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  • IDrive Offers Best-in-Class Online Backup for Businesses

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    Data loss shutters 70% of the businesses that experience it, and online backup is the best solution for avoiding that catastrophic loss. That’s why IDrive provides PCMag award-winning, affordable cloud backup to small businesses and enterprises, protecting critical data with the best functionality, easy-to-use features, top-rated performance, and competitive prices.

    IDrive’s key business features include:

    • Backup an unlimited number of smartphones, tablets, computers, and servers into a single, easily managed account.
    • Sub-accounts enable you to manage multiple accounts under a single administrator console.
    • The IDrive Express service secures up to 3TB of data in less than a week via physical storage shipment, ensuring no bandwidth usage. This service is free three times a year.
    • Go hybrid with IDrive Wi-Fi, our 1 to 2TB wireless storage drive enabling lightning fast local backups and restores of your most important business data.
    • Eliminate downtime with online backup for databases and servers. IDrive supports backup for MS SQL Server, MS Exchange Server, MS SharePoint Server and Oracle Server without interrupting their functions.
    • IDrive offers top-rated security utilizing 256-bit AES encryption during data transfer and storage. The option for a Private Encryption Key adds an additional layer of security.
    • IDrive assists business within the medical, accounting, financial and legal professions to comply with legal and federal regulations like HIPAA, SOX, GLBA, SEC / NASD. IDrive also signs Business Associate Agreements (BAAs) to assist with HIPAA compliance.
    • IDrive is optimized to put little demand on your CPU and bandwidth, while offering timesaving incremental and compressed backups of your files.
    • Remote management allows for the viewing of backup sets / logs and scheduling of backup jobs from anywhere.
    • IDrive’s world-class data centers use RAID-protected, industry-leading storage devices with multiple levels of redundancy to protect data. Facilities include custom-designed raised floors, HVAC temperature control systems with separate cooling zones, and seismically-braced racks.
    • Our support center is available 24/7 via live chat, email, or phone.

    Whether you’ve been in business for years or you’re just starting up, IDrive offers a trusted, secure way to protect your critical files from data disasters. Our goal is to help SMBs and enterprise-level businesses eliminate business interruptions with a data backup plan that promotes continued success and productivity at affordable prices.

    Ready to secure your business with IDrive? Our Pro Business Plans start at $99.50/year (with 25% off the first year) which includes 250 GB of storage space.

  • Faster Database Backup & Restore with IDrive’s Express Database Plug-In

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    Backing up a server database is a lengthy process, especially for the initial backup. Uploading mass amounts of data to an online account via the internet can take days or even weeks depending on the bandwidth speed; but there’s no way around it – data backup is essential.

    That’s where IDrive’s Express Database Plug-In comes to the rescue, making data backup and restore for databases faster and easier.

    The plug-in works in association with our IDrive Express service, which uses a physical drive to ship large amounts of data to a user’s online account, eliminating bandwidth usage and speeds the process up. The plug-in is ideal for businesses that utilize database servers and are looking for faster backup or restore.

    The IDrive Express Plug-In is available free of charge and works with MS SQL, MS Exchange, and MS SharePoint Server databases.

    How does it work?
    • Simply download the plug-in for free.

    • Request an IDrive Express drive (up to 3TB).

    • Once you receive the drive, select the data from your database and add it to the physical drive.

    • Ship the drive with your data back to IDrive.

    • We will then transfer your data from the device to our secure servers.

    • Within 3-5 business days, your data will be accessible from your IDrive online account and incremental backups can commence via the plug-in thereafter.

    We recognize that business continuity often depends on speed and uninterrupted workflow, so we’ve created a plug-in for our Express Service to provide a faster backup and restore process that encourages productivity while simultaneously promoting data protection.

    *The IDrive Express service is free three times a year for Pro Business users, $59.95 after that, shipping included. IDrive Express can be utilized for up to 3 TB of data backup or retrieval, and is available in the US, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Australia and the UK. The Express Database Plug-In is always free of charge to download and use.

  • IDrive Is Now Offering Server Backup – The Complete Package For Your Data Security!


    Let’s face it – data loss can be really expensive, especially for businesses, where the difference between survival and shutting down can rest on the capability to recover from a disaster. To say the least, critical data loss inflicts a financial shock on companies of any size.

    Fortunately, We Are Here To Help!

    We are now introducing our server backup feature, with which you can backup and restore:

    MS SQL Server        

    • Backup MS SQL Server databases without interrupting running MS SQL Server services.
    • Give you reliable backups using Microsoft SQL Server API technology.
    • Provide wire compression of data for optimal backup and restore time.

    MS Exchange Server

    • Backup / restore the Mailbox / Public Folder Stores (Storage Groups/Databases) of MS Exchange Server.
    • Email and Desktop notifications on completion of backup.
    • Restore individual emails or mailboxes with MS Exchange Brick-Level Mailbox Backup.

    MS SharePoint Server

    • Backup an entire site collection / Web application.
    • Backup a specific site inside a site collection including or excluding content in sub sites.
    • Backup a list or document libraries or even a folder inside a document library.

    Oracle Server Backup

    • Achieve convenient offsite backup of your company’s Oracle database server.
    • The application allows you to backup Oracle server databases (Oracle 9i/10g/11g) to your IDrive account in a secure and reliable manner.
    • Using the application, you can back up the database without interrupting the running Oracle server database services.

    We help you achieve maximum efficiency without interrupting your work, while continuously backing up your data. That’s right; we are talking about NO DOWNTIME!  We also use 256-bit AES Encryption with an optional private key that is known only to you. Even we can’t access your files!

    So, don’t wait until it’s too late. Secure your business critical data today.

  • We tried mining bitcoins… Here’s what happened…


    Ever considered mining bitcoins? Well, as a business with 3,000 servers, IDrive decided to look into the idea to see if bitcoin mining was an option during non-peak times, a possible untapped revenue stream. We learned some valuable bit(coin)s of information; here’s what happened…

    Most of our users backup their files at night, so our non-peak times are during the day (between 3am and 4pm). During this time, there is unused server capacity that can be used for other operations. Utilizing independent resources (since bitcoining is decentralized) such as the source code on Github, forums on Bitcoin Wiki, bitcoin.org, and the bitcoin simulator on coinplorer.com, a dedicated team of our best engineers spent a week testing the possibility and found that using our servers to mine bitcoins would affect our business model in four main areas:

    1) Cost

    Although IDrive owns 3,000 servers, we used 600 (each with a quad core processor operating at 2.8 GHz) for our simulated tests. Our study projected a year of mining at 100% processing power 24/7 and the assumption that the difficulty of mining (the calculating of hashes) would increase linearly. (We also assumed that there would be no additional charge for operating our servers consistently at full power for an entire year.*) Since mining bitcoins is designed to take a certain amount of time to ensure legitimacy, as more people get involved and more power is added, the cryptography is made more complex to slow down the process. Therefore, as time progresses, more power will be needed to mine (and, thus, more airflow for cooling is also necessary). As a result, it will take more energy to mine fewer bitcoins, with the energy needed consistently increasing.

    *IDrive pays a set rate for a certain amount of electricity which we use to power servers. Mining bitcoins uses energy which increases our power expenditure. In our research, the amount of energy used for mining (during non-peak times) never exceeded our set amount, so this particular factor did not cost more. However, there are two other factors to consider. First, the servers usually operate at about 5% of their capacity during non-peak times; while mining bitcoins, the servers would operate at 100% the entire time. If you pay for the amount of electricity used, this increase in energy would cost more. Second, the increase in server usage could potentially wear out the servers faster, as they are operating at a higher capacity for longer amounts of time. This could shorten their lifespan and require replacing servers more frequently, which is another added cost. Lastly, it is possible that we could eventually exceed our electricity usage limit, which would result in our servers being shut down.

    2) Time

    As mentioned before, it takes a longer time to mine a single bitcoin as more people get involved and the complexity of the cryptography becomes more difficult. Another point we found valuable is the fact that the time spent figuring out the details of the mining process detracted from time that could be spent focusing on our core services.

    3) Revenue

    The value of bitcoins is continually fluctuating based on the market. The ROI would be unpredictable, not to mention the price paid to bitcoin miners will decrease as time goes on since there is a cap on the amount of bitcoins that can be created. Process, energy, complexity, and time will continue to rise as the ROI drops. In our simulated study, it would take a year to mine a total of 0.863 bitcoins. Using the current exchange rate, that would equal around $550.15 USD. As time went on, mining one bitcoin would continue to take longer and longer (while also using more energy). Further, considering we wouldn’t be mining during peak hours, that would cut our processing time in half, doubling the time to make a single bitcoin. So, actually, one year would result in .4315 bitcoins and $275.08 USD.

    4) Security

    Our servers are not currently optimized or configured to mine bitcoins. Running bitcoin software on our servers would require installing the bitcoin daemon on each of them as well as re-opening parts of our network infrastructure (that we’d previously locked down) to enable the bitcoin network to periodically access and talk with our servers. We do continuous network security audits to ensure that we don’t have any areas of our network open that do not need to be. Opening up our network for something non-essential, like bitcoin, seemed like an unnecessary security risk.

    In the end, we learned a lot about the interesting process of bitcoin mining, however, for us, the pros did not outweigh the cons. So, IDrive decided to stick with that we do best.

  • IDrive Express Service Now for Linux Distros


    Great news for IDrive users and Linux fans! The IDrive Express service, for faster data backup and retrieval, is now available for Linux Distros!

    Our Linux users asked for it and we made it happen. At IDrive, we want all of our users to have the opportunity to enjoy the same quality services and trustworthy features in order to secure their data on a variety of platforms.

    So, calling all Linux users! Hop aboard the IDrive Express!

    How can the IDrive Express benefit you?

    • Backup or restore large amounts of data (up to 1 TB) faster.

    • Avoid bandwidth usage with physical data shipment using IDrive’s USB drives.

    • Data is secure throughout the process, encrypted using military grade 256-bit AES encryption with an optional private key.
    • Once data is transferred to your online account, you can continue with incremental backups.

    Plus, the service is FREE once a year for Pro Personal users and three times a year for Pro Business plans! After that, all further requests are $59.95 and return shipping is always included.

    Say goodbye to slow backups and take advantage of an express service that’s so good, you’d think it was exclusive…

    IDrive Express: Inclusive, Reliable, and Secure

    Now for Linux

    *This service is only available within the United States.

  • Business critical data shouldn’t wait! So, we give to you: Express 48!


    We heard you and took your requests to heart. We value our users’ opinions and so we decided the IDrive Express needed a boost. IDrive is now offering an extension to our IDrive Express service, which offers data backup / restore via physical drive to avoid bandwidth usage in order to get the job done faster.

    The Express 48 was created to backup / restore data even faster than IDrive Express! How fast? Within 48 hours or less fast! (Hence the name…)

    The service is especially beneficial for small businesses that rely on data to maintain productivity and wish to avoid any downtime that may result in fiscal loss. The purpose of the Express 48 is to get large amounts of data (up to 1 TB) back to our users as quickly as possible. We understand the immediacy of continuing business and recovering lost data in the event of a data disaster.

    We know how quick and valuable the Express 48 is for prompt data backup / retrieval, but don’t take our word for it… Let the statistics speak for themselves:

    The Express 48 was put to the test. Using the speedtest figures of 15.88 Mbps down and 0.98 Mbps up, it would take 147 hours to download a 1TB backup from the internet and 2,377 hours to upload one. Imagine your business encounters a data malfunction, would you rather wait 147 hours to download a backup of your data via the internet? Or would you prefer to receive your data on a physical drive in 48 hours or less?

    We’re pretty sure we know your answer.

    Express 48 service costs $99.50 and securely transports data right to your door. Could it get any better?

    Jump aboard and order the Express freight;

    we won’t make you wait (longer than 48 hours)!

  • Halloween Horror Stories of Dreadful Data Loss


    Boo! It’s time for crazy costumes and scary stories…

    At IDrive, before we do our Trick-or-Treating, we like to get everyone in the Halloween spirit by sharing some ghastly stories of frightening freak accidents and wretched data loss… the type of horrific tales that cause nightmares and spook people with unprotected data…

    We heard a really good one from Michael, an IT provider, regarding one fated customer: Bob.

    Bob was an average guy working as a freelance designer. He used AutoCAD for all his work-related projects. He stored all of his live files on an external hard drive on his desk.

    Oooooo, are you scared yet? No? Okay… just wait…

    Late one night, as Bob struggled to meet a deadline, he decided to make himself some coffee… BUT, as he stood up, Bob knocked the external hard drive off the desk! *GASP*

    Bob lurched forward, attempting to catch it, but instead, he knocked over a glass of water as well. The drive tragically crashed to the floor… and the water spilled all over the drive. Bob quickly scrambled to retrieve it, dry it off, and plug it back in. Cursing his clumsiness while praying to the computer gods that his data was unharmed. The wind howled outside Bob’s window as he sat nervously at his desk, waiting… but only a fatal message appeared: XP desktop unable to recognize external drive. *SHRIEK!*

    Bob sank to his knees in despair, knowing he was not prepared for this disaster. He did not have a proper backup of his data and he began to panic. His black cat, Fifi, ran past him, unwilling to comfort someone who would make such a silly mistake.

    There was no way Bob could finish his project on time after this severe setback. And then, as if things couldn’t get worse, zombies attacked his town, turning Bob, his entire family, and Fifi into the walking dead.

    The moral of this horror story? Well, if you didn’t figure it out already… Backup your data! It saves time, money, and prevents inconceivable frustration. A secure disaster recovery plan is vital; you never know when a flood, hurricane, or swarm of zombies will strike.

    FYI: Unprotected data is a huge target for zombies. So, backup your data, it could save your (digital) life.

  • The IDrive Express is Now Making Personal Stops!


    You may have heard the rumor train passing by, sounding the arrival of the IDrive Express:

    a physical storage shipment service available for faster backup and simple retrieval of data, up to 1TB.

    It’s making personal stops, right at your front door.

    What does that mean for you?

    No more waiting! No one likes standing in line at the grocery store, sitting in traffic, or waiting while that website page takes forever to load. And remember dial up service? That was painfully slow!

    Now, everything is fast: Express services, One Touch apps, drive through windows, and high speed internet.

    Until… you try to upload that large folder of files and are reminded just how slow the process can be. At IDrive, we understand that it’s frustrating to sit and wait while a backup runs. So, we found a solution: The IDrive Express.

    What is IDrive Express?

    IDrive Express is an enhanced service that uses a temporary storage device to upload large amounts of data directly to the cloud.

    Who can use the IDrive Express service?

    Anyone. It was originally created for businesses to provide a quick backup service for mass amounts of data. But, we realized, some of our users with Pro Personal accounts have huge amounts of data to backup, as well. So, we’re making the IDrive Express service available to everyone.

    Why would I need the IDrive Express?

    When you run a backup on your computer, it uses up internet bandwidth. The more data you attempt to backup, the more it clogs your bandwidth and the longer it takes, slowing the internet as well. If you have an extensive amount of data, you could be sitting around waiting for your backup to complete successfully for hours or days. Who has time (or patience) for that?

    So, why not upload it directly to the server? That’s what IDrive Express is for.

    How does it work?

    1) All you have to do is fill out the form and IDrive will ship the temporary storage drive directly to your home.

    2) Once you receive the drive, connect it to your computer (via the USB cord). Then use the backup software application that comes pre-installed on the drive. This avoids any internet use and cuts down on upload time.

    3) When all of your files have been added to the drive, simply mail it back to IDrive.

    4) Once we get the drive, we will upload your data directly to our servers. At that point, it will be available in your account and you can commence with incremental backups.

    Is it secure?

    Yes. IDrive Express is a completely secure service. All of your data is encrypted (using 256-bit AES encryption) during the backup process. You are also given the option for private key encryption which, if selected, ensures that no one will be able to access your data from the drive, not even the IDrive staff. Your data is uploaded to our servers with the private key encryption and remains secure and inaccessible throughout the entire transit process.

    What about restoring my data?

    The IDrive Express service can also be used for restoring your data. Just fill out the form and IDrive will ship your data to you one of our temporary drives. Once you receive it, you can restore your data to any computer by connecting the USB cable.

    How much does it cost?

    Pro Personal account users can take advantage of the IDrive Express service for $59.95. (This also includes the cost of return shipping.) This price applies to both data backup and retrieval. Pro Business account users can utilize this service (backup or retrieval) once a year for FREE, any services after that will be $59.95.

    Need to backup a lot of data quickly?

    Fill out the form and take a ride on the IDrive Express for guaranteed success!

  • All Aboard the IDrive Express!

    Presenting the new IDrive Portable… Next Stop: Success!


    Why would you choose to sit in traffic if you could hop in the express lane?

    You wouldn’t. You would speed past all the unmoving vehicles around you because no one enjoys wasting time or waiting in unnecessary lines. We all want fast, but reliable.

    That’s why we created the IDrive Portable, a 1 TB USB hard drive designed for fast, easy and secure backup or restore. It comes with built-in IDrive Portable software that makes backing up and restoring data, to or from any computer directly to the portable device, simple and painless.

    We’re bringing the security and convenience of the cloud down to the ground and right into your hand.

    • The lightweight, sleek blue drive fits perfectly in your palm, pocket, or purse for convenient transport.

    • Data is backed up to the portable drive without using up any internet bandwidth to ensure quick data transfer.

    • Data can easily be restored or uploaded back onto your computer or to any local computer by simply connecting the drive via its USB cable.

    • All data is safely stored in the portable device and encrypted using 256-bit AES encryption (with the option to choose a private key for additional security).

    If you’re a business owner, you know the value of speed and accuracy. You can’t sit around while the competitors zoom past.

    At IDrive, we understand the importance of timeliness, accuracy, and security. That is why we created the IDrive Express for businesses. You may recognize this service (formerly known as “Rapid Serve”). In honor of the new and improved IDrive Portable, we’ve rebranded this service.

    IDrive Express is a secure portable backup system designed to make large data transfers faster for your business. Data loss is devastating and it is vital that your company has a backup plan. Unfortunately, backing up the mass amounts of data from your business’ network to the cloud can take days… maybe even weeks, depending on the size of your business. The amount of data being transferred clogs up the bandwidth, creating a scenario similar to the dreaded traffic-packed, congested highway.

    IDrive Express avoids all the traffic with these easy steps:

    • We simply send you one of our IDrive Portable drives so you can transfer all of your data (up to 1 TB), without using any bandwidth.

    • After your data is safely stored and encrypted on the hard drive (with the option for a private key), you ship it back to us and we upload it to our servers.

      *It’s kind of fun to think of it as teleporting. You ship it off and, magically, it gets to the cloud! Is that just me? Moving on…

    • From that point on, you can access your files from your IDrive account and run incremental backups to update your data.

    IDrive Express avoids the tedium of that initial lengthy backup. It’s also a FREE service for all IDrive business users.

    IDrive Express also offers the option for data retrieval. At your request, your data is shipped via the IDrive Portable hard drive and is ready to be restored or uploaded to any computer by simply connecting the USB cable.

    It’s easy. It’s safe. It’s fast.

    Don’t settle for less. Hop on the IDrive Express.

  • IDrive and IDriveSync – Privacy and You

    In the wake of revelations of the top-secret program PRISM, as reported late Thursday by some of the largest news organizations, it appears several major online companies may be releasing data to government agencies – without their users’ consent. We at IDrive and IDriveSync, however, are as secure and private as ever. With our 256-bit encryption along with the additional Private Key encryption, nobody, not even the government, can see your data.


    “When users select our private key option, they prevent anyone – even us – from accessing their data.” explains our CEO, Raghu Kulkarni, “This private key is not stored anywhere on our end, so no one – not us, not even the government, can access the files. Even if the government could access our customers’ data, it would be completely unreadable.” This places IDriveSync apart from competing products, “Other online storage providers . . . do not offer this level of privacy and security, offering only a default method which could be accessed by the provider.” So even if it isn’t standard for their employees to see the data, those providers have access to the customers’ key.

    Business Development Associate Shane Bingham says it best, “We take customer privacy very seriously, and want to encourage everyone to make informed choices about how their data is secured. At a time when other storage providers’ commitment to their users are being questioned, this offer is our way of saying ‘we understand,’ our customers come before anything else.”

    Questions? Comments? Send them to askidrive@idrive.com. You can also join us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.