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Feb 2016
1

2015 Products of the Year Award: Asigra Named Finalist

 

Storage MagazineEach year, a panel comprised of users, analysts, consultants, Storage magazine editors and SearchStorage.com editors select a list of products eligible for consideration in the Storage Magazine Products of the Year Award. This award evaluates products based on innovation, performance, ease of integration into environment, manageability, functionality and value.

Asigra’s nomination as a finalist in the data backup and recovery software category is based on Cloud Backup Version 13 featuring a range of data protection capabilities including Docker Container support and AWS EBS Snapshot Manager.

We are very pleased to be included as a finalist in such a high caliber group of solutions. Congratulations to all of the finalists and a special shout out to Oracle – a finalist in the hardware category.

In the data backup hardware category, Oracle has been recognized as a finalist for their ZFS Storage Appliance. Just last week, Asigra announced that we are now delivering our award-winning cloud backup software with Oracle ZFS Storage Appliances to the channel. This new alliance enables us to sell Oracle® ZFS Storage Appliances at special pricing directly to MSPs who are looking for a cost effective, high performance storage solution to run their Asigra Cloud Backup software. If you are not familiar with Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance, we encourage you to contact us directly at info@asigra.com for more information.

Click here to learn how you can lower your data protection costs, increase margins and drive more monthly recurring revenue.

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Jan 2016
27

Asigra Partners with Oracle on ZFS Storage Appliances

Posted by Eran Farajun in Cloud Backup
 

Oracle and AsigraWith data volume expanding dramatically in both enterprise and SMB sectors (with digital data doubling every two years, according to IDC), companies and organizations are increasingly dependent on digital data to drive their businesses. Providing cost-effective solutions for storing and protecting large capacities of data is becoming ever more critical for the managed service providers (MSPs) who serve these markets.

That’s where Asigra’s recently announced partnership with Oracle comes in. As of today, MSPs who have an existing, or form a new partnership with Asigra can purchase Asigra Cloud Backup software licenses and Oracle® ZFS Storage Appliances directly from Asigra. For MSPs with backup vaults approaching or exceeding 100 terabytes, or those looking to refresh low-performing storage hardware, combining an Oracle appliance with Asigra Cloud Backup provides an exceptionally high performance storage and data protection system while delivering lower operational and capital costs when compared to traditional solutions.

Oracle ZFS Storage Appliances are hybrid NAS storage systems that feature dynamic caching between DRAM, Flash, and disk drives, providing optimal storage for enterprise cloud and virtualized environments, where high efficiency, extreme performance and scalability are required. In combination with Asigra Cloud Backup, the appliances can be used to offer secure, reliable, and cost-effective data protection that’s far superior to build-your-own solutions.

Learn more about the business benefits of deploying Asigra Cloud Backup with the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliances powered by Asigra Cloud Backup.

Working with Oracle to lead the data protection market

It’s exciting for us at Asigra to work with Oracle to offer the powerful ZFS storage appliances along with our award-winning cloud backup software to service providers seeking high performance environments and greater productivity to meet growing customer demands for faster recovery times. Oracle does not offer its own backup solution, but by incorporating our backup and recovery software with the Oracle appliance, Asigra’s partners can now stand up an engineered solution that delivers a highly scalable storage infrastructure along with NIST FIPS 140-2 certified data encryption, comprehensive data protection for all data sources regardless of platform (including virtual and physical servers, containers, desktops, laptops, smartphones and SaaS-based applications), within a single agentless, multi-tenant platform.

One of our partners had the opportunity to deploy the Oracle ZFS Appliance along with our cloud backup software within their environment as a proof-of-concept trial. This partner found that running Asigra Cloud Backup on the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance ZS3-2 delivered 8x improvement in performance compared to his previous hardware platform. Our partner also achieved five 9s uptime and scaled up to one petabyte of storage with a single ZS3-2 system, while cutting overall storage costs by more than 30 percent.

The Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance is available in two models:

  • Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance ZS3-2, a midrange enterprise multiprotocol storage system ideal for use in performance-intensive workloads.
  • Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance ZS4-4, a high-end enterprise multiprotocol storage system for workloads demanding extreme performance and scalability.

The Oracle ZFS Storage Appliances along with Asigra Cloud Backup software licenses are exclusively available to Asigra partners at special pricing. For more information or to request a demo, please contact an Asigra Recurring Revenue Specialist, visit our website, or contact Asigra at info@asigra.com or 416-736-8111 ext. 1453.

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Jan 2016
25

5 basic SEO practices for Managed Service Providers

 

As you manage your company web site, SEO is for sure one of your top priorities. After reading the title of this blog postSEO Keywords you might think: “Yeah, yeah, I know all this. I know the SEO basics.” Even though you do, the thing is that we are all human beings and as such we are forgetful. It’s so easy to forget about a small and simple practice that will still help your pages do better in the organic search. Here’s the list of tips that I personally find easy to forget about:

  1. Make sure you add content into the description meta tag for your top ranking pages. Yes, there is no problem if the description meta tag is empty. The search engines will generate a description snippet based on your page content and will display it on their search result pages under the title. Nevertheless, it’s best to write custom description meta tag for the top ranking pages. It will influence the click-through rate as that’s what users read as they make the decision whether to click on your link or not.
  2. Don’t forget to use the rel="canonical” tag on pages that share the same content. It may happen that you need to use url parameters (page.html?parameter=yes) that don’t influence the page content or pages with different urls, but identical content. The canonical tag will give the search engines a hint that all of these pages with duplicate content are actually copies of a single canonicalized page and all the SEO value should be assigned to this page. This url will also be the preferred one to show on the search result pages.
  3. Remember to set up a redirect in case a page has inbound links and its url needs to be updated or the page is to be removed. Removing pages or updating their urls is quite common, but what if this page had outside links pointing to it? Someone out there decided that your content is valuable enough to link to it and send their own site visitors to yours. Now those people will see your 404 page and will most probably just leave. Also, the 404 page will send the 404 code to the search engine bots merely saying: “This page is no longer here. Remove it from the search results.” So, you’re not only losing the foot traffic to your page, but also the precious link juice. To avoid this, first check whether the page has any inbound links (check under “Links to your site” in Google Webmaster Tools) and if it does, set up a 301 redirect to any other relevant page on your site. If you don’t know what a 301 redirect is, ask your webmaster.
  4. Set up the preferred domain for your web site. The search engines see the www and non-www versions of your urls as totally different pages and will assign them separate ranks. Why dilute the SEO potential your pages have? This issue can be easily solved by setting up a 301 redirect to one preferred domain version (either www or non-www). An alternative solution is to select the preferred domain version inside search engine webmaster consoles. For instance, you can do so in Google’s Webmaster Tools by clicking on the gear icon in the top right corner and then selecting Site Settings.
  5. Regularly check the search engines’ webmaster consoles for any messages or error notifications. The search engines can talk to us! They’ve grown smart enough to inform us about the common errors present on our sites: duplicate content, missing pages, mobile usability , etc. Don’t forget to regularly visit the webmaster consoles (for example, Google Webmaster Tools) to see if there are any issues that require your attention.

I hope this list will help you drive more potential customers to your site. Don’t be forgetful!

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Jan 2016
14

Continuous Data Protection Defined

 

Continuous Data Protection (CDP) is a storage system in which all the data in an enterprise is backed up whenever anyInfinite Loop change is made. In effect, CDP creates an electronic journal of complete storage snapshots; one storage snapshot for every instant in time that data modification occurs. To put it simply, every time you make a change to a document, send an e-mail or modify you information in anyway, that change is instantly backed up. Since disk failures and data loss can happen at anytime, CDP keeps you protected right up to the second.

Asigra’s CDP offers many benefits to services providers such as:

  • Increased SLA compliance
  • Flexible RPO's
  • Immediate protection of critical data

To learn more about CDP and how it can help you grow your backup offering visit the Asigra website, or contact an Asigra representative today.

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Dec 2015
16

Asigra Forecasts Data Protection Convergence for 2016

Posted by Zaid Rasid in Cloud Backup
 

Asigra ForecastWhat does the data protection industry have in store for 2016? Asigra’s perspective over the next 12 months sees organizations seeking to simplify data protection management and control expenses related to expected increases in the volume of data under management. For IT that means that there will be a rise in demand for highly scalable, centralized solutions with innovations that reduce capital and operational costs.

Data Volumes Maintain Upward Trajectory

According to MarketsandMarkets the global Storage Software Market is forecast to grow from $15.11 billion in 2014 to $23.33 billion by 2019, at a CAGR of 9.1% during the forecast period. The major driver for the increase in demand of storage solutions is primarily a result of fast growing data storage volumes and in particular from unstructured data. Further driving adoption is the significant and growing demand for storage virtualization. With the influx of data in mind, Asigra has identified the drivers it expects will be impacted by data growth in 2016:

  1. Diversification of data creation and storage across computing platforms: Organizations today are continuing their expansion into cloud-based systems, mobile computing platform that include tablets and smartphones, virtualized infrastructure and the increasing use of SaaS-based applications as well as infrastructure as a service (IaaS). Data being generated and stored in these Applications and on these platforms is more commonly considered valuable to the organization and must be protected. The diversity of these platforms calls for data recovery solutions capable of centralizing the backup and recovery of data regardless of where it resides.
  2. Increasing need to strengthen disaster recovery capabilities: As environmental and political circumstances change, the risk of data loss becomes a legitimate concern. Regulations calling for greater redundancies in the protection of data now require many regions to store duplicate copies of data offsite to ensure recovery in the event of a site failure. Furthermore, the threat of floods, fire, major storms and other external forces cast a shadow over IT resiliency that can only be safeguarded by implementing a proper DR strategy that maintains central oversight.
  3. Inclusion of emerging IT platforms such as Docker Containers into existing data recovery infrastructure: While server virtualization has seen enormous uptake over the years, new IT platforms such as Docker Containers are creating new possibilities and new repositories of data that must be accounted for in the organizational data recovery plan. The right converged data protection platform will be future proof in that it will provide avenues for protecting hybrid IT environments that utilize cloud infrastructure from Amazon and others.
  4. Shorter recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs) for mission critical environments: IT professionals under pressure to maintain business continuity are increasingly working to meet more stringent RTOs and RPOs for mission critical systems such as databases, email, and business-specific data. Converged data protection solutions allow for the incorporation of higher performance recovery within existing data recovery infrastructure to centralize and reduce management complexity.
  5. Performance-oriented pricing: As data volumes grow exponentially, backup and recovery becomes increasingly expensive. The problem is that organizations typically pay based on how much data is backed up so as volumes grow, so does the price. 2016 will see increasing adoption of alternative pricing models such as recovery performance-based pricing where there is greater control over costs even as data volumes rise.

The growing landscape in IT is pushing data volumes to new heights according to Asigra’s Eran Farajun and as a result, 2016 will be an exciting year for those vendors that understand the challenges that data growth and diversity present. You can learn more about Asigra’s latest data backup predictions by reading our recent press release http://www.asigra.com/about-asigra/press-releases/asigra-forecasts-data-protection-convergence-2016

To learn more about Asigra, visit: www.asigra.com

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Dec 2015
7

Asigra Saves You Time and Money

Posted by Zaid Rasid in Cloud Backup
 

As an enterprise-class software solution, Asigra Cloud Backup™ provides maximum security, reliability, manageability, and affordability while delivering measurable financial dividends in multiple ways. Find out how in our latest infographic:

Asigra Saves You Time and Money

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Dec 2015
3

What Happens when Office 365 Goes Down?

Posted by Zaid Rasid in Cloud Backup
 

Office365Well it was inevitable; numerous sources are reporting that Microsoft Office 365 went down for users around Europe and the UK today. Of course with anything that is online based, it’s expected that despite the efforts of a provider like Microsoft, sometimes their service will be unavailable. And though that expectation isn’t a terrible thing, issues do arise when online services like Word, Excel and especially Email become unavailable. Ultimately that means business can stop for anyone subscribing to these services. The Telegraph talks about the recent outage here and CRN reports about the issue here.

Good news however for the affected users that a Microsoft spokesperson reports that indeed after a short outage, mainly caused by the corresponding Azure platform that Office 365 runs on, the services are back in order and fully functioning. Reporters online bring up the ordeal as somewhat embarrassing for Microsoft considering the Office 365 product name suggests that the service is ‘always-on’.

And What About Your Data?

This type of embarrassment might be a minor occurrence for Microsoft but it does highlight the increasing trend of ensuring that your company data, that’s stored through online services, is protected. In the worst case scenario, that the servers don’t come back, what happens to your data? At that point, all of your Word docs, your Excel spreadsheets and not to mention most of your Email, is essentially out of your hands and quite literally in the hands of a company like Microsoft.

Asigra’s Office 365 Data Protection Solution

Asigra has identified and provides a solution through its global ecosystem of partners to protect your data in cloud services like Microsoft Office 365, Google Apps and Salesforce.com. So despite service disruptions you can be rest assured that at the very least you will have your data safely secured and encrypted with a proper backup. After all, your organization has ultimate responsibility for protecting your critical data, regardless of where that data resides.

Learn how Asigra can help you protect your critical data hosted in Office 365 and other SaaS-based applications.

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Dec 2015
1

How to Move to a Cloud-Based Data Protection Strategy

 

SNIA WebinarFrom cost savings to protecting data from natural disasters, organizations are realizing the benefits of using cloud based data protection solutions. Whether you are creating data born in the cloud with SaaS based applications (Office 365, Google Apps, Salesforce) or you have data in a virtualized environment, you should consider adopting a cloud based backup and recovery solution. With so many different ways to protect data in the cloud, being aware of all the alternatives available can help you and your organization avoid any potential pitfalls.

Hear Tracy Staniland, VP Corporate Marketing at Asigra along with industry experts from SNIA, Acronis and SolidFire as they discuss trends as well as highlight key strategies for moving data protection to the cloud.

Watch this webinar and learn:

  • Key considerations to know before choosing a deployment model
  • How to avoid the pitfalls for your cloud based data protection solution
  • How to effectively manage your data in the cloud
  • Best approaches to validate the security of a cloud based solution
  • Why one comprehensive solution is better for your data protection strategy than multiple point solutions
  • How experts and cloud advisors can provide the knowledge and experience you need to launch your data protection strategy
  • Why approaching your data protection strategy at your own pace is beneficial

Watch this on-demand webinar

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Nov 2015
30

The Rise of the Cloud

Posted by Zaid Rasid in Cloud Backup
 

Cloud computing is the present and the future of IT. In our latest infographic, we have a look at the forecast of Cloud Computing and the Rise of the Cloud in 2015.

The Rise of the Cloud Infographic

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Nov 2015
27

Asigra Leads in Customer Satisfaction: G2 Crowd Gridscape

Posted by Zaid Rasid in Cloud Backup
 

G2 QuadrantAsigra is proud to be a part of the 2015 Fall G2 Crowd Ontario Gridscape. Canadian tech has been booming as of late and according to G2 Crowd in the last 18 months, 21 large-scale venture-funding deals have occurred in Canada totaling $784 million in investment. G2 Crowd recently evaluated real-user review data on more than 80 products with corporate headquarters in Ontario to see which technology companies lead in customer satisfaction. Asigra’s headquarters is in Toronto, Ontario.

The G2 Crowd Ontario Gridscape rates products and vendors on reviews gathered from the G2 Crowd user community, as well as data aggregated from online sources and social networks. Asigra is featured under the Niche quadrant of the grid as a G2 Crowd Backup Software High Performer.

Asigra is amongst some heavy hitters in Ontario including companies like gShift, Freshbooks, Influitive and Shopify. You can view the entire grid here: The Ontario Gridscape by G2 Crowd

Learn more about Asigra Cloud Backup and why Asigra leads as a High Performer as decided by our channel network and end-users here: www.asigra.com

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