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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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Aug 2014
5

Hanrick Curran Selects Cloud-Based Data Recovery for Compliance Advantages

 

Accounting and business advisory firm Hanrick Curran Pty Ltd. was a longtime user of tape-based backup solutions until theyHanrickCurran found issues with the recovery of data in a timely manner. Data recovery involved the retrieval of tapes from the offsite repository and required cumbersome search technology to identify the location of missing data. With a growing number of business requirements and regulatory issues continuing to surpass the capabilities of tape, Hanrick Curran realized they needed to modernize their backup infrastructure. After a formal review, the organization found that tape was impractical as a long term data retention solution and decided to switch to After Dark’s cloud backup service powered by Asigra.

“Data security is one of our top IT priorities to maintain the privacy protection of client data.” says Mark Sheridan, Partner, Hanrick Curran Pty Ltd. “To their credit, After Dark Technology and Asigra deliver a compliance-ready solution that assures us in knowing that all data is secure and our processes compliant with corporate and governmental mandates.”

Hanrick Curran highlighted the following capabilities of Asigra Cloud Backup™ as key deciding factors:

  • Support for both physical and virtualized IT environments
  • High performance local and remote backup and recovery
  • Long-term data recoverability to meet compliance mandates
  • NIST FIPS 140-2 certified security with AES-256 encryption in-flight and at-rest

Read the complete case study

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Jul 2014
31

Papworth Trust Moves to Enterprise Cloud Backup and Virtual Disaster Recovery for Secure Data Protection

Posted by Zaid Rasid in Cloud Backup
 

Papworth Trust, a leading disability charity replaced their unreliable legacy tape backup solution with a flexible agentless backup Papworth Trust system provided by Backup Technology (BTL) and powered by Asigra. Historically, Papworth Trust was accustomed to using tape backups but as they opened new sites and offered new services, the amount of their stored data grew. Soon, the management of their tape backup solution became overwhelming and the increased costs of tape and the reliability issues meant they needed something new. After speaking with several backup providers and organizations, Papworth Trust chose BTL powered by Asigra.

BTL provides Papworth Trust with fully managed Enterprise Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery to protect its multiple sites. The Trust has a hybrid of physical and Virtual servers across its widespread operation, all of which are critical to providing a service that thousands of people rely on.

We’ve put together a full case study that details the BTL implementation for Papworth Trust. You can read it in its entirety by visiting here:

Papworth Trust Moves to Enterprise Cloud Backup and Virtual Disaster Recovery for Secure Data Protection

“The added confidence in BTL’s service led to Papworth Trust taking up BTL’s Virtual Disaster Recovery Solution, a fully managed DR solution that provides virtualised recovery and hosting when disaster strikes.”

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Jul 2014
28

Winning At Golf & Backup

Posted by Alex Mejia in Cloud Backup
 

Watching Rory Mcllroy winning his British Open this weekend and witnessing Asigra win in the Tech Target Enterprise Backup Golf ball Applications Comparison I realized that success has its common denominator that transcends both sport and technology; whether it’s during a golf tournament or when Asigra beats out the competition.

Being a first year golfer and learning the hard way I now understand how critical it is to own the right set of golf clubs. As much as I want to have the ability to drive my ball as far as Rory I know I can’t do it using the set of hand me down clubs I was using from 1995. That’s like saying I am going to back up my physical and virtual server when my solution only has the ability to backup end point devices. I know purchasing new clubs does not make me a better golfer but it does give me the ability to have the same technology in order to grow my game to a new level just like giving Managed Service Providers the opportunity to have an all in one solution to give themselves the ability to effectively compete with competitors no matter the market.

Users pick Asigra among top enterprise backup applications

If you think about it, Asigra’s backup and recovery software solution is like purchasing the right set of golf clubs because even though you have 14 clubs in your bag you may not need all of them at once but they are great tool to have in the set for when you do have a tough shot that requires a wedge. Our robust solution is an all in one software platform that provides you the ability of backing up virtual servers, physical servers, enterprise applications and databases as well as end point devices (desktops, laptops, smart phones, tablets) and third party cloud based apps like Google Apps, Salesforce.com, etc.. Asigra beat out the competition for a reason but don’t take my word for it, check out the leader board for yourself.

http://www.asigra.com/about-asigra/press-releases/asigra-sweeps-techtarget-enterprise-backup-application-comparison

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Jul 2014
25

Robert Novak Discusses Cloud Transformation and Big Data with Asigra

Posted by Zaid Rasid in Cloud Backup
 

During the 2014 Asigra Partner Summit, Asigra’s Director of Business Development, Gan Sharma, sat down with prominent tech blogger Robert Novak to discuss Cloud Transformation, Big Data and the challenges involved with rising backup costs. We gained many insights from Robert over our summit and here’s a sample of some of the key points from the interview:

  • Why confusion, fear, uncertainty and doubt linger around Cloud technology and what IT professionals can do to transcend them
  • How to understand the limitations of the cloud and embracing it to ensure success when investing in cloud technology
  • Why diversifying your cloud solutions is important
  • How companies should better leverage and understand their big data
  • Understanding the opportunity costs that are associated with having a sound backup strategy in place
  • Robert’s view on rising backup costs and the concerns of exponential data growth

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Jul 2014
22

The Why of Asigra

 

Simon Sinek, in his book, Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, explains, “People don’t buyGolden Circle what you do. They buy why you do it.” Inspired by biology, Sinek created the Golden Circle which visually represents the three questions all organizations should be asking themselves as seen in the image below.

Most organizations can very easily tell you WHAT their product does. Then they tell you HOW the product is different from the competition. The problem with most organizations is that they don’t know the answer to the question of WHY they exist. At Asigra, not only do we know the answer to WHY we exist, we put it ahead of any other question.

Why

We enable Managed Service Providers, IT Providers, VARS, Cloud Service Brokers and Telcos to add profitable monthly recurring revenues.

How

We work with channel partners on a global perspective that focuses on different customer segments and vertical markets.

What

We develop agentless, multi-tenant cloud backup and recovery software that enables Managed Service Providers to offer secure, reliable, manageable and affordable cloud backup managed services through public, hybrid and private cloud deployments to mid-market and enterprises worldwide.

We are in the business of enabling monthly recurring revenues, it just so happens that we make cloud backup and recovery software. Our technology is basically a vehicle that helps increase the value of our channel partners’ businesses by helping them gain margin, reach new geographic markets, ultimately allowing them to service their customers in a much more efficient way in order to successfully maintain the trusted relationship.

Our goal is not to do business with everyone who needs what we make. Our goal is to do business with people who believe what we believe. So if you are a Managed Service Provider and believe that you deserve to add profitable monthly recurring revenues to your organization, we should talk.

To find out more about how Asigra works with its Partners to help them add or increase recurring revenue, download our Partner Program brochure.

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Jul 2014
18

CoNetrix Boosts Data Recovery Capabilities for Customers with Cloud-Backup Services

 

CoNetrix, a full-service IT firm,had traditionally protected its customers’ data using alternative online backup technology. CoNetrix However, CoNetrix did not feel the solution was comprehensive enough and wanted a more robust, stable, and predictable service for data protection. Dissatisfied with the limited capabilities of their current solution, CoNetrix turned to Yotta280, an IT service provider to transition to a cloud-based data recovery solution powered by Asigra.

“As a managed service provider, we appreciate the robustness of the Yotta280 cloud backup services powered by Asigra.” says Rob Garrison, Chief Technology Officer, CoNetrix. “Our financial services customers have data recovery compliance requirements that they must adhere to, and we can now offer them a stable and predictable backup and recovery solution that we can stand behind wholeheartedly.”

CoNetrix highlights the capabilities that were deciding factors for selecting the Yotta280 / Asigra Cloud Backup™ solution:

  • Support for both physical and virtualized IT environments
  • High-performance local and remote backup and recovery
  • Long-term data recoverability to meet compliance mandates
  • NIST FIPS 140-2 certified security with AES-256 encryption in-flight and at-rest

Read the complete case study

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