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Feb 2015
11

Video: Jason Buffington Talks SaaS Data Protection

Posted by Zaid Rasid in Cloud Backup
 

Senior Analyst Jason Buffington of ESG talks Software as a Service data protection in this latest ESG video. With the leading trend in the IT world being the move to cloud based services, new questions, concerns and strategies arise that impact both backup and SaaS administrators. Watch the video in full to learn:

  • Why production workloads are moving to SaaS applications like Salesforce, Google Apps and Office 365 and require necessary protection
  • Why decentralization in the IT workforce means backup admins need to collaborate more efficiently with SaaS admins to protect business critical data
  • Why most backup and recovery solutions DO NOT backup SaaS applications
  • The 3 realities for backup admins in a SaaS World
  • The 3 reasons why being responsible for your own data is the only option you have
  • Plus more...

Watch the video here:

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Feb 2015
10

Asigra Introduces Converged Data Protection with Version 13

Posted by Zaid Rasid
 

We’re proud to announce the latest release of our award winning software Asigra Cloud Backup™ Version 13. Version 13Asigra V13 includes converged data protection for Cloud-Based DR and Backup of Physical, Virtual, Cloud and Mobile Environments. Among the many features added in version 13 are Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) enablement, featuring VMware vSphere replication, mobile endpoint data loss prevention, support for Office 365 and Docker Containers, open infrastructure support for FreeBSD on ZFS and CentOS and integration with Linear Tape File System (LTFS) for low cost long term retention of backup data.

With organizations burdened by the complexity of their data protection needs and challenges, Asigra Cloud Backup Version 13 offers a converged platform that delivers a single comprehensive solution for all data located on physical servers, virtual machines, mobile endpoints and cloud applications.

Here’s a look at some of the new features that are included:

Converged Data Protection - More integrated options for DR, backup/recovery, backup archiving and security; which will minimize complexity in your IT environments and reduce costs.

Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service Enablement - To meet the most demanding RTOs, version 13 includes VMware vSphere replication for the ultimate in data protection. Replicate without backup, to one or more warm, on or offsite replicas. Asigra eliminates the need for 3rd party VM replication solutions or special skills to manage and maintain the alternate solutions.

Optimized Support for Open Infrastructure - Version 13 includes optimized support for open infrastructure choices like FreeBSD on ZFS and CentOS running on commodity hardware servers and storage. With these options, you can keep infrastructure costs under control.

Linear Tape File System (LTFS) Integration - Version 13 provides automated parking of old backup data to LTFS tape via the Asigra BLM Archiver to make it easy for aligning the cost of protection to the value of data.

Docker Container Backup/Recovery - With the enormous popularity of Docker and the rapid deployment of applications on the open source platform, Version 13 provides comprehensive protection for application data in these environments, on-premise and in the cloud.

Office 365 Data Protection - Protect your Microsoft Office 365 data at all times including data beyond just documents and spreadsheets, including Exchange Online, SharePoint workspaces and OneDrive repositories.

Mobile Device Geo-location and Remote Wipe - For enhanced mobile device data protection, version 13 includes integrated geo-location and remote wipe at no additional charge to help organizations close the mobile endpoint security gap. Find lost or stolen devices quickly leveraging Google Maps and if need be, wipe data remotely.

Microsoft SCCM Integration - Allows IT administrators to easily and cost effectively deploy and configure Asigra Cloud Backup client software across thousands of Windows mobile endpoints not connected to the LAN.

You can learn about all of the details of Asigra Cloud Backup V13 by reading the press release here:

http://www.asigra.com/about-asigra/press-releases/asigra-introduces-converged-data-protection-cloud-based-dr-and-backup

Learn more about our recent 2014 Storage Magazine Product of the Year Gold Award in the Backup and Disaster Recovery Software and Services category:

V13 Medal

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Feb 2015
9

ESG Checklist for Backing up SaaS Applications

Posted by Zaid Rasid in Cloud Backup
 

According to ESG, lower costs with better ROI are reasons why organizations are moving their workloads to the cloud. A ESG Checklist transformation is occurring in regard to moving specific production centric IT workloads offsite. For example, many workloads that were historically data center delivered now live on software-as-a-service (SaaS) infrastructures. And as organizations shift their workloads towards SaaS- based applications like Microsoft Office 365, Salesforce.com and Google apps new realities arise with regards to backing up SaaS data.

Download the checklist to learn:

  • why cloud adoption requires better collaboration between workload owners and data protection specialists
  • the 3 realities related to SaaS adoption that backup admins need to understand
  • the 3 realities that apply to SaaS admins to help their organizations leverage modern SaaS platforms
  • the two mandates for SaaS adoption and the single biggest problem faced by IT pros
  • several questions to ask as you evaluate SaaS data protection software
  • one option to consider to help meet all of your needs in protecting your SaaS data
  • Plus more…
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Feb 2015
6

On-Demand Webinar: How to Avoid a Microsoft Office 365 Data Loss

Posted by Zaid Rasid in Cloud Backup
 

Whether you are a Service Provider offering cloud backup services or a backup administrator for an SMB and/or Enterprise, if yourOffice365 clients or your organization is using Microsoft Office 365, you need to consider whether your data will always be there when you need it.

You might be surprised to learn that data residing in cloud based applications like Microsoft Office 365 is at risk of loss. If that happened, how would you ensure business continuity or meet compliance requirements?

In this On-Demand webinar, we review the most common reasons for data loss and the top three steps that organizations should take to protect themselves against a Microsoft Office 365 data loss.

 

Watch the On-Demand Webinar

 

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Jan 2015
27

Carlsberg Singapore Adopts Cloud Backup for Recovery Assurance

Posted by Zaid Rasid in Cloud Backup
 

It might be “worth waiting for” a Carlsberg beer every now and then but when it comes to waiting around for backup jobs to Carlsberg Singaporecomplete, Carlsberg’s Singapore IT Executive Li Yong De didn’t have the time. He wanted to make sure all the company’s important data was backed up promptly and continuously even when he was not around to take charge. Using tapes to back up a total of 68 laptops and desktops plus 11 servers every day took too long and was very tedious. Eventually Yong De decided it was necessary to find a data backup and recovery solution that was automated, manageable and required less maintenance, while ultimately keeping all of Carlsberg Singapore’s data intact.

We’ve put together a case study that highlights the solution that Yong De implemented using Asigra Cloud Backup and working with Asigra partner Pantropic Online. You can read the case study to learn the following:

  • Why Carlsberg felt more secure and unconcerned of the troubles they used to face with tape after implementing Asigra Cloud Backup
  • Why Capacity-based pricing enabled Carlsberg Singapore to meet their requirements under tight budgets
  • And much more…

You can read the case study here:

Carlsberg Singapore Adopts Cloud Backup for Recovery Assurance

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Jan 2015
23

Year in Review: Asigra’s Pivotal Moments of 2014

Posted by Ani Yildirim in Cloud Backup
 

Asigra had a fantastic year in 2014; jam packed with customer wins, awards and recognition by industry’s leaders. Check out all of the pivotal moments of 2014. Click the tiles to preview our top news throughout 2014.

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

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Jan 2015
20

Financial Services Firm Cashroom Chooses Cloud Backup

Posted by Zaid Rasid
 

Driven by a constant desire to achieve total customer satisfaction and understanding the important role that trust plays in the Cashroom financial world, The Cashroom was determined to have the most resilient IT environment possible. The Cashroom provides outsourced legal cashier and financial director services to small, medium and large law firms. With strict demands of compliance measures in place, The Cashroom needed to partner with only the best provider of leading IT solutions and infrastructure, including a highly trained team of experts they could trust. They ultimately chose Asigra partner Onyx Group to provide them with a resilient and secure IT infrastructure.

We put together a case study about The Cashroom’s deployment of Asigra Cloud Backup. You can read the case study to learn the following:

  • How The Cashroom ensured compliance with regulatory data security requirements
  • How The Cashroom achieved customer satisfaction and confidence by possessing a robust and secure IT environment
  • And much more...
  • You can find the case study here:

    With Compliance Demands on Law Firms Growing, The Cashroom selects Cloud Backup to Meet Client Needs For Data Security

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    Jan 2015
    14

    Quick as a Flash, Asigra adds Docker Container Support

    Posted by Zaid Rasid in Cloud Backup
     

    We’ve been in the news recently after we announced the ground breaking support for Docker Containers. Asigra is the first enterprise-class cloud backup solution to support the open source platform, amid the enormous popularity and rapid deployments of applications that utilize Docker. News has been spreading quickly amongst the Channel community and so we created a LookBook below to share some of the articles that were mentioned.

    View the LookBook here: http://lbhq.it/1C0ugfg

    To learn more on how to protect Docker Containers and Reduce Barriers to Protecting Data across the Enterprise with Asigra Cloud Backup, visit: http://www.asigra.com/docker-containers

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    Jan 2015
    7

    Five Backup Industry Predictions and Their Impact on Data Protection

    Posted by Eran Farajun in Cloud Backup
     

    Enterprise IT is evolving at a rapid pace with new platforms to address emerging business demands. The integration of mobileCloud devices, cloud adoption by business, expansion of data repositories and a general trend toward centralization is changing the way IT is consumed and managed. Backup and recovery is directly influenced by these trends. As backup targets and platforms multiply and costs skyrocket from the time, human capital and costs required, backup vendors are responding. This article will review anticipated changes in IT that are directly impacting data backup technologies, processes and costs. With this foresight is the promise that while a growing number of challenges are negatively affecting organizations, technologies and solutions are available now able to completely mitigate their impact.

    Five Backup Industry Predictions for 2015

    1. Cloud-to-Cloud backup will increase in adoption as organizations transition to SaaS-based applications
    2. Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs) shorten as new technologies become available to improve recovery time in any data loss situation
    3. Enterprise backup volumes increase as greater number of devices and data types are incorporated into backup sets
    4. Increased backup technology consolidation as solutions are called on to do more with less complexity and cost
    5. Pricing paradigms continue to evolve to be fair and focus on value

    While there are a number of mainstream technology trends impacting the backup space, those that change where data is stored, its volume and location are the most relevant with respect to data protection. The first of these is business adoption of SaaS or cloud-based applications, such as Salesforce.com, Google Apps and Office 365. According to Gartner, SaaS is cannibalizing on-premise applications at a growing rate1. Perceived lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), faster and easier deployment and reduced capital expense rank among the top drivers for SaaS adoption says the analyst firm. Microsoft sales of Office 365 support this assertion with more 1.5 million new MS Office 365 subscribers in the fourth quarter of 2014, moving the needle toward a 147% cloud application growth rate.

    However, when data resides in an external SaaS cloud such as Microsoft Office 365, it is still the responsibility of the organization or the owner of the data to ensure the recovery of that information if lost. For example, if an organization cancels their Office 365 subscription, Microsoft will delete their data after 90 days. However, for regulatory or compliance reasons organizations may need to retain their data for a much longer period of time. Because of this, the need for backup technologies that allow users to regain control of data in cloud-based repositories will increase significantly in 2015, calling for the protection of that data to be integrated within the corporate backup infrastructure. For backup solutions, this will be a necessary step forward in the backup market as cloud applications such as Office 365 are expected to rank among the top in use globally.

    The need for SaaS backup in the New Year will be closely followed by the requirement for high performance local and remote data recovery in the event of a site failure. As more backup solutions become more closely aligned with the cloud, solutions will differentiate on multiple levels. Second only to backup reliability will be recovery performance or the ability to retrieve lost data quickly regardless of location. To speed recovery of mission critical data, many organizations will deploy Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) solutions. DRaaS is the replication and hosting of physical or virtual servers by a third-party service provider to allow for failover in the event of a man-made or natural catastrophe. The recovery can take place at an existing corporate location or at a planned recovery site to expedite business continuity. In 2015, this technology will be viewed as a competitive differentiator and eventually become a mainstream “must-have” to ensure business resilience.

    As in the years prior, the next 12 months will see an enormous growth of data. According to a report in 2014 by IDC2 , “the digital universe is doubling in size every two years and will multiply 10-fold between 2013 and 2020 – from 4.4 trillion gigabytes to 44 trillion gigabytes.” IDC’s research indicates that data in the digital universe “touched” by the cloud was 20% in 2013. By 2020, that percentage will double to 40%. This surge in data is exploding for multiple reasons, including the proliferation of wireless technologies, smart products, software defined businesses and the Internet of Things (IoT). In the world of backup, this rise in data will significantly increase the cost to protect it. The volume of data protected and the management of large distributed backup sets is breaking budgets and pulling valuable IT resources away from revenue generating IT projects. In 2015, backup vendors will further address this concern with technologies that take the management of large data sets into consideration.

    One of the ways the issue of backup volumes is being addressed is not by the backup technology itself but by the way in which vendors charge to protect it. In most instances, backup pricing is based on the amount of data to be protected, whether tied to the number of machines or volume of data. However, this model is untenable as backup volumes drive pricing beyond available budgets. In 2015, IT administrators will seek alternative pricing models or technology solutions that apply policies to shrink protected data volumes. One such example is recovery-based pricing which flips traditional backup pricing on its head. The approach realigns with the value of backup which is the recovery of data and re-focuses it on the amount of data recovered versus that which is backed up. With this approach users will protect an unlimited amount of data without a pricing penalty and instead pay based on the data that is important enough to recover. The resulting savings of this approach can be as high as 70%.

    Finally, the expansion of computing platforms and devices along with data growth has resulted in a cocktail of backup solutions to protect data across physical, virtual, cloud and mobile environments that a few years ago did not exist. Most enterprises today have as many as ten backup solutions to backup data on servers, remote sites, virtual environments, tablets/laptops and the cloud. The resulting mix of backup repositories with differing recovery strategies for each environment and the management resources required to ensure business continuity has been exhaustive for many organizations. The next twelve months will see continued movement toward centralization of this process as new technologies integrate with a broader number of IT environments.

    The challenges facing IT professionals can be succinctly narrowed down to increasing IT administrator pain resulting from higher complexity and cost. The backup industry is directly impacted by current and forthcoming trends and vendors have made strides to simplify data protection in ways that have reduced capital and operational expense. While many have made varied attempts, some have made great strides in advancing their solutions. Understanding the forthcoming challenges in data protection and how to ensure the best approach for one’s organization will define industry discussions moving forward. The final responsibility for streamlining backup and refocusing efforts on revenue generating projects is in the hands of IT.

    1 Gartner - Market Trends: SaaS’s Varied Levels of Cannibalization to On-Premises Applications https://www.gartner.com/doc/2217217

    2 IDC, The Digital Universe of Opportunities: Rich Data and the Increasing Value of the Internet of Things, April, 2014

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    Dec 2014
    19

    Ben Foods Turns to Asigra for Secure Backup

    Posted by Zaid Rasid in Cloud Backup
     

    How do you protect a critical ERP system? You could consider a tape-based backup solution but only to realize that it might beBen Foods less than ideal, considering the unreliability and manual processes involved with tape. Ben Foods, a highly respected food distribution and trading company was faced with the challenge of protecting critical data and soon turned to data specialists Pantropic to help them move away from using tape-based backup solutions.

    We put together a case study on how Ben Foods worked with Asigra partner Pantropic to ensure that their critical data contained in their ERP system remained protected. Read the case study to learn how:

    • The daily grind of managing tapes six days a week became too burdensome for Ben Foods
    • Keeping tapes onsite only created too big a risk when it came to emergencies or disasters
    • The company’s external auditor highlighted the importance of storing critical data at an offsite location
    • The numerous features of the Pantropic implementation that greatly improved their day-to-day backup procedures at Ben Foods

    To learn more about this implementation, you can read the case study in its entirety here:

    Ben Foods Pte Ltd Relies on a Cloud Backup Managed Service for Fast and Secure Offsite Backup

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