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Members of the OffsiteDataSync team recently attended the VeeamON 2022 conference at the Aria in Las Vegas. If you are unfamiliar with VeeamON, it is Veeam’s annual user and partner conference that enables attendees to explore the latest Modern Data Protection trends and hear the just released Veeam backup solutions and product announcements. It’s a […]

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Organizations have embraced software as a service (SaaS) and why not? It’s delivered dramatic savings in storage, much greater IT cost efficiency, and even facilitated remote work during an unexpected pandemic. However, a critical vulnerability exists for companies who assume their vendor is covering their SaaS data backup – because they very well may not […]

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Whether data and workloads live in a hyperscale cloud, container, appliance or data center hardware, OffsiteDataSync combined with Veeam can recover it all to keep businesses running San Antonio, TX — May 13, 2022 – OffsiteDataSync, a global provider of highly available and secure cloud data protection solutions, today announced it is now providing customers with recovery […]

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If you don’t know Jason Buffington, vice president of solutions strategy for Veeam, you really should. He’s a former analyst with ESG, where he did a ton of work around backup and disaster recovery (DR), and he’s all over LinkedIn, Twitter, the Veeam blog and other platforms giving advice to IT about how to ensure […]

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According to a recent survey by Owl Labs, nearly 70% of full time employees in the U.S. now work from home. Further, 84% feel that after COVID-19, the ability to continue doing so will make them happier, many adding they’d take a pay cut to work remotely. Further, in a survey of middle-market companies conducted […]

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World Backup Day was first introduced in 2011. Only a year earlier, Google, Microsoft and Amazon launched their cloud services. It was a time when most IT functions were still overseen by technology generalists, including the now mission-critical task of backing up data. It was easy enough back then; IT just had to backup to […]

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Nearly every organization has by now experienced a ransomware attack. According to the 2022 Veeam 2022 Data Protection Trends Report, 76% of organizations were attacked by ransomware in 2021, more than half (51%) suffered ransomware-related outages and more than a third of data (36%) was unrecoverable after a successful attack. And while companies should take […]

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Disaster Recovery Offsite Providers: Why is it Important? Recovery is no problem for an internal IT team, so long as it involves just finding a deleted file or bringing back a single virtual machine (VM). Success depends on having the right backups in place, which can be accomplished with the right software and cloud storage.  […]

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An Expert Perspective on Disaster Recovery Backup Testing Vince Wood is senior systems administrator for OffsiteDataSync, specializing in disaster recovery (DR) testing. As we began creating our latest eBook 3-2-1: Where Are You in Your Data Protection Journey? we thought we’d sit down with Vince for some expert advice from an IT pro who has […]

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Insights on DRAAS Testing Enterprise data is at risk from so many sources, from cyber crimes to natural disasters. So, one would think the importance of backup testing would be obvious to all.  Unfortunately, many organizations are still lagging in this critical function. It all but ensures that when data systems go down the damage […]

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Cloud backup services like Veeam, have a lot going for them as backup and disaster recovery (DR) targets. In fact, some in the backup community say that using only a cloud backup solution is enough to meet the 3-2-1 rule (three copies of the data in two different media with one offsite). There is a […]

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In a 2020 disaster recovery (DR) survey conducted by 451 Research, four out of 10 companies with more than 1,000 employees experienced significant outages during the prior two years. Roughly half saw losses of $100,000 or more, and one in 10 of these events cost over $1 million. Further, the Veeam Data Protection Report 2021 […]

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Hardly anyone needs convincing of the threat of ransomware. Following the recent attacks against the Colonial Pipeline and Kaseya, it’s obvious that ransomware is a clear and present danger to global stability. And the problem is growing… According to Group-IB, a Singapore-based security firm, ransomware attacks surged by 150% from 2019 to 2020. And while […]

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Business data is in greater jeopardy than ever. Along with the usual risks — equipment failure, data corruption, building fires, and plumbing mishaps — companies are increasingly threatened by wildfires, flooding, and extreme weather. Ransomware attacks are also proliferating. Thus, it’s more critical than ever to implement data protection services like Veeam cloud backups, or […]

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With the 3-2-1 rule, the middle part of the maxim says that an organization needs to have copies of its data on at least two different kinds of media. If you want to be technical about it, you could make two backup copies of all data on tape, ship one copy off to a storage […]

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The Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack was huge news for many reasons (not the least of which was the gasoline panic buying it caused in the Southeast). But one of the most notable for IT was the fact that the company paid a $4.4 million ransom in Bitcoin to recover its data. Wouldn’t an organization that […]

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It wasn’t that long ago that data protection fell under the responsibilities of an IT generalist. After all, there really was nothing particularly complicated about doing a nightly backup to tape and then shipping off a copy to Iron Mountain.  Now, however, it’s a whole new ballgame. Ransomware attacks, natural disasters and an increased reliance […]

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City and county governments are some of cybercriminals’ favorite targets for ransomware. Over the past few years, major cities like Atlanta, New Orleans and Baltimore have been left nearly dead in the water from an IT perspective after devastating attacks rifled through nearly all their data. Some, like Delaware County, chose to pay ransom, while […]

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Microsoft Office 365 is a critical SaaS application in remote and in-person workplaces. The data stored is often vital to running many businesses’ day-to-day operations. How does your company protect that valuable asset? OffsiteDataSync protects that data with a backup-as-a-service (BaaS) offering, powered by Veeam. However, do you need to backup Microsoft Office 365? Let’s […]

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As 2021 comes to a close, many of us will examine what did and didn’t work during the past year, and then vow to make changes that’ll help us improve as we move forward. While these resolutions can sometimes be difficult to keep, when it comes to data protection, Veeam and OffsiteDataSync are making it […]

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Veeam & OffsiteDataSync present “2022 Data Protection Trends & Resolutions” on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. ET.  Jason Buffington, VP of Solutions Strategy, Veeam Software and Jonah May, Sales Engineer and Veeam Vanguard, OffsiteDataSync present data protection YOY trends and 2022 data protection resolutions. New global data, sourced from your peers, referencing the […]

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All too often, data protection is a checkbox exercise. Have we got backups of our data? Check! Three copies of each? Check! Are they on two different media? Check! Is one offsite? Check! All done! Except you’re not all done.  The 3-2-1 rule — three copies of data on two different types of storage media […]

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The 3-2-1 rule serves as a guide for IT pros through the tricky policy development phase of effective business continuity. 

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Today’s digital landscape is giving rise to insider threats. According to a study done by Ponemon Institute, the global cost of insider threats rose by 31% from 2018 to 2021 ($8.76m to $11.45m).  These threats pose a significant risk to your organization’s cybersecurity, so it’s important to understand how to recognize and defend against them […]

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National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is celebrating its 18th year with the theme “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart”. This theme was picked to help both individuals and organizations feel empowered in their role to protect their own cyberspace and data.  Throughout the month, the National Cybersecurity Alliance and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency will raise […]

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According to Nuspire’s 2021 Q2 Quarterly Threat Landscape Report, the second quarter saw a 55.240% increase in ransomware activity with the attacks becoming “more common and more damaging”. The report is sourced from 90 billion traffic logs to outline new cyber criminal activity, tactics, techniques, and procedures. Q2 contained one of the most notable ransomware […]

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Howard University shut down online and hybrid classes and turned off access to public WiFi after being targeted by a ransomware attack on Friday. The University is working with the FBI to understand the cause and effect of the attack.  This comes shortly after another attack that occurred last month in Texas. Judson Independent School […]

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What’s the right data protection path for your organization? Is it Backups or DRaaS? In our recent webinar “Protecting Data, Workloads, and your Operations: Backup is NOT DRaaS” we covered: What’s at Risk: Basing your choice on what’s really importantComparing Backup and DRaaS: From focus, to process, to outcomeMaking a Choice: Putting a plan in […]

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In the spring of this year, Mount Desert and Limestone, Maine were hit with ransomware attacks. Both were targeted by hackers hoping to access data from sewage treatment plants located in the communities.Limestone Water and Sewer District was hit on the fourth of July, causing computer shutdowns and alarm interruptions that are set in place […]

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Congratulations to our partner, Veeam Software for being positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Leaders Quadrant of the 2021 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Backup and Recovery Solutions!  This is the fifth time Gartner has recognized Veeam as a Quadrant Leader and the second time they have positioned Veeam as highest overall for their ability to […]

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In March, cybersecurity firm PC Matic gathered up findings from a survey of nearly 6,000 employees nationwide, focused on trends related to cybersecurity and people that had been working remotely since the start of the pandemic. It showed nearly 35% are still working from home. And as cybersecurity threats escalated through the year— ransomware attacks […]

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If you’re in IT at a small-to-mid-sized business (SMB), you know what it feels like to wear many hats, one of which will be backup and disaster recovery. It’s a rare SMB that has anyone in IT specifically dedicated to this function, much less a full data protection team. And given that the way people […]

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The year 2020 changed the way businesses operate for good, because even when it does become safe for employees to return to the office, many will continue working remotely at least part of the time. To support this, IT has accelerated the adoption of software as a service (SaaS) and moved critical, routine operations to […]

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Over the past year, COVID-19 has transformed the way businesses operate, and though workplaces are now reopening as the pandemic winds down, we don’t foresee a wholesale rush to return to the office. Remote work is here to stay. And it has serious implications for data protection. First, though, let’s get a clear picture of […]

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Data and applications no longer live exclusively inside the firewall. With so much of the workforce remote during the pandemic, organizations ramped up their transition to the cloud and software-as-a-service (SaaS). And for SMBs, SaaS has been a particularly important initiative. According to the IDG 2020 Cloud Computing Survey, IT management expects to “reduce their […]

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The Veeam 3-2-1 Data Protection Blueprint – Offsite Backup, Your Data, and The Cloud Watch the webinar “The Veeam 3-2-1 Data Protection Blueprint – Offsite Backup, Your Data, and The Cloud” Learn optimal ways to protect your data while reducing time, cost, and risk! Join industry experts Travis Evans (OffsiteDataSync Sales Engineer) and Brendan McCoy […]

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SharePoint. It’s a really flexible integration tool. You can use it to create websites. You can share and access information with others, no matter what device they may be using. You can use it to stitch applications together so that they interoperate, and a lot of people use it like OneDrive to store folders and […]

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Whatever business you’re in, your clients and customers depend on you, whether you supply them with ballpoint pens or provide legal services. When a customer places an order or calls you regarding a lawsuit, if you lose the documents you need to help them, you don’t just lose a business opportunity – you lose your […]

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When COVID-19 forced businesses to shift, almost overnight, to fully remote operations, the need to digitize operations and move to cloud storage became urgent. Half of organizations accelerated their digital transformation efforts, and 91% increased their usage of cloud services — 31% of them significantly — according to the Veeam 2021 Data Protection Report.  The […]

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When it comes to concerns about disaster recovery, IT pros go with what they know; they focus on the technology and usually can figure out how to restore a particular dataset, server or application. However, when there’s a disaster that destroys data and applications across the business, it’s a totally different story. Restoring everything for […]

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Last month, OffsiteDataSync’s Sales Engineer Travis Evans and Veeam’s Senior Global Technologist of Product Strategy, Anthony Spiteri conducted a webinar. These two data protection experts went into great detail about how the pandemic has transformed the world of work, and how backup and disaster recovery methods are changing along with it. These two know the […]

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Going to VeeamON 2021?  Register now to connect with OffsiteDataSync and thousands of IT professionals at this FREE virtual conference on May 25-26.  Attend VeeamON Virtual 2021 to hear: Future Trends in Backup and Disaster Recoveryv11 Best PracticesIndustry Expert Advice & Tips for Dealing with RansomwareMicrosoft Office 365 Backup Best PracticesAnd more!  You can find […]

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As we highlighted in an earlier blog, more than one hundred thousand global organizations running Exchange email servers have been hacked due to backdoors that allowed hackers complete remote control of their servers and access to their emails. Security experts are now tasked with assisting victims before the hackers revisit their servers and plant additional hacking […]

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Ransom paid has practically tripled in one year, with the average ransom paid by victim organizations across the US, Canada, and Europe going from $115,123 in 2019 to $312,493 in 2020. That’s a 171% year-over-year increase according to Palo Alto Network’s Unit 42s 2021 Ransomware Threat Report. Key findings in Unit 42’s report reveal greed and […]

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Over 100,000 organizations around the globe have been hacked via Microsoft email servers. A “web shell” backdoor gave the hackers total remote control allowing them to read all email, and infiltrate other machines. Industry engineers are rushing to identify, and alert victims to prevent from further destructions. The largest problem – many still do not […]

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Are you part of the 23% that doesn’t test their disaster recovery plan? You have a disaster recovery (DR) plan, and, so far as you and company management knows, it will work. But if something fails, are you certain that recovery will be quick and painless? Have you tested it to make sure? Because if […]

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Data Protection isn’t Getting the Attention or Resources it Deserves Backup and disaster recovery are among the most heavily studied and surveyed IT functions. Every month, a report or two is released by one or more research houses or vendors, and given the wealth of data, it’s easy to say, “Ah, well, there’s another one,” […]

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When it comes to handling ransomware, it’s not a matter of whether your company will be targeted, but when. New variants are continually emerging. Pay-or-get-breached schemes – in which ransom is demanded and data is leaked if not paid – saw quarter over quarter increases throughout 2020. Nefilim, which exploits weak remote access in Citrix, used a deceased admin’s credentials to […]

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Data protection used to be relatively simple, so simple that the need for a true backup service provider wasn’t known. The process was to back up everything to tape after hours and then keep them around for a certain period of time until you feel safe shipping it offsite to a third-party repository.  Of course, […]

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If you were following tech news in  2020—or if your company was  back in the office and you’re close enough to hear your employees scream—you know Microsoft Office 365 suffered several significant outages towards the end of the year. More accurately, millions of Office 365’s customers suffered.  These incidents serve as a reminder that effective cloud backup […]

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When it comes to data protection and disaster recovery (DR), 2020 was one of the most challenging years yet. We were burdened with new disaster recovery challenges, unlike any we have seen before. Last March, with just days notice, COVID-19 forced companies to take entire workforces remote. As IT rushed to provide access to data […]

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In August 2020, California’s energy utilities began implementing several days of rolling blackouts across the state. As the New York Times reported, this practice has become more common in recent years in California: The state’s largest energy company, for example, cut power to millions of customers—some for several days—in 2019. There’s also an important consequence of […]

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This pandemic will no doubt make every short-list of “world’s worst events” for decades to come. But the lockdowns themselves won’t last that long.  At some point in the relatively near future, your company will find its way back to something resembling normal operations—even if that doesn’t look exactly like the pre-COVID normal. So now […]

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Earlier this month Brad Jervis conducted a webinar with Dave Russell, who serves at Veeam’s vice president of enterprise strategy. Before joining Veeam, Dave was a vice president and distinguished analyst covering disaster recovery (DR) and data protection for Gartner. Suffice to say, these two know backup and DR backward and forwards. So, fittingly, in […]

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Most cloud backup and DR solutions don’t have enough redundancy. More specifically, they lack one of the most important types: geographic redundancy. Here’s why that is vital to any effective backup or DR infrastructure. Imagine you have an online service that backs up and protects your corporate data, applications, and systems at an offsite data […]

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When they think of protecting their digital infrastructure and intellectual property, most corporate executives think in terms of “data backup.” The more forward-looking of these senior managers might ask for “cloud backup,” because they understand the drawbacks of trying to back up their mission-critical digital assets entirely onsite. But is a backup solution—even a 100% […]

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These days, when businesses think about disaster recovery, they’re likely focused on COVID-19. For many companies, the sudden lockdown was the most disruptive event that ever happened to their operations. And many of those businesses are now worrying about new risks to their data created by the fallout of the pandemic. But focusing exclusively on […]

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OffsiteDataSync has a strong relationship with Veeam. We were one of the first to join the Veeam Cloud & Service Provider (VCSP) program and achieve Platinum status. We are the largest VCSP with Veeam Accredited Service Partner designation. We’ve been named VCSP Partner of the Year repeatedly. And just months ago, we were a winner […]

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You’ve heard many times that backing up your data, applications, and systems is mission-critical to your company’s ability to continue operating through a disaster. But what you’ve probably heard far fewer times, if at all, is that data backup itself is only half of the solution. The other half—equally important to your continued operations—is your […]

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Right in Sync is a blog series featuring interviews with customers, executives and influencers from the OffsiteDataSync community about their experiences and advice on timely topics. In this edition, we speak with our own Senior Cloud Architect, Brad Jervis. With designations such as Veeam Vanguard and VMware vExpert to his credit, he is an enthusiast […]

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So Should Your Office 365 Data Protection Strategy Ten years ago, if someone would have told you that much of your business would be outsourced to a vendor hosting an application in the cloud, you’d probably have laughed. The security, usability, and manageability alone seemed to make most services out of reach.  But then Microsoft offered Office […]

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The idea that, at some point, one of your users is going to delete something important is well-founded. IT system administrators exist because of things like this. And when running your business operations within Office 365, the potential for data to be deleted is just as real.  To compensate for this, Microsoft has gone to great […]

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Why Backups Are Critical for Response The large amount of organizations using Office 365 has kept the attention of cybercriminals everywhere. Like malware creators, cybercriminals study Office 365, considering how to use its means of access, authentication, and functionality in ways that help their malicious campaigns. In most cases, the logical response is to prop up […]

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There’s more important data than you think stored in your Office 365 instance, and this is data you need to back up. While you have applications designed to host and manage most aspects of an organization, it’s inevitable that this information is utilized in a spreadsheet, presentation, document, etc. and is communicated to another employee, […]

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Disaster recovery (DR) is a lot like insurance. No one wants to pay for it or ever have to use it, but when it’s needed, you’ll be extremely grateful it’s there. Or you will be if it works. After all,  DR is extremely complex and constantly changing, requiring IT professionals to implement dependencies and restore […]

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Right in Sync is a blog series featuring interviews with customers and influencers from the OffsiteDataSync (ODS) community about their experiences and advice on timely topics. In this edition, we speak with Eric Woodard (EW), CEO and founder of Protek, a managed services provider (MSP) with a fascinating story about a ransomware attack and how […]

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When it comes to data protection, completing the backup and replication process isn’t enough, you need to be testing your backups and DR. Backing up at frequent intervals throughout the day isn’t enough. Storing the backups safely isn’t enough. It’s all for naught unless you test your backups, because, without regular testing, all of your backup […]

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In a blog I posted this past January, I mentioned one of the reasons I enjoy tech so much is that it’s dynamic. Change comes quickly and there’s no resting on laurels, regardless of success. As Neil Young says, rust never sleeps, and that applies to business, too. If you fail to advance and offerings don’t hold up, […]

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Imagine this scenario. When the first employee into your office on a Monday morning fires up her computer, she encounters a threatening message on the screen: “We have taken control of your entire corporate network and encrypted your digital assets. Transfer 15 bitcoins into the account below, or your data will be permanently destroyed.” A ransomware […]

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In a previous blog about what COVID-19 means for businesses’ data, I pointed out several risks that companies will face as they’re forced to shift suddenly to remote working. One of those risks, which few businesses had time to prepare for during the sudden transition, was the reality that employees are more likely to make mistakes […]

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DRaaS was more popular originally in the smaller space. Most people don’t want to spend the money on a second data center they only use in the rare event of a disaster. You are starting to see larger companies take advantage of it.Dan Timko Having a disaster recovery plan is imperative for businesses. The cost […]

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With all of the IT demands on your to-do list right now, you’re probably not thinking about how to protect your company against the risks of data loss. Besides, what are the odds of a fire or flood at your office, or even that a careless employee will accidentally delete a mission-critical folder? We get it. Nobody […]

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If you spend time perusing online IT communities, you’ll eventually find someone asking a variation of this question: Can my company use Microsoft Office 365 retention policies as a suitable backup and recovery solution for our O365 data? Unlike a lot of those chat threads, we’ll cut straight to the bottom line: The answer is no. […]

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Recently, Veeam and OffsiteDataSync conducted a timely webinar, “Microsoft Office 365: Essential Backup for Remote Workers.” It combined the knowledge of two experts on backup and recovery; Karinne Bessette, product strategy technologist for Veeam, and Jim Jones, OffsiteDataSync’s senior cloud architect. Jones is also a Veeam Vanguard, a designation reserved for that company’s top influencers. […]

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Disaster recovery isn’t just a nice idea; it’s a necessary part of ensuring business continuity. Protecting your workloads is just as important as running them efficiently in production. Having a solid plan in place ensures your business will keep running through outages, data loss, or accessing them from secondary locations. It’s time to elevate your […]

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Recent events have forced a large amount of the workforce to move to a work from home model, and has left IT departments scrambling to accommodate their needs. This paradigm shift has forced IT administrators to rethink the way they are protecting their mission-critical data now that users are all physically separated and working in […]

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With the shift in business moving to a remote workforce, a dramatic increase in the usage of Office 365 has occurred. Microsoft’s promotion of free E1 office 365 licenses caused usage to go from 32 million daily active users to over 44 million in just under a week. Here’s why Office 365 is essential for remote […]

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Data center, software as a service (SaaS) and cloud stocks are doing very well these days. Equinix, Coupa, Zoom and Microsoft are all trading at or near their 52-week highs. Why? Investors feel outsourced IT and cloud is the future, a point made abundantly clear when businesses that harnessed the cloud correctly were able to […]

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You’ve heard the downtime horror stories. You’ve seen the statistics from major research firms like Gartner, which found that businesses lose an average of $5,600 every minute they can’t access their mission-critical data and systems. You know your organization needs a plan for disaster recovery. It’s the only way to be confident that if an incident ever takes […]

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When they hear the term disaster recovery, most businesses think primarily about restoring access to their corporate data and IT infrastructure after a catastrophic event. And although that description is technically accurate, it obscures a larger, equally important point that businesses need to consider. Recovering from a disaster requires a much broader plan, which most […]

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Necessity is the mother of invention, and we’ve seen some pretty quick fixes for overcoming new daily life challenges. This is a fast-moving situation, one that will undoubtedly change the way society and business conduct itself once COVID-19 is over. We’ll continue to solve, and we’ll continue to evolve. We’ve got this.Jim Klossner When the […]

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Data Protection PSA: Many organizations weren’t prepared for their entire workforce to suddenly go into full lockdown at home. When it happened, the immediate charge for IT was to ensure those new to remote life had access to what they needed to remain productive.  Unfortunately, even in the best of times, there were issues with […]

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One of the surreal effects of the COVID-19 pandemic is that many businesses for the first time ever are instructing employees to work from home. In some cases, companies are taking these measures out of an abundance of caution. In other cases, businesses have no choice: State governments are issuing shelter-in-place orders for all but […]

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If your company doesn’t have a solution for Microsoft Office 365 data backup at all times — and making sure you can retrieve lost data immediately — you should consider the risk this is creating every day for your business. If any of your mission-critical Exchange, OneDrive, or SharePoint data were irretrievably lost, how long […]

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Covid-19 could serve as a forcing issue for many of your customers to finally create a plan for operating even in the face of a disaster. But, don’t focus too much on novel coronavirus … These disaster preparations will help you and your customers handle an array of major and minor disasters, from inclement weather […]

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At the end of the day, the biggest point is you don’t need to look at this as just preparing for COVID-19 because this is just best practices stuff anyway. I mean, these are things you should have in place, and if you don’t have them in place right now, this becomes a forcing function […]

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Covid-19 could be the forcing issue that finally convinces upper management to put resources into a robust disaster plan. So as you prepare for the pandemic, don’t get tunnel vision about the novel coronavirus. Ensure that your disaster preparations will help you weather a wide array of major and minor disasters.Dan Timko Step-by-step list to […]

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When Gartner surveyed businesses paying for some form of disaster-recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS) obstacles, they found that 41% of these contracts don’t include any SLAs for recovery time objectives (RTOs) or recovery point objectives (RPOs). Here’s why that is an astonishing statistic. The primary objective of a disaster recovery plan is to help a business resume operations […]

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Ask anyone in IT, “What kind of recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs) are you looking for?” and odds are they’ll answer, “As small as possible!” But show them the price tag for continuous data protection, and they’ll quickly change their tune: “Forget the near-instantaneous goal, how about 24 hours?” In the […]

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Let’s correct a few misconceptions about your Office 365 data. We speak with businesses regularly about the Microsoft Office 365 data that’s powering their day-to-day operations — in Exchange, SharePoint, and OneDrive. We’ve realized that many of these companies have the same misconceptions about what Microsoft does and doesn’t do when it comes to safeguarding […]

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This article originally appeared on Beta News. Software-as-a-service (SaaS) is rapidly replacing applications that were once hosted on-premises. There are compelling reasons for switching to SaaS. Costs are lower, there’s no in-house equipment or software to deal with, and no updates or patches to manage. Organizations are obviously aware of the advantages. Experts at Gartner estimate that […]

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This article originally appeared on Jim Jones’ blog: koolaid.info. Jim Jones is a senior cloud architect with OffsiteDataSync and a Veeam Vanguard. If you have been around the Veeam world for very long, you know they don’t do small releases; each new version comes with literally hundreds of enhancements and bug fixes. While my last post […]

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This article originally appeared on Jim Jones’ blog: koolaid.info. Jim Jones is a senior cloud architect with OffsiteDataSync and a Veeam Vanguard. Veeam Backup and Replication v10‘s release is now imminent after a loooooong wait. In fact, as of yesterday we now have a tentative release date: February 18, 2020. For the past few weeks, I’ve been […]

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This article originally appeared on TechTarget. J2 Global, a cloud services and digital media company, plans to acquire service providers in the Veeam backup and recovery ecosystem in a bid to build a larger customer base and drive operational efficiencies. Dan Timko, chief strategy officer at J2 Global, based in Los Angeles, said discussions between the […]

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This article originally appeared on TechTarget. Smaller businesses, like enterprise-class organizations, face the harsh realities of fire, flood and the pestilence of ransomware outbreaks. SMBs must shield themselves from such business disruptors, whether outages stem from natural disasters, human error or the malice of cyberintruders. The path to protection starts with a solid business continuity/disaster recovery (BC/DR) plan. But, […]

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One of the reasons I enjoy tech so much is that it’s dynamic. There’s no resting on your laurels, regardless of how much success you’ve notched. For those with dreams (or a Veeam dream) of getting and staying ahead, fresh approaches and strategies are required, and change and new opportunities can follow quickly. The latest […]

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We touched on compliance, the right to be forgotten and backups in our predictions for 2020. However, we thought it would be a good idea to treat the topic in a bit more detail, especially now that the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) has gone into effect as of January 1.   CCPA applies only to companies […]

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The well-known 3-2-1 rule for cloud backup and DR requires at least one to copy reside offsite. Complying with this rule typically used to require hiring a service to haul the tape away on a truck to a distant storage facility.  But with the cloud, things have gotten much easier — simply point your backup […]

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2020 is here, and nothing says the New Year is here for the technology community like a set of IT predictions. Not wanting to miss out on the fun, I’m putting on my prognosticator’s hat and jumping into the fray with a few thoughts on what we can expect this year in terms of SaaS, […]

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This article originally appeared on Information Management. Organizations are increasingly coming to rely on software as a service, replacing applications that have previously been hosted on-premises. In April, for example, Gartner predicted SaaS global revenue would grow 18.5 percent over 2018 to more than $94 billion this year and that, by 2022, it would grow to $143.7 billion. […]

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If your company does not have a plan in place for Office 365 backup and recovery, you do not want to discover this oversight after you’ve suffered mission-critical data loss, a cyberattack, or a natural disaster that takes down operations at your headquarters. Here are some compelling reasons to implement a full backup and disaster-recovery solution for […]

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SaaS is soaring as organizations of all types and sizes adopt the software-as-a-service model for their application needs. Just look at the numbers: Recent research from Okta found that SaaS usage in both large and small businesses climbed sharply between 2017 and 2018. Large organizations used an average of 129 SaaS apps last year, up […]

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This article originally appeared on MSP Insights. The market for infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is growing robustly as more organizations turn to cloud and managed services to meet their IT objectives. Rather than investing heavily in in-house technology and talent, businesses are instead partnering with experts who can enhance their performance, security, scalability and support. The managed […]

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It’s clear that, when it comes to applications, organizations both large and small are rapidly moving towards software-as-a-service (SaaS). According to recent research from Okta, from 2017 to 2018, large organizations increased the number of SaaS applications they use by 68 percent for an average of 129 SaaS apps. The number that smaller organizations are using […]

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Were you one of the lucky 21,000 attendees living it up in San Francisco with Steve Young, Lindsay Vonn, and OneRepublic at VMworld 2019? What a show! Couldn’t make it this year and worried about FOMO? Relax, we also have you covered. Check out our top five virtualization takeaways from VMworld 2019 and how they […]

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The concept of building a DR plan is far more complex than you think and requires some planning before IT ever puts proverbial “pen to paper” writing up how you’ll address a disaster. I remember a ridiculous mock final exam question that has stuck with me over the years – “Define the Universe, be brief […]

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While IT tends to start and end anything with the tech involved, DR planning requires starting with the business and the risk of losing operations and planning recovery from there. Your technology DR plan can’t just be a culmination of steps to be taken to recover a certain data set or bring a given system […]

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DR plans impact the entire organization. So, it makes sense that IT can’t just build a plan on a proverbial island.  There are a few individuals that can help provide context and make it a success. You’re ready to sit down and finally build a comprehensive DR plan, but you only have your own perspective […]

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Every DR effort revolves around what needs to take place during a disruption. And, as you walk through the process of building a DR plan (if you haven’t already), you’re going to find that what you need to deliver and what you can deliver are two very different things.  There are many reasons why you have gaps in your […]

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As part of a digital transformation, many organizations utilize third-party cloud-based applications as part of operations – so, why aren’t they part of the DR plan? The revolution the cloud has brought to business is making enterprise-caliber applications accessible to everyone. 15 years ago, if you had a small business with, say 5 employees, having […]

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Just about every organization that takes recovery seriously has some kind of disaster recovery (DR) plan in place. It should be detailed, spelling out what needs to be recovered, in what circumstances, how, in what order, and how quickly it all needs to happen. But at the end of the day, a plan is just theory; it […]

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Ransomware remains one of 2019’s most concerning attacks, and industry data is showing that those responsible for ransomware attacks are improving their game. One attack that continually generates revenue for cybercriminals is ransomware. While specific attack techniques change over time, the premise is still the same: encrypt critical data and systems for ransom. And, from the […]

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When you think about putting together a disaster recovery (DR) test plan, thoughts almost always go to which servers need to be included, what user accounts are involved, what applications will be impacted, and more.  But then there are all the very specific details that are needed to ensure the success of a recovery.  For […]

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You’ve got this really well thought out DR plan.  It’s got every detail you and the DR team can think of, it covers every contingency, explains each step in gross detail, and – for all intents and purposes – is near perfect.   But how do you know? Even if you’ve read, re-read, and even re-re-read it […]

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Building a testing plan from the disaster recovery (DR) plan is often not the easiest task.  Looking past the simple “which workloads are critical?” discussions, DR testing is where “the rubber meets the road” and you put the plan through its measures.  So, you need to be certain that what you’re testing will adequately represent both the […]

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Organizations simply using Office 365 without any thought of backing up the data they use daily in the world’s most popular office platform are putting operations at risk. Most organizations are using some or all of Office 365’s premiere services, which include Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, OneDrive, and Teams. These offerings make up a material […]

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DRaaS is much more than just implementing an ability to recover in the cloud. It involves many parts of the business and IT coming together to define what recovery should look like. The idea of disaster recovery in the cloud is more than simply pointing your backup solution to a cloud target and pressing “Restore”. […]

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Most IT pros really know their stuff. They architect complex networks, implement applications and services, and wrap security around it all to create a functioning digital ecosystem within the organization. So, it normally falls to these same capable sets of hands to address the organization’s disaster recovery.  But many organizations choose to leverage managed services, […]

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Organizations still utilizing on-prem backups need to embrace both the cloud and cloud service providers for a faster, more reliable, and more disaster-ready backups. Backups have been around as long as networks have. And, in a lot of ways, not much has changed.  You create and store copies of what you deem important from production […]

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In a world where minutes can make the difference between keeping customers happy and becoming a heading in tomorrow’s news, how quickly can DRaaS impact your recovery efforts? For many organizations worried about their ability to recover from a loss of system, application, data, or location, the success of recovery can be measured by how […]

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In some situations, organizations should be thinking more proactively than reactively around how to ensure operations are protected against a disaster, where even DRaaS won’t cut it. A number of major airlines suffered major delays when a single application responsible for weight and balancing plans went down. While only lasting 40 minutes, the outage was enough to […]

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The assumption that just because your data is in the cloud it’s not at risk is no longer the reality for organizations using SaaS applications. And, especially so with Office 365. It’s probably safe to assume that your organization has some portion of operations in the cloud. Some of that is likely in the form […]

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The lack of availability to a weight and balance planning application stopped flights from taking off, causing a ripple effect of further problems with passengers. Major airlines, including Southwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, United Airlines and Alaska Air were temporarily grounded when a vendor servicing multiple carriers and 21,000 flights daily had a […]

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Over three-quarters of organizations experienced some kind of data-related disruption in the last 12 months, according to new report data from Dell EMC. Backup and recovery tend to be thought of as an “insurance policy”. But new data in Dell EMC’s Global Data Protection Index report shows data protection issues are definitely a “when” and not an […]

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At this point, it’s probably safe to assume that nearly every business today that has backups in place is utilizing the cloud to play some role in the backup and/or recovery strategy.  Many organizations have turned to BaaS as a means to offload both the storage and work of backups. But many organizations think just […]

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New Features & Increased Benefits Disaster Recovery is an ever-changing landscape with new innovations emerging more frequently than ever before. IT administrators must constantly stay up to date on the latest DR options available, and how their users interact with their data during a DR event. Veeam Availability Suite Update 4 is on the leading […]

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The goal of Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) is relatively simple; place and run a copy of some or all of your production at a remote location in your time of need. But there are so many ways to accomplish this.  Proactive vs. reactive, cloud vs on-prem, public vs private cloud, image vs. file-based, […]

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Originally Posted March 2019 The lawsuit over the 2017 operational failure that grounded hundreds of flights and left 75,000 UK passengers stranded has finally been settled out of court for an undisclosed sum. When you think of a business like British Airways (BA), and a location like Heathrow Airport, the last think on your mind is that […]

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ROCHESTER, N.Y., Feb. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — OffsiteDataSync and Data Harbor announce today the merger of their business operations offering additional data recovery services and technical capabilities, with a focus on the SLED/FED and enterprise markets. OffsiteDataSync acquired the Data Harbor Company assets, people, and customer contracts and the merged businesses will operate under the OffsiteDataSync brand. […]

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The Challenge of DR and “aaS” How do you ensure data availability during unexpected downtime and satisfy compliance requirements, particularly when you have a complex networking environment or limited time in your day with competing priorities? Learn how to eliminate the confusion around DR and all the “as a Service” in today’s market, interpret exactly what each service […]

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Choosing the Right Provider By now, you should have a better idea of which service(s) are right for your organization. But, with so many cloud providers vying for your business, how do you select the right one?  The most critical aspect of the selection process is to ensure you are considering the needs of the […]

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System Admins say, don’t bother with an O365 backup solution without having Exchange, SharePoint, and OneDrive all together. Ever thought to yourself “Man, I have the email and OneDrive backup figured out, but SharePoint is challenging?!? “ Now announcing an easy, yet comprehensive backup solution: OffsiteDataSync’s O365 cloud-to-cloud backup solution for the complete O365 suite […]

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In this webinar OffsiteDataSync talked about how to achieve hyper-availability for your business, including: Data Availability and shifting the DR paradigmEnabling availability into your recovery environmentEmploying effective technologies to enable availabilityDeployment scenarios: single server/POC, one production site and one DR site, multi production site and one DR site, multi production site and no DR siteTips, […]

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Office 365 has become the defacto standard in today’s world and understandably so – email with no on-prem data footprint and no on-prem problems. And since O365 runs in the cloud data must be protected by Microsoft, right? Wrong. While Microsoft Takes Every Measure to Ensure Office 365 Availability… It’s designed to meet their own […]

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ROCHESTER, N.Y., Feb. 22, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — OffsiteDataSync, one of the largest Veeam Cloud & Service Provider (VCSP) partners in North America, announced that it has been named Veeam Software’s VCSP Growth Partner of the Year for North America for the second year running. OffsiteDataSync has proven success in providing Veeam Availability solutions and […]

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2017 has been an amazing year at OffsiteDataSync. ‍We’ve spent a long time laying a foundation for OffsiteDataSync’s rapid growth, and this was the year we could see everything really come together in a powerful way. ‍We’re making progress towards our mission of protecting data and ensuring business continuity by helping organizations follow the industry […]

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In this webinar, Senior Cloud Architect Brad Jervis from OffsiteDataSync and Senior System Engineer Michael Stuparits from Veeam explains the differences among Infrastructure as a Service, Backup as a Service, and Disaster Recovery as a Service, help you eliminate confusion around these services, and help you understand which service(s) is the best fit for your […]

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In this webinar, Senior Cloud Architect Brad Jervis from OffsiteDataSync and Senior System Engineer Michael Stuparits from Veeam will show you how to access your Office 365 data with control and protection at your finger tips.

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Over the last few weeks, we’ve introduced you to – and educated you on – three of the most common services offered around disaster recovery. You may find that more than one service could be used to meet your needs. But are you supposed to choose just one? Would that even work for you? This […]

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The success or failure of a recovery rests solely on whether you have the right backups in place. No backups, no recovery. Sometimes all that’s needed is a solid plan around what should be backed up, based on the likelihood of any given disaster event. With this in hand, organizations can craft a backup strategy […]

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To remain competitive today, many organizations feel the pressure – and, therefore, strive – to be down as little as is possible. This need to have services and applications available to customers and employees alike is so great that downtime itself is now measured in counts of single-digit minutes. Traditionally, recovery is a function of backup […]

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Having infrastructure ready as part of a disaster recovery plan is a valuable foundation (pun intended); it establishes where recovery will take place, and acts as the basis for all subsequent recovery planning. In essence, it takes some of the “unknown” of DR away, giving light to how the environment should look when the dust […]

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The following is a real-life example of a New York City based fashion company during the aftermath of a real-life disaster, Superstorm Sandy: “After the storm hit, the streets were completely flooded 2 blocks away, the first floor offices were flooded out, and power only existed on select floors (resulting in the company even considering […]

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Are You Currently Located in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina or North Carolina And Worried About IT Downtime Due To Disasters Like Hurricane Harvey and Irma? Are you currently losing your sleep because you don’t know exactly what to do on your end to ensure a seamless preparation and what to do after Hurricane Irma […]

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Our thoughts are with the people recovering from Hurricane Harvey and those bracing themselves for Hurricane Irma. In times like these, we are reminded of the importance of being prepared for a disaster. To help you plan for any disaster, we’ve included some FAQs here. Q: Besides hurricanes, what else could be considered a disaster?  […]

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To remain competitive today, many organizations feel the pressure – and, therefore, strive – to be down as little as is possible. We used to count this in percentages – like the “five 9’s of availability”, but in recent years, this has (thankfully) changed to the far more practical and tangible use of an amount […]

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Previously, you could back up your virtual machines with Veeam Backup & Replication running on either VMware ESXi or Hyper-V (support for Nutanix Acropolis coming soon). Today, many organizations still rely on physical servers and workstations that can’t be virtualized – sometimes due to compliance requirements, sometimes resource usage is very high and can’t be […]

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New Value-Added Arrangement will target technology resellers worldwide ROCHESTER, N.Y., June 21, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — OffsiteDataSync, a global provider of cloud services and Veeam Growth Partner of the Year in 2016, announced today that it has broadened its relationship with Ingram Micro Inc. to include its subsidiary Promark Technology, a premier value-added distributor that specializes in data storage. […]

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In 2017, British Airways suffered a massive IT failure, resulting in more than 400 canceled flights affecting over 75,000 passengers, due to a mistake made by an engineer. It may not be fair to jump to the conclusion regarding the root cause of the disaster. But there are lessons we can all learn from. Lesson […]

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That’s a wrap! VeeamON 2017 went down in history as the best one yet! More exciting announcements at VeeamON 2017! Veeam Management Pack (MP) for System Center v8 Update 4 is now generally available. This update includes one of the most requested features that extends your traditional on-premises System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) monitoring of VMware, […]

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We’re sharing plenty of recaps from day 2 on the blog right now, including… Tech Evangelist Anthony Spiteri‏ sharing v10 of Backup & Replication will have support for replica’s to be replicated and brought up into at service providers vCloud Director environment. Availability Gap. 82% of enterprises are facing a gap between user demand and what […]

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Day 1 of VeeamON 2017 was full of action, partner strategy, and social goodies. What were attendees saying the best highlights were? You’re about to find out! We’re rounding up the best partner strategy highlights from day 1! VeeamON 2017 Day 1: Partner Day In his Day 1 keynote, Peter McKay shared with the audience […]

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Backup and DRaaS are only half of the cloud story. With each session in the Partner to Win series, you will polish and re-enforce a more perfect cloud strategy. https://www.youtube.com/embed/Zth1sM3WcD8

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In this webinar, we will discuss: The market opportunities of Veeam Cloud ConnectThe benefits of partnering with OffsiteDataSync and Ingram MicroHow your business can grow with Veeam, OffsiteDataSync, Inc. and Ingram MicroAnd much more! https://www.youtube.com/embed/bidDKliQZkQ

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Cloud Provider, OffsiteDataSync, Inc. Grows Client Base 80 Percent Per Year with Veeam + Cisco UCS – Veeam Success Story | Read original by Veeam  “I attribute much of our customer growth rate to Veeam and Cisco. The tight integration between the two solutions combined with their scalability make it easy for us to deploy services for […]

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Protecting against persistent threats to customer data and ensuring business continuity were rated among the top three initiatives by CIOs and CTOs in a recent Gartner Survey.Meet our team to discuss the latest strategies in DRaaS and BUaaS, and how to best apply these to your needs. https://www.youtube.com/embed/VEG4cnJxNts

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“We backup our data every day. That’s a good DR strategy…Right?” You do backups because you know you have to. If you don’t, it’s like driving around without a spare tire – you are asking for trouble. Periodical file-level backup can work fine for an individual. For example, you spilled coffee on your laptop. Since you […]

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Today, Sean and Hannah will share their experience on one of the most important sales techniques: FIT Assessment. “Why fit assessment? Can’t I just try to close a deal?” Hannah explains the importance of NOT skipping the fit assessment.What does Fit Assessment look like? Sean demonstrates the process using our partner portal. How business fit assessment […]

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ICYMI: 3 Backup and Disaster Recovery Essentials: Veeam Software, ExaGrid, and OffsiteDataSync, Inc. Protecting against persistent threats to customer data and ensuring business continuity were rated among the top three initiatives by CIOs and CTOs in a recent Gartner Survey. Catch up with our team as we discuss the latest strategies in DRaaS and BUaaS, and […]

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Backup and DRaaS are only half of the cloud story. With each session in the Partner to Win series you will polish and re-enforce a more perfect cloud strategy. This installment will walk you through the most important features of our newly implemented Partner Enablement Portal and how you can utilize these tools to drive […]

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Veeam Software caused a palpable stir earlier this week announcing a $200,000,000.00 investment in the cloud. To many, it’s no surprise that the future of the Information and Technology Services industry is in the cloud. Now, partnering with Veeam to fund this unprecedented incentive program, we’re making it even easier for our partners to buy […]

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Every day, you interact with countless service providers in both your personal and professional lives. I’m sure that by now, you’ve noticed a pattern… They each claim to be the best in their given market. How could that be? Of course, you don’t believe all of them, not really. In fact, I bet you don’t believe most […]

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 Early this morning, the North America Veeam ProPartner Program named OffsiteDataSync, Inc. 2016 VCSP Partner of the Year! The annual award recognizes Veeam ProPartners, “who have not only demonstrated success providing Veeam Availability solutions to their customers, but who have also provided first-class support, expert knowledge, and continued product education.” Don’t expect a big speech from us! […]

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Joined by industry innovators from OffsiteDataSync, Inc., Veeam Software, and Ingram Micro, drawing interest from 100+ registrants, Wednesday’s broadcast was a remarkable success. Panelists covered the characteristic features of the partner program, their immediate benefits, and how these measures translate into tangible successes for you, as well as us. This installation of our Partner to […]

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The celebration of a New Year comes with both traditions and resolutions. Traditions are what keeps the New Year familiar; in the South, you’re eating collards and black-eyed peas. Locally, some kick off the year with heart clogging Polish sausage and sauerkraut. Thankfully, college football gives us its best games of the season, and we […]

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OffsiteDataSync & Veeam Prescribe Secure Cloud Backup for Premise Health | Read original by Veeam | “Deploying Veeam and partnering with OffsiteDataSync were two of the smartest decisions we made. Our backup copies are safely offsite, yet available at a moment’s notice. We’re secure, compliant and ready to handle a disaster.” – Jason Weinstein, Vice President, Data Center […]

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