The resurgence of tape drives in the era of the cloud?

Posted by Mike Vizard on Dec 21, 2015 12:54:01 PM

In theory, tape drives are supposed to be an extinct technology that was usurped by magnetic disk drives long ago. In reality, tape drives are experiencing a resurgence in the age of the cloud. It turns out that given the need to frequently store data forever now, the economics of tape is resulting in increased usage of the storage medium.

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Topics: Cloud Backup and Recovery

Quiz: Can you pass the cloud backup vocab quiz?

Posted by Courtney Steinkrauss on Aug 3, 2015 4:15:00 PM


When people in the IT channel talk about cloud backup and data protection, they practically use their own language, and it's not easily deciphered by people outside the industry. From storage devices and business planning tools to techniques used by solution providers, there's more than one way to say almost anything in the IT channel. We know it’s difficult to keep it all straight, but you might just know more than you think.

Test your cloud backup knowledge by taking this fun quiz. Find out how well you know your cloud backup vocabulary and how you stack up against others in the channel. After you’ve completed the quiz below, share your results with your peers—and see if any of them can manage to do better!

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Topics: Cloud Backup and Recovery

National Small Business Week: Why your SMB customers need cloud backup

Posted by Courtney Steinkrauss on May 7, 2015 3:06:00 PM

Happy National Small Business Week! Earlier this week we told you about this event and offered up a few different ways to get involved and celebrate with your SMB customers. Now, while you have the attention of your small business prospects and customers, use the opportunity to educate them on why they need cloud backup.

Start off by reminding them that protecting their data is critical to the continued success of their business. Explain how including cloud backup in their managed services contract will help keep their data safe even if disaster strikes and help make sure they can celebrate National Small Business Week again next year.

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Topics: Cloud Backup and Recovery, Backup Management

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

Ask Intronis: How to run more efficient restores for my customers

Posted by Courtney Steinkrauss on Mar 30, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Ask Intronis is a weekly advice column answering common questions from MSPs and IT service providers. It covers topics ranging from pricing and selling to marketing and communications—and everything in between. Submit your questions by emailing

Q: My MSP business just introduced backup and recovery as a part of our service offering. When we need to perform a restore for a customer, we’re under tight time restrictions and need to get their data back as quickly as possible. So we want to make sure our process for restoring our customer’s data is really efficient. What are some of the best practices we can follow to speed things up and keep our customers happy?

We get it. In today’s crowded MSP market, small businesses are demanding IT solution providers who can deliver nearly 24/7 uptime, and that can be tough to do. When your small business customers experience a server crash or disaster, you’re responsible for restoring their information right away, ideally before they even notice there’s a problem.

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Topics: Cloud Backup and Recovery, Ask Intronis

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

Video: Reverse incremental backup and recovery explained

Posted by Achmad Chadran on Feb 9, 2015 12:00:00 PM

There’s a common misconception that backup techniques are interchangeable. Nothing could be further from the truth. Numerous backup techniques have evolved over time, each leveraging available technology and optimized to suit different requirements, use cases, and environments. Many techniques offer either efficient backup or reliable recovery. Reverse incremental, a lesser-known technique, enables both. To explain how it works, let’s compare it to two commonly-used backup techniques: full and incremental.

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Topics: Innovation and Ideas, Cloud Backup and Recovery, Intronis ECHOplatform

Ask Intronis: How to respond to a customer asking about reliability

Posted by Courtney Steinkrauss on Feb 2, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Q: I’m getting close to closing a deal with a new customer, but they’re not that comfortable with technology and seem nervous about backing things up in the cloud. They keep asking about how reliable it really is. What can I say to reassure them and make them understand I have a backup solution they can count on?

Making the switch to cloud backup and trusting a service provider to take care of it and keep their data safe can be a big leap of faith for a small business owner. Basically, they want to know that their data won’t just disappear into thin air because it’s in the cloud.

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Topics: Cloud Backup and Recovery, Selling Cloud Backup, Ask Intronis

Less is more: Data backup sprawl is wasting your time and money

Posted by Manny Veiga on Jul 2, 2014 12:46:00 PM

Having options is normally a good thing. What's tricky is when you have so many options on your hands that it overcomplicates what should be a fairly simple process.less_is_more_sm

We're approaching that sort of reality in today's data backup environment. The IT channel is flooded with a wide variety of cloud backup vendors, and that can create administrative and financial challenges for MSPs. 

Storage industry analyst George Crump of Storage Switzerland spoke to some of the challenges of deploying multiple backup solutions in one environment at the two-day Storage Decisions conference, sponsored by Tech Target.

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Topics: Cloud Backup and Recovery

Forrester: More businesses want cloud backup and recovery

Posted by Manny Veiga on May 20, 2014 8:30:00 AM

A new study confirms the increasing inclusion of cloud backup as part of business continuity and disaster recovery plans – something we also observed in our 2013 State of Cloud Backup Survey.

According to new research from Forrester, more businesses rely on cloud backup - and cloud computing as a whole - to assist with disaster recovery.

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Topics: Cloud Backup and Recovery

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