Jan 2015

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.

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Jan 2015

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, 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

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

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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Dec 2014

Allies Chooses Cloud-based Backup and Recovery Solution Powered by Asigra

Posted by Zaid Rasid in Cloud Backup

Facing data privacy challenges and the complicated data recovery processes that overwhelm IT support capabilities, Allies, Inc.,Allies a nonprofit organization transitioned away from tape based backup and recovery by turning to Razor Technology and implementing Asigra’s cloud-based data recovery solution. What are some of the reasons that Allies decided to make the switch from tape backup to cloud backup? One concern was data security and unauthorized access to backup tapes during movement to and from the offsite tape repository. Another concern was regarding the protection of personally identifiable information with the need to find a solution that provides high levels of encryption both locally and offsite.

We put together a comprehensive case study that illustrates the Razor Technology implementation at Allies. Click on the link below to learn:

  • Why the major challenges faced with their legacy tape backup solution convinced Allies to find an alternative solution
  • Why transporting tapes physically across locations raised security concerns
  • How Allies reduced their tape-based recoveries that took over 24 hours to complete to a matter of minutes by using Asigra
  • And much more...

Read more about this case study here:

Allies Healthcare Ensures Secure Data Recovery with Transition to Cloud-based Backup and Recovery Solution powered by Asigra

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Dec 2014

Gulfshore Bank Achieves Faster Data Recoveries with Cloud-Based Solution

Posted by Zaid Rasid in Cloud Backup

Based in Tampa, Florida, Gulfshore Bank, a full-service community bank, had long relied on a tape-based backup solution for theirGulfshore Yotta data protection needs. After growing weary of their data recoveries from their legacy backup environment which was difficult to manage and often lasted several hours, Gulfshore began to seek a cloud-based data backup and recovery solution. In addition, new regulatory mandates for the finance industry increased their urgency to find a new solution. After a review of cloud-based data recovery technology, GulfShore decided to switch to award winning Yotta280 Inc.’s cloud backup service powered by Asigra.

We compiled a case study that highlights the recent implementation of Gulfshore Bank and their decision to choose Yotta280. You can find the case study in its entirety here: GulfShore Bank Selects Cloud-Based Solution for Compliance Advantages and Speedier Recovery Over Legacy Backup Environment

Inside the case study you’ll learn:

  • How a growing number of financial industry requirements and regulatory issues brought the limitations of their current solution to the forefront
  • How the Yotta280 Public Cloud configuration protects 5 physical servers and 2 VMWare hosts
  • How the solution reduced data recover times from hours to a matter of 30 seconds
  • Plus much more…

Read the full case study here: GulfShore Bank Selects Cloud-Based Solution for Compliance Advantages and Speedier Recovery Over Legacy Backup Environment

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Dec 2014

Meet Asigra at NexGen Cloud Conference & Expo 2014

Posted by Samantha Chiu

NexGen Cloud Conference & Expo 2014

Date: December 3-5, 2014

Location:San Diego Marriott & Convention Center, San Diego, California

If you are attending NexGen Cloud Conference & Expo, be sure to visit Asigra at booth#1024 to find out how we can help youNexGenCloud increase your monthly recurring revenue. We’ll be showcasing how our agentless multi-tenant backup software designed for Service Providers enables you to expand your total addressable market while reducing your operating costs with one backup and recovery software platform that protects physical and virtual servers, enterprise databases and applications, desktops, laptops, smartphones, tablets and third party cloud based apps like, Google Apps and Office 365.

Visit us at booth 1024 to “breathe easy” while refueling on O2 and learning about our award-winning partner program that provides zero channel conflict. Asigra does not sell direct to end customers, so we never compete with our channel. Instead, we devote our efforts to providing your business with what it needs to succeed.

Be sure to visit our booth to learn how Asigra can help you:

  • Increase or develop a monthly recurring revenue stream
  • Expand into new markets and geographies
  • Improve profit margins
  • Increase market potential
  • Reduce customer attrition

Be automatically entered into a draw to win an Asigra bluetooth speaker!

Book a Private Meeting with Us

Schedule a meeting to learn more about how we enable service providers to deliver secure and reliable cloud backup and recovery services to SMBs and Enterprises

Need to register for NexGen Cloud Conference & Expo? Sign up here.

We look forward to meeting you in San Diego. If you have any questions prior to the conference, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Dec 2014

Cloud backup is on the rise – but why is tape so sticky?


The following is a guest post by Peter Groucutt, Managing Director at Databarracks

As an Asigra partner, backup and recovery always play a big part in our annual Data Health Check survey. Our 2014 results Databarracks Health Check show that backup services with 3rd party providers are being used by more respondents in the UK than ever before – but tape remains sticky. 4% of our respondents are still using a tape-only backup solution (although this figure has fallen from 19% in 2008), and nearly a quarter (23%) use tape in combination with disk.

Tapes are a notoriously risky method of backing up your data – they are slow, bulky and unreliable. So why the reluctance to leave tape behind? Mostly, it all comes down to cost. Tape is a low-cost option for organisations that have a lot of data to store - and at the rate that data is growing, that’s most of us (file data was the leading cause of unwanted storage growth in 2014). Half of the battle is understanding what data you have. Once you do this, you can archive the inactive data and then backup business-critical files to high-performance storage that can be restored much more quickly.

Of the organisations that are only using tape for their backups, it would take 44% of them more than 24 hours to recover from a disaster. This fell to just 15% for those using a combination of tape and disk, and 11% for those using an online backup service - with nearly a third of online backup users able to recover in less than 4 hours.

Management of backups is another reason we expect to see the adoption of cloud backup services rise in 2015. This year, 32% of large businesses in the UK admitted they employed dedicated members of staff just to manage their backups, with a further 25% spending over 2 hours per day on the task. Managed cloud backup solutions relieve your IT team of this responsibility and allow them to focus more time on actually doing their job and improving the company through technology. 60% of organisations using a cloud backup service through a 3rd party provider spend less than 2 hours managing backups per day, with a third spending less than 30 minutes.

For more information, you can read the online Data Health Check infographic here, or download the full report here.

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Nov 2014

On-demand Webinar: Agentless Backup is Not a Myth


Unlike Bigfoot, Effective Agentless Backup is Not a Myth

Big Foot Walking

A panel of industry experts recently discussed how effective, agentless backup solutions are not a myth. Marc Staimer, President & CDS at Dragon Slayer Consulting, Nathan Golden, CEO at Managecast Technologies and Carlos DaSilva, Product Manager at Asigra explained how both enterprises and managed service providers can avoid agent pollution and unnecessary complexity when managing backup and recovery initiatives with an agentless solution.

As you may know, cloud backup and recovery software requires agents to be installed for each machine or application that needs to be protected. Agent management can quickly become very complicated when different operating systems and revision levels are involved for an IT Administrator. Using agents with a tape or a disk-to-disk (D2D) backup solution decreases system performance, data security and recoverability success rates, contributing to higher IT costs.

Watch this webinar to learn:

  • Why traditional agent-based backup is difficult and costly to manage
  • The top 9 benefits of agentless backup
  • Why agentless backup is more secure
  • How an agentless solution can improve data security
  • Why Asigra’s agentless solution was voted the top enterprise backup application for 2014

Watch the webinar now

If you have any questions about agentless backup and recovery, please contact us.

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Nov 2014

Meet Asigra at NetApp Insight EMEA 2014

Posted by Samantha Chiu

NetApp Insight EMEA 2014NetApp Insight

Date: November 17-20, 2014

Location: CityCube, Berlin, Germany

If you are attending NetApp Insight EMEA 2014, be sure to visit Asigra at booth #B1. We’ll be showcasing how NetApp and Asigra work together to help Service Providers worldwide monetize cloud backup services; and how working with our partners we deliver secure and reliable data protection services to SMBs and Enterprises.

Stop by our booth to be automatically entered into a draw to win an Asigra bluetooth speaker!

Learn how your organization can:

  • • Save 40-60% on backup and recovery software with the Asigra Recovery License Model®
  • • Protect all data in the data center and beyond with one comprehensive agentless multi-tenant software solution that runs on NetApp
  • • Dramatically improve recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery performance objectives (RPOs)

Learn why Asigra was voted as the best enterprise backup application and why 93% of its users would buy Asigra again.

Book a Private Meeting with Us

Schedule a meeting to learn how we can help you consolidate your backup systems lower your total cost of ownership, and allow your IT team to focus on other strategic initiatives.

Need to register for NetApp Insight EMEA? Sign up here.

We look forward to meeting you in Berlin. If you have any questions prior to the conference, please contact us.

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Nov 2014

Cloud Computing: Just a fad or the real deal?


The following is a guest post from George Georgiou of TIG

Everywhere you look these days there is cloud, cloud, cloud… But is cloud the latest fad or should you be including cloud into your strategic plans? TIG

Did you know?

  • According to SiliconANGLE, by 2014, businesses in the United States will spend more than $13 billion on cloud computing and managed hosting services
  • 82% of companies reportedly saved money by moving to the cloud
  • 80% of cloud adopters saw performance and commercial improvements within 6 months of moving to the cloud
  • From 2012 to 2017, data centre workloads will grow 2.3-fold; cloud workloads will grow 3.7-fold

Companies are constantly reviewing their strategy to ensure that their key business systems are delivering value and providing a competitive advantage. The pace of data centre technology has become so rapid that technology increases 3-fold in performance and scalability – approximately every 12 months. Organisations also need to factor in changes in vendor software developments that allow greater integration and offer high performance such as VMware VCloud which allows VM’s to be moved from client site to vCHS seamlessly (VMware’s cloud offering).

A financial challenge can be in the form of professional services. Organisations find themselves making provisions for core systems enhancements on an annual basis which can be become a very costly affair. This is in part due to bad planning and not having a clear technology and vendor technology roadmaps aligned to the business and release dates.

Another challenge faced is the integration with services delivered by external suppliers. In my next blog I will talk through an example of a client that has handled such a challenge.

To learn more about TIG and their product offerings, visit their website here:

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