What’s Your Backup Pain?
No matter what your data backup pain is, our technicians have seen it all and are here to help!
No matter what your data backup pain is, our technicians have seen it all and are here to help!
I created several new backup jobs and have them scheduled for automated backup. The biggest benefit to me is having a single place to manage all my backup routines.
Many software manufacturers advertise words like ‘simple, intuitive, and easy-to- use’ but can’t deliver. NovaStor exceeds those words delivering value and quality.
Having redundant on and offsite backup has given us a lot of peace of mind. Not enough can be said for having multiple backups.
I switched over from one of your competitors since it did not work well with my Netgear NAS. Your software is a breeze.
I have totally loved my experience to date with NovaStor. In a day when everyone asks for the Cloud and SAS services, I am happy to deploy a budget friendly solution with a flexible configuration (Cloud, NAS, and/or Local). Thank you for the help and support!
Thank you for your courteous and helpful response to my call. I think that your technical support guys have been great to deal with. I give them a 10 out of 10 score.
Our business justification for a change of solutions was simply the potential impact of delaying such a change. Our experience with NovaStor and their support has been a positive one.
We’ve migrated through several backup software solutions…NovaStor is by far the most robust and reliable product we’ve used. It’s fast and easy to use, and the centralized dashboard is a real benefit when you are responsible for as many clients’ backups as we are.
The good thing about NovaStor products are they are HIPAA compliant with their encryption and we can backup SQL engines including Eaglesoft SQL, DEXIS and Dentrix. And of course, the biggest draw is that it is reliable.
We’ve really been impressed by the multiplexing technology in DataCenter, which has essentially cut our backup times in half.
I enjoyed having a direct line to NovaStor’s knowledgeable technical support team. Our prior backup software provider had me explain everything to junior team members before connecting me to the people who could solve the issue.
NovaStor’s sales and pre-sales team designed the perfect fit for our 200 remote locations. I can manage everything from one central management and don’t need to remote connect to every location.
Our license needs vary every week. That is why we needed a flexible pricing. NovaStor was the only backup vendor that helped us to find the perfect volume licensing.
NovaStor software integrates perfectly into our management system Popcorn Enterprise. NovaStor was the only backup vendor that helped us to find the perfect volume licensing.
The high speed, scalability and cost of ownership of NovaStor’s products are unique among backup and restore software products and are essential for our daily business.
We had an influx of technology which increased our virtualization capability and storage space…making two different types of software for backup impractical. We needed a single solution for existing backups and new data. DataCenter provided a single pane of glass, one service, for everything.
NovaStor offers all of these features at no additional costs that competitors charge thousands for. It seemed too good to be true. I downloaded it to a VM Server and within minutes I was doing full backups. I drove the software into the ground I threw everything I had at it to see how it would hold up. It was fantastic.
We are value-based company, in terms of NovaStor we found the same thing and the company fit in with how we view our business model.
By partnering with NovaStor we will save hundreds of thousands of dollars and new opportunities gained will be worth millions.
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Written by Mike Andrews, Managing Director at NovaStor Corporation It’s the time that resolutions, predictions and industry prognoses are made for what’s to come in the year ahead. This article outlines NovaStor’s 2019 predictions in the backup and data protection industry. We’re already ankle deep into the year, so my first prediction is that 2020 is closer than we think. Putting off decisions is not a decision, you don’t get many second chances when it comes to protecting your data. CYBER CRIME Ransomware will not take the year off. Like the common cold, several solutions help with treatment, but there’s no absolute cure. The reason is that ransomware is always evolving and finding new ways to attack. In 2019, the attacks will become more widespread, reaching well beyond their favorite healthcare and banking targets. No company at this time should feel safe without a proper plan in place. Backup can play a huge role in getting you back to a point in time before you’ve become infected – make the 3-2-1 backup strategy a part of your planning if you haven’t already. DOWNLOAD A RANSOMWARE PREVENTION CHECKLIST CLOUD STORAGE Backup to cloud is no longer just “nice to have” but will continue to grow in importance throughout 2019. Industry regulations like HIPAA get enforced more frequently and businesses cannot ignore breaches without severe penalties. It’s much less expensive in the long run to be proactive about compliance. One of our friends at a major cloud provider defines their business model as a race to zero. The cost of cloud storage continues to tumble, and this only benefits the consumer. Just a few years back the cost of cloud storage made this level of protection unfeasible. The cost of running an internal IT team drives more businesses to work with trusted cloud partners to handle their environments. They understand best practices and the importance of offsite data protection and typically deliver IT services as part of their standard contract. DATA GROWTH I often refer to companies being “overwhelmed and underfunded” when it comes to IT and backup. This condition not only affects small business but can be felt across all industries and sizes (including Fortune 500 companies). IT teams are getting smaller as their responsibilities expand. With data doubling annually, it makes it nearly impossible for budgets to maintain pace with corporate and regulatory requirements. Finding a vendor that will be in lockstep with your budget planning will be key and the ability to lock in pricing for a length of time will become a matter of survival. DATA RETENTION Everyone knows the golden IRS rule that states that businesses need to maintain 7 years of financial data. Nearing 2020, regulations are dictating that health records need to be available for 20+ years. AI initiatives (like autonomous vehicles) will create Exabyte’s of data. Active shooter applications are being absorbed by schools. The list goes on. Solutions will be needed that let you make changes to how you store data without vendor lock. Cloud is becoming cheaper but may not always be feasible. In many cases archiving to a tape library makes the most fiscal sense for regulatory compliance, but what about accessing data that has been archived? (NovaStor’s answer to this is “Active Archive”.) You’ll need the ability to archive data, but with policies that determine if certain data needs to be recovered more quickly. This means having near line access to your critical data without compromising data that you don’t plan to view again, but may have to at some time. Just as important is the ability to purge data when it is no longer required – saving you substantial cost and minimizing your liability. The days of the retirement “gold watch” are behind us and we know that people eventually move on or retire. Being able to manage policies centrally takes the guesswork away from the person who will be dealing with this issue 20 years from now. DATA PRIVACY 2018 introduced General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to the European Union with implications for companies in the United States. This is just the beginning new data privacy regulations (Example: The California Consumer Privacy Act will be going into effect in 2020). New standards make company obligations more complicated. Businesses will be challenged to integrate best practices for data privacy into their existing applications. They will need to flexibly respond to customer demands to avoid penalties while also maintaining business productivity. The expertise required will mean getting data protection experts like NovaStor involved early to address both existing and future issues. BUYING LOCAL The end of 2018 set the stage, with so much uncertainty in the world, from government shutdowns, to technical espionage, data breaches (like Equifax), trade wars, and increasing tensions with China and other parts of the world. Backup and security software is at the heart of all data, and these solutions are made to protect information from getting into the wrong hands. But what if the wrong hands are developing this technology? With the US government already banning technologies from companies with ties to Russia and strategically blocking acquisitions (like Broadcom’s attempt on Qualcomm) it only stands to reason that corporate America will follow suit. The value of having local, non-call center, technical support to help build your backup strategy should also not be underestimated. It’s time to turn the light off in our crystal ball and hope that you have benefited from our list of 2019 predictions. We look forward to hearing your feedback on these and other forecasts that you may have. The folks at NovaStor and I wish you the greatest levels of success and security in both your personal and business lives. Mike Andrews, Managing Director, NovaStor Corporation
It’s a new year. Time to wipe the slate clean, and approach things with a fresh perspective. But clearing that slate may require a few steps. Here we offer some essential resolutions for the IT Administrator: Complete Your Migration PlansMicrosoft Windows 2008 and 2008R2 will reach End of Support on January 14, 2020. So if you haven’t laid out a clear plan for decommissioning and upgrading, now is the time to make it happen. And while Windows 7 mainstream support has long since ended, extended support ends (EOL) in January 2020. Have you cleaned house? (Read about Migrating Backup Solutions) Security Patches and Driver UpdatesIt’s never a bad time to go through your infrastructure from the top-down to ensure that the latest updates and patches have been applied to plug those security holes that malware loves to exploit. Check the firmware versions of network devices, as well as device drivers that may be out of date.Test Local/Offsite Backup RecoverabilityTest the restorability of local backup by importing full backups and mounting system image backups, then performing restores to alternate drives and machines. Offsite backups are another critical part of any DR plan, and your ability to recover within a reasonable amount of time must be verifiable. Reevaluate Access Permissions It sounds simple but keeping a handle on access controls to provide the lowest level of privilege required for files and network shares, can go a long way to limit the effectiveness of ransomware and other malicious acts. Administrator accounts should be used sparingly and only by those who absolutely need them.Better Leverage the Cloud Whether you are considering a move to Exchange Online or better collaboration with Sharepoint, there’s numerous ways to increase productivity through improved use of the cloud. Perhaps you are even considering moving servers off premises to a colocation facility, but hopefully you’ve done your planning first.Use Virtualization Where Possible Virtualization offers us a new level of management flexibility and drastically increased CPU and storage efficiency. Is it time to replace some dated physical machines with virtual ones? Or perhaps you are even thinking about a hyper-converged environment.Complete IT Certifications Not all improvements need come in the way of technology itself. Completing the necessary training (Microsoft 365, CCNA, CCNP, Security+) to raise your skills to the next level means that you bring added value to your team and credibility to your IT plans in 2019.Streamline Communications Whether it’s an outdated phone system, or every department using a different system for chat – better communication will make your whole year easier. Is everyone making the most out of Project Management Software and CRM? Now is the time to look at the workflow and collaboration of your business teams. Clear Out Last Year’s Annoyances There were times in 2018 where resolving IT problems quickly took the highest priority. The result may have been a few things held together with popsicle sticks and duct tape. And what aging hardware needs replacement ASAP? Schedule some time on your calendar for tying up these loose ends.Take a Vacation How busy did you get in 2018? Odds are that even with an improved environment, you are going to be slammed in 2019. Why not get a date on the calendar right now to give yourself something to look forward to, and give the old SysAdmin a few days to decompress? You deserve it.