WORLD BACKUP DAY: The Right Stuff!

Here is a quick recap of the important points we made in our first four articles - also illustrated into our latest video:

Whether you’re looking to put a mobility management solution in place for the first time, considering changing providers, or just looking for additional capabilities, there are many aspects to consider when choosing a mobility solution provider. As your usage of mobile technologies matures, you’ll likely move towards more specialized use cases and requirements that are topics for future discussion. Today we will review 5 general questions to ask when assessing the offerings of mobility solution providers.

Do you provide an MDM or EMM solution?

Companies, big and small, that heavily rely on IT, know very well that backup is not a luxury but a requirement. Whether it is your internal documents, or customer-facing marketing information, or fast-changing transactional data – it needs to be protected. Losing data is a disaster by itself, and can cause even more disastrous consequences if it is not restored in reasonable time.

An analogy to help illustrate the issue would be to imagine if the IT was your car that enables your business, and your data were the wheels. If your car has a flat tire, you can replace a wheel with a spare from the trunk (i.e., restore your data from the backup). That assumes the rest of your car is fine and can run. Assuming your spare tire is exactly the same as your primary (and not a mini-spare), you can use them interchangeably.

The Golden 3-2-1 BackUp Rule

Backup is important but it is just as important to remember that having one backup copy is sometimes not enough. For example, let’s assume that you backup your computer to an external drive, which you keep in your home office. If your computer crashes, you have the backup copy. However, if a fire breaks out in your home, it will destroy both your computer and the external drive.

For this reason, Acronis has created the 3-2-1 rule (video):

By keeping backup copies both locally and offsite – perhaps in the cloud - you double the protection of your data in the event of any unforeseen event or disaster.

Did you know that the “Toy Story 2” movie was almost completely lost? Not long before its release, Pixar Animation Studios suffered one of the most famous data losses in history – losing most of the source files of the upcoming film.

Pixar had a backup – a traditional solution saving a copy of data to tape. However, when the engineers tried to restore the data, the tapes failed. The movie was eventually saved by locating a stray copy of the files on the home workstation of Supervising Technical Director, Galyn Susman.

For Pixar, the outdated traditional backup solution had failed in its main objective – protecting the data.

How can you avoid a similar situation and make sure your backup solution will protect your digital assets now and in the future?  Here are three priorities to consider in a professional-grade data protection solution.

1. Increased Protection

“I only want some of my data on my computer protected. I don’t need everything protected”
….said no one ever!

When it comes to backup, you have two options:
1.    Back up the individual files that you store on your computer or
2.    Backup a snapshot or image of the entire system or disk

Let’s compare and contrast the two options.

You’ve done your research, and you’ve looked at different options for disaster recovery (DR). You discarded tapes as slow and unreliable, colo active hosting as too expensive for your budget, appliance-based recovery as too close to your primary systems and therefore prone to the same disaster, and “doing it yourself”… oh, forget about it with your limited IT resources. Ultimately, you determined that cloud is the answer.  While cloud could have been considered a novelty only several years ago, today it is quickly becoming the main stream of disaster recovery. In fact, there are multiple options even within what may seem to be a fairly narrow segment. How do you choose the one that’s right for you? What questions do you ask? What answers should you look for? How do you identify a professional-grade solution? 

Want these answers? Keep on reading…

How Do You Measure Productivity?

Time is money.

There are many considerations to be taken into account when it comes to productivity, but the most important are measurement of individual activity (such as time spent selling to customers) and total cost of ownership (TCO).  But today, I’d like to focus on employee satisfaction that can derive from a simple but secure BYOD policy and how that affects your company’s productivity -- and ultimately your bottom line -- in a very positive manner.   

As a mother of four grown children, I’ve often wondered how I managed my full time job before I had a laptop and a smart phone; let alone a BYOD policy that I enjoy at Acronis! This policy enables me to securely access email and corporate files, as well as annotate, sync, and share them in a collaborative way with my colleagues and partners. 

True or False:

  • I do not need to backup my PC or Mac because I have anti-virus software.
  • Your Answer: _______
  • The correct response is:  False - and here is why.

Every PC and Mac user should install anti-virus (AV) software. It is an important security measure that protects your data and system from viruses and hacker attacks. However, it will not protect your computer from the other SEVEN ways you can lose your data:
1.    Hardware failure
2.    User errors
3.    Loss or theft of a device
4.    Natural disaster
5.    Accidents
6.    Software errors
7.    Problems you may encounter when upgrading or updating your software

Make Sure you Backup Your Data video

As personal computers have evolved, the amount of data we store on our PCs and Macs has grown exponentially. In the early ‘90s, you probably remember the first time you purchased a computer with a 30MB drive. You thought, “I will never use that much storage.” Decades later, you realize that a PC or Mac with a terabyte drive is barely large enough.

Yikes! Your data requirements have grown one million times!