backup Environment

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Dec 2014
3

Meet Asigra at NexGen Cloud Conference & Expo 2014

Posted by Samantha Chiu
 

NexGen Cloud Conference & Expo 2014

Date: December 3-5, 2014

Location:San Diego Marriott & Convention Center, San Diego, California

If you are attending NexGen Cloud Conference & Expo, be sure to visit Asigra at booth#1024 to find out how we can help youNexGenCloud increase your monthly recurring revenue. We’ll be showcasing how our agentless multi-tenant backup software designed for Service Providers enables you to expand your total addressable market while reducing your operating costs with one backup and recovery software platform that protects physical and virtual servers, enterprise databases and applications, desktops, laptops, smartphones, tablets and third party cloud based apps like Salesforce.com, Google Apps and Office 365.

Visit us at booth 1024 to “breathe easy” while refueling on O2 and learning about our award-winning partner program that provides zero channel conflict. Asigra does not sell direct to end customers, so we never compete with our channel. Instead, we devote our efforts to providing your business with what it needs to succeed.

Be sure to visit our booth to learn how Asigra can help you:

  • Increase or develop a monthly recurring revenue stream
  • Expand into new markets and geographies
  • Improve profit margins
  • Increase market potential
  • Reduce customer attrition

Be automatically entered into a draw to win an Asigra bluetooth speaker!

Book a Private Meeting with Us

Schedule a meeting to learn more about how we enable service providers to deliver secure and reliable cloud backup and recovery services to SMBs and Enterprises

Need to register for NexGen Cloud Conference & Expo? Sign up here.

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

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Dec 2014
1

Cloud backup is on the rise – but why is tape so sticky?

 

The following is a guest post by Peter Groucutt, Managing Director at Databarracks

As an Asigra partner, backup and recovery always play a big part in our annual Data Health Check survey. Our 2014 results Databarracks Health Check show that backup services with 3rd party providers are being used by more respondents in the UK than ever before – but tape remains sticky. 4% of our respondents are still using a tape-only backup solution (although this figure has fallen from 19% in 2008), and nearly a quarter (23%) use tape in combination with disk.

Tapes are a notoriously risky method of backing up your data – they are slow, bulky and unreliable. So why the reluctance to leave tape behind? Mostly, it all comes down to cost. Tape is a low-cost option for organisations that have a lot of data to store - and at the rate that data is growing, that’s most of us (file data was the leading cause of unwanted storage growth in 2014). Half of the battle is understanding what data you have. Once you do this, you can archive the inactive data and then backup business-critical files to high-performance storage that can be restored much more quickly.

Of the organisations that are only using tape for their backups, it would take 44% of them more than 24 hours to recover from a disaster. This fell to just 15% for those using a combination of tape and disk, and 11% for those using an online backup service - with nearly a third of online backup users able to recover in less than 4 hours.

Management of backups is another reason we expect to see the adoption of cloud backup services rise in 2015. This year, 32% of large businesses in the UK admitted they employed dedicated members of staff just to manage their backups, with a further 25% spending over 2 hours per day on the task. Managed cloud backup solutions relieve your IT team of this responsibility and allow them to focus more time on actually doing their job and improving the company through technology. 60% of organisations using a cloud backup service through a 3rd party provider spend less than 2 hours managing backups per day, with a third spending less than 30 minutes.

For more information, you can read the online Data Health Check infographic here, or download the full report here.

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Nov 2014
18

On-demand Webinar: Agentless Backup is Not a Myth

 

Unlike Bigfoot, Effective Agentless Backup is Not a Myth

Big Foot Walking

A panel of industry experts recently discussed how effective, agentless backup solutions are not a myth. Marc Staimer, President & CDS at Dragon Slayer Consulting, Nathan Golden, CEO at Managecast Technologies and Carlos DaSilva, Product Manager at Asigra explained how both enterprises and managed service providers can avoid agent pollution and unnecessary complexity when managing backup and recovery initiatives with an agentless solution.

As you may know, cloud backup and recovery software requires agents to be installed for each machine or application that needs to be protected. Agent management can quickly become very complicated when different operating systems and revision levels are involved for an IT Administrator. Using agents with a tape or a disk-to-disk (D2D) backup solution decreases system performance, data security and recoverability success rates, contributing to higher IT costs.

Watch this webinar to learn:

  • Why traditional agent-based backup is difficult and costly to manage
  • The top 9 benefits of agentless backup
  • Why agentless backup is more secure
  • How an agentless solution can improve data security
  • Why Asigra’s agentless solution was voted the top enterprise backup application for 2014

Watch the webinar now

If you have any questions about agentless backup and recovery, please contact us.

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Nov 2014
17

Meet Asigra at NetApp Insight EMEA 2014

Posted by Samantha Chiu
 

NetApp Insight EMEA 2014NetApp Insight

Date: November 17-20, 2014

Location: CityCube, Berlin, Germany

If you are attending NetApp Insight EMEA 2014, be sure to visit Asigra at booth #B1. We’ll be showcasing how NetApp and Asigra work together to help Service Providers worldwide monetize cloud backup services; and how working with our partners we deliver secure and reliable data protection services to SMBs and Enterprises.

Stop by our booth to be automatically entered into a draw to win an Asigra bluetooth speaker!

Learn how your organization can:

  • • Save 40-60% on backup and recovery software with the Asigra Recovery License Model®
  • • Protect all data in the data center and beyond with one comprehensive agentless multi-tenant software solution that runs on NetApp
  • • Dramatically improve recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery performance objectives (RPOs)

Learn why Asigra was voted as the best enterprise backup application and why 93% of its users would buy Asigra again.

Book a Private Meeting with Us

Schedule a meeting to learn how we can help you consolidate your backup systems lower your total cost of ownership, and allow your IT team to focus on other strategic initiatives.

Need to register for NetApp Insight EMEA? Sign up here.

We look forward to meeting you in Berlin. If you have any questions prior to the conference, please contact us.

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Nov 2014
13

Cloud Computing: Just a fad or the real deal?

 

The following is a guest post from George Georgiou of TIG

Everywhere you look these days there is cloud, cloud, cloud… But is cloud the latest fad or should you be including cloud into your strategic plans? TIG

Did you know?

  • According to SiliconANGLE, by 2014, businesses in the United States will spend more than $13 billion on cloud computing and managed hosting services
  • 82% of companies reportedly saved money by moving to the cloud
  • 80% of cloud adopters saw performance and commercial improvements within 6 months of moving to the cloud
  • From 2012 to 2017, data centre workloads will grow 2.3-fold; cloud workloads will grow 3.7-fold

Companies are constantly reviewing their strategy to ensure that their key business systems are delivering value and providing a competitive advantage. The pace of data centre technology has become so rapid that technology increases 3-fold in performance and scalability – approximately every 12 months. Organisations also need to factor in changes in vendor software developments that allow greater integration and offer high performance such as VMware VCloud which allows VM’s to be moved from client site to vCHS seamlessly (VMware’s cloud offering).

A financial challenge can be in the form of professional services. Organisations find themselves making provisions for core systems enhancements on an annual basis which can be become a very costly affair. This is in part due to bad planning and not having a clear technology and vendor technology roadmaps aligned to the business and release dates.

Another challenge faced is the integration with services delivered by external suppliers. In my next blog I will talk through an example of a client that has handled such a challenge.

To learn more about TIG and their product offerings, visit their website here: http://www.tigl.com/atriacapture

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Nov 2014
3

Balancing Data Protection and Ease of Access

 

Data AccessThe following is a guest post from Mark Dalton of The Tech Lounge

In the modern world, data protection is an issue that is always hanging over our heads. We hear stories every day of leaks and hacking scandals, so it's easy to understand why we would be extra cautious about the security of our information. But if we are too strict about it, we can cut off some channels that need access to that data in order to continue functioning - and cause more problems than we started with. So we need to learn how to balance the need for data protection with access to that data in a way that benefits everyone. This usually means coming up with a system and sticking to it.

Why do we need to protect our data, and how?

Put simply - a company is its data, and a company can't exist without it. That's not just the big things- anything from a simple email to marketing materials, payslips and invoices - are the bricks and mortar of a company. It has taken time and money to build, and it will cost money if it falls into the wrong hands – especially true of the banking sector. This could be anyone from your customers and suppliers to hackers. And this data isn't always in the form of official company paperwork - this is often digital data too, and great care should be taken when deciding who has access to it and what they can do with it. Your security system for data should be a framework to the business, and guidance on how to run things.

Our golden rule here at The Tech Lounge is simple: don't over think it. When they have a security scare a lot of companies will bring in a security company or new business advisor to help tighten things up. But the first thing these advisors will do is implement a long and complicated process, and this can itself be a barrier to getting your data secure, and doing business. As you can imagine this wouldn't go well! So the simple thing to do here is come up with a consistent permissions system, and make sure everyone is aware of it. Think long and hard about who you want accessing what data and where it should go, and label or file everything accordingly. Our preferred method is the traffic light system - Green, Orange and Red.

The Traffic Light System

The great thing about this system is its simplicity. Any data that is essentially 'safe' and you don't mind where it goes is labelled Green, anything a bit risky and suspect is labelled Orange, and anything highly sensitive is Red. All company data is then labelled within this system - whether that's via a Content Management System (CMS), putting passwords on files and folders or physically labelling paper data with green, red and orange dots. It's a clear system that everyone can understand - they know what their passwords unlock or what they are allowed to take from the filing cabinet.

You've then got to think about where that data will live. Using the same labelling system, you can decide where to put the data based on its security. For example if it's green it can be stored anywhere (like the website or the cloud), if it’s orange it can live in the cloud but only under encryption, and if it’s red it must stay internal to the company at all times. See Offsite backup is a minimum requirement article for more info on this.

This system is simple to understand and easy to implement - and the best thing is you probably do it in your everyday life without realising it. Just think about what you are willing to leave on your kitchen table for the whole family to see, what should be in your room and what stays in a safe. The key to achieving the delicate balance between overprotection and major risk being aware of the risks to you and your business, accept and mitigate where you can, and make conscious decisions when you can't.

Author Bio:

Mark Dalton runs The Tech Lounge, an IT consultancy offering IT support to businesses large and small across Hampshire in the UK.

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Oct 2014
28

Asigra Recovery is Everything® Newsletter Recap: October 2014

Posted by Ani Yildirim
 

The cloud backup and recovery industry is constantly changing. Asigra Recovery is Everything® Newsletter features great content about the cloud backup and recovery market and news to help you stay up-to-date on the latest industry trends. If you haven’t subscribed by email to our newsletter, you can take advantage of the monthly content we aggregate and share by subscribing here.

We appreciate your feedback! If you have any questions or comments, please let us know.

Here’s a look at some of the content from our most recent newsletter:

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Oct 2014
22

Webinar: Unlike Bigfoot, Effective Agentless Backup is Not a Myth

 

Spiceworks Webinar

Date:Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Time:1pm CST / 2pm EST

Cloud backup and recovery software typically requires agents to be installed for each machine or application that needs to be protected. Agent management can become very complicated when an administrator is forced to deal with different operating systems and revision levels. Additionally, using agents with either a tape or a disk-to-disk (D2D) product directly impacts system performance, data security, recoverability and costs. With all these issues associated with traditional agent-based backup, it’s time to find an alternative.

A panel of industry experts will be discussing how effective, agentless backup solutions are NOT a myth. Join this webinar to learn how to steer clear of complexity and avoid “agent pollution”.

In this session Marc Staimer, President & CDS at Dragon Slayer Consulting, Nathan Golden, CEO at Managecast Technologies and Carlos DaSilva, Product Manager at Asigra will discuss:

  • The top 9 benefits of agentless backup
  • Why agentless backup is more secure
  • How an agentless solution can improve data security
  • Problems associated with traditional agent-based backup
  • Why Asigra’s agentless solution was voted the top enterprise backup application for 2014

Register Now

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Oct 2014
19

Impact Awards: Vote Asigra for the best data protection solution

Posted by Zaid Rasid in Cloud Backup
 

Vote for the best data protection solution in the 2014 Modern Infrastructure Impact Awards. The winner exemplifiesTechTarget what data protection should be in a data center: a way to simplify and improve capabilities.

Are you an Asigra end-user or are you an Asigra partner with customers who are passionate about your data backup and recovery solution? If you are, TechTarget is currently conducting a survey looking for your opinion. The Modern Infrastructure Impact Awards recognize the top products, technologies and services in the essential areas of technology that Modern Infrastructure covers. These award-winning tools will be those helping to run enterprise businesses with efficiency and insight -- whether they’re used inside the data center or out.

Judges have whittled down the list of submissions to a few finalists. Voting is open from Oct. 16 through Oct. 31, 2014. Winners will be announced in early January in a special issue of Modern Infrastructure.

To vote for Asigra Cloud Backup 12.2 visit the survey here:

http://searchdatacenter.techtarget.com/feature/Impact-Awards-Vote-for-the-best-data-protection-solution

Please note that Asigra partners cannot participate in this survey. Only Asigra end-users can vote. Please share the survey link with any Asigra end-users you may encounter.

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