This is what happens when you lose your data without backup – Complete, Irreversible Loss

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No backup, full of data, data is lost -> you're doomed. So is your business. It's as simple as that. Unfortunately... Information concept: Head With Padlock and Data Loss There's no sugarcoating around it. You lost your data, you lost your business in about 90% of the cases. For most business owners who have no idea about their data, the concept of backup is pretty much alien. And it's not necessarily relegated just to business owners, because most of the times system administrators, the ones responsible for the data, are just as guilty. Take for example the little story below, highlighted on the Reddit thread about data loss - Biggest IT Losses of the Year
Someone who... "moved on for personal reasons after the incident"... thought it would be okay to install inert-gas-based fire suppression nozzles in a data center hosting servers after the fact and then test them without inspection or notification of the tenants. Thing is, the fire suppression nozzles were installed with 2 flaws: 1) they were installed directly facing the servers, and 2) they were installed without a pressure deflector. In only one location were there nozzles faced at an actually occupied rack; this rack was mine, and filled up with a large, new vendor storage evaluation platform. Cue the 'test'... Nozzle discharges on a sustained basis for 60+ seconds with enough force to create a volume loud enough to chase people out of the first floor even through a closed door. Racks in question cooled to subzero temperatures well below the ability to conduct thermal measurement. All RAID sets lost. Company's self-insurance program invoked.  
Luckily for them, they had backup for their files. As for their hardware equipment, well, that was lost - almost 1 million US Dollars in damages. But what if you don't have a backup? Here's another story.
Website has a 10 year old server with all of it's shares. Workstation on the domain ended up getting CryptoLocker (a ransom software that forces you to pay to unlock your computer). CryptoLocker's tor site was shutdown about the same time, so the unlock key never made it to the server and they could not pay to unlock the data. No backups.
  Yeap. You just lost 10 year's worth of data, all of the files, records, everything your business had. Because you did NOT backup your data. Moral of the story? Don't endanger your data in any way, because you might lose it. And if you do lose it, make sure you have a backup in place. Because if you don't have a backup, you will have a hard time. So what is there to be done about it? Simple. Get a backup solution. For your server, for your computer, for your business. For your peace of mind.   And remember, don't try this at home folks :D   BackupRun - Complete Server Backup-as-a-Service Solution with R1Soft Enterprise - www.backuprun.com
Content Delivery Network Services offered by CDN77

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For BackupRun, a website and a service that has clients from all over the world, teaming up with CDN77 and their excellent Content Delivery Network system in a beneficial partnership is definitely a welcome boost! Content Delivery Networks do your online business a world of good - and not just when your parallax website needs to load up faster! cdn_map BackupRun's website, a content heavy website focused on bringing an easy-to-use service to our customer, has been working with CDN77's network for the past year, speeding up both our website and our SEO rankings, making it more enjoyable and faster for our clients. Without the dedicated CDN network boosting our website, our dedicated Services Page for our clients would work out rather slowly if our client was too far away from where our website is hosted. And sure, our Services page works faster - but even for a regular website or blog, the faster it is, the better  it works in the SEO rankings, which is crucial for any website to draw visitors. So how does a CDN work? how_cdn_works A CDN works by distributing your content on servers around the world, making it easier for your visitors and clients to access your data. Besides the obvious benefits of speed and SEO rankings, CDN's make distributing service updates much faster (essential in our business!) and it reduces the load on our servers to make sure there are no problems for our clients. Finding a CDN can be trickier however. Not because you can't find any, it's actually the opposite - there's a wealth of offers on the market. Finding a good CDN offer that can cater to your needs is a bit more difficult, because you have to carefully study the market to find the best fit for you. BackupRun is proud to work in partnership with CDN77, a complete Content Delivery Network system that manages to quadruple our website speeds and reduces the heavy load on our main servers, allowing us to focus on resources on servicing our clients in more efficient way. So if you're in the market for a reliable and fast CDN provider, from one business to another, we highly recommend CDN77! May you have incredible loading speeds!   BackupRun - Complete Backup As a Service with R1Soft - www.backuprun.com CDN77 - Content Delivery Network - www.cdn77.com  
Numbers and Figures – The Costs of Data Loss

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Data loss is as expensive as losing your business. And we've seen earlier what data loss can do to your business - Massive Data Loss Leads to Business Shutdown - but what about the costs in a more mathematical, statistical term that can be applied to the average business?  [caption id="attachment_193" align="alignnone" width="1024"]http://www.wiikno.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/iStock_000006412772Medium-1024x768.jpg http://www.wiikno.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/iStock_000006412772Medium-1024x768.jpg[/caption] For a start, the Target example does not apply to businesses all over the spectrum, primarily because Target is a massive retailer and could relatively absorb the costs and implications of such a data loss. But while we agreed earlier that data loss to business shutdown, what about numbers and figures?   Surely those numbers can't be that dramatic? Yes, they actually are. Here are some chilling numbers - according to a Guardian report, 72% of businesses disband in 24 months after a data loss. Dell, on the other hand, estimates that up to 94% of businesses with a massive data loss experience a complete shutdown and exit from the industry, irrespective of the sector. Most businesses purchase a backup solution after they experienced (and survived!) a data loss. Needless to say, data loss can be costly, and that's not exactly the whole picture. According to a Trend Micro report, the numbers go like this - 62% of SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) do not regularly backup their data, and in the case of employee mobility, 68% of the companies surveyed admitted that they would have problems because sensitive data is stored on employee disks rather than a centralised, off site system. In layman's terms, one unexpected issues and the costs can throw a business off the tracks.   data_loss_numbers   How can those numbers shrink? Both cost wise and percentage wise?  A complete backup solution, for a start. And educating the employees and managers about the importance of data storage and protection. Education is crucial here, because not every company is Target - if almost any other company experiences that kind of a data loss, they would shutdown in less than six months, sued by the customers and forced to pay punitive damages. It seems remarkable that such an important task is often forgotten. Which is why educating employees and managers about the importance of backups is of the issue - why risk losing all of your data when you can just purchase a complete backup solution to cover all of your needs? By now, backup solutions are now cost efficient. Most SME employees are not aware of the importance of backups - and that has to change, both for their own good and the company's own good. A simple wrongly typed command can delete your entire database. And with no backup, when that's gone, so is your business.     BackupRun - Complete Backup-as-a-Service using R1Soft - www.backuprun.com
VPN and Data Protection

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Here's some food for thought to start off 2015 - how protected are you online? question_mark_man If you err or aren't really sure, it's about time you review your online protection. Protecting yourself online is now the equivalent of protecting yourself day to day. Banking, data transfer, message exchange... all of that happens over the internet, and far too many people are not protected when it comes to their vital information. Going a step further, conducting your data backups fall in the same category, because they too happen with the aid of the internet network. Besides the trusted antivirus and the (hopefully used!) firewall, there is one more step that needs to be done by those who desire maximum protection over the internet. A trusted, fully encrypted VPN service. vpn_private_network_security_data VPN stands for Virtual Private Network and provides a further layer of protection whilst you conduct your business over the internet. VPN's work by using the online infrastructure while they provide the necessary privacy and security through special procedures and tunneling protocols. The data packets sent over the internet are sent down a "tunnel" and encrypted, preventing random sniffers to guess what those packets contain. More complex VPN's encrypt both the signals of the sender and the receiver, creating a complete layer of security to an already secure data transfer. VPN's mask your online identity as well, protecting you from any unwanted attention. And when it comes to conducting your sensitive server backups, think of VPNs for a moment.   Server backups are conducted over the internet, as the data from the servers is backed up on offsite servers for protection. During the crucial phase of the server backup, protecting your data by using a VPN adds that necessary layer of security needed to ensure that nothing is leaked or hacked by outside intrusion. Conducting your server backups in complete security should be your top priority. VPN's are easy to set up and install, and even easier to use, and as such it has become a popular method to ensure a safe transfer of data over the internet. Not to mention a VPN offers you anonymity and privacy.   So the next time you do your backups, don't forget to use a VPN first. ;)   BackupRun - Fast. Affordable and Secure (offering a VPN service for backups too!) Server Backup - www.backuprun.com
BackupRun’s New Pricing Model

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Our estemeed customers will definitely rejoice at this - we cut the prices! And we did so drastically! :D Enjoy it, smile, grab a refreshing drink, have a warm croissant. Yes, BackupRun has cut the prices for it's quality server backup software. Despite it being one of the lowest prices on the market, we decide to cut our prices even lower to make it even more accessible to our customers to keep their valuable data safe and protected. But why? Business chart down   The main reason for our price cutting was to make server backup more accessible than it currently is. Despite having some of the lowest prices in the market, server backups should be and must be indispensable to a business, regardless of its size. With that in mind, we slashed our prices to enable more and more businesses to use a server backup without having to break the bank, providing a considerable layer of security to their data protection. Affordability is one of our main tenets, so with that in mind, we thought of the customer first and considerably slashed the prices. But that's not all of it. Because advancing technology allows us to offer even better prices with an even higher standard of technology!   So what are our new prices? To put it in simple terms - 1 TB can now cost just 10 US Dollars. After you purchase your 4th TB, the price for further TB goes down to 10 USD per terabyte. And that's not all, because: 1 TB - 40 US Dollars (down from 50 US Dollars / 40 Euros) 2TB - 70 US Dollars (down from 99 US Dollars / 80 Euros) 4TB - 110 US Dollars (down from 199 US Dollars / 160 Euros) 8TB - 150 US Dollars (down from 500 US Dollars / 320 Euros)   Interested in securing this fantastic deal? Head over to BackupRun - www.backuprun.com - and sign up today!
BackupRun VS Dropbox

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A fellow reader of the BackupRun blog asked a rather fair question to us - how are you guys in any way different than Dropbox? Well, actually, we're totally different to Dropbox. backuprun_dropbox Yes, even though we deal with the same business side, we deal with totally different ways of operating. And our target market is totally different. What we offer to our customers is complete backup-as-a-service for servers. We deal with servers, we offer data protection and storage for servers only, allowing small, medium and large businesses to protect their companies by efficiently backing up their mounds of data in a safe place. All right, you might say, but businesses can use Dropbox just as well as they can use BackupRun. Err, not quite. backup_backuprun_dropbox You see, Dropbox is a system where you keep your data that is mostly personal with some exception being the Pro package that allows you to upload big amounts of data towards your company account. That's all fine and dandy, but huge amount of data that medium and large companies move do not cut it with Dropbox. You need a bigger service when it comes to your business, and one that can handle the massive amount of data that you need to move around and keep a safe copy of everything. And it comes down to more than just data - when you own servers, you need to be able to quickly restore them whenever you have a problem that corrupts your entire database and brings your website down. You can't do that with Dropbox - but you can do it with BackupRun. Furthermore, you need integration with certain software/features (cPanel, MySQL, MSSQL) that Dropbox does not have, meaning that the only viable option for you as a business owner is simply to use a dedicated backup system that can efficiently protect your data and help you in delicate moments. ;) In short, Dropbox just keeps your files, and not too many of them. When you own a business, or when you take care of the IT side of a business, storing large amounts of files is crucial, and so is restoring your server in less than 20 minutes once it goes bust. cloud_data_protection   So keep yourself protected at all times!     BackupRun - Fast, Affordable and Reliable Backup-as-a-Service - www.backuprun.com
Become a partner of BackupRun!

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That's right, BackupRun is currently looking for partners! :) We're interested in establishing beneficial partnerships with datacenters and web hosting companies. Given that we are a company specialised in offering a complete backup-as-a-service, we are looking for partners that are interested in expanding their customer base worldwide. If you currently own a datacenter, or if you work in a datacenter-owning company, get in touch with us! We would love to partner with you! Our network of very reliable partners allows us to offer excellent servers to our clients - and we intend to keep the same quality, but with more choice for our customers! datacenter_picture   Interested in partnering with us? Send us an e-mail at noc@backuprun.com and tell us what exactly you have in mind! Remember, the partnership will be beneficial for both sides, so don't hesitate to contact us!   BackupRun Team - www.backuprun.com
5 Things You Need To Know To Protect Your Data

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For a start, remember this simple rule - your data is valuable as long as you protect it. Because once it's gone, and you have no backup solution to provide you with a complete insurance, you can take your mind off it because it's gone forever. [caption id="attachment_264" align="aligncenter" width="2048"]http://www.recoverdatas.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/data-protection-2.jpg http://www.recoverdatas.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/data-protection-2.jpg[/caption] With that in mind, here's 5 very easy tips to make sure you keep your data protected and you forgo any headaches. Headaches that can easily be avoided.  
  • Use a Strong Password
That might seem like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised at how many people use "password" or "1234" as their password for even the most important accounts that they have online. And whenever you do a crypted backup, do not ever ever use "backup" as a password. Protected data is valuable data, so keep it safe!  
  • Backup often
Another no-brainer, which is even more evident is our evolved backup solutions - you get the option to back up every hour, every day, every week... Make sure you select the appropriate solution for you, but if you try really really hard to ignore (read - I don't care about it), make sure you select at least the "daily backup" option. For peace of mind, select hourly backup and let the system do the job. You can forget about it, but just make sure you revisit it once every week at least.  
  • Encrypt your Data
Modern backup solutions offer this security option, which is gradually becoming a norm in the industry. By encrypting your data you ensure that you don't allow any unauthorised access to it, especially if you somehow manage to lose it. So back up your data and encrypt it for safekeeping. And don't forget that password please...  
  • Constantly Monitor Your Backups
Your backups are like your insurance - if they work, you're protected. If they don't, you're screwed. Use mobile monitoring apps and similar software to make sure your backups are optimal at any time of the day - so you don't get caught offside whenever you have a potential data issue. Keep your eyes on your backups!  
  •  Backup, backup, backup!
Recent research in the past year of 2013 has shown that the U.S. industries have lost a combined 18 BILLION DOLLARS in revenue after suffering extensive data loss. Target Corp suffered a massive data loss last year, the same happened to eBay 6 months later (early 2014), not to mention a whole host of other companies who suffered because they were ill-prepared to deal with data loss. Fortunately for eBay and Target, both of them had backup systems. And that allowed them to regain their footing quite rapidly. Now imagine if neither of them had a backup solution...     BackupRun - Complete Backup Solution with R1Soft Enterprisewww.backuprun.com
BackupRun and Greenhouse Datacenters are now Partners!

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Expanding into global markets and securing key partnerships has always been a goal here at BackupRun, so as a result, we're very proud to announce a second partnership, this time between BackupRun and Greenhouse Datacenters of Holland. After a round of negotiations, the two companies signed a partnership agreement, securing footholds in new markets for both companies. in postare-worldstream   Greenhouse Datacenters is one of Holland's premier datacenters, a datacenter that offers responsible hosting in an environmentally friendly, carrier-neutral datacenter, built to the utmost standards where redundancy is of paramount importance. Through this partnership, BackupRun clients now have the opportunity to host their crucial backup data in Holland, on Greenhouse Datacenter servers, while Greenhouse Datacenter clients will be able to use the reliable server backup solution offered by BackupRun. The option to choose the servers of Greenhouse Datacenters to host your backup data is active, and can be selected immediately! Check out below a presentation of the datacenters owner by our new partners!   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KSViixTy7k   Don't forget to have a look on their website as well! - http://www.greenhousedatacenters.nl/     BackupRun - Complete Backup-as-a-Service based on the R1Soft Platform - www.backuprun.com
Encryption and Backup – Data Protection within a Server

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Backup systems, be they server backups or any other systems, focus mainly on providing a specific layer of data protection. Providing an offsite backup for your server is a sure fire way (pun intended) to make sure your crucial data is stored safely, and that no unwanted events destroy your files. BackupRun provides all of the customers the option to encrypt their files and make sure that extra layer of protection is always available to them. But what exactly is encryption and how can it protect you even further? encryption_1 Encryption, as a definition, is the process of encoding files in a way that only those who are authorised (read - through a special key, usually a Pre-Shared Key) are allowed to unlock the contents and read/explore what's inside the encrypted files. Encrypted files don't prevent them from being intercepted (if you've got your HDD drowned in trojan horses, your data will be sniffed at) but it does a good job of preventing the files from being accessed. Imagine encryption as a lock for your files - and in 99.9% of the cases, it acts as a very secure lock. lock_encryption_data_protection   In theory, even if your HDD gets hacked, you're protected. In the case of BackupRun's complete backup-as-a-service, having a backup for your service is the most solid option for data protection that you can get. Having an offside backup insures you against any data loss that you may have. But if you decide to add an extra layer of security, BackupRun offers you the option to add secure AES 256-bit encryption to your data backups, to ensure your peace of mind whenever you need. And even if they're not encrypted, data transfer is done through a secure SSL certificate. We take our security very seriously, so much so that we have ISO 9001 security certifications. Encryption in itsef is not a requirement at all - offsite backups are built first and foremost with security in mind, so they're already protected. But if should you need that defining layer of security to your data, having encrypted files is the only safe way to go forwards. Encrypted files are very hard to break into, requiring a huge amount of resources and computing power - meaning that your security is virtually guaranteed.   BackupRun - Complete backup-as-a-service on the R1Soft Platform - www.backuprun.com
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