Protecting virtual environments: The Intronis ECHOplatform approach

Posted by Achmad Chadran on Apr 24, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Protecting_VM_Vid_ScreenCapVirtualization is now a mainstream technology. Steady innovation among both hypervisor vendors and their hardware partners has made server virtualization affordable for most businesses.

This makes virtualization’s ROI compelling even for small businesses, which now can run multiple application workloads on each physical server. But increased use of virtualization also creates new business risks. 

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Topics: Virtualization, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, VMware backup, Hyper-V Backup

16 Things the Data Loss Gremlins Hate

Posted by Anne Campbell on Mar 30, 2015 12:30:00 PM

The troublesome data loss gremlins are always plotting devious new ways to destroy your most important data and ruin your day—and your livelihood. As soon as you let down your guard, they’ll sneak up on you with a nasty surprise, like a security breach, a server meltdown, or a devastating fire that will leave you and your customers scrambling to pick up the pieces.

That doesn’t mean you’re totally defenseless, though. Every data loss gremlin has a weakness, something they hate with a passion because it keeps foiling their evil plans. Knowing what these weaknesses are will help you scare off Scratch, Scorch, Klepto, Mal, Mayhem, and Whoopsie Daisy and keep your data safe.

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Topics: Malware, IT Security, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, Cloud Backup and Recovery, Data Loss, Cyber Security

Quiz: Which data loss gremlin are you?

Posted by Anne Campbell on Mar 26, 2015 9:00:00 AM

With World Backup Day right around the corner, we’ve been spending a lot of time here at Intronis talking about the data loss gremlins and the major threats they represent to MSPs and their small business customers.

The problems the data loss gremlins can cause are serious. According to the National Archives & Records Administration in Washington, DC, 93 percent of SMBs that lose data access for 10 or more days are bankrupt in a year.

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Topics: Malware, IT Security, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, Cloud Backup and Recovery, Data Loss, Cyber Security

What SMB business continuity and disaster recovery plans are missing

Posted by Paul Hanley on Feb 25, 2015 11:40:00 AM

When we talk about business continuity and disaster recovery, data backup is always an important part of any suggested plan. And it’s true: if your SMB clients aren’t backing up their data, they’ll have big problems if they have a run in with malware or get hit by a natural disaster. A good disaster recovery plan is about more than just backing up files, though.

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Topics: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, Data Loss

Winter Storm Juno: What MSPs need to do to prepare

Posted by Anne Campbell on Jan 26, 2015 4:02:30 PM

Whether you call it Winter Storm Juno or “Snowmageddon 2015,” the massive blizzard headed for the Northeast is all anyone is talking about, at least up here in the Boston area. The blizzard warnings stretch from New Jersey to Maine, and current predictions call for 2 to 3 feet of snow. Weather forecasters have even started throwing out words like “historic” and “life-threatening.”

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Topics: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

BCDR: Make space for logic, clarity in your business continuity plan

Posted by Manny Veiga on Mar 24, 2014 1:03:00 PM

How do you know if the business continuity plan you've developed for a client is effective? As we've discussed in previous blog posts, it's important to have metrics to judge yourself against - we suggest RTO and RPO as two to start with.

But the speed of recovery is not the only important factor when it comes to business continuity. It's critical to also define the scope and long-term recovery objectives of your BCDR plan so that, in the time after an incident, the recovery process is clear and logical.

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Topics: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

Pick a Gremlin: Which business continuity threat do SMBs most fear?

Posted by Manny Veiga on Mar 21, 2014 1:00:00 PM

In a recent blog we talked about disaster recovery preparedness, revealing that 73 percent of global organizations receive failing grades when it comes to business continuity planning. The next question for these businesses - and the IT service providers who support them - involves the cause of these interruptions.

Put simply, which of the Data Loss Gremlins should you be most worried about? The UK's Business Continuity Institute (BCI) might have an answer, as it ranked the top threats to business continuity in its newly released Horizon Scan 2014 report.

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Topics: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

SlideShare: Recapping our IT Security #iBCDR Tweet Chat

Posted by Manny Veiga on Mar 19, 2014 9:00:00 AM

On March 6, our #iBCDR Tweet Chat brought together a panel of channel and technology experts to talk all about the hottest IT security topics of the day. 

Throughout the hour, our panelists discussed the risks of rising security threats like cryptolocker and organized cybercrime groups, offered thoughts on the Windows XP end-of-life migration, and debated the impact of the Target data breach and NSA spying scandal.

We've picked a few of the top tweets for a SlideShare presentation, which you can check out here.

Follow Intronis on SlideShare to see our latest presentations. And be sure to subscribe to the blog to find out when we'll host our next #iBCDR Tweet Chat!

Our panel:


Larry Walsh, President and CEO of The 2112 Group
Chris Gonsalves
, VP of Editorial at The 2112 Group
Len DiCostanzo, Senior VP of Community and Business Development, Autotask
Nick Bruno
, Chief Information Security Officer, Continuum
Jay McCall
, Editor at Business Solutions Magazine
Ron Miller
, Technology Journalist and Editor of FierceContentManagement
Charles Love
, Director of Service and Cloud Operations at Big Sur Technologies
Matt DuBois
, CEO of d2 Business Solutions
Neal Bradbury
, Co-Founder and VP of Channel Development, Intronis
Aaron Dun
, Chief Marketing Officer, Intronis

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Topics: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

It's Business Continuity Awareness Week - how prepared are your clients?

Posted by Manny Veiga on Mar 17, 2014 11:05:00 AM

Given that Business Continuity Awareness Week starts today and runs through March 21, it's the perfect time to re-assess how well global companies are planning for business interruptions.

A new report sheds fresh light on the state of disaster recovery worldwide, finding three out of four organizations aren't prepared for a major business interruption and that most lack a useful plan to deal with disaster when it occurs.

The numbers reveal areas of opportunity for IT solutions providers who can sell business continuity and disaster recovery services. 

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Topics: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

#iBCDR March 6: Transcript of our IT security Tweet Chat

Posted by Manny Veiga on Mar 6, 2014 5:23:00 PM

Our first #iBCDR Tweet Chat wrapped up Thursday afternoon. It was a lively and informative discussion that included a lot of great insights and plenty of sharp banter - our belated apologies to Maroon 5.

The topic was all about IT security in the channel and touched on a number of security risks that have been on the minds of managed services providers as of late, including cryptolocker, Windows XP, the rising threat of APTs, and shadow IT.

Read the preview blog to see a full list of the questions and to see who we had on the panel. 

You can view a full transcript of the chat in the Storify story embedded below. And be sure to keep an eye on the blog to find out when we'll hold the next #iBCDR!

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Topics: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

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