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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Data Protection Resources
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Mitigating the Risks of a Ransomware Attack
Cyber criminals take businesses’ data hostage every day. Learn simple preventative measures to prevent ransomware viruses.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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