Back in May of last year, there was a veritable buzz in the office as BackupAssist released v10, and with it their shiny new ‘Cloud Backup’ engine, designed at the time to work only with public cloud giants AWS and Azure.
The buzz was partly around the potential for the new technology. Here was a backup engine that could happily back up large files over a WAN, that would encrypt, deduplicate and compress, and that could also be set up with very little effort.
We mentioned then that this was the first iteration and in the newly released 10.3 you’re seeing the next step. In this latest release, the Cloud Backup engine has been expanded to include support for WebDAV destinations, unlocking a wide variety of destinations including Windows machines, NAS devices, and third-party hosting companies.
With the new year comes a new company name and strapline for our friends across the pond, as Texas-based ‘Alt-N Technologies’ become ‘MDaemon Technologies’ with immediate effect.
You may be familiar with the Alt-N brand, however it’s ‘MDaemon’, the Exchange alternative used in over 100 countries and by over 4 million users that’s the most widely recognised among IT communities.
In keeping with the slightly random pre-Christmas tradition of slashing prices like crazy in order to draw a crowd, we too will be offering an unbeatable Black Friday discount.
Until the end of November, we’ll cut the cost of buying any new MDaemon Email Server licence or add-on by a generous 30% off the advertised RRP’s.
MDaemon has long been a popular alternative to cloud email services such as Office365 for companies who demand the security, control and flexibility of their own email server.
Great news – it’s here, and it’s available for download now via our website. It’s the latest update to MailStore Server, the email archiving software for Office365, Exchange and MDaemon.
The highlight is a complete overhaul of the web search client, plus the introduction of digital signing for exported email in all three versions of MailStore. Last but not least, this release also sees the introduction of ‘status reports’ for the Service Provider edition.
The developer’s blog announcement mentions they’re ‘bringing the user experience and security to a new level’. I can’t argue with that from what I’ve seen so far, and the particularly interesting part is that this release is the developmental stepping stone for lots more in the way of improvements in the months to come.
In addition to supporting local destination media such as USB hard drives, network shares and RDX, BackupAssist also provides a way to back up important files and folders to a public cloud provider such as Amazon or Microsoft.
Designed to be an additional layer of protection to your local backup routine, the Cloud Backup Add-on is ideal for disaster recovery scenarios and popular with Hyper-V users who want an off-site location for Guest VM’s.
In the second instalment of a new series where we focus on specific features, Neil walks you through setting up a job using the Cloud Backup Add-on, showing both the steps required in BackupAssist and what’s needed in Azure.
Over to you Neil!
System Protection is ‘BackupAssist speak’ for what you’ll probably know as a bare metal backup or image of your server. It’s also the backup type of choice for the vast majority of our customers.
It’s a popular option because it’s a safe one. It guarantees your entire system is backed up in one hit with nothing left behind, but also still provides you with the ability to restore granular data should you wish, such as files, folders or mailbox items.
In the first of a new series of videos designed to help new users get started, and existing ones brush up their knowledge, Neil gets behind the camera to walk you through the process of creating a job, explaining both the benefits and limitations as he goes.
Over to you Neil!
MDaemon remains the leading alternative to Microsoft Exchange and Office 365, providing companies who need the security and control of their own mail server with easy to use features at a highly competitive price.
25 years on from MDaemon’s launch, we see Texas-based developer Alt-N Technologies add yet more features to boost security and an update for Outlook Connector.
Here are my highlights – don’t forget, you can find the full exhaustive list of goodies in the MDaemon Release Notes.
Alright, so it’s time to log in to that site you’ve not used in a while.
Username and password? Yep, no problem…
….okay, what about B1ngoWozH1sNamo21?
It’s a familiar tale in this wonderful digital age in which we live – we’re surrounded by a bottomless pool of amazing websites and services, all climbing over one another to improve our lives, however, every one of the darned things requires a registration.
Many ransomware strains such as WannaCry, already have the ability to remove both system restore points and your Windows backups altogether.
Rather worryingly, experts also suggest that ransomware is expected to increasingly target backup files in the future.
With that in mind, we’re particularly excited to see BackupAssist v10.1.0 go live today, as it includes CryptoSafeGuard, a free feature designed to tackle these problems head on.
In case you missed my early heads up, the public release of CryptSafeGuard for BackupAssist is now but a few weeks away. It’s an anti-ransomware feature, it’s ever so timely and best of all, it’s free (provided you have valid upgrade cover of course!).
The senior development team over at BackupAssist are excited to let you know just how great it is, and with that in mind, are running a free one-off webinar for resellers on Wednesday 9th August @ 9.30am.
If you can spare the time I highly recommend you attend as it’s a terrific opportunity to learn about a feature that could really help your customers (and you!) out of a tight spot should the unthinkable happen and their files become encrypted.
Not only that but it’s a rare chance to provide your thoughts and suggestions directly to the people who write the software.