Amazon Lightsail Managing your overheads. It's just one of the endless art forms you need to master when you take the decision to become the owner of a small business. In an ideal world, your IT expenses at least, would all be handled by a wonderfully competent outsourced IT support firm. Failing that, a trusted team of dedicated IT staff. In my experience of the size of companies we tend to work with, it's quite possible you're not in possession of either of those things, and that can bump IT-related decisions down the priority order occasionally.

BackupAssist version 10.3 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.


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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!

It's been a couple of months since we announced the launch of BackupAssist v10 and its super efficient new cloud backup engine. The significance of the new engine is that it unlocks the possibility of using public cloud giants AWS and Azure as backup destination options. While the BackupAssist side of things is typically easy to configure, I've had a few requests for help navigating Azure's configuration options, so in this article, I'll be walking through the steps as they are today.

We're very pleased indeed to officially announce that 2013 will see the launch of the latest offering in the fantastic MailStore product set, MailStore Cloud Edition. The concept of this product is that service providers will be able to offer their customers, a multi-tennant email archiving service, thereby completing their email service portfolio. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-p3KheAmKk4

Back up your data off-site with RsyncIn this new stand-alone BackupAssist "how-to" video released by developer Cortex, we see how you can check if the Image backup you have taken has everything needed to perform a full Bare Metal recovery.
As with all backups it is imperative that you verify the backups to be sure they contain what you expect so we'd highly recommend you take a look at this video when you get a moment...

Back up your data off-site with RsyncThis is the second series of fantastic of "how-to" videos to be released by developer Cortex, this time aimed at helping users check and resolve common VSS issues.
Whether you've already come across something similar or just want to further your technical understanding of the product, we'd highly recommend a watch when you get a moment...