Thank you to all Asiga Partners that participated in our recent blogging challenge. The entries were all top notch and the writing superb. After reviewing all of the entries, it came down to a select few. The judges at Asigra considered such factors as overall blog quality and quantity of posts submitted. With all things considered we’re happy to announce our winner! Congratulations goes out to Databarracks for submitting numerous high quality blog posts.
In addition to Databarracks we wanted to give an honourable mention shout out to others for their participation and submissions. Watch out for some of these posts to appear on the Asigra corporate blog sometime in the near future. In alphabetical order thanks goes out to:
*The Winner of the blog challenge received complimentary airfare and accommodations for the Annual Asigra Partner Summit.
Thanks to everyone for participating in our challenge!
You may have heard of the review site Glassdoor.com? If you haven’t, essentially it’s a website for current or former employees of an organization to leave reviews and feedback about a company—its culture, salary, leadership, management style and more—mostly through an anonymous and safe outlet. If you ask me, the site has its merits. I myself have used the site to gain perspective on a potential employer and to hear it as it is, straight from the horse’s mouth. Of course, when considering a site like Glassdoor.com, one should at least consider that not all of the reviews are indicative of a company’s actual culture. Let’s take a look at how Asigra fares on the site.
Jay Baer on Radical Transparency
Recently I attended a seminar with Social Media expert and presenter Jay Baer, who during his talk on Youtility, discussed the idea of ‘radical transparency’. His message was that an organization that makes a genuine attempt at unveiling their ‘truths’ to the public, for all to see, are the ones that gain the most credibility. He illustrated his point when he brought up the recent McDonald’s Our Food Your Questions campaign. In this campaign McDonalds made an authentic attempt to address many outstanding questions that the public had about their food, including addressing many urban myths. This campaign was considered a huge success for McDonalds, and in addition to a better educated customer, they also saw their sales increase. So with that being said, let’s take an attempt at being radically transparent about Asigra’s review on Glassdoor.
Asigra’s Culture is a Vital Component to our Success
It would be easy for us to dismiss the reviews on Glassdoor.com and leave them unacknowledged. And if the company didn’t care about company culture, it would do just that. In fact, the company cares so much that we look at the feedback on a site like Glassdoor, and we do our best to implement real changes for the better. For that reason, Glassdoor serves a purpose. We’re not a perfect company among the likes of behemoths Microsoft, SAP or Google, but instead we’re the smaller champion in the pursuit of becoming a global software leader in enterprise cloud backup. And we’re making progress. Indeed, we’re a work in progress.
In fact, in a single gesture just last year, the upper management at Asigra awarded all staff with an extra week of vacation, raising our minimum standard, with increased employee benefit spend, and much more. A lot of those implementations were from direct feedback from influences like Glassdoor. With that said, there is always room for improvement.
Here are some hard truths about working at Asigra:
- You will work hard: in fact during our annual summit and during software releases you will put in some tough hours. But during the down times, you’re work-life balance will be restored. This is a common theme you’ll see in the IT sector.
- There’s no private chef: Although we would love to accommodate everyone in the company with a free lunch or the types of luxuries you would find at a place like Google (20% time, nap pods, exuberant office decor), you won’t find that here. Instead, we value compensating our employees instead of spending on an externality.
- The demands are high: we have high expectations of all of our employees to perform and demonstrate results. Those expectations are met through a compensation package and annual review program. The cloud backup software industry is competitive but if you perform well you will be rewarded equally.
The Unspoken Masses
It’s usually the case that on a site like Glassdoor or even Yelp, we hear from the disgruntled. It’s human nature to vent when we’re upset about something or find injustice in a product or a company. But it’s not always the case that we hear from the people who are proud of where they work. To be honest, many employees at Asigra are unaware of Glassdoor.com and don’t realize that a positive review could provide a more balanced perspective about the company. One of our own marketing specialists almost didn’t join Asigra because of the review site, but she reconsidered when the VP of Marketing, openly invited her to come in, and meet the team. After that, she joined the team and has been with us for the past two years!
There are a lot of proud, smart people that work diligently at Asigra. Many of them developers, IT specialists, financial experts, sales and marketing gurus, who all work and interact with a management team who provide them with personal growth opportunities. There are pros and there are cons to working here and like any company and/or relationship, you will have to decide for yourself if that’s for you. We believe that we’re making changes for the betterment of the company. And the opportunity exists, for you to come in, and make that change yourself.
Take a look at our recent career opportunities and let’s talk.
Recent research shows that more than 77% of enterprises indicate their data is growing at a rate of 5-25% annually, and 52% of them are backing up more than 50TB of data. Businesses depend on their data and the safety of data depends on sophisticated strategies for backup, recovery and restore. Selecting a cloud backup, recovery and restore platform is a major decision. As the importance and value of data grows, it’s vital to work with a service provider that has the technology and experience to adapt to complex enterprise IT environments’ needs.
Over 1,000,000 sites are powered by Asigra Cloud Backup™ through our worldwide partner network. Here are the 5 reasons why you should select an Asigra Partner for your backup and recovery needs.
Security: Asigra’s agentless architecture does not rely on vulnerable agents that need to be installed on each machine. This eliminates open ports on your firewall for all backup sources, dramatically enhancing security by removing points of attack inherent with agent-based architectures. Asigra's data encryption modules are FIPS 140-2 certified by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology. Asigra ensures only you have access to and control of your data trough customer-controlled encryption key and authentication.
Affordability: Pay for what you recover. Backup costs are growing just as fast as data. Research done by Enterprise Strategy Group found that 84% of the companies recover less than 20% of their data but they are paying for 100% recovery. The new Asigra Recovery License Model ® (RLM) separates the cost of backup from the cost of recovery, drastically reducing the cost of data protection. Asigra’s fair recovery-based pricing model delivers immediate and long-term savings by allowing you to pay based on how little data your organization actually recovers. Asigra’s solution also includes a proprietary recovery analytics engine called Asigra Recovery Tracker™, that empowers storage and backup admins to better understand their organization’s recovery processes and trends.
Reliability: Asigra’s powerful autonomic healing and validation restore capabilities give you the confidence that your data is always recoverable when you need it. The Recovery and Restore Assurance (R2A) feature covers the entire digital footprint of the enterprise ranging from storage, servers, desktops, laptops and mobile devices of all kinds.
Manageability: Support all devices with a single platform. Asigra delivers continuous control with low-touch manageability. With Asigra, you get a comprehensive unified view of your systems, users and devices, to simplify backup across all your enterprise environments with a common repository of all backup data. You can extend recovery protection to the public cloud on applications like Salesforce.com and Google Apps. As your needs evolve, you can choose the cloud architecture or deployment model that best suits your business needs, and easily migrate.
Flexibility: Recover your data from anywhere. Asigra Cloud Backup is designed for private, hybrid and public cloud architectures and offers flexibility in how you protect data - file-based or image-based, physical or virtual environments, from servers to smartphones and across all hardware and software platforms. With Asigra Cloud Backup, you have the power to decide the best ways to protect and recover your information.
Download this free guide designed to help you choose a Cloud Backup Provider.
Jennifer Gahm, Senior Project Manager, Market Research of Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) recently released a report on data protection spending trends.
The data that was evaluated in the report was collected in a survey of 306 IT and business professionals at small, midmarket, and enterprise organizations from North America. The report details the different levels of data protection spending which include:
- The total capital and operational expenditures respondent organizations spend on data protection technologies and processes in a typical year
- Annual data protection spending based on company size and number of employees
- Data protection spending based on revenues
- Data protections spending levels by industry affiliation
- Annual data protection spending according to the number of production servers
To view the complete findings of the report you can download a copy by visiting the ESG site:
New IDC Market Spotlight: Using Cloud Backup and Recovery Services to Achieve Different Business Outcomes
Did you know that the cloud backup and recovery services market exceeded $2 billion in spending in 2013 with double-digit revenue growth? Cloud backup and recovery services present a strong growth opportunity for service providers in 2014, including increased customer satisfaction, revenue, differentiation and/or market expansion. It can serve as a core business model or be complementary to a broader range of cloud services.
IDC recently published a report that details the strategies that cloud service providers should consider to grow their business.
If you’re a cloud service provider make sure to check out the report to learn the following:
- Strategies as a cloud service provider to enjoy more successful business outcomes including stronger customer satisfaction, financial results, differentiation, and/or greater market expansion.
- How one Asigra service provider increased its cloud services revenue by nearly 50%
- Four primary reasons organizations are embracing cloud backup and recovery services
- The three unique types of cloud service provider strategies
- Why overwhelming data growth requires a demand for cloud services
- The benefits of offering cloud backup services
- The three overarching business models to be considered by cloud service providers and why different cloud service providers have different go-to-market strategies
You can download the full report here:
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Here’s a look at some of the content from our most recent newsletter:
Asigra Takes Bronze in Backup and Disaster Recovery Software and Services category
Olympians aren’t the only ones winning medals. Asigra is proud to announce a bronze medal finish in our recent ‘Product of the Year’ award, presented by TechTarget’s Storage Media Group. Asigra received the award for its comprehensive end-to-end cloud backup solution and innovative Recovery License Model® (RLM).
Products were judged by a panel of users, analysts, consultants, and Storage magazine and SearchStorage.com editors. Asigra was recognized as one of the top 3 products in the Backup and DR Software category, beating out Acronis, CommVault, FalconStor Software, Quantum Corp., Continuity Software and Unitrends. Products were judged based on six criteria: Innovation, performance, ease of integration into environment, ease of manageability, functionality and value.
You can find more information about Asigra’s nomination in the Storage Magazine/SearchStorage.com 2013 Product of the Year awards, by visiting: http://searchdatabackup.techtarget.com/feature/Asigra-Inc-Cloud-Backup-Version-122-with-Recovery-License-Model
You can also find more information in our full press release by visiting here:http://www.asigra.com/about-asigra/press-releases/asigra-named-searchstoragecom-products-year-awards
British retail giant Kiddicare has been growing over the last few years. With expansion, however, comes an increasingly larger amount of data the company has to manage and protect. Recovery times were excessive and security issues worrisome. Most of the backup systems Kiddicare used were unable to meet the company’s demand for a multi-platform distributed environment. Kiddicare turned to Active 8 IT, an IT consultancy powered by Asigra, to restructure the company’s backup environment with a cloud-based data recovery solution to ensure the recovery of its business critical information.
“It’s not about the backup, it’s about the Recovery” says John Mack, IT Engineer, Kiddicare. “We’ve used a variety of backup systems in the past, but none have been as good as Asigra at solving multiple business and technology challenges simultaneously. We thank Active 8 IT for providing us with this amazing system.”
With Asigra Cloud Backup™, Kiddicare revamped its backup and recovery strategy to:
- Eliminate the need for tape backup
- Improve the reliability and speed of recovery
- Enable smarter use of IT resources
- Establish a stronger safeguard for compliance
- Leverage external cloud service providers for off-site data recovery
Valentine’s Day is no doubt one of the most popular days celebrated globally among couples. People plan different and unique ways to celebrate their love for each other by purchasing romantic gifts, chocolates, cards, and even getaways. So for Valentine’s Day, I’ve put together a list of my top reasons as to why I love Asigra Cloud Backup™ and why you should love Asigra too.
It’s always there when I need it:Asigra Cloud Backup can instantly restore data regardless of your location including individual files which are the most common types of data recovery. As long as there is access to the internet, all files are readily available.
I always feel secure: Files selected for backup are encrypted before transmission to a cloud vault and remain encrypted once they reach their destination. Asigra’s customers can choose from encryption strengths that range from DES 56-bit with an 8-character key, to AES 256-bit with a 32 character key. It’s also NIST FIPS 140-2 certified which is the Federal Information Processing Standard used by the US government.
It’s convenient: Once you’ve selected a backup schedule, company data is saved automatically, providing an unobtrusive and transparent solution. This “set it and forget it” model results in less operational and administrative management which doesn’t require an additional time commitment for your organization.
It provides maximum affordability: – Businesses don’t have unlimited IT budgets so it’s important to use a solution that won’t require you to incur capital expenditure. Asigra can help organizations cut costs by using their existing infrastructure, so you won’t need to buy or install expensive equipment.
Happy Valentines Day!
Jason Buffington of Enterprise Strategy Group recently put together a video targeted to IT Pros who would like to learn about the steps necessary in ensuring organizational recover-ability. In the video, are eight suggestions to consider as part of a data protection strategy. You’ll learn about the following:
- What you should be looking for when considering modernizing your data protection strategy and mechanisms
- Why virtualization isn't a ‘one horse race’ anymore
- Why data protection is more than just ‘backups’ – the data protection spectrum
- Why data de-duplication needs to be close to production workloads
- The need for better dashboards and instrumentation
- The key factors that drive an organization to consider another backup solution
- And much more...
Watch the full video here: