Asigra Wins Silver in the Backup and Disaster Recovery category in the Storage Magazine 2015 Products of the Year Awards

We’re proud to announce that Asigra has been named the Silver winner of the Storage Magazine 2015 Products of the Year awards. Asigra won the award for its proprietary backup and recovery solution, Asigra Cloud Backup Version 13, based on a range of data protection capabilities including Docker Container support and AWS EBS Snapshot Manager.

Storage Magazine

Both Docker and AWS are highly popular computing platforms that are emerging as credible storage platforms for business information and Asigra is one of the first enterprise software vendors to add support for these platforms.

Asigra was praised by judges for being early to market with the new capabilities. One judge noted that in addition to being “very inexpensive,” the Asigra Cloud Backup software is unique in its automatic protection of Docker containers and its ability to manage AWS EBS snapshots.

This is the third year in a row where Asigra Cloud Backup™ has placed in the top three positions for the Storage Magazine Product of the Year award amongst a high caliber of the world’s top data protection solutions. Backup with Asiga: http://www.backup-data.net/index.php/data-backup/pricing

What you need to know about SaaS protection.

  • Introduction to Jason Buffington and his role at ESG
  • Why data from SaaS applications like Salesforce, Google Apps and Office 365 requires protection
  • Why most backup and recovery solutions DO NOT backup SaaS applications
  • Why being responsible for your own data is the only option you have
  • The 3 realities for backup admins in a SaaS World

 

ESG Video Brief- How To Protect SaaS with Jason Buffington

Windows 10; backup before… restore later… or just backup before you f*** up.

Friday 31 of July 2015, very slow day, no support calls well maybe some. About noon I was so bored that I decided to install Windows 10, especially that my colleague downloaded ISO (Installation CD) file.

Without too long hesitation I decided to upgrade my main laptop to Windows 10.  I should say that my laptop is quite fast machine: Intel i7, 8GB of RAM, 500GB SSD.

I started the upgrade process and everything was sweet, about 90% into installation, I went to a bank, I was really bored, and watching the blue installation screen of Windows did not help.  When I got back to the office after about 30min, I saw the login screen, hurrah! Finally I could log in. Login in into Active Directory for the first time on  freshly upgraded operating system is always time consuming process,  I was patient, it took about 10 to 15min and I saw my desktop icons, uh…

The only problem was that my keyboard and mouse did not work,  ok, I took the laptop of my docking station, screen got blank… ok lets put it back then. Connected it back to the docking station, yuppie! I could see my icons, hold on, keyboard and mouse still do not work,.

I decided to wait, maybe there is file migration going on or something, well there could be at least some message, the disk activity LED did not do anything. After about 30min, I started pressing buttons, nothing…

Rebooted it. Login screen again, again long waiting to see anything… no icons, no data, after about 2 hours of searching and checking installation logs, I was ready to restore my data. Thankfully I have very good backup!!! Restored it, then restarted the laptop, the data vanished again, no desktop icons, no Documents, grr… at that point I begun to look into creating new Active Domain user, after few more hours during weekend I knew that Windows 10 downloaded form Microsoft servers, installed on Volume License version of Windows 7 did not worked… called Microsoft, after about 1hour on the phone I had enough.

Started restore image of my previous Windows 7 Pro, after about 1 hour everything was just like it was on Friday before I made the terrible decision to install Windows 10.

Maybe I did something wrong, I don’t know, I wasn’t able to learn anything from Microsoft Support.

Conclusion: BACKUP, BACKUP, BACKUP!!!

I just lost few hours, or I just gained another experience. But because I backup  my files regularly , settings, PC image etc. (The backup software does it for me)  I was able to restore everything to previous state.

For all of you who are installing Windows 10 we will provide our backup solutions for half price!

Backup Data in the Gratis Journal of Biomedical Science

We are pleased to report the successful publication of data from an integrated system developed by us. Our Patient Tracker software was acknowledged in  the Gratis Journal of Biomedical Science,  Research article by Prof David  Thurnham, Valerie  Beeson and Dr Stephen  Kreitzman “Weight Loss Achieved by Overweight and Obese Subjects Entering the Lipotrim Weight Loss Programme Monitored by Pharmacists in England”

“…attend weekly for professional monitoring; recording of weight, reporting of any changes in their medical condition and obtaining enough formula for a subsequent week. At the time of the assessment reported in this paper, 57 (~3%) of the pharmacies’ records were kept on-line using Lipotrim® patient tracker secure software (Backup Data Ltd 15 Sable Close, Cambridge, CB1 9YX). These data are used by the pharmacists to monitor a subject’s progress and the on-line service permits the suppliers to assess the collective success of the pharmacy’s service in weight management. Height and weight were recorded by the individual pharmacists using equipment supplied at no cost ..” Read the full article at:  http://www.gratisoa.org/journals/index.php/GJBS/article/view/24/38

What security measures should I take to protect the personal data I hold?

ICO – Information Commissioner’s Office:

Top tips on how to protect the personal data you hold.

For computer security: 

  • Install a firewall and virus-checking on your computers.
  • Make sure that your operating system is set up to receive automatic updates.
  • Protect your computer by downloading the latest patches or security updates, which should cover vulnerabilities.
  • Only allow your staff access to the information they need to do their job and don’t let them share passwords.
  • Encrypt any personal information held electronically that would cause damage or distress if it were lost or stolen.
  • Take regular back-ups of the information on your computer system and keep them in a separate place so that if you lose your computers, you don’t lose the information.
  • Securely remove all personal information before disposing of old computers (by using technology or destroying the hard disk).
  • Consider installing an anti-spyware tool. Spyware is the generic name given to programs that are designed to secretly monitor your activities on your computer. Spyware can be unwittingly installed within other file and program downloads, and their use is often malicious. They can capture passwords, banking credentials and credit card details, then relay them back to fraudsters. Anti-spyware helps to monitor and protect your computer from spyware threats, and it is often free to use and update

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