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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 (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 […]

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