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Aug 2014
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Asigra Recovery is Everything® Newsletter Recap: August 2014

Posted by Ani Yildirim in Cloud Backup
 

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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Aug 2014
28

Case Study: Binding Site Upgrades from Tape Backup to Cloud-Based Data Protection Platform

Posted by Zaid Rasid in Cloud Backup
 

The Binding Site Inc., a specialist protein company made the switch recently from a tape-based backup solution to cloud backup Binding Site  services powered by Asigra. The Global company with its central location for IT in Birmingham, UK, supports 605 office employees using 120 mobile devices and 60-70 mobile clients. In 2011, the firm began questioning its tape-based backup solution and found that their secure data retention and timely data recovery needs were not being met. Eventually, Binding site became frustrated by the inefficiencies of manual tape recovery and management and decided to enlist the consultative support of hosting, Cloud and managed IT services provider Phoenix.

We put together a comprehensive case study outlining some of the reasons why The Binding Site chose Asigra as their cloud backup services provider. A few highlights from the case study include:

  • How The Binding Site’s backup and recovery needs surpassed the capabilities of a tape-based backup solution
  • How The Binding Site leveraged the services of award winning UK-based disaster recovery and business continuity provider Phoenix
  • How The Binding Site addressed significant concerns around data security and retrieval using tape-based backup
  • And more...

You can read the case study in its entirety by visiting the link below:

The Binding Site Upgrades from Tape Backup to Cloud-Based Data Protection Platform for Greater Efficiency and Cost Savings

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Aug 2014
26

Asigra Presents at TechField Day Extra during VMWorld 2014 US

Posted by Zaid Rasid in Cloud Backup
 

The Asigra team recently presented at Tech Field Day Extra during VMworld 2014 US. Asigra can also be found in the Solutions Exchange at booth #2329 so be sure to stop by and ask about our secure agentless backup and recovery software that can be deployment on premise or as a public cloud.

We’re always excited for the opportunity to present to the delegates and bloggers at TechField Day. This year our Product Manager Carlos DaSilva, Senior Software Engineer Marcin Warzywoda and Executive Vice President Eran Farajun presented to the group.

Our presentation consisted of upcoming features in our flagship product Asigra Cloud Backup™ including some new virtual machine replication functionality, secure file level recovery for Virtual Machines and Cloud-to-cloud backup and recovery for Office365. In addition we discussed the growing market adoption of the Asigra Recovery License Model®, which we announced last year.

If you missed the live-streamed presentation you can view the recorded presentation below. 

Special thanks to Stephen Foskett, Tom Hollingsworth and Claire Chaplias at GestaltIT for organizing the roundtable! And of course thanks to the Bloggers for their time and feedback.

Who Is Asigra?

Asigra Recovery License Model Adoption

Asigra Architecture and Replication

Asigra File Level Recovery

Asigra Office 365 Backup and Recovery

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Aug 2014
26

Live Update: VMworld US 2014

Posted by Samantha Chiu
 

Day 1 from VMworld 2014 has been a blast!

If you haven’t stopped by Asigra’s booth #2329 what are you waiting for? We are giving away two Asigra bluetooth speakers daily and you could be one of our winners.

Come by our booth to learn how you can dramatically improve recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery performance objectives (RPOs) for VMs. With our agentless backup and recovery software , you can protect all of your data in the data center and beyond including physical and virtual servers, enterprise applications and databases, desktops, laptops, smartphones, tablets and third party cloud based applications like Google Apps, Salesforce and Office 365. Ask us about our autonomic healing functionality that provides 100% recovery assurance. We understand that backup is just a process, but recovery is everything.

Enter Our Daily Draw to Win 1 of 2 Asigra Bluetooth Speakers!

Our daily 15 minute in booth theatre sessions cover topics such as:

  • Why Agentless Backup Is More Secure
  • How to Create a Profitable Backup-as-a-Service Model
  • Why Enterprise Users Choose Asigra for Secure, Reliable Backup
  • Virtual Machine Replication Best Practices

All attendees will be automatically entered into our daily draws.

Add a session to your calendar

Here are some pictures from Day 1

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Aug 2014
20

Cloud Backup Services Can Help You Stay Ahead of the Competition

 

Wayne Gretzky once said "Skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been." Competition should always beChecklist top of mind for technology solution providers, but searching for new business offerings that will help you stay ahead of the competition can be intimidating. Technology reviews, analyst reports and forums are just a few resources in the marketplace to find out about new revenue generating opportunities.

Ask yourself the following five questions about how you can stay ahead of the competition by offering a secure cloud backup and recovery services:

  1. Expand your portfolio - What related products or services might your customers be interested in? Should you diversify into other areas such as Cloud Backup and Recovery managed services if your client base is still using traditional backup methods? Yes, adding cloud backup services to your portfolio presents an opportunity for you to help your customers modernize their data protection strategies including their backup infrastructure.
  2. Know your Competition - Find out who your key competitors are, what they are offering and what their unique selling point is. This will identify the areas you need to compete in, as well as give you a platform for differentiating yourself. Perhaps your competitors are not offering cloud backup services, which could create a key differentiator for you.
  3. Know your customers - Customer expectations can change dramatically when economic conditions are unstable. Find out what matters to your customers. Is it outsourcing IT services such as backup and recovery? Do your customers want to outsource their backup needs so they can refocus their IT resources on more strategic initiatives? Have your customers deployed new BYOD policies and practices? Are more of customers’ employees using mobile devices such as laptops, smartphones and tablets – if so this could present a new opportunity for you to recommend best practices relating to data protection such as backup of the corporate data residing on these devices. These are questions that you need to ask your customers and then revise your sales and marketing strategy accordingly.
  4. Differentiate - It's essential to give your customers good reasons to come to you rather than look at the competition because of their offerings. Your Unique Selling Proposition (USP) should tap into what customers want and need. It should be clear and obvious no one should ask what makes you different. Do you offer cloud backup services for endpoint devices, third party cloud based solutions like Google Apps, Office 365 and Salesforce? Do you offer secure cloud backup services for remote and branch offices? Do you offer backup services that your competitors don’t? Do you offer better SLAs than your competition?
  5. Plan for the future - Businesses that plan for growth are more successful than those that are happy with the status quo. Keep up with developments in your industry, follow technology trends, invest in new technology and have a clear idea of where you want to be in the next five years.

If you are interested in differentiating from your competition by adding cloud backup and recovery managed services to your portfolio, read 12 Reasons why you should Invest in a Partnership with Asigra to find out how Asigra helps its partners outmarket the competition.

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Aug 2014
19

Meet Asigra at VMworld US 2014 - Booth #2329

Posted by Samantha Chiu
 

VMworld US 2014 - Booth #2329

VMWorld 2014

Date: August 24-28, 2014

Location: Moscone Center, San Francisco

Are you attending VMworld US 2014? If you are, be sure to visit Asigra at booth #2329 to see how you can ensure 100% data recovery. From anywhere. Now.

We’ll be showcasing how you can:

  • Save 40-60% with the Asigra Recovery License Model
  • Protect all of your data in the data center and beyond with one comprehensive agentless backup and recovery software solution 
  • Dramatically improve recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery performance objectives (RPOs) for VMs
  • Eliminate or significantly reduce backup related IT resources

Enter Our Daily Draw to Win 1 of 2 Asigra Bluetooth Speakers!

Join any of our 15 minute sessions at booth #2329 to learn:

  • Why Agentless Backup Is More Secure
  • How to Create a Profitable Backup-as-a-Service Model
  • Why Enterprise Users Choose Asigra for Secure, Reliable Backup
  • Virtual Machine Replication Best Practices

All attendees will be automatically entered into our daily draws.

Add a session to your calendar

Book a Private Meeting with Us

Contact us to schedule a meeting to learn more about how we can help you consolidate your backup systems while saving you money.

Be sure to visit our booth. It is a great opportunity for you to learn how our agentless backup and recovery solution protects corporate data residing on:

  • Physical and virtual servers
  • Enterprise applications and databases
  • Desktops, laptops, smartphones and tablets
  • Third party cloud based applications such as Salesforce, Google Apps and Office 365

Not Yet Registered for VMworld? Sign up to attend the event here.

We look forward to meeting you in San Francisco. If you have any questions before the show, please contact us.

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Aug 2014
14

A Cloud on the Horizon: Disaster Recovery and Cloud Backup Strategies

Posted by Zaid Rasid in Cloud Backup
 

Asigra’s Eran Farajun was interviewed by Cloud Computing Info recently about Disaster Recovery and Cloud Backup Strategies. Steve Wozniak  The interview was part of both a print and digital supplement that was featured in the Toronto Star and part of a section focused on Data Privacy and Security in the cloud. The supplement also features Apple’s Steve Wozniak who discusses the prevalence of Canadian technology vendors leading the recent surge in embracing cloud technology.

The interview with Eran discusses how businesses are increasingly adopting cloud computing solutions with data recovery being a major component to their strategy. You can read the online version of the interview by visiting here. Some of the details from the interview include:

  • Alternatives to highly costly Disaster Recovery Plans and the economic benefits of reducing your expenses using cloud services
  • How recovery times become shorter compared to old-fashioned methodologies plus the additional business benefits of moving into the cloud
  • Why moving your data to the cloud does not guarantee that your data is being protected by cloud application providers with a need to ensure your backup providers protect and secure cloud apps

Read the online version of the interview: A Silver Lining for Disaster Recovery and Cloud Backup Strategies

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Aug 2014
13

How MSPs Can Increase Recurring Revenue with Backup and Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service

 

According to IDC cloud backup and recovery services present a significant growth opportunity for service providers, exceeding $2Clouds billion in spending in 2013 with double-digit revenue growth.

MSPs can use backup-as-a-service (BaaS) and disaster recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS) to differentiate their portfolio, cross-sell new services to existing customers and expand into new markets, among other benefits. At a high level, enterprises are increasingly transitioning to cloud-based backup and disaster recovery services to:

  • Increase efficiency from a time and budget perspective
  • Ensure shorter recovery time objectives are met
  • Guarantee compliance obligations related to backup, recovery and archive policies are satisfied
  • Secure tighter SLAs

Those are just a few of the reasons. If you’re a service provider, once you identify the benefits for your business and are interested in adding BaaS and DRaaS to your portfolio, there are 3 types of cloud service provider strategies to consider:

  • Become and end-to-end cloud service provider
  • Offer the cloud service under your own brand (also known as white-labeling)
  • Start as a cloud service broker or reseller

You can learn more about each of these here. Once you determine your strategy, you need to identify the cloud backup business model you will follow. Each has its own benefits that you can explore further at the link above.

  • Leading complimentary – used as a means to gain a foothold into accounts to try to secure a broader range of cloud services
  • Trailing complimentary – you lead with other cloud services, cloud backup is one of many services in your portfolio
  • Backup/storage centric – you focus primarily on your backup services in the market due to your depth of expertise in backup, data protection and storage

To learn more about key considerations for adding cloud backup and recovery managed services to your portfolio and how it can offer a new monthly recurring revenue stream, retain customers and help you attain new business, download the IDC report, Using Cloud Backup and Recover y Services to Achieve Desired Business Outcomes.

Talk to us at Asigra if you have any questions or are interested in learning how you can offer cloud backup and recovery services powered by Asigra.

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Aug 2014
11

FIS Global Partners with Asigra to Provide Enhanced Secure Data Protection

Posted by Zaid Rasid in Cloud Backup
 

FIS Global, the world’s largest global provider of banking and payment technologies, recently partnered with Asigra Inc. to provideFIS Logo the company’s banking clients with a secure, reliable and compliant data recovery solution. Asigra is a key partner in ensuring compliance and data availability for their clients when it comes to information security and access. FIS Global needed a flexible, scalable backup and recovery solution to address customer requirements, and in 2012 the firm acquired ProNet Solutions, a long-time Asigra Hybrid Partner adding cloud backup services to its service portfolio.

We compiled a recent case study highlighting the FIS Global partnership with Asigra. Inside the case study, you’ll learn:

  • Why stringent compliance regulations within the financial services market, lead FIS Global to seek a secure, reliable backup solution to help its customers to comply with regulatory mandates
  • How FIS Global specifically addressed the challenges of experiencing extremely rapid data growth in a short period of time
  • Why FIS Global required a wide-scale data protection solution to service both small capacity clients and larger clients with needs up to and exceeding 10TB
  • The specific features of Asigra Cloud Backup software that helped provide costs savings for FIS Global customers
  • The benefits of a partnership with Asigra
  • And more...

To read the case study in full, visit the link below:

FIS Global Partners with Asigra to Provide Financial Services Clients with Enhanced Secure Data Protection that Meets Compliance Mandates

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Aug 2014
7

Luxury Cars and Cloud Backup: What do they have in common?

 

There has always been a human instinct to want to push technology to the next level. This could be for the purpose of profit,Bugatti discovery or both. Ferrari, Mclaren, Lamborghini, and Porsche; these are the big names in the Luxury sport auto industry. Drivers strive to own cars manufactured by these brands because they are fast, luxurious, and striking. The equivalent in the cloud backup world might be companies like EMC, HP, and Dell. Though most would not describe enterprise software as luxurious or striking in their looks they are designed around being reliable and fast. But as any real car enthusiast will tell you, these cars, though beautiful, and very fast, are not the best technology has to offer. Smaller companies such as Pagani, Koenigsegg, and Bugatti all have vehicle line ups that surpass anything that the more mainstream manufacturers have to offer.

Asigra: More than Just Looks

I see Asigra in the same light as the Bugattis of the world; we have the pedigree, but not everybody is aware that there is a whole new plateau of enterprise software. Asigra is pushing boundaries by offering an agent-less cloud backup and recovery software solution for everything from large servers down to the mobile devices in our pockets to the data residing in Google Apps. We work with Managed Service Providers to bring end users the fastest, most reliable, and flexible solution possible. We have re-invented the way that cloud backup is bought with our Recovery License Model. Whether you have heard of us or not we have been at the forefront of software development technology, leading the industry from behind the curtain for over 25 years. Asigra continues to push the envelope of backup technology and in doing so each year we grow our customer base.

To learn more about how Asigra is changing backup and recovery, please visit us at www.asigra.com

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