Storage Wars: Which is the best backup media to choose for your business?

Storage WarsIf you’re considering a backup strategy for your business, it won’t be long before you need to start thinking about storage media, and which of the various types is best suited to your needs.

In this post, I attempt to help by doing my best, to sum up the strengths and weaknesses of each as I see them, from my experience of working with customers using BackupAssist for Windows (which we’re distributors of).

I hope this will be of some use to you regardless of the software you’re using, however, this is written with BackupAssist users in mind.

First up….USB drives.

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Aherrrm. Have You Changed Today’s Backup Drive?

BackupAssist Email RemindersIt’s inevitable. At some point, if you’ve got BackupAssist managing a pool of multiple drives or cartridges, the person responsible will forget to change them.

One of the nice things about BackupAssist is that it’ll automatically email the individual and tell them they’re single-handedly responsible for putting the entire company at risk and that they’re basically a bad person.

Well…words to that effect.

This is how you set up a reminder…

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BackupAssist v9.3.0 – Important Exchange Backup Fix, and New Restore Search Feature

BackupAssist v9.3.0Developer Cortex I.T. have just announced the latest point release of BackupAssist, and it’s a version we’re highly recommending you upgrade to.

In addition to the usual minor tweaks and improvements, there are two particularly good reasons we recommend you upgrade…

  • FIX: An important fix for Exchange backups – this release fixes a recently discovered issue concerning Exchange backups.
  • NEW: Great new restore search feature – a brand new feature to make even lighter work of locating your backed up files and folders.

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Introducing PartnerPrizes – £8000 of Tech and Gadget Giveaways over 12 Weeks

MDaemon 15.5When vendors announce plans for all singing, all dancing, shiny new reseller incentives, there’s a good chance you’ll be thinking one or both of these things…

  • Why bother – one of the big companies will win
  • I bet this will be a headache to understand

You’d be right. They are common issues. However, we can assure you that neither apply to this one!

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What is a System Protection Job and How Does it Work?

system-protectionI’m frequently asked by customers to explain exactly what’s happening when BackupAssist performs a ‘System Protection’ job, so I figured a blog post on it was well overdue!

Now bear with me as it may seem a little heavy going if you’re new to the subject, but this stuff really is genuinely useful to get your head around, regardless of the backup software you use.

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BackupAssist v9 – Faster Backups, Rapid VM Recovery, VHDX Support and more…

BackupAssist v9.0Exciting stuff this morning – the latest major version of the ever-popular BackupAssist has been made live on our site and there’s lots in it to talk about.

A couple of notes before I go in to the highlights…

  • If your current licence is expired, you have until precisely Midnight tonight to take advantage of our renewals promotion!
  • Thanks so much to all who participated in the beta test phase – we had a great response and it’s been a huge help in ensuring this release is the best it possibly can be.

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Marketing your MSP – from Start to the Next Bit (there is no finish!)

The IT Marketing AgencyHi there, I’m delighted and flattered that Zen Software have asked me to write a guest blog, and we thought that some simple steps to get started on marketing your MSP business would be a topic that worked for both of us, and hopefully you, too!

Firstly…if you’re not doing ‘much’ (or even ‘any’!) marketing, you’re not alone! In my previous roles of Head of Marketing for Ingram Micro and Network Group as well as in the work I do now, I meet a lot of MSPs. Almost without exception they tell me sheepishly “I know I should be doing more (for which I read ‘some’) marketing”. Or “Here’s my card, but don’t look at the website, it’s being redesigned.” Or if they’re being honest: “I just don’t know where to start!”.

So, here’s where to start. And by the end of this blog post, you’ll have no excuse not to – so be prepared! ☺

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We Need You! Join the BackupAssist v9 Beta Test Program

BackupAssist beta testingOur Australian friends over at BackupAssist have been working hard to make sure v9 is the best release yet. They could however, really do with your help in testing the Beta version (released this morning) to make sure it’s as good as it possible can be come the final release.

As the distributor we like to provide as much feedback as we can, but we also rely on the fantastic response we always receive from customers and partners to help make sure we’ve got the broadest testing base.

Please note –  As a beta product, we do not recommend using this version of BackupAssist v9 on live or production machines.

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The Great BackupAssist Renewal Sale

BackupAssist renewal promotionIf you, or one of your customers, own a copy of BackupAssist with expired upgrade cover (you can check here), for the next four weeks, we’re offering a brilliant opportunity to bring it up to date (which also reinstates the free technical support cover).

Renewing an expired licence would normally be £95.00 + VAT, but up to and including Monday 14th September, it will be available to you at the non-expired rate of £66.00 + VAT.

**Now extended to 30th September 2015**

The reason for this sudden turn of generosity is two-fold…

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