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8 Things to Look for in Backup Software

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Choosing the right backup software requires striking a delicate balance between what your company needs now –  and what it will need in the future. In order to do this, you’ll need to find a solution that offers customizable management and reporting features, as well as a number of other functions that can grow with your organization as your needs change.


Although each company has its own list of wants and priorities, in today’s business environment, there are some universal imperatives that your backup software should include, such as:


  • Physical and Virtual protection:  Most companies have a mixed physical/virtual environment – it makes sense to protect your entire infrastructure with a single platform, rather than with several tools across your company.
  • Bare metal restore. Whether it’s offered natively or as an add-on, if you choose a backup software solution that allows for bare metal restore, it can help your business save time and effort when restoring a system after a failure. For even more ease, look for a solution that provides hardware-independent disaster recovery and/or “no-hardware disaster recovery” in a virtual environment.
  • Fast, simple recovery.  The main objective of backup software is to ensure your ability to recover data.  Recovery should include not just files and folders, but virtual machines, applications, and application data, even when those applications are virtualized.
  • Scalability. Because businesses aren’t static entities, consider solutions that provide room for growth via upgrades or plug-ins that will give your system additional functionality without the need to invest in entirely new software.
  • Streamlined administration console. A clear, intuitive administration or management console will make it easier for your admin team to schedule backups, manage backup policies, perform disaster recoveries, and convert backups of servers to virtual machines for instant disaster recovery.
  • Detailed reporting. Comprehensive reports of each backup job offer invaluable insights, but they may not always be viewable from remote locations – so look for a backup software solution that provides users with HTML-based reports that are viewable with any Web browser and/or send executive summaries of backups via e-mail.
  • Encryption of backed-up data. To keep your backup files secure, look for a solution that not only encrypts the data on the backup medium, but protects it while in transit.
  • Appliance Form Factor.  Many organizations are turning to the integrated backup appliance, which can deliver everything above and more in a plug-n-play package – a must for companies that don’t have the technical resources to run a complicated backup operation or for those who have a priority to reduce operational expenses.


In addition to backing up your company’s servers, look for a solution that allows you to back up your staff’s desktop and laptop computers. This way, if your team doesn’t save work to the system – or just hasn’t had time to move their files from their computers to the server – their work is protected. To ensure seamless, unobtrusive backup, many enterprise backup software solutions provide a client-side agent that automatically backs up data from the client systems.


Alex Sakaguchi is a Product Marketing Manager for Symantec NetBackup and was a key contributor for the most recent Better Backup For All campaign that launched NetBackup 7.5 in early 2012.  Alex spends much of his time on the road meeting with customers and partners alike to better understand the challenges of the market and how Symantec solutions can better address them.

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April 8, 2013 at 1:08 am

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Cloud storage comparisons: Pros and cons of each service

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Having now been introduced to Microsoft’s SkyDrive and Google’s Drive earlier this year, more and more of us are opting to store our e-files on the cloud. But which paid service is the best for what you want? Read on for an overview of each cloud storage service…

Apple iCloud

Applications support iCloud and synchronisation across all the user’s Apple devices, so this isn’t necessarily a cloud storage service in its own right – unless you’re an Apple customer.

Beware, though, because although it’s handy that syncing occurs automatically, this automation also means that documents you might not really want to entrust to the cloud might actually get shared to it – not great. And, as you’d expect, cross platform support is virtually non-existent.


This service carries the highest premium, but is also the most business centric. Offering a host of extra apps that are compatible with its service, its plans also include LDAP support and Active Directory.

Because this service works well across a number of platforms, any change in service policy from the bigger companies is less likely to affect your business much. On the other hand, now that free alternatives are emerging, watch out for companies like Box, who will need to alter their offerings if they’re going to compete.


Users can save a file to their Mac or PC’s Dropbox folder, which will automatically sync everywhere, even to iOS and Android mobile devices. The assimilation with Mac and Windows is great with this service, and it also offers fantastic apps on the supported mobile platforms – i.e. Android and Apple – no Windows Phone 7/8 yet. The downside with this one is that its security record isn’t flawless.


Egnyte’s service is user-friendly and offers comprehensive smartphone compatibility. Not only this, but it’s competitively priced and offers users a wide variety of pricing plans, as well as a number of access options.

While Egnyte isn’t necessarily the least expensive service around, users can be sure that their documents are safe, because Egnyte has one of the best security records in the industry. (

Google Drive

An extension of Google’s online office suite, this isn’t really an online storage service proper. And while it’s true that users can upsize storage capacity to 16TB, it’s likely that those with this need will stick with Drive instead of turning to a specialist company.

Unfortunately, users aren’t able to edit documents offline, and Google will, as it does with your Gmail, probably go through any data in the documents and use it as fodder for targeted advertising.

Microsoft SkyDrive

Much like that of Google’s Drive, SkyDrive’s service is mainly a support service to Microsoft’s other online apps. There’s no Android client, unfortunately, but documents are editable both on- and offline, which is handy.

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October 22, 2012 at 6:21 pm

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Property Management Technology (Guest Post)

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No matter the era, from the middle ages to the present, the leaders are the ones who are aware of and make use of the best technology of the times. For property managers, THE technology that leaders are making use of now is the internet. Nearly every property manager is up to date with the computer age. It is common practice to make use of a variety of software technologies to track reservations, accounting, or housekeeping schedules. Nearly every property manager is familiar with one or more of these technologies.

What many of these software technologies have in common is that they are installed on the management company’s computers, that they were written by separate developers who likely did not communicate with each other during the writing process and they mostly like do not work in tandem with each other. This makes the use of computer technology a complicated process for most property managers who are not gifted in the art of making separate software programs work well with each other.

This is where Streamline Property Management Software comes into play. Making use of both software and internet technology is Streamline’s strongest asset. Streamline marries internet technologies to property management software in a way that simplifies and streamlines all the programs.

Property managers depend on programs that allow them to make and track reservations, pay owners, schedule maintenance and keep track of the accounting for a property. The Streamline Property Software programs bring all of those programs and many other features together with the same software technology.

VBRO, Homeaway, Flipkey are three of the most used reservation generators on the internet. These technologies allow people who are looking for a vacation rental at a hotel, resort, or time share to find and make reservations for available rentals in their area. Streamline is fully compatible with these technologies.

Websites are another primary way to generate reservations. Most people start their search for property on the internet. To capture this traffic many owners and resorts use WordPress based sites to advertise their properties. Streamline Property Management Software has a simple plug in to capture reservations and payments on WordPress sites. Other tools are available for other types of sites.

For the last twenty years the companies that grew and thrived have been the companies that stayed abreast of the latest computer and internet technologies. The latest trend is to online technologies. Moving programs that companies depend on to the internet brings many benefits. People no longer have to have powerful computers capable of managing the complex tasks. These computers are owned by the companies providing the technology services. Moving to an online technology, making use of “the cloud”, expands the storage capacity of a management company beyond the limits of the computers that a company is able to own. Updates to software are frequent and automatic. The programs are accessible to anyone with a computer and internet access so managers can manage from anywhere in the world. These are just a few of the benefits of moving to an online software program system.

Streamline Property Management Software makes the use of management technology easy by integrating both the internet and the software programs that property managers use. In addition, Streamline makes the technology easy to use by integrating accounting, reservation, owner payment, and maintenance and housekeeping programs into one easy to use, user friendly program.

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September 18, 2012 at 8:56 am

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Downloading at Warp Speed with Usenet

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We’ve all been there.  Waiting and waiting for a download to finish.

It doesn’t make sense.  You have a 10MB Internet connection, so why is your download sputtering along at 103 Kbps?

The good news is that you don’t have to waste any more time waiting for Internet downloads.  With Usenet, you can download as fast as your Internet connection will allow.

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What does this mean?

It means that with a 10MB connection a 700MB file would take less than 10 minutes to download as opposed to more than 12 hours at 128Kbps.

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After downloading at these high speeds, you will never want to go back to the old way again.

Any good Usenet provider will give you access to their servers at uncapped speeds.  And the best providers will also include 256-bit encryption at no extra cost.

Usenet is a world-wide network of servers where users can upload and download posts and binary files.  When a post is uploaded to your Usenet server, it is quickly shared with all the other servers in the network.

It has been around since 1979 (10 years before the World Wide Web), and is now a massive storehouse of information.  You can find just about anything you are looking for there.

While Usenet has been around forever, it doesn’t look anything like it’s old self. 

It used to only be for university professors and tech geeks.  Today’s Usenet is bigger, faster and much easier to use.

It’s as simple as point, click and download.  And many providers offer a free trial, so you can test it out with nothing to lose.

If you like downloading, but don’t like waiting, Usenet may be just what you are looking for.

This post was written by Jared Scott, a guest writer and Manager of Public Outreach for Binverse.

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August 21, 2011 at 7:19 am

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Fluther Teams Joins Twitter

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Twitter is a growing start-up and it needs talent. That’s why they have recently acquired the team at Fluther, Inc. As you may know, Fluther is a Q & A community site and this might be in line with Twitter’s strategy. With the Fluther team on board, expect to see changes at Twitter soon. So let’s welcome the Fluther team to Twitter!

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December 22, 2010 at 4:47 am

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Many New Apps Now At Google Labs

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googleGoogle Labs is always hard at working churning new and innovative app made by Google employees in their 20% time. And this time, there’s a whole flurry of apps that you just might be interested in. They have recently announced some really cool apps that just might get your attention. Try them while they are still fresh!!

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December 22, 2010 at 4:20 am

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