Backup

WORLD BACKUP DAY - The Golden 3-2-1 BackUp Rule

Backup is important but it is just as important to remember that having one backup copy is sometimes not enough. For example, let’s assume that you backup your computer to an external drive, which you keep in your home office. If your computer crashes, you have the backup copy. However, if a fire breaks out in your home, it will destroy both your computer and the external drive.

For this reason, Acronis has created the 3-2-1 rule (video):

By keeping backup copies both locally and offsite – perhaps in the cloud - you double the protection of your data in the event of any unforeseen event or disaster.

“I only want some of my data on my computer protected. I don’t need everything protected”
….said no one ever!

When it comes to backup, you have two options:
1.    Back up the individual files that you store on your computer or
2.    Backup a snapshot or image of the entire system or disk

Let’s compare and contrast the two options.

Five Questions to Ask Your Disaster Recovery Service Provider

You’ve done your research, and you’ve looked at different options for disaster recovery (DR). You discarded tapes as slow and unreliable, colo active hosting as too expensive for your budget, appliance-based recovery as too close to your primary systems and therefore prone to the same disaster, and “doing it yourself”… oh, forget about it with your limited IT resources. Ultimately, you determined that cloud is the answer.  While cloud could have been considered a novelty only several years ago, today it is quickly becoming the main stream of disaster recovery. In fact, there are multiple options even within what may seem to be a fairly narrow segment. How do you choose the one that’s right for you? What questions do you ask? What answers should you look for? How do you identify a professional-grade solution? 

Want these answers? Keep on reading…

WORLD BACKUP DAY - 7 Ways to Lose Your Data!

True or False:

  • I do not need to backup my PC or Mac because I have anti-virus software.
  • Your Answer: _______
  • The correct response is:  False - and here is why.

Every PC and Mac user should install anti-virus (AV) software. It is an important security measure that protects your data and system from viruses and hacker attacks. However, it will not protect your computer from the other SEVEN ways you can lose your data:
1.    Hardware failure
2.    User errors
3.    Loss or theft of a device
4.    Natural disaster
5.    Accidents
6.    Software errors
7.    Problems you may encounter when upgrading or updating your software

At Acronis, we always work to provide the best service and while we strive for perfection it is a hard goal to achieve. Along the way however, its always nice to hear that we provided our best and we would like to thank Mrs R. from Dalla for her email. See by yourself:

Acronis is pleased to announce that Ingram Micro has added the Acronis Backup Cloud solution to its Cloud Marketplace. As more and more companies deploy turnkey cloud services to simplify their data protection, resellers struggle to maintain these new revenue streams due to the resource intensive nature of provisioning, billing and managing their cloud services. Now, Acronis and Ingram partners have access to the ideal solution for maintaining their Cloud services business.

Businesses are desperate to have hosting providers offer a local and cloud backup and recovery solution they can trust. The market is set to explode in the next few years, so now is the perfect time to jump in.

In today's infographic (downloadable version below) we explain why you, as a hosting provider, should start selling backup as a service

The opportunity for hosting providers:

  • Solve customers’ data protection needs quickly
  • Expand service portfolio with backup & recovery today
  • Create new revenue streams with zero entry costs
  • Reduce churn with local and cloud backup and bare-metal recovery
  • Keep growing with DRaaS and more innovations from Acronis

Healing Data Centers with Bare-Metal Recovery

Phew. The worst is over. You have identified, caught and dealt with the virus that threw you and your bosses out of the comfort zone for days. You have shut down all the affected servers – the data center is safe.


Like a soldier returning from a mission, you are dreaming of a peaceful rebuilding of everything that was lost. However, that is not what your bosses, your colleagues, and your company demand. They need the data center and all applications back. For them, the downtime is not over. Not yet.


So what do you do? You sigh and prepare for a long routine – install operating systems on each server, service packs, updates, drivers, applications, application updates, settings, etc. You know it will take many long hours, if not days to complete – and with number of affected servers, you are facing an uphill battle. You pray for luck that everything goes smoothly, and you do not have to restart from scratch any of the servers.

Faster, better, cheaper are the driving pillars that have enabled smartphones to control our lives, make drones a commodity, and bring self-driving cars to the horizon.  However, almost all of these great breakthroughs have downsides.

The same holds true for “Cloud”. It can mean many different things to different people, and the channel is no exception. For many managed service providers, cloud backup is the easiest and fastest way to elevate existing customers to cloud and grow customer base and establish significant incremental revenues.

When Customers Speak… Uncensored

So, nScaled has been acquired by Acronis, the backup company. I am sure you know that already (and if you don’t just check our page!) Great synergy together – after all, backup is key part of DR.
We’ve been busy, meeting and understanding the new organization, building the roadmap and integrating the technology, studying each other’s sales and marketing, and doing everything else companies do when they merge (kind of like people, minus sales and marketing). And sometimes, with all this routine work, the most amazing things can be lost or go un-noticed… But not today.