BackupAssist v9.1: Minor Release, Major New Features!

November 24th, 2015

BackupAssist v9.1 - major new features!

Were you excited when we first launched BackupAssist v9? With features like Rapid VM Recovery, Bootable Backups, and the Hyper-V Tab, who wouldn’t be? Bet you thought that with all those awesome new features, it’d be a while before we released something that jam-packed again. Some fixes here and there, the occasional slight improvement right? Wrong. Dead wrong. BackupAssist v9.1 is here now, and we just keep on throwing advanced features your way. Let’s see what’s new.

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US Office Closed November 26th and 27th for Thanksgiving

November 24th, 2015

US office closed for thanksgiving

Our US Office will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday 26th of November and on Friday 27th of November for Black Friday.

On Friday 27th we will provide limited technical support from the US Office.
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System Recovery: The Most Important Factor

November 12th, 2015

system recovery - the most important factor

There are a lot of things to consider when deciding on a backup solution, implementing a backup strategy, or just thinking about protecting your IT environment in general. What’s your backup window? How much storage will you need? Do you have enough redundancy? These are all important questions, but they pale in comparison to one vital consideration: system recovery. It’s the keystone of everything backup.  Let’s dive right in and examine why.

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Ransomware – FBI Says Play Safe or Pay Up

November 5th, 2015
Ransomware - play safe or pay up
FBI seal and initials used under fair use doctrine as codified in Title 17, United States Code, section 10. Use of this seal and the contents of this article are not approved or endorsed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Image source: Wikimedia Commons.

It’s 4.55 PM on a Friday afternoon. You’re just about to clock off and go have a hard-earned beer, when a user calls your IT help-desk saying he can’t access any of his files and keeps getting a pop-up message that won’t go away. Already, your blood is starting to run cold, but just as you get up to check it out the phone rings again – another user can’t access her files either. Yep, you guessed it. Cryptowall.  And it’s spreading fast across the network.

Ransomware is an IT professional’s worst nightmare, and it’s happening to you. What do you do now?

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Australian Office Closed Tuesday 3rd November for Melbourne Cup Day

October 28th, 2015

Melbourne cup 2015

Our Australian Office will be closed for the Melbourne Cup Day public holiday in the state of Victoria, Australia, on Tuesday the 3rd of November 2015.  As a result, our APAC Sales team will be unavailable, and Technical Support services will be limited for Australian customers on this day.  However, US Support and Sales will continue to operate as normal.
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Mind the IT Skills Gap – Some Recent Stats [Infographic]

October 26th, 2015

Mind the IT Skills Gap

The alleged ‘skills gap’ has been a hot topic of conversation in the IT industry for a couple of years now. Some argue it doesn’t exist, others argue it couldn’t be more real. We took a look at some of the most current data on the subject, and put together this infographic. Is the IT skills gap a serious problem? Will it affect your business? Is it already? Take a look and decide for yourself.

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BackupAssist update now utilizes 4096 bit encryption keys in Offsite Backups

October 20th, 2015

open ssh update

Here at BackupAssist, our developers are dedicated to always staying current with evolving technology. That’s how we ensure your peace of mind that the systems and data you depend on are properly protected.  A great example of this will be apparent to customers using a NAS device with our Offsite Backups add-on (formerly Rsync for BackupAssist), who will benefit from the latest update to our software, which adapts to the recent release of OpenSSH 7.0 with greatly improved encryption standards. Read the rest of this entry »

An IoT Future: Backup the Office Refrigerator…?

October 14th, 2015

An IoT future

Do you despise the term “Internet of Things” (IoT) as a buzzword? We don’t blame you. Along with its best buzzword-buddy “big data”, it’s a term that’s becoming infuriatingly ubiquitous in the tech world. However, with the OECD publishing the results of a 2015 study suggesting that the US now has at least 24.9 internet connected devices per every 100 inhabitants, it’s undeniable that no matter how you phrase it the devices we use day to day are becoming increasingly connected. And of course, that will generate a lot of data – whether you call this data ‘big’ or not is up to you.

With IoT becoming a more permanent part of our day-to-day lives, let’s take a look at IoT and how it may impact your  backup strategy in future.  Will you need to back up the office refrigerator any time soon? Let’s see.

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BackupAssist v9 available now! Check out the new tech

October 7th, 2015

BackupAssist v9 now available

The wait is over!  BackupAssist v9 is now officially available for download, and that’s seriously exciting. This version of BackupAssist is a huge leap forward in technology. In fact, it’s the most advanced software we’ve ever released, and it’s going to bring advanced protection to your vital systems and data like never before.

So strap yourself in, and let’s take a look at what’s new this version.

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5 backup & recovery features not-for-profits need

September 30th, 2015

best backup solution for not for profits

In the world of backup and recovery solutions, a lot of the focus is generally put on the needs of SMBs and enterprise.  This is because most organizations will fall into one of these two categories. However, there is a third category that gets overlooked all too often – not for profits.  Schools, libraries, charity groups and religious bodies (just to name a few) have systems and data in place that they need to protect just like any other organization; however, often they may have different priorities in how they achieve this.

In this article, we look at factors that will help determine the best backup solution for not for profits (NFP).

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