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Top 5 Benefits of Online Backup Services for Business in the UK

Best Cloud Storage for Business

Resilience and Continuity

Digital services are essential for every modern business, irrespective of the industry in which it operates or the number of people it employs. That means the tolerance for any kind of IT issue or full-blown outage is low, with even minor problems leading to lost revenue and reputational damage.

Online backup platforms can be the ideal way to counteract common problems that occur without warning, enabling you to ensure that your systems are resilient in the face of unforeseen disasters and that recovery is swift and comprehensive.

Fully managed cloud backup services allow you to offload mission-critical data to third-party facilities, where it is stored and from where it can be retrieved in the event that on-site hardware fails or is otherwise compromised by circumstances beyond your control.

Security

Shouldering the burden of responsibility for providing security is difficult for many businesses, especially when internal resources might be stretched thin and the temptation to cut corners becomes too great to overcome. To counterbalance this, online backup provided by a dedicated hosting company will let you share the responsibility and commit to working with an organisation which can focus its efforts more keenly on the process of providing protection against cyber threats.

From end to end encryption to data centres which are endowed with personnel to ensure the physical security of hardware, a backup service can be a savvy investment for small and large businesses.

Cost Effectiveness

Cloud-hosted online backup is a fundamentally cost-effective solution because of the scalability that it offers customers. Rather than requiring businesses to buy, host and update hardware themselves – with unused capacity going to waste outside of peak periods – an online backup alternative eliminates the expense and stress of taking the traditional route.

There are a range of other costs that can also be mitigated or removed altogether when you adopt online backup. When everything is managed by a third party, the payment process is simplified, which also means that there will be no nasty surprises further down the line.

Ease of Use and Accessibility

Speed, scalability and security are the calling cards of online backup solutions, but from a practical point of view one of the main benefits is the usability that is offered by modern packages.

Backups can be scheduled for convenient times so that work is not disrupted and data continuity is assured. You can even maintain multiple backup sets so that you have several options available as and when restoration becomes a necessity.

Businesses can also choose the degree of management which is offered by the provider, either opting for a fully managed experience that allows them to take a hands-off approach to their backup resources, or a non-managed service which gives businesses more autonomy and control.

Finally the end-user experience is enhanced thanks to slick interfaces which have shallow learning curves, along with the option to restore backups from any location, rather than being tied down to a single set of hardware. This level of intuitiveness is enhanced by the comprehensive support packages that providers offer their enterprise clients.

Sustainability

Many organisations are concerned about the environmental impact of their IT systems, looking to find ways to minimise their carbon footprint without compromising in other areas. This becomes difficult to achieve when taking the in-house approach to backup, as hardware not only has to be procured and powered, but must also be periodically repaired and replaced, resulting in a mountain of e-waste being generated over time.

Using an online backup solution helps to overcome this in a number of ways. For example, providers can offer cutting edge, high capacity storage which can cope with larger volumes of data without taking up the same amount of floor space or consuming as much energy as older on-site systems.

Data centres operated by cloud providers can also be optimised to run as efficiently as possible, since as with the other benefits mentioned earlier, there is the commercial incentive to do so.

These are just some of the benefits which might motivate businesses to choose online backup over in-house storage, but there are many more to discover once you start using modern services.

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Why is Cloud Backup for Schools so Essential?

Cloud Backup for Schools

Every day, in every single sector of work, many gigabytes of data get created. While much of this becomes insignificant after a point of time, a considerable amount of data needs to be backed up, saved and managed. The importance of data backup has been realised for some time now and this has led to the rise in the popularity of cloud solutions. Today, even the educational institutions realise the importance of data back-up. Previously the IT department of a school was enough to manage data. The rest was taken care of manually by both the faculty and the students. However, the scenario has now changed and the loss of vital information leads to obstacles in the operation of an institution. Consequently, schools and colleges are now going for cloud solutions to ensure smooth and hassle-free data backup.

Cloud storage is one of the most trusted data backup services today. Research reveals that more than 800 business decision makers and users worldwide have adopted cloud. Also, it is predicted that by 2017, the public cloud services market will exceed $244 billion. In spite of such convincing statistics, many are still apprehensive about whether to go for cloud backup for schools or not. Here, know in details about how cloud services are meant to enhance the efficacy of your organisation’s daily operations.

Affordability

To begin with, cloud solutions that are meant for small organisations are quite affordable. So, if you are planning to get cloud services for your school, rest assured that the costs will not exceed the budgetary limits set by the IT department. You don’t need to shell out a capital expenditure to store your data on the cloud.

24/7 Access

The best thing about online data backup is that it allows access anytime and anywhere. You don’t need to be present at the office or move around with a laptop to recover an important file. An internet connection and a computer will be all you need to recover data.

No Threats of Data Destruction

When you keep your data off-site, it is always prone to loss or destruction caused by theft or natural calamities. With the data being stored on the cloud, there is absolutely no chance of any of these. Your data will stay safe and accessible no matter what is going on at the office.

Time Saving

This is another great advantage of cloud data backup. With just a few clicks, you can save all your data and in exactly the way you want it to be saved. Maintaining stacks of files manually and segregating them under categories takes a lot of time and effort. Cloud storage makes sure that this effort goes into other essential tasks. With cloud data backup solutions for schools, operational effectiveness improves and so does the level of excellence, which is so crucial for educational institutions.

Image Backup Stats added to Resellers Panel

Three additional statistics for our re-sellers when they login to our portal.

Reseller Image Stats

New Image Backup Stats to easily view all your combined Client Image backup usage. View by current month, last month, last 3, 6, 9 and 12 months stats.

Top 10 Image Users

“Top 10 Image users” See you’re top 10 Image Backups users in a clear easy to read pie chart.

Reseller File + Image Stats

Total Storage Stats Image + File Backup Usage. Now resellers can see their total storage with us, not just file backup. Again you can view by current month, last month, last 3, 6, 9 and 12 months stats.

Top 10 Users Added for Resellers

You asked, so we have listened.

New top 10 stats for file backup accounts

A number of resellers requested a way to easily view there largest file cloud backup accounts, so we created a “top 10 users” page
Here it shows in a easy to view pie chart their top ten users. click on the user to take you straight to the client account to view or modify.

Next request in progress, Image Backup usage graphs.

Enhancements for our Resellers

We have a couple of new features for our resellers when they login to our portal.

User Storage



Resellers can now view users storage in an easy to read line graph to show clients usage history. This page shows total storage and also include their clients retention data.






Total Storage Data



We have also added a nice new graph to show all clients total data with a 12 month history window.







These new features will show within your portal by the end of Monday if not already visible.

More enhancements to follow shortly…..

Have an enhancement request? email support@safedatastorage.co.uk

How Can I Try And Compare Overseas Backup Providers to UK Backup Providers?

I’ve been trying to find a simple way to try and help a UK business decide between a UK Backup provider and one of those extremely cheap overseas Backup providers. I thought of maybe comparing a sports car to a family saloon or comparing a five start restaurant to a fast food restaurant, then suddenly the answer presented it to me from my dear wife last night.

So Cheap

She bought a watch from a well known online shopping site for a mere £1.78 which included delivery all the way from China. It turned up 20 days later. It worked, it kept good time and actually subject to taste, it looked pretty good. But last night she told me its stopped working; well it worked now and then. “Who should I contact” she asked, “I don’t know, try the place you bought it from” I replied. “I have, but I have to contact the seller in China” which is where the conversation ended followed by the watch being thrown into the bin.
So where am I going with this?
Well over the last few months, we have been fighting to get our pricing correct, but when up against users and possible resellers opting for backup service over seas based purely on price and not service, we can’t compete. One person said I can get 2TB for £300 per year while another states 5TB for £30 per month. Sure, there will be some hidden costs in there somewhere, along with the usual “fair usage policy” which catches loads of users out, but still far cheaper than we could ever offer. So how does this compare with the watch? Well, ask your self a couple of questions.

1. How easy is it to contact the provider when you have a problem?
2. How fast can you backup / restore from their servers?
3. Realistically, will it actually work for the amount of data you have?

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At least if your data is stored in the UK, most backup providers allow you to download the data as quick as your internet speeds allow without long latency delays cutting restore speed in half.
Also, like us, some backup providers offer free seeding of the initial backup along with free restores via USB for large amounts of data. Can you imaging this from a US based company to a UK user?

To sum this up, it goes back to the old saying “You get what you pay for” In my wife’s case, a broken watch.

I’ve been running some simple tests backing up a 200GB file. Firstly to an overseas backup provider, then to our own servers. You will be shocked at the difference. I will blog this next.

What is D2D2C?

If you’ve been looking for Cloud Backup Service also known as BaaS (Backup as a Service) you may have also come across D2D2C.

Cloud Backup

D2D2C stands for Disk-to-Disk-to-Cloud and gives you a local backup as well as a cloud backup. It uses a local storage device like a USB drive or a NAS Device to spool the backup too, this then uploads to the cloud . Some systems will remove the local stored backup after it’s transferred to the cloud, others will keep the last backup so you have a local recovery for faster restores.

Both of our cloud backup products can / will use D2D2C. With our File Backup Client, it’s an option you can select, but with our Bare Metal product you must have local backup. This enables fast local file / folder restores as well as Virtual Boot where you can boot a backup file into a live system within minutes!

Potentially Malicious Emails

In a previous post about internet security and potentially malicious emails, I described what to look out for in terms of emails might contain a virus like Zeus. Now I can show you what to look out for after one landed in my ‘Junk’ box –

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1. As I said, luckily this email ended in my ‘Junk’ folder, but that is not always the case. Yes, it might be a genuine email but considering points 2 and 3…I think not.

2. The name ‘Frieda Barker’ means absolutely nothing to me, and the email address it came from – wiszbbcoi @ theteedgroup . com – seems suspicious, especially considering the name. A quick Google tells me that The Teed Group is in fact a real company, but they sell water front property in Connecticut which, let’s be honest, is not something I can fiscally even consider investing in. In 50+ years maybe…

3. Invoice is spelt wrong and the invoice number means nothing to me. Be warned, sometimes you’ll receive an email from an address that seems legit and that you order from a lot but the invoice number will not correlate with any that you have been issued.

4. This symbol means the email has an attachment; it is in this attachment where the Trojan is that will download the virus/viruses onto your PC.

Suffice to say this email has now been deleted.

Please, be safe online and don’t open any email or attachment unless sure it is genuine.

If you believe you have lost money due to malware you can report your loss to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or call 0300 123 2040.

Written by Rosey Walls 16/06/2014

GOZeuS, Are You Ready?

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We have all received dodgy, suspicious emails, and they keep getting harder and harder to spot – I mean it’s not like they come from fraud@iwantyourmoney.co.uk or openme@virus.com.

Nowadays these emails come from addresses pretending to be your bank, huge organisations or Government Bodies.  These can be spotted usually by looking at the subject line (for order numbers that are incorrect or notification of a tax rebate) or the address it was sent from being incorrect or unfamiliar to the normal ones used.

Zeus was not the
nice God Disney would have you believe

However, sometimes malignant emails come from contacts we have in our address books. This week the NCA (National Crime Agency) issued a warning that we have a little under two weeks to protect our computers, and ourselves, against two powerful pieces of software; CryptoLocker and – the aptly named – GOZeuS (Zeus was not the nice God Disney would have you believe, just ask Prometheus). So far these two viruses have fraudulently transferred millions of pounds into the accounts of cyber criminals. Once these viruses infect your computer (via a Trojan link or attachment in an email you open) it can send emails containing the Trojan links to all of your contacts (infecting more computers) and monitor everything you do – some reports have even suggest they can gain control of your webcam…

ransoming your data for
anywhere between £200 to £300

Once infected, your PC will be joined onto a network of other infected PCs known as a BotNet where your activity is monitored. What makes these viruses so profitable to the criminals is that they work together. If GOZeuS is unable to find information on your PC that will make a good enough profit, the CryptoLocker will take over. CryptoLocker works by encrypting and locking your files without your knowing, until you get a popup that is essentially ransoming your data for anywhere between £200 to £300 – what do you think the chances are that your files will actually be unlocked if you pay up? Exactly.

To keep yourself and your data safe please take the following precautions – make sure your security software is installed on all of your PCs and fully updated, run scans on your PC and check your operating systems and applications are all up to date and that you have an effective backup system in place with a good retention period.

warning signs to look out for

Some warning signs to look out for include; your operating system running very slowly, unauthorised logins to accounts or unauthorised money transfers and your curser moving around erratically with no input from yourself. It has been suggested that over 15,500 computers in the UK are currently infected so the sooner you address your security systems, the better.

However, if your PC has already been infected with CryptoLocker and GOZeuS it is too late, this is when a good retention period on the backup system you have in place will come in handy. If you have to buy new PCs etc, you will be able to restore all of the information you have backed up to before your PC was infected.

If you believe you have lost money due to malware you can report your loss to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or call 0300 123 2040.

Potentially Malicious Emails 5/6/2014

The Heartbleed Bug – Are your servers secure?

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On April 7, 2014, a team of security researchers announced the discovery of a critical vulnerability dubbed “The Heartbleed Bug”, found in OpenSSL, a widely-used open source cryptographic software library which allows attackers to read the memory of the systems using vulnerable versions of OpenSSL software.

This may disclose the secret keys, which allows attackers to decrypt and eavesdrop on SSL encrypted communications and impersonate service providers. In addition, other data in memory may be disclosed including names and passwords of the users or other data stored in memory by the service

We have run a number of checks on all of our servers and can confirm none of them are vulnerable to “The Heartbleed Bug”  Our tests included using various security systems like SSLabs which gave all our servers a good secure ratings.

To read more about “The HeartBleed Bug”, please follow this http://heartbleed.com