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How to Sell A New Backup Solution to Your Boss
Tips, resources, and proven business practices to help you sell your boss on your next software purchase.
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.
Brady Scott, Information Services Manager
Many software manufacturers advertise words like ‘simple, intuitive, and easy-to- use’ but can’t deliver. NovaStor exceeds those words delivering value and quality.
Timothy Harvey, Heritage Equity Group, Inc.
Having redundant on and offsite backup has given us a lot of peace of mind. Not enough can be said for having multiple backups.
James Kirby, CEO | Kirby Wealth Management
I switched over from one of your competitors since it did not work well with my Netgear NAS. Your software is a breeze.
Jesse Liles, Post Production Studio Owner
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.
David W. Ugloi
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.
William Wang, Senior Systems Administrator | Expedia CruiseShipCenters
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.
Mark Pontius, CEO | Compass Network Group
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.
Chris Niewiarowski | Ex'Pression College
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.
Michael Steeber, Administrator | US Internet
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.
Martin Meier | Ralph Lauren
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.
Mike Muster | OTSG
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.
Alfred Jodokus | Samsung
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.
Mike Meinz, Director of IT | General Mills
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.
Mike Ritter, Head of IT | Womens Center & Shelter
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.
Steve Platek, Owner | UniTECH Communications London
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.
Scott Lehmann, General Manager
By partnering with NovaStor we will save hundreds of thousands of dollars and new opportunities gained will be worth millions.
Travis Carter, Co-Founder and VP of Technology | US Internet
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Nobody enjoys being forced to make major changes to their servers within a short timeframe. But Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 is rapidly approaching its end of life and now is the time to bring servers current to ensure regular security updates, support and future bug fixes. (Windows 7 support is also ending – read the 5 steps to prepare.)
Perhaps the reason some businesses procrastinate is because of the imposed schedule, the possibilities for data loss or disruption of business. But change is inevitable and the best approach is to bring an attitude of positive change to the table.
This is not to say that using your existing hardware is impossible. Cash strapped businesses may find it poor timing for even small IT investments. But trying to run a modern OS on a 10+ year old hardware is really only half of the problem. Let’s look at the steps required for an in-place upgrade from Windows Server 2008R2 to Windows Server 2019:
As we can see in the graphic, getting current with in-place upgrades from 2008R2 is possible via three upgrade steps:2008 R2 -> 2012 -> 2016 -> 2019. But ask most SysAdmins, and they will describe in-place upgrades as a perilous and problematic endeavor.
First of all, for an in-place upgrade to work properly the original OS needs to have been installed and maintained properly over time. Additionally, the current hardware must be supported by the new OS. When installing the OS upgrade, we are also depending on software creators having correctly taken your unique configuration into account and that all upgrade paths having been thoroughly tested. Then we must hope that no manual modifications have been made that could throw a monkey wrench into the upgrade process. Not what we would call bulletproof.
The other option is a fresh install and migrate approach. While some fear this as time consuming, it also offers extra advantages. An opportunity to take a critical look at aging hardware, data storage, and your virtual environment has now presented itself. If software and hardware upgrades become part your migration, then you are looking at significant enrichment of your IT environment.
The amount of time that migration may require should not be underestimated. You may need to consider moving one role, feature or application at a time over to the new Operating System. For small organizations it may be possible in a matter of days, while more complex environments could require months.
A few basic universal steps must always be taken to ensure migration success:
Analyze existing applications, workloads, and users and the resources required for migration. Pinpoint your legacy customized or internally developed applications that may complicate migration.Determine the optimal destination for each application and workload. Will it require application software upgrade or utilization of cloud services? How will it differ following the migration?Organize the systems to be migrated. Prioritize by complexity and investment to move them to the desired OS, taking into account the number of employees utilizing them and relationship to business revenue.Create a comprehensive backup plan for data protection and security during the migration process. Speak a NovaStor backup expert today for data backup guidance.
Additional tools such as Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) toolkit will take a profile of the network and analyze the Windows Server 2016 and prior instances to assist with workload migration planning.
You’ve created a detailed upgrade plan and disaster recovery image that you can quickly revert to. You are now ready to organize your calendar to meet the January 14, 2020 end of support deadline for Windows Server 2008 and2008 R2. Your IT environment will be all the better for it.
We’ve seen a vast number of revolutions in data protection
in the past decade, most notably from cloud technologies, virtualization and
deduplication. Without a doubt the modern backup administrator has many
excellent technologies to choose from. And the backup technologies that reign
supreme, as we all know, are the ones that meets the needs of the organization
quickly, reliably and affordably.
But let’s take a look at the less glamorous evolutions that have taken place. Is tape dead? Are people still using it in this day and age? They are, and it’s not going away any time soon. How does this tried and true technology it still hang on? While the role of magnetic tape has evolved in terms of speed and storage, with LTO-8 technology offering 30TB of compressed data, and speeds that top out at 750mb/sec, this is not the primary reasons that savvy backup administrators still see this tech as a viable option. (Common Myths and Rumors about Magnetic Tape – Whitepaper)
Off-Line Data Protection
Organizations must ensure that at least one backup set is truly inaccessible to avoid hacking and corruption. Keeping this data impervious to modern threats such as ransomware can only be 100% guaranteed when exposed systems are disconnected, and an “air gap” is created. While many cloud solutions attempt to accomplish this virtually, it is often only fully realized with technologies like tape.
Some organizations are also required to secure data
for several years to meet regulatory compliance obligations (HIPAA, etc). Numerous
sector-specific data laws (especially Government) may require internally
managed backup solutions as well. The
offline nature of tape can provide data privacy as well as compliance under a
Long-Term Data Storage
Data that must be secured for the long-term is often
different in nature than day-to-day file backup data. Data that is still
changing, being accessed and modified daily – should be placed into a regular
backup schedule using the storage technologies of your choice. Data which must
be secured for the long term is an excellent candidate for magnetic tape.
Life Span, Energy Savings and Portability
Cost: While there is upfront cost with the purchase of a modern tape library with initial tapes, continued maintenance cost is generally a small fraction of adding drives or paying for additional online storage. Let’s say you purchase an LTO-8 Tape Library for around $10,000 and a 10 pack of LTO-8 tapes (120TB of Native Storage) for around $3000 USD. To host that same 120TB of data in the cloud for just 1-Year comes well over $20,000. Businesses of all sizes are finding value in storage on a highly stable medium, which requires little in terms of monthly upkeep.
Span: Typical HDD lifespans are around 3-5 years, with SSD
drives improving on that with a life span of 5-10 years or even longer. LTO
tape is designed for 15 to 30 years of storage. Cloud storage providers claim
to have numerous built in redundancies, and they generally do. But hopefully
contingencies are also in place should that provider simply go out of business
or suffer a catastrophic incident.
Savings: When compared to the costs involved with keeping
spinning disks in a storage array cool, you are talking about 100’s of times
less energy consumption. Yes, this is good for the planet, but it’s also good for
your bottom line in energy costs.
Portability: Tapes are small, and easy to transfer offsite in the event of a natural disaster. Keeping a drive ready at a remote location ensures restorability. Data stored for the long term should be out of general use, meaning employees will not have a problem if files are moved to alternate locations.
While we’ve seen a decline in the use of tape over the years in the role of an every-day backup medium, tape backup solutions still play a critical role. With a proven track record of recoverability, tape cannot be overlooked as a viable option for the final stages of data protection and storage.