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Data Protection vs. Backup: What’s the Difference?

According to online marketing service SEM Rush, the keyword “backup” is searched more than 49,000 times a day, worldwide. Even though backup products have been around for decades, it’s still a hot topic based on searches for information about server backup, workstation backup, mobile device, and cloud backup.  Read More … [Read more...]

Donuts Are Delicious . . . and Powerful!

With https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Doughnut_Day">National Donut Day taking place last week in the U.S., we at SolarWinds MSP have had donuts on our minds. But not just the tasty, sugary, fried kind. We’re also busy incorporating donut charts into our product interfaces.  Read More … [Read more...]

Three Key Reasons to Sell Data Protection to Your Customers

One of the first questions many managed services providers (MSPs) ask is why should I even be selling data protection or backup in the first place? It’s true there's lots of competition out there already; there are plenty of services online, and there are plenty of other vendors. In fact, your customers might even have a backup solution already in place, and yet you're supposed to go in there to … [Read more...]

Backup Problems? Meet Backup Solutions!

<p>Data protection can seem like a routine thing. As an IT professional, you understand its importance but problems can still arise when working with your customers to ensure they have the protection that you know they need. That’s why we asked five award-winning MSPs to share their solutions to common problems.&nbsp;</p> <p>Service providers from five different regions of … [Read more...]

Why Ransomware Is a Business Continuity Issue

Everyone has seen the headlines: Ransomware shuts down a city government, or Read More … [Read more...]

Thinking Outside the Backup Box Part Two: Going Cloud First

In part one of this blog series, we went over the history of backup appliances and their downsides in today’s environment. Proprietary backup appliances—dedicated hardware used for aggregating and pushing backup data to the cloud—were meant to solve problems with cloud-based backup, mostly around slow transfers over limited-bandwidth networks. When cloud backups first became viable, network speed … [Read more...]

“Testing, testing, 1,2,3 …”

New Year’s resolutions take many forms. From regular exercise, to less screen time, to better habits in your IT work life, there is no shortage of advice. In the category of better IT habits is that old chestnut about testing backups. Everyone knows they should do it, and many write about it. But how many actually do it?  Read More … [Read more...]

Think Outside the Box Part 1: The Trouble with Backup Appliances

Cloud-based backup solutions carry a lot of benefits: It’s easier to manage a distributed customer base, you have less infrastructure to worry about, and you don’t have to sell customers on buying a full backup server.  Read More … [Read more...]

The Top 7 Reasons to Back Up Office 365: Part Two

Moving from hosted Exchange servers to Microsoft Office 365 frees IT service providers from the hassles of managing application servers—and dramatically reduces worries about system downtime. However, it doesn’t absolve service providers (or in-house IT pros) of all responsibility when it comes to Exchange data protection.   Read More … [Read more...]

The Top 7 Reasons to Back Up Office 365: Part One

Moving from hosted Exchange servers to Microsoft® Office 365® frees IT service providers from the hassles of managing application servers and dramatically reduces worries about system downtime. Microsoft invests heavily in ensuring availability and service reliability, which makes life easier for managed service providers (MSPs). However, it doesn’t absolve service providers (or in-house IT pros) … [Read more...]